Baptized Into Christ Jesus

dead-to-sin-alive-to-godWhat shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 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. (Romans 6:1-4) 

Paul last told us that where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. The logical question then arises: since increasing sin brought even more grace, should we sin more to give grace a chance to show itself? 

The answer is definite. “Certainly not!” the Holy Spirit asserts through the apostle. It’s an absurdity for a true believer; after all, believers died to sin. Sin lost its “oomph” as far as we were concerned. Sin is not alluring as it once was, it’s not as powerful, and it’s not as enjoyable (for a number of reasons). Just as dead men are not drawn to a great steak dinner, so the dead-to-sin believer is not drawn to sin. He died to it. 

The question then, is when did we die to sin? God’s response is that when we were immersed into Christ (baptized into Him) we were immersed into His death, meaning that when Christ died, we who have believed in Him died with Him. When Jesus died, we died. Since Christ died for sin and had no sin, then His death means that we are indeed dead to sin as He was (and is). 

Not only did we die with Him, we were raised with Him as well. His resurrection is our resurrection. His life is our life. A resurrected man has a brand new kind of life, one that is not interested in the things of the world he left behind. 

For Further Review

1.  Why is the rhetorical question of Romans 6:1 the logical question to ask?

2.  Using your own words, describe the answer to that question.

3.  Read the story of Cain’s murder of Abel in Genesis chapter 4. Notice especially what the LORD told Cain about sin’s relationship to him. How does the gospel of Jesus Christ alter what God told Cain that day?

 

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