Blessed union through Christ’s death and resurrection

Such powerful scriptures are found in Romans the 6th chapter. I would like to expound on them.

“Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (vs.1)
Shall we as believers, as those who have been washed in the blood of Christ, continue on in sin?
Some think so.
“God forbid!” (vs.2) Pretty strong words, aren’t they?

Now, Paul goes into a beautiful explanation on “death and resurrection.”
Let us break down these verses with the hope that they will sink deep into our spirits.

In verse 3, Paul explains “death” to sin.
“Don’t you know, that you were baptized into Jesus Christ and were baptized into his death?”
Don’t you get it! You died with Christ through baptism. There is a “union” that takes place here through his death. And the death is a death to sin.

Through a baptism of death, we died. “We are buried with Christ” How? “by baptism into death” (vs.4)
Now Paul gets into the “power”, the enabler (so to speak) the “Resurrection” power.
….”just as Christ was raised (resurrected) up from the dead, by the glory of God the Father, even should we also walk in newness of life.” (vs.4) Do you see the power here to live a life dead to sin? Just as Christ died to sin, we too are to have died to sin, and have been resurrected to a life of power to overcome sin. Not a life that always presumes upon the grace of God, and always sins. If that is the case, where is “the power?” There is none, point blank!

Walk in the power of the resurrection. There is no greater power. We are talking about a new life, a resurrected life. “Behold all things have become new.”

Verse 5, again talks about the “blessed union” we have with Christ. “Planted together” or “one with him” How? “In the likeness of his death”. The same holds true in his resurrection, the likeness of his resurrection. What a blessed union we have through both of these acts of obedience. They are made one through baptism.

Now if we truly have this knowledge, if we truly know that we have died, if we truly have had this experience, then as it says in verse 6, “the old man” or our “old being” has been crucified with Christ. What took place with this crucifiction? Our “body of sin was destroyed.” And what is the outcome? “that we should no longer be a slave to sin.” If we truly died, we died to sin. True Christians are no longer slaves to sin. They might sin once in a while, but will not habitually sin. Sin is the exception, not the rule. Why? because we have died. Remember our verse, “shall we continue in sin that grace my abound?” “God forbid!”

“For when a person dies, he is set free from the power of sin” (vs.7) By “dieing” through Christ death, we have died to sin. And since this took place, “we believe that we shall also live with him.” (vs.8) The Resurrection!

Verse 9, “we know that Christ has been raised (resurrected) and will never die again.” Because of this, “death will no longer rule” or “have dominion over him.” He conquered death!

Now I love the example put forth in verse 10. “And so, because he died,” What was the outcome? “sin has no power over him;” and because of this, “Christ lives his life in fellowship with God.” Because of this, what are we to do? Verse 11 tells us, “reckon yourselves” or “count yourselves dead to sin.” “Think of yourselves as dead, so far as sin is concerned.”

Do we? What did Christ’s death produce? “Death to sin”

And let us not forget what the resurrection produced! LIFE! “but alive to God (In union with him through Christ’s death and resurrection) through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Oh what a blessed union! All because of Christ! His death and resurrection!

What a blessed baptism!

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6 Responses to “Blessed union through Christ’s death and resurrection”

  1. scaryreasoner Says:

    Blatantly, proudly idiotic nonsense. The whole of Christianity is in-your-face idiocy.

  2. rjperalta Says:

    Scaryreasoner,
    Well, I don’t know what has happened in your life to get you to this place, but I pray that God would grant to you his love, grace and mercy. And also, His gift of repentance to you.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. timbob Says:

    Good morning. Great explanation of how we are dead to sin and no longer enslaved as we once were. As you so adequately state, we may sin once in a while, but it’s now the exception, not the rule.

    I have this one which I’m thinking of turning into a post. It’s entitled “I Have Seen Hell” and the author tells of how he was granted, through a vision, a tour of this place that Jesus went to the cross to keep us from entering. He tells how the particular sins which drove a person in life, be it drunkenness, gambling, what have you, torments that person for ever. I can’t explain it; I’ll just have to put it out here when I can. I sometimes feel that we vail to grasp just how serious sin is. (even christians)

    Just as we fail to grasp the seriousness of sin, many fail to grasp the victory that Christ gave us over sin which you as adequately explain in this post. Holiness is not legalism as many think. It’s true liberty and victory over that which once held us in its grasp. It’s a joy that goes far beyond the temoprary pleasures of sin for a season.

    Great post. I’ll have to get back when I can to catch up. Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob

  4. Prodigal Knot Says:

    Good morning again!

    This brings to mind the scripture “You must realize, however, that in the last days difficult times will come. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unfeeling, uncooperative, slanderous, degenerate, brutal, hateful of what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They will hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power. Stay away from such people.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

    Those who presume upon the grace of God consider it their due, not a gift. No one who presumes upon a gift should expect to receive it.

    ScaryReasoner – The “whole” of Christendom is indeed blatant “in-your-face” idiocy, I agree. Notice I said Christendom? That’s because most people who claim to be Christ’s don’t obey Him or mirror Him. None of us are perfect, but true believers KNOW that we will live forever in a perfect world if we prove ourselves worthy by faith which produces obedience. “But because of your stubborn and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. For he will repay everyone according to what that person has done: eternal life to those who strive for glory, honor, and immortality by patiently doing good; but wrath and fury for those who in their selfish pride refuse to believe the truth and practice wickedness instead.” (Romans 2:5-8)

  5. rjperalta Says:

    Timbob,
    I’ll look forward to that post. Yes, “Holiness is not legalism” I agree. It is also not an outward standard that many teach. The word does teach modesty, but many have run to extremes with that one.
    Thanks,
    Be blessed

  6. rjperalta Says:

    Steve,
    Good scripture, so true.
    Thanks for your reply to scaryreasoner. Excellent scripture.
    Thanks,
    May God grant you his blessings

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