(1-3) Walk Thru The Word: Romans 5: x-x (ESV)

“Baptized into Christ’s death, We Are Risen To Walk In Newness of Life”

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

(4) Message map: Rom. 5: 1 – 21 The Book of Romans: Session 8

“GOD Baptizes Us in Grace & Resurrects Us to Newness of life”

  • Sinners Need to be saved by grace
  • Justification happens the moment of salvation sanctification is ongoing empowerment to obey god
  • God Baptizes Us Into Christ
  • Of The 8 Types of Baptism, Current Believers Participate in 2, which Assert Our Identity In Christ
  • Through the law of faith, God baptizes into GRACE and resurrects us to newness of life!

(5) Sinners need to be saved by grace

Each of us has from ADAM an Adamic, genetically transferred moral defect, as we are s-i-n positive, and have a Sinfully Inadequate Nature.

So … In my FLESH dwells no good thing Rom 7:18 …

Christ says, “apart from me you [we] can do NOTHING. John 15:5

Therefore …

We must be saved by GRACE and not by our own works (Eph 2:8-9), because …

Doing good WORKS does not undo our sin, nor the penalty-debt we owe God for our sin.

(6) Justification happens the moment of salvation sanctification is ongoing empowerment to obey god

1… Are we to continue (remain, tarry, persist in; to continue on with persistence that suits the objective) in sin that grace may abound (increase, abounding in number or quantity)?

2By no means! How can we who died (are dying, withering and decaying; the separation that goes with the “dying off (away from)) to sin still live in it?

The Biblical concept of Dying in Christ – stresses the significance of the separation that always comes with divine closure. Its related concept stresses the ending of what is “former” – to bring what naturally follows.

(7) God Baptizes Us Into Christ 

God’s Spiritual Baptism of the Saved Believer into Christ Rom 6:3 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus (submerged, ceremonially dipped, ceremonially washed, underwent a cleansing by dipping or submerging, were washed and made clean with water;) were baptized into his death?

Being Baptized into Christ in this sense is a spiritual activity or event that God does when we participate in salvation by …

  1. sincerely confess we are sinners (as explained in 1John 1:9)
  2. repent and acknowledge Christ as savior who died as the substitute for our sins.
  3. and submit to enter into God’s discipleship program as explained in Heb.12: 4-8 to grow us to be more Christ-like and help fulfill the Great Commission, explained in Matthew 28:18-20.

(8) The 8 Types of Baptism 

https://www.gotquestions.org/seven-baptisms.html

2) Israel’s Baptism Into moses by which passed they passed through the Red Sea. 1 Cor. 1-: 1-2 1…our fathers… passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,

The baptism of Moses (1 Corinthians 10:1–3) – when the Israelites were delivered from slavery in Egypt, they were “baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.” That is, they were identified with Moses and his deliverance by passing through the Red Sea and following God’s presence in the cloud (Exodus 13:21). Paul uses this as a comparison to the way that Christians are identified with Christ and His salvation. Those who followed Moses passed through the water and were thus initiated into a new life of freedom and Law-keeping; those who follow Jesus Christ, who is greater than Moses, pass through the waters of baptism and are thus initiated to a new life of freedom and grace.

3) John’s Baptism of repentance (Mark 1:4) – as John the Baptist preached repentance of sins in preparation for the coming of the Messiah, he baptized people in the Jordan. Those who were baptized by John were showing their faith in John’s message and their need to confess their sin. In Acts 18:24–25, a disciple of John’s named Apollos preaches in Ephesus; however, only knowing the baptism of John and the need for repentance, he needed to be further instructed in the death and resurrection of Christ. Later in the same city, Acts 19:1–7, Paul encounters some more followers of John. These disciples had been baptized for repentance, but they had not heard of the new birth or the Holy Spirit. Paul taught them the whole message of salvation in Christ, and they received the message and were subsequently baptized in Jesus’ name.

4) The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13–17) – this was Jesus’ act of identifying with sinful humanity. Although Jesus did not need to repent of sin, He came to John to be baptized. John balked at performing the baptism, saying that Jesus should be the one baptizing him (Matthew 3:13–14). But Jesus told John to proceed with the baptism: “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness” (verse 15). In this baptism, Jesus put His stamp of approval on John’s ministry and also began His own. As Jesus came up from the water, the Father spoke from heaven, and the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form upon Jesus (verses 16–17).

5) Jesus’ Baptism of fire (Matthew 3:11–12) – John The Baptist prophesied Jesus would baptize men “with fire,” meaning He’d judge the world for sin (John 5:22). Those who are judged by Christ in the final judgement of Rev. 20:15will be cast into the lake of fire. John describes Jesus as overseeing a harvest to come: “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (verse 12; cf. Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43).

6) The baptism of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13–14 13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guaranteed of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. At salvation, we are “immersed” in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit covers us, indwells us, fills us, and makes us a part of the spiritual body of Christ. The baptism of the Spirit is what initiates us into new life in Christ. The first people to experience the baptism of the Spirit were the believers in Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost.

The spiritual entity known as the body of Christ is formed by this baptism:

1 Corinthians 12:13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

7) The Baptism of the Cross In Mark 10:35–39 Jesus referred to His impending suffering on the Cross as a baptism. Christ also says His disciples also would endure a baptism of suffering.

James and John, the Sons of Thunder (Boanerges), asked Christ for a place of honor in the kingdom, Jesus asked them, “Can you . . . be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”. They replied that they could, and Jesus confirmed it: “You will . . . be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with” (verse 39)

8) The water Baptism of the BELIEVER In Matthew 28:19 Jesus commands the baptism of His disciples. Rom 6: 3-4 explains water baptism illustrates amazing spiritual truths. Being submerged and emerging from the water, symbolizes that in salvation we are “buried” with Christ and “rise” to newness of life; our sins are “washed away,” and we are cleansed. God Spiritually baptizes us upon salvation, and our water baptism is outward identification of it. “All of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death[.] 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” (Romans 6:3–4).

Of the seven baptisms found in Scripture, only two are of personal significance to the Christian today: the baptism of the Holy Spirit (that saves, empowers and gifts us) and believer’s water baptism (that identifies us with the church).

The other baptisms were uniquely for other times, limited to certain people, or, in the case of the baptism of the fire of judgement, still future.  Each of us has from ADAM an Adamic, genetically transferred moral defect, as we are s-i-n positive, and have a Sinfully Inadequate Nature. Click To Tweet

9) God’s Baptism Reflects the Safety of Salvation

God’s Spiritual Baptism of the Saved Believer into Christ is a dry baptism of protection.

1 Peter 3:20 … God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely  through water.

Israel’s Baptism Int Moses 1 Cor. 1-: 1-2 1…our fathers… passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.

Q & A regarding the above.

During Noah’s Flood, were the 8 people saved …

  1. baptized in the rain waters before they entered the ark Y/N
  2. baptized in the flood waters when the left the ark Y/N

During the crossing of the Red Sea, were the people saved …

  1. baptized in the sea, before God spit the waters Y/N
  2. baptized in the sea, after they crossed over Y/N

So God delivered them physically in an event that represents a type of baptism that saved them.  The event itself is a symbol of Christ.  The ark symbolizes the safety of salvation in Christ.  Crossing through the Red Sea symbolizes the salvation of Christ from our mortal enemy of sin that has no compassion for our plight.

(10) In Baptism We assert Our Identification with Christ 

Rom 6:12-14 12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13Do not present (bring, come up to and stand by) your members to sin as instruments (implements, tool) for unrighteousness (violations of God’s commandments), but present (bring, come up to and stand by) yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as INSTRUMENTS (implements, tool) for righteousness (compliance with God’s 10 Commandments,

Sermon on Mount, BeAttitudes). 14For sin will have no dominion (have authority, lordship, jurisdiction or rule) over you, since you are not under law but under grace (God’s favor, kindness, extended to us when Christ gave Himself away to become surety by taking responsibility for our under- performance of sinning against God, for which Christ submitted Himself as payment of the debt we owe.)  …

  • born of a virgin
  • living a sinless life — that qualified Him to
  • dying a substitutionary death
  • bodily resurrected
  • seated at the right hand of God, the Father.

(11) We lose under the law of works, but we obtain good from god through grace that resurrects us to newness of life.  

We either rely upon the law of works (binding principles of keeping the ceremonial law) or Obtain the benefits of the “law of FAITH (binding principles that activate God’s GRACE) – meaning the rules and principles to which He bounds Himself in the system of belief that we call “Gospel Truth.”

The Law of works provides one with …

  • the ability to boast or self-exult, brag (Jas 4:6, 1Pet 5:5) — if you can keep it all perfectly
  • wages due us that are commensurate with our performance. (Rom 6: 23— For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • the inability to become perfect nor completely sanctified
  • risking a delusional sense of self-righteous fulfillment

The Law of Faith operates by …

  • believing and glorying in what Christ has done for us.
  • though ungodly we receive imputed, credited righteousness & justification
  • receiving assurance & conviction God’s promises are true
  • setting us free from working to be righteous

Through the law of faith, God baptizes into GRACE and resurrects us to newness of life

The Law of works provides one with …

  • the ability to boast or self-exult, brag (Jas 4:6, 1Pet 5:5) — if you can keep it all perfectly
  • wages due us that are commensurate with our performance. (Rom 6: 23— For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • the inability to become perfect nor completely sanctified
  • risking a delusional sense of self-righteous fulfillment

The Law of Faith operates by …

  • believing and glorying in what Christ has done for us.
  • though ungodly we receive imputed, credited righteousness & justification
  • receiving assurance & conviction God’s promises are true
  • setting us free from working to be righteous

Through the law of faith, God baptizes into GRACE and resurrects us to newness of life.   

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