(Galatians 3:27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
I think most have failed to see the instantaneous transformation that takes place when one becomes a believer. I accredit this mainly to the vast erroneous teachings that have been passed on through the generations poisoning the minds of those who walk in through the doors of most churches. I have always been taught that becoming a Christian and living a life honorable to God was a process. Unfortunately though this is regularly taught, it is not scriptural. It may take many some time to adjust and understand what has taken place but what occurs is an immediate result of what Christ did for all of humanity and therefore is effective not because we go through a process but because Jesus went through a process for us. Simply put we are complete in Christ because of that very fact we are in Him and it is not a process of becoming like Him. He is our righteousness, our peace, our joy our healing and every other provision. We are partakers in His divine nature.
I know many are asking the same question I used to and that is if this is true then why am I not experiencing it? I found the answer in John 8:32 which Jesus states, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Many of us hear the truth constantly and some may even teach it either by accident because they are just regurgitating knowledge or they really believe it. But Jesus did not say you shall hear the truth, nor you shall have intellectual knowledge of the truth and it shall set you free. He said you shall know, and this type of knowledge is born out of intimacy with the Word. In other words you just don’t know the words of truth, which is head knowledge, but you have embraced it as being part of your identity. To the degree that we see Christ as our identity, in all that he endured so that we did not have to, then we have put on Christ and walk in the truth.
When we look at this opening scripture, the act of baptism, in this case the immersion of one in water, it is an act or event but it is not a process. If it were a process then you would literally have to hold one under the water until they drowned and once they died you would have to bring them up from out of the water and raise them from the dead. As you read the bible and you come across the scriptures that define our identities by telling us who we are in Chris, know that these are your immediate and effectual in your life not because of anything you do to attain or grow in, but because you choose to believe and walk in the truth. This means that you have put on Christ, which the act of putting on literally means to sink into which makes me think of resting in Christ.
Hopefully in understanding this then it is easier to understand when Paul said, “(Galatians 2:20) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” It is true that we are the ones experiencing the life in which is lived at this moment but we can either do it out of our own efforts or we can let Jesus live through us and enjoy resting in Him as we get to experience life with Jesus.