My last article ended with the question, “At what point in our faith do we die with Christ?” The answer is in Romans 6. The Roman Christians had died to sin, as verse 2 indicates.
We see the answer beginning in verse 3.
They died to sin when they were baptized (immersed in water). According to this verse, baptism is the way to get into Christ and into His death. The following verse shows the result.
The result is new life! Baptism mirrors Jesus’ burial and resurrection.
- Christ was buried in a tomb; the sinner is buried in water.
- Christ was resurrected physically; the sinner is resurrected spiritually.
This chapter is ultimately about the repentance that takes place at the point of baptism. Notice the death references in verses 5-8:
“For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”
The lesson is simple: If you’re a baptized believer, you’ve died to sin, so don’t return to it! If you haven’t been baptized, you haven’t died to sin, nor have you entered Christ or His death. We encourage you to take that step today!
In my next article, you’ll learn more about baptism and the other conditions for salvation.