BIBLE: Romans Chapter 6 – Headline “Baptized to Death”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Romans 6

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
Romans 6:Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
  • You no longer have to live in sin, so why would you choose to? If you were pulled from a cesspool would you jump back in?
Romans 6:Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
  • The baptism of a believer is the baptism of death. It is different from the baptism of John the Baptist whose baptism was a baptism of repentance.
  • To accept Jesus as our savior is to give our life to Him who died for us. It is a death to self.
  • Matthew 20:22a But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
    • Jesus was first baptized with water in the Jordan by John the Baptizer. He was then baptized on the cross of blood in death-to-self by obeying the will of the Father.
      • John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
      • 1 John 5:6 The Certainty of God’s Witness – This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
      • Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
    • Accepting Jesus as one’s savior means accepting both repentance (the water) and death to self-will (the blood).
Romans 6:Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death (to self), 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.
  • John 12:24 Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain (the newness of life)
Romans 6:For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
Romans 6:knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with (rendered inoperative), that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Romans 6:For he who has died has been (cleared) freed from sin.
Romans 6:Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
Romans 6:knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
Romans 6:10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon (consider) yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
Romans 6:13 And do not present your members as (or: weapons) instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God

Romans 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!
Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
  • Freedom under Satan is slavery. Being a slave to God is Freedom
    (Hell-le-luiah or Hallelujah).
Romans 6:17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered (entrusted).
Romans 6:18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
  • Jesus took the captivity of sin captive itself. Psalm 68:18
Romans 6:19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness (unto sanctification) for holiness.
Romans 6:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Romans 6:21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
Romans 6:22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness (unto sanctification), and the end, everlasting life.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift (free gift) of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Satan’s credit card of sin can never be paid by man. Man is hopelessly indebted in sin without a bankruptcy option.
  • Only Jesus’ blood has a pay-off option. No man can work his way out of this debt.

What does God expect of His saints? What is His bottom line? “to be Christ-like”.

Barbara Grover

Personal application: Make a list of the character of Christ, what He lived and what He taught. Compare His character with your own.

  1. Did He love others? John 13:1 (Or did He ever control, abuse, curse, manipulate, judge, and refuse to meet their needs?)
  2. Did He protect them? Luke 22:51 He protected Peter from being crucified with Him. John 17:12,
  3. Did He use His position to take advantage of others?
  4. Did He ever back down from the truth?
  5. Did He display wisdom?
  6. Was He intimidated by peer pressure?
  7. Did He amass possessions?
  8. Did He share what He had?
  9. Did He horde his money?
  10. Was He able to separate sinners from evilness?
    • He treated sinners with kindness.
    • He treated deception and evil with confrontation.
  11. Did He serve others? John 13:5
  12. etc. etc. etc.

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