We will never, in this life, have perfect knowledge of all that occurs or the full extent of the commitment we are making in our baptism. However, as we learn and grow, we will spend the rest of our lives living out the implications of our baptism. My current sermon series seeks to encourage us to live out our baptism!
Last week we discussed the tragedy of baptized believers for whom “the Christian gospel seems to have no meaning, no power, no relevance to their lives.” (N.T. Wright, emphasis mine)*. Paul confronted the Corinthians on this very issue in 1 Cor. 10:1-14. We discussed his analogy between those “baptized into Moses” and those baptized into Christ. There are many parallels, but Paul’s point is those who did not live up to their deliverance in the O.T. were punished and they are warning examples to us.
This morning we will examine Paul’s theology of baptism in his letter to the Romans.
Romans 6:1-12 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that 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. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
Living up to our baptism means we must count ourselves dead to sin. I’ll say more in my lesson.
Are you living out your baptism? Joey