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Romans 6:1-4

For our scripture lesson today, we will be looking at the book of Romans, verses 6:1-4. A shorter section but with important information for us to dissect and look at. This is a great chapter to read and think about your life as a Christian and how you apply your faith into your everyday life. Many Christians become very focused on the afterlife, and Jesus’s second coming. While those are things to look forward to, do not let it distract you from your heavenly duties on Earth here and now as a member of faith.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2).

Paul here is asking a rhetorical question. Shall we as Christians and believers sin more in order to feel the glory and grace of God. Paul asks this question after speaking about God’s glory and power and how it shows more to overpower sin and to the people who need it the most. Some people have looked at this and interpreted it as, the more I sin the more chance I have of experiencing God’s grace. This was not the intent and Paul makes that clear through these chapters. It is never right to do a wrong thing so that good may come of it. The point of Paul’s previous chapters and the question asked is to show that God’s grace is so powerful that it can overcome any sin and go to any person. This is the reason to love and praise God even more, not a reason to do something wrong in an attempt to feel his grace.

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (Romans 6:3).

Paul asks another question here to make believers think about what it truly means to be baptized into Christ. Once baptized in Christ you are now connected with him, his death, his burial, his resurrection. Paul is not necessarily talking about the physical form of baptizing and the water used but the spiritual form of uniting yourself with Jesus Christ. Once baptized you have committed your life to him, he is in charge of you, and you trust him with that. Your spirits are one, his death is yours, his life is yours, his victories are yours. Once baptized, Christ and you are connected the same way Christ was transformed and resurrected after death so shall you be. However, that does not mean you can stop your duties as a Christian just because you are baptized. You made a commitment to God and he to you and you must hold up your end of the deal throughout life.

“Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life.” (Romans 6:4).

What does Paul mean here when he says we were baptized into Christs death? He means that once baptized, the old you has now been crucified and died with Christ, it means you are now dead to sin and will not be a slave to it any longer. Being baptized is a turning point in life, it is a sign that Satan has lost. You are now forgiven of your sins and no longer belong to them; you belong to Christ. However, this will still be a daily battle of sin. You must trust and have faith in God that you are forgiven and you through him have the power to battle and defeat any sin. Do not fall into old or bad habits and continue to strive to be a better follower, a better Christian and a better friend to people around you. As long as you always strive for better and always strive to defeat sin, victory can be yours through Jesus Christ. Christ did not die so you can sin whenever you want, he died so you would stop and be forgiven. Always remember the pain and sacrifice that was given for you through him.

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