Roaming Through Romans-Part 13

There is a teaching abroad today that one can receive Jesus as Savior without necessarily submitting to His Lordship. How absurd this is becomes very clear, when we consider the implications of Romans Chapter Six. In verses1-6, we learn of a remarkable baptism. This baptism is a Spiritual one. It is the "one baptism" spoken of in Ephesians 4:5. It is the baptism that takes us out of our position in Adam and places us in Christ and in His Body, the church (I Corinthians 12:13). In the opening two verses, Paul, under inspiration, forever shatters the notion that we can continue in sin and thereby exalt the grace of God. He asks, "…How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer in it?" (Verse 2).  Let me mention in passing, this caution: This is not teaching "sinless perfection". The life of an unbeliever is characterized by increasing sinfulness, that of the believer is characterized by constantly increasing victory over sin. Let’s look at verses 3-10 This wonderful baptism has accomplished a truly amazing thing. God, in a tremendous display of his wisdom and power, has carved us "out of Adam" and grafted us "into Christ". We died with Jesus! God caused us to be "identified" with Him on the cross. We were buried with Him and rose again with Him (these too were by "identification"). We arose to walk in "newness of life"! Goodbye to the old life, hello to the new life! Now, we live under the gaze, discipline, and leading of God. There is much more here but these are a few thoughts.  Selah!  Weigh your options. There are two ways to travel in life. The broad way leads to hell! The narrow way leads to Heaven. If you are going in the wrong direction, turn around while you can. Turn to God. Read Romans 10:9-10    Ron

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