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Romans 6:3 Baptized Into Jesus Christ

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Baptized into Jesus Christ                                               

Romans 6: 3                                                                 

        I.     ”Baptism” A Parallel passage – 1 Cor. 12: 13)

               A.   When used in connection with the Holy Spirit, it is often  misrepresented as water baptism. And water baptism, while it means immersion, also implies identification.

               B.   Eph. 4: 5.   The whole Godhead is found in this passage.

                     1.   One Lord – God the Father

                     2.   One faith – the faith of Christ

                     3.   One baptism – the baptism of the Holy Spirit

               C.  The difference between the literal and the metaphorical.

                     1.   Metaphor – a figure of speech in which a term is transferred from the object it ordinarily designates to an    object it may designate by analogy.

                     2.   Example: iron – a certain metal.  Metaphor – he has an iron will.

                     3.   The will is not metal, but by analogy, metal is strong,  hard, firm

                     4.   “Iron will” implies stubbornness or obstinacy of will.

                     5.   Baptism often implies identification, and in many instances more clearly illuminates in its metaphorical sense.  Matt. 28: 19; Eph. 4: 5; Lk. 3: 16. (Use identifying, identification and identify in these passages.)

               C.  With the above in mind, let us look at 1 Cor. 15: 29-32.)

                     1.   Is baptism in the passage literal or metaphorical?

                     2.   Which makes more sense, or better yet, which is spiritually correct?

                     3.   The verse in its metaphorical sense is an insight into life    with Christ. (Baptism is clearly – identified here)

       II.     Identification with Christ

               A.   If in Romans 6: 3 we see spiritual identification with Jesus Christ, since we obviously did not physically die, then in

                     1 Cor. 15: 29 we should see Paul is not talking about the physical there either.

               B.   Paul has been talking about the resurrection and presenting the facts about life everlasting. (1 Cor. 15)

                     1.   He has pointed out that if there is no resurrection, then Christ is not raised (vs. 11-14) our preaching is vain.

                     2.   But in V. 20 Paul declares Christ is risen, and proceeds to show the consequences of the resurrection, even to the future when God is all in all. V. 28.

               C.  I Cor. 15: 29-32 paraphrased: What is the sense of being identified with dead men if they are not going to live again? And why do you suppose we would stand in jeopardy every hour for a dead man? I identify myself with Christ because I know He is resurrected, otherwise we may as well eat and drink for tomorrow we may all be dead. Then what advantage would I have had to fight with the beast at Ephesus?”

               D.  Paul says here, “you need to put first things first. It is not the physical body of Christ we are identified with,

                     it his spiritual one.

               E.   2 Cor. 5: 17; Eph. 1: 6; Rom. 8: 1

               F.   As a believer, I become a part of Christ body by the work of the Holy Spirit – spiritual baptism or identification.

                     1.   While we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1: 4,) we must accept what he did

                           (I Cor. 15: 1-4) before we become a part of His body.  (I Cor. 12: 13, 27)

               G.  When we were baptized into Jesus Christ (Rom. 6: 3,)

                     we are identified with Him in every aspect of His life.

                     1.   Virgin birth: (2 Cor. 5: 17) Mary needed a Savior just like you and me, and she knew it (Lk. 1: 46, 47) even if certain religionist do not. *The dogma of Immaculate Conception, that the Virgin Mary was born without original sin, is not only false, but it obscures the truth that just as God the Father placed the life of the Lord Jesus into Mary by His Spirit, He place life into us by the Spirit. (Lk. 1: 34, 35) (*Our thoughts are to teach truth, not put down a religion. Please take it as it is intended)

                     2.   Circumcision:  (Col. 2: 9-11) On the eighth day of Jesus’ life He was circumcised. His heart was all holiness and did not need circumcising, but He did it (Gal. 4: 4, 5) placed himself under the law to redeem them that were under the law. And you, who were chosen before the foundation of the world are to put off the body of the flesh with spiritual circumcision. (Col. 2: 11)  The baptism of the Holy Spirit places us in the circumcision of Christ, and the circumcision of Christ puts off the body of the sins of the flesh. Our old sin nature is not eradicated, but the heart is circumcised, and our attitude toward sin should change.

                     3.   Spiritual growth: (Lk. 2: 52) Baptism of the Spirit also gives us wisdom. God the Father makes Christ our wisdom (1 Cor. 1: 30;) yet by the Spirit the word of wisdom is given,  I Cor. 12: 8)  When we realized that Christ has been made wisdom for us, we can begin to bring every thought into captivity to Him.

               H.  Sometimes we say, “oh, grow up! Act your age!” This is what God is saying in Eph. 4: 14, 15. God provides spiritual maturity by the Holy Spirit. We must grow up into Christ. We must leave the elementary doctrines of Christ and go on into maturity. Heb. 6: 1.

               I.    Know what you have, and learn about what you know.