“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4).
Here’s that beautiful image: Just as Christ died, was buried, and rose again, so are we when we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ: We die to our sins, we are buried in baptism, and then rise from the watery grave to walk a new life. Please get your Bible and read 2 Corinthians 5:17.
The other evening while traveling around Oklahoma City, I turned on the radio and caught an articulate speaker from the area speak on Romans chapter 6. I was surprised because very few men I hear on the radio or television tackle this topic.
I was impressed with the man’s articulacy, and I was more impressed with his teaching. He drew the picture just as Paul drew it and developed the Lord’s pattern well, until he came to the end. Then at the end, I’m sorry to say, he disturbed the picture by drawing a man-made conclusion and digressed from the scriptures.
He did not draw the same conclusion the apostle Paul does in Romans chapter 6. In verses 17-18, after having established that we die our sins, are buried in baptism, and then walk a new life, Paul gives the natural conclusion: “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
We will close this study and resume the thought of “obeying from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered unto us” Lord willing next week.
Have a great week. Join us on the Lord’s Day at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Wednesday 7:30 p.m. at the East Ridge church of Christ, 728 S.E. 12th St. in Moore.
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