The book of Romans deals specifically with righteousness received by faith. What this article discusses is Chapter 6. The Apostle Paul opens this chapter with questions concerning sin and grace. What I have done is to present to you what Paul speaks to the saints at Rome beginning at verse five. Baptism is a very serious matter. Paul bears this out in this chapter, and I believe it is something that should be studied very carefully. With death comes freedom from sin.
|Romans 6:3 (NASB)
3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
“When we have been united with Christ in the likeness of His death, then we shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” This means that our old self was crucified with Jesus so that our body of sin would be done away with. Then we would no longer be slaves to sin. For the one who has died is free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. Since Jesus rose from the dead, He will not die again. Therefore, this takes us to I Cor. 15:3 where the Apostle Paul discusses Christ’s resurrection. In this particular verse, he states that Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures. He died and rose from the dead. In verse 4, Paul states that on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. Then in the following verses, Paul lists the witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The scriptures call for two to three witnesses. Yet Paul lists an overwhelming number of witnesses. There is no question as to whether this event is fact or fiction. Therefore, based upon the overwhelming evidence, we have the assurance that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead. He overcame death and the grave. Death was not His master. He was its master.
The final passage of scripture that I would like to share with you is located in Revelation 1:17-18.
|Revelation 1:17-18 (NASB)
17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.