3-Week Series: Double Blessing


Summary: Paul detailed the rich meaning behind the ordinance of baptism of the power of Christ’s resurrection. (Christian)Baptism is a picture of the power of Christ’s resurrection. But How is it seen? Baptism pictures...

The PICTURE of BAPTISM—Romans 5:19—6:18


How are Baptism & Resurrection Sunday related? Why do we Baptize? What is the significance of Baptism?

Paul detailed the rich meaning behind the ordinance of baptism of the power of Christ’s resurrection.

(Christian)Baptism is a picture of the power of Christ’s resurrection.

How is the power of Christ’s resurrection pictured in (Christian)baptism?

5 pictures of the power in Christ’s resurrection thru (Christian)baptism.


Rom. 5:19-21—

:19—“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”

Adam’s sin/disobedience brought sin to many—all his progeny(mankind).

In a similar manner, one man’s obedience/sinlessness brings righteousness to many—all His progeny(receptive mankind).

:20—“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,”

The “law”(of Moses) entered into the picture for the purpose that the transgression/sin would increase. However, this very increase of sin actually caused God’s grace to be more prevalent. The presence of sin is intended to bring the sinner to a recognition of said sin. Upon recognizing personal sin, one should also recognize God’s antidote for the sin, which is an even more superabounding “grace” which overwhelms the sin.

“Offense/Transgression/Trespass”—paraptwma—1) To fall beside or near something; 2) A lapse or deviation from truth & uprightness—2a) A sin, misdeed. Paraptwma is used in different senses, sometimes in a milder sense, denoting an error, a mistake, a fault; & sometimes meaning a trespass, a willful sin. Strong—A side-slip (lapse or deviation), i.e. (unintentional) Error or (wilful) Transgression:-- Fall, fault, offence, sin, trespass.

“Abound/Increase”2X—pleonazw—1) To superabound—1a) Of things—1a1) To exist in abundance, 1a2) To increase, 1a3) Be augmented; 2) To make to increase: one in a thing. Strong—To do, make or be more, i.e. Increase (transitively or intransitively); by extension, To superabound:-- Abound, abundant, make to increase, have over.

From—pleon—1) greater in quantity—1a) the more part, very many; 2) greater in quality, superior, more excellent.

“Abounded much more/Much more abound/Abounded all the more/Increased all the more”—uperperisseuw—1) To abound beyond measure, abound exceedingly; 2) To overflow, to enjoy abundantly.

:21—“so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

This scenario of superabounding grace occurred so that grace might reign supreme. “Sin reigned in death,” very effectively sending the sinner to hell. However in indirect contrast, God’s “grace” produced righteousness & thus eternal life far outweighing even the death which sin produced. This grace “reigns” only thru Jesus Christ who is the Christian’s Lord.

“Reigned”2X(See 6:12)—basileuw—1) To be king, to exercise kingly power, to reign; 2) metaph. To exercise the highest influence, to control. Strong—To rule (literally or figuratively):-- King, reign.

“Righteousness”(See 6:13)—dikaiosunh—1) in a broad sense: State of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God—2) In a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due. Strong—Equity (of character or act); specially (Christian) Justification:-- Righteousness.

“Eternal”—aiwniov—1) Without beginning & end, that which always has been & always will be; 2) Without beginning; 3) Without end, never to cease, everlasting. Strong—Perpetual (also used of past time, or past & future as well):-- Eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).

1—Baptism pictures a...

Mutual DEATH(6:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10-11, 13)

Explanation/Illustration:(6:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10-11, 13)

:2—“Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

We died to sin in Christ as He died to sin. Christ effectually & permanently did away with the condemnation which sin brought to mankind!

Grace is not a license to sin. Some interpret “Grace” as a blanket denial of “sin.” Some may see themselves as effectual catalysts of Grace thru sin. Their reasoning is that a willful involvement in “sin” encourages/produces greater Grace & that without their personal sustainment of sin Grace would not be effective. Thus the rhetorical question is asked by Paul to the perpetrator—Is such action right in God’s eyes?

Isa. 30:1—“Woe to the rebellious children,” says the LORD, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin;”

:1—“Continue”—epimenw—1) To stay at or with, to tarry still, still to abide, to continue, remain. Strong—To stay over, i.e. Remain (figuratively, persevere):-- Abide (in), continue (in), tarry.

“Sin”(Thruout)—amartia—N. f.—1) equivalent to amartanw—V.—1a) To be without a share in, 1b) To miss the mark, 1c) To err, be mistaken, 1d) To miss or wander from the path of uprightness & honor, to do or go wrong, 1e) To wander from the law of God, violate God’s law, sin; 2) That which is done wrong, sin, an offense, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act; 3) Collectively, the complex or aggregate of sins committed either by a single person or by many. Amartia meant originally the missing of a mark. When applied to moral things the idea is similar, it is missing the true end of life, & so it is used as a general term for sin. It means both the act of sinning & the result, the sin itself.

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