Romans 6-8: Grace, Christ's Sacrifice & Baptism

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We 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.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his We 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. For one who has died has been set free from sin Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

Romans 6:1-8, ESV

 

This short passage in Romans chapter 6 contains some of the most important teachings in all of Scripture. It reveals that we cannot use grace as an excuse to go on sinning. It shows that baptism is not some archaic rite that has no place in modern religion, rather, that it is required for everyone desiring to take part in the resurrection. And, it shows the vital role of the sacrifice of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.

 

Perhaps no other passage so completely demonstrates the relationship between God's grace, Jesus' death, and our baptism. It would be dangerous indeed to try and take out any of these items - grace, sacrifice, or baptism - for it is the combination of these three that allow us to be born again, to have our sins forgiven, and to have the hope of eternal life. It would be a great mistake for anyone to minimize or try to eliminate any one of these, for by doing so they risk losing out on the new birth, forgiveness of sin, and the resurrection.

 

I continue to be amazed at the simplicity of God's Word and His plan for us. He reveals so clearly His role, Jesus' role, and our role in salvation. How could anyone miss it? Who but God could have come up with such a perfect plan? Isn't it wonderful that we have the Bible to read so that we might find out about that plan so that we might live forever! 

 

The reading for the next few days is from the 6th through the 8th chapters of Romans. Read them carefully, for they contain the words of life!