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Romans 5:18-6:14 Baptism Signifies a Changed Identity
Pastor Rick Hogaboam, Sovereign Grace Fellowship, 6.20.2010 A.D.
Romans 5:18–6:14 (ESV) — 18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
- A Changed Identity
- Who’s your daddy?
- The whole human race is represented by one of two heads, Adam or Christ.
- Everyone is born into Adam by natural birth, an enmity with God because of the fall and the infection of sin into the whole human race.
- You are only born into Christ by rebirth, regeneration, being “born again”. Paul shows how baptism corresponds to this reality of dying and newness of life.
- 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
20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- The Superior power of Grace
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?
- Grace is not licentiousness!!! You died to sin, past tense. In Christ, judicially but also in actuality. Sin no longer has reign over you.
A Confirmation -
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.
- There are realities in baptism, namely that it signifies a very real union with Christ. This of baptism as your wedding ring.
- In some sense, we are to wear our baptism.
- It is dangerous if someone is tempted to remove their wedding ring, usually leads to trouble, a desire to show oneself available.
- Our baptism signifies a dying to one life and a rising to a new one. It signifies our transfer from darkness to light, from death to life, from Adam to Jesus.
- Marriage also signifies this transfer from Rick being Rick, to being one with Mimi. I am no longer myself and alone, but and wedded with another.
- “in order that” – very important, pay attention.
- “we too might walk in newness of life” – connected with Jesus’ resurrection which allowed Him to walk in the realities of exalted Lord, a newness, so also we.
- Paul corresponds with our future hope, but also in the present newness, an actual newness that we are to walk in. (more…)