Romans 6 v 1 – 4
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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. (ESV)
What we need to hold on to is our union with Christ.
How does being united with Christ change your motives and emotions (feelings)?
If you are a Christian, you no longer live, but Christ lives in you.
If you are united with Christ, you will be like Him.
At the heart of sin is the desire to be God.
If you are a Christian, you’ve died to sin and are a new creation in Christ Jesus.
We see in the text a firm reminder of a glorious reality: Christians can’t stay the way they are.
1. The Glorious Reality
We walk in newness of life:
Don’t you know that when you experience problems and try to find answers outside of God, that you no longer live, but Christ lives in you?
2. Its Reach
‘All of us (believers) have been baptised into Christ’.
3. The Royalty
It is so regal and glorious. We are baptised into all of the Lord Jesus Christ – His affections, plans and will, His whole character and conduct – all that He accomplished on the cross about which He said ‘It is Finished’. We are baptized into all of that. He said that He will never leave, nor forsake us.
That’s who you are – live like that!
Can people know and feel that you are in Christ?