Romans 6

Apr 11, 2014
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1.What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? >>Paul is lead to pose a question. Logically you might assume that since last chapter stated that because of sin, grace abounded greatly, or all the more; so if we sin more, won’t grace abound more? And wouldn’t we want that?

2.Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? >>Of course not. If we are dead to sin, then it has no hold on us. We do not serve it any longer.

3.Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? >>Paul asks a question to make the statement that those who were baptized into Christ were also baptized into His death. Baptism makes or creates a direct link from Christ to us. Baptism is a visual description of the spritual washing that happens to us. It is an immersion or an overwhelming of water all around you, giving you the idea of a complete covering of who you are. We have spiritually died with Jesus.

4.Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. >>We died with Him, were buried with Him, and as He was raised to life, so too we are raised to new life. The physical baptism ceremony (not sure the right word for that) is a public testimony emulating Jesus. His baptism was the public declaration of the beginning of His ministry. For us it can be the same, including the profession of our testimony. The immersion into the water simulates our dying with Christ in His death and being buried. The water signifies our sins being washed away. The raising out of the water simulates our rising from the dead as Jesus did. This is why one needs to be of the age of determination to understand the meaning of the commitment they are making, linking themselves to Christ in this way.
 
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