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Summary: God intends for us to live in victory. The devil wants us to continue to serve sin and our sinful nature. We will live in victory as we know our position in Christ, as we are fully persuaded of God’s promises and as we submit to the Lordship of Christ.

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The Good News of God Series

By Greg Johnson

October 22, 2006

http://www.LovingGodFellowship.org

Romans 6

Romans chapter six tells us how we can live a life of victory over the sinful nature that we are born with. God intends for us to live in victory. The devil wants us to continue to serve sin and our sinful nature. We will live in victory as we know our position in Christ, as we are fully persuaded of God’s promises and as we submit to the Lordship of Christ.

KNOW YOUR POSITION IN CHRIST

The first part of Romans Chapter 6 describes the Christian’s position in Christ. God’s Word says (Romans 6:1-10 NIV) "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? {2} By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? {3} Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? {4} We 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. {5} If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. {6} For 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-- {7} because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. {8} Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. {9} For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. {10} The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God."

What a wonderful position that a follower of Christ has in Him. The devil does not want Christians to know or understand their new position in Christ. He knows that if a Christian understands their position, they can gain victory over the flesh.

The word of God speaks of being “baptized into Christ.” The follower of Christ is baptized into Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit. Your position is in Christ. This is very important for you to know and understand. You see, Christ not only died for you; you died with Him. Christ not only rose from the dead; you rose with Him.

In John Chapter three, Jesus refers to it as being “born again.” Jesus said (John 3:5-7 NIV) "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. {6} Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. {7} You should not be surprised at my saying, ’You must be born again."

Water baptism illustrates our new birth in Christ. We die to sin as Christ died for sin and we are placed in a water grave. We come up from the grave a new person having been washed clean by the blood of Jesus and reborn by the Spirit of God. The old nature that operates in the flesh stays in the grave. The new creature that operates in the Spirit lives! The Spirit baptizes us into Christ.

Beloved, it is so important for believers to follow Jesus’ example in water baptism. True saving faith will compel an individual to be baptized in water. It is not what saves us, but it is an expression of saving faith.


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