Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 27



Romans ~ Baptism
Rom. 6:4,5
“When?” That’s a good question about conversion from sin to Christ. We
should know, the sinner doesn’t just blunder out of sin into Christ. Previous
studies in Romans take us to the conclusion, we cannot buy or earn our way into
Christ through our record of righteousness. We cannot come in through the back
door or on someone’s coat tails. “How” and “When?” These are critical
questions.
We know this, from the opening statement in Romans, that when Paul preached
the gospel his aim was “to bring about obedience of faith,” (1:5). Obedience is
one’s response to a command of God. Is there a command to be baptized?
Certainly. Jesus told the apostles to command it (see Matt. 28:19). Peter
commanded baptism (Acts 2:38). Paul was baptized (Acts 22:16).
We know that faith is to be obedient. We know that baptism was commanded.
But let’s drill down to that “when” question. When does one leave sin and enter
into Christ?
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, as
Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in
newness of life.” Romans 6:4.
If you are not a Christian and you read this, what should your response be? If
you believe in Christ and you want out of sin into relationship with God through
Him, what do you need to do? If you desire to separate yourself from the death
of sin and walk in newness of life, what should you do?
Be buried with Christ in baptism.
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