1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2. God forbad. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3. Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4. 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. 5. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness pf his resurrection: 6. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
What Paul is a expressed here, shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase, by no means! That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. In no way is the abundance of God grace designed to encourage sin. Death to sin is to be separation from sin’s power, not the extinction of sin, being dead to sin means being set free from sin. Paul ask, how can they live in it any longer, when we have receive a great salvation through Jesus Christ our savor. Baptism is not a form, or a ritual it signifies our identification with Christ, through baptism we are immerse into Christ taking him as our realm, that we may be united with him as one in his death and resurrection. See there is a natural body: it is raised a spiritual body, there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. In 1 corinthians, chapter 15:45, Said and so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. When we are baptized into Christ we are baptized into his death, his death has separated us from the world and the satanic power of darkness, of satan. And has terminated our natural life, our old nature, ourself, our flesh, and even our entire history. Our old man has been crucified with Christ and it has been buried with him through baptism unto death. We do not die dircetly we enter into Christ, death through baptism, Christ and his death are one apart from him we could never be baptized into his death. For the element of his effective death is found only in him the resurrected, all-inclusive one. Now after baptism we become a new person in the resurrection. resurrection not only a further state, it is also a present process, to walk in newness of life means to live today in the realm of resurrection and to reign in life. This kind of living deals with all that is of Adam in us until we are fully transformed and conformed to the image of Christ. Romans chapter 8:29, Tell us for whom he did foreknow he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. This tell us that an organic union in which growth takes place, so that one partakes of the life and characteristics of the other. This organic union with Christ, fully transformed and conformed to the image of the Son. Jesus said, I am the resurrection, and the life: be that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. After experiencing a proper baptism, we continue to grow in and with Christ in the likeness of his resurrection, that is in walk in newness of life. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
To God Be The Glory
Minister David A. Benjamin