"Saints Dying" Romans Pt 8 Series
Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Apr 3, 2007 (message contributor)
Summary: Paul tells us Romans 6 that Water Baptism has a 4 step process to it immersion, submersion, emergence and living the life of baptized saint. Saints die in Water Baptism and emerge resurrected in the Lord Jesus so as to live a righteous life in Christ.
“Saints dying” – Romans part 8
Opening Illustration: Movie Maker - video of previous baptisms at New Life Community Church.
Thesis: Paul tells us Romans 6 that Water Baptism has a 4 step process to it immersion, submersion, emergence and living the life of baptized saint. Saints die in Water Baptism and emerge resurrected in the Lord Jesus so as to live a righteous life in Christ.
Scripture Text: Romans 6:1-23
1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6 is a chapter that focuses on the symbolism of Water Baptism. Today after service we will have a Water Baptism service at Dr. Joe’s. Today people have decided to follow Jesus’ instruction to “repent and be baptized.” Mark 16:15-16: “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Peter in the book of Acts 2:38 states, “Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Paul in our text today is also saying the same thing that we need to repent of our sin and be baptized because this was and is the instruction of the Lord. He talks about the symbolism behind the act of Water Baptism:
T.S. - But before we dive into our text here is a thought from Blue Fish TV about Water! --- Video Illustration: Water
Baptism is defined as baptizo which comes from the Greek word bapto or to dip. This word was frequently used to designate the cleaning of an object by dipping it into water.