01/19/14 Placed INTO Jesus Christ!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, January 20, 2014 Under: Sermon

Text: Romans 6:3-5 (NKJV)

3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised 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 united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.”

Intro: Baptism is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When a true believer is immersed, they are proclaiming to the world that they are being identified with Christ: by being placed under the water, they are proclaiming that they have died and been buried with Christ. By being raised up from the water, they are proclaiming that they have been raised from the dead with Christ to live a new life. So what are you proclaiming? Have you died to self and have you been buried, have you risen in Christ, who are you identifying yourself with?

Application: When you identify with Christ you die to self, spiritually rise with Christ to an eternal hope.

The believer is immersed, placed into, or

1. Identified with Christ in Death: vs. 3

“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?”

When a person really believes in Christ, then God takes that person's faith and counts it as the death of Christ. God counts the person as having died in Christ. He takes the person's faith (and baptism as stated in this text) and counts the person as participating in Christ's death. To be placed into Christ's death, to be identified with Christ's death, to be a partaker of Christ' death, to be in union with Christ's death and to be bound with Christ in death.

When a person truly honors God's Son by trusting Him, God honors that person by spiritually placing him into the death of Christ. If the believer is counted by God as having been immersed into the death of Christ, then the believer, has died to sin, has died to the penalty of sin, has died to the judgment of sin and now is freed from sin, freed from the penalty of sin and freed from the judgment of sin.

This also means that the rule and reign and the habits and desires of sin no longer have control. Sin ceases to have a place or a position in your live. No longer in bondage – you are free! and last but not least the guilt of sin. Are you still experiencing guilt? WHAT CAN WASH AWAY OUR SINS? NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

It is important to understand the word “in”: No longer to live "in" sin, in the position and place of sin. We cannot live without sin, not perfectly, but we are free from living "in" sin. You no longer practice and desire sin. You desire and practice righteousness, seeking to please God in all that you do. And as glorious as this is, it means that we are freed from the condemnation of sin, the terrible punishment that shall be measured out in the awful Day of Judgment.

This is the believer's position in Christ. He is immersed, buried, placed into, and identified with Christ in death. And having died, the believer never has to be under the rule and reign of sin and its judgment again. A true believer is a person who really believes. It means you have repented, confessed, obey, and have been baptized. It is this person whom God credits as having died in Christ. This is the glorious position of the true believer. "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" Galatians 2:20

“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

The believer is immersed, placed into, or identified with Christ in Death.
The believer is immersed, placed into, or

2. Identified with Christ in His resurrection: vs. 4

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

The same picture of baptism is used again to strike home this glorious truth. God counts the true baptized believer as having been raised in Christ. God takes the believer's faith (and baptism as stated in this text) and counts the person as participating in Christ's resurrection. He counts and considers the person, to be raised in Christ's resurrection, to be placed into Christ's resurrection, to be identified with Christ's resurrection, to be a partaker of Christ's resurrection, to be in union with Christ's resurrection and to be bound with Christ in His resurrection.

This reminds me of the story of Lazarus in the book of John; he was raised from the dead for the glory of God. Believers will rise for the glory of God. The "glory" of God means all the excellence of God; all that He is in His might and power, love and grace, compassion and mercy. It means all His attributes: His omnipotence (all power), omniscience (all knowing), omnipresence (being everywhere), and sovereignty. His glorious power! It was the glory of His might and power that raised up Jesus from the dead, and it is by the glory of His might and power that he places and positions us in Christ.

“And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14 “For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.” 2 Corinthians 13:4

Thank you God for rising us up with your only begotten Son! Now this requires walking in a whole new life. The word "walk" means to walk about, to walk step by step, to control and order our behavior, to constantly and habitually walk in "newness of life." Paul proclaims to the Ephesians in his letter an important identity requirement: “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.”

Think about it for a moment. When Christ died, he laid aside His old life and left it behind Him. When He arose, He took on a totally new life, a changed life, a resurrected life. It is His new life, His changed and resurrected life that is given to us. In the Bible the word "new" often carries the idea of purity, righteousness, holiness, godliness. “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.” The believer receives a new birth, a new heart, a new creature and a new man: “you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

God's very purpose for placing us in the resurrected life of Jesus Christ is that we might walk in Christ, walk soberly, righteously and godly in this present world. The true believer puts off the old man of sin and puts on the new man of righteousness and godliness. He lives a pure, clean, and holy life.

“Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”

The believer is immersed, placed into, or identified with Christ in Death.
The believer is immersed, placed into, or identified with Christ in His Resurrection.
The believer is immersed, placed into, or

3. Identified with the most glorious hope: vs. 5

“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.”

We will be planted (immersed) in the very likeness of Jesus' resurrection. This simply means that as Jesus was raised to a new life, so shall the believer be. “That even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:5-6 (NLT)

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” As Jesus was raised to live with God, so shall the believer be. “In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

Conclusion: My introduction ended with the question: “who are you identifying yourself with?” Have you been placed into Jesus Christ? The believer is immersed, placed into, or identified with Christ in Death. The believer is immersed, placed into, or identified with Christ in His Resurrection and the believer is immersed, placed into, or identified with the most glorious Hope! So we can say this is the day that the Lord has made and: “We will rejoice and be glad in it!”

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