A Baptismal Homily

Posted: June 29, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Audio Sermons, Baptism, Ecclesiology (Church Stuff), Romans, Sermons
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Here is a link to the audio.

Here is my sermon outline:

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.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

–          Eschatological hope!!! Our union with Christ signifies our entrusting Him with our bodies in such a way that we show forth our hope for resurrection.

A Crucifixion –

6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

–           “so that” – old self was crucified with Him, body of sin brought to nothing, we would no longer be enslaved to sin

  • We are a new creation still awaiting future realities of deliverance from sin, but we are presently delivered from the power of sin in such a way that we can fight it. we have a new nature, provisions of grace.
  • I don’t believe in Christian perfection or entire sanctification in this lifetime, but I do believe that the Christian should be marked by growth. This growth might not come as fast as one would like and might even be less evident than a pagan with common grace.

A Consideration –

7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

–           “consider” : must reckon, must remind yourself of reality. I am a new creation, the old man has passed away judicially and now in actuality, the old man is dying away as I embark on this journey of sanctification.

A Command –

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

–          Paul later tells us to offer up ourselves as a living sacrifice, not a dead sacrifice, sacrifices die, but we are alive, we died and were made alive. Since we are alive, we can offer up a living sacrifice.

A Confidence –

14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

  • “sin will have no dominion over you” – fut act indicative, a sure reality. Harmatia will not Lord over you, more literal translation. Sin was your Lord, no longer is your Lord now, and will never be your Lord…will never rule over you or bring you back under its authority. You will sin, you will stumble, but your allegiance will not change. How can this be? What is the ground for such a great promise?
  • “you are not under law but under grace” – it is not just you, the law, and your magnified failures. That produces death. A righteousness has come apart from the law in Christ Jesus
  • Romans 3:21–25a (ESV) — 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.
  • Apart from law, righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe (alien righteousness), all have sinned, justified by his grace as a gift (good news), redemption in Christ Jesus, propitiation (wrath satisfier), received by faith
    • It is this foreign righteousness that does not depend on us, but depends on Christ that assures us that sin can never ever be our master
    • The law could not bestow it, but God does, to be received by faith
    • All have sinned
    • Justification, being made right is a gift according to His grace!!!
    • You will never have to bear God’s wrath because Jesus has

Changed Identity- are you in Adam or in Christ? One or the other.

Confirmed in Baptism – have you confirmed your new identity in baptism? It is the ceremony that confirms your union with Christ that you have by faith alone.

Crucifixion – do you reckon yourself dead in the death of Christ? You die to yourself in the death of Christ so that you might now life. New life can only come when you die.

Consideration – you must remind yourself of these realities. Why? Because we are prone to forget. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we are married, or parents. It’s obvious, but we must consider that such a calling entails, and so also when we view new brothers and sisters being baptized, we are reminded of that calling, much like attending a wedding reminds you of what your marital vows are.

Command – do not let sin reign in you, do not present your body as an offering for sin, but rather for righteousness

Confidence – you have been saved by grace, are being sanctified by grace, and will ultimately be saved by grace

You must fight, but the victory is won.  Salvation is not just a make you right in God’s eyes through Christ, but an imparting of transformation. A claiming and cleaning.

A word to the baptized, you have been claimed, are saved by grace, and yet you must walk in the newness for which Christ saved you.  His grace is greater than your sin, so take heart and embark iin this newness for His glory!!!

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