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AFTER BAPTISM, WHAT AM I TO DO?

I AM TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.  Being “"buried with him by baptism into death...even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6: 4). The man who has been born of God does not commit (continue living that old life of) sin characteristic of him before conversion (1 John 3: 9; Rom. 6: 1, 2).  Such obtains on the basis o f his genuine repentance (2 Cor. 7: 10; Heb. 6:1).

I AM TO DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD.  “As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 1: 22, 23).  This means I will (1 Tim. 2: 15), study (2 Tim. 2: 15) and meditate upon (1 Tim. 4: 15) God’s eternal Word.

I AM TO BRING GLORY TO THE NAME OF CHRIST.  Though I may suffer as a Christian I am to glorify God in this name (1 Pet. 4: 16).  I am to never so live as to bring shame upon this high and holy name.  Alexander the great conquered the world and wept because there was no more to conquer.  But, he had a coward, with his name, within his ranks.  Alexander called this man into his presence one day and sternly said, “You change your way of living or you change your name!”  We wear the name of Christ (Christian).  We should live worthily of it.  Otherwise, let us not hypocritically thus be identified!

I AM TO CONTINUE STEADFASTLY.  Of those who were baptized on Pentecost it is written, “And they continued steadfastly...”  (Acts 2: 42).  I am to be “steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Cor. 15: 58).  I am not to be in and out, on and off, up and down, and hot and cold spasmodic, irregular, hit and miss in the Lord’s work.  Inconsistent living will not get the job done.

I AM TO SEEK THOSE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE.  “If ye then be risen (referring back to having been risen from our burial with Christ in baptism, Col. 2:12) with Christ seek those things which are above, not things on the earth (Col. 3: 1, 2).  The Christians interest and affections are not only to run horizontal but vertical!  Our Father is in Heaven (Matt. 6: 9).  Our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3: 20).  Our inheritance is in Heaven (1 Pet. 1: 4).  Our names are written in Heaven (Heb. 12: 32).  Our treasures are in Heaven (Mt. 6: 19-21).  Truly, then, we are to seek those things that are above, setting our affection on things above.

I AM TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT THE SAVIOR.  Immediately upon his conversion Paul shared Christ with others (Acts 9: 20).  Upon finding Christ Andrew and Phillip told Peter and Nathaniel (Jn. 1: 40-51).  We have been won to win, saved to save, converted to convert, discipled to disciple.  “And things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also (2 Tim. 2: 2).

-Wendell Winkler