06/12/11 Do You Know Your Position in Christ?

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Under: Sermon

Baptism Service

Text: Romans 6:1-10 (HCSB)

1 What should we say then? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may multiply? 2 Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life. 5 For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, 7 since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, 9 because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, no longer dies. Death no longer rules over Him. 10 For in that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in that He lives, He lives to God.

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 (KVJ)

Intro: So “Should we continue in sin” The believer is not to continue in Sin! A genuinely saved person cannot abuse the mercy of God. That believer cannot walk in sin; nor make a habit of sinning. To do so is to tread upon the mercy of God and make a mockery of God's grace. It is to say that God's grace gives a person the permit to sin, and such is a contradiction of terms - as much a contradiction as to say that a dead man is alive. The way for a man to break the habit of sin is for him to know the glorious position he can have in Christ. One thing is certain: every believer should definitely know the position he holds in Christ. It will revolutionize his life.

The believer is to know his real position in Christ. Knowledge of his position will help keep him from sin.

Position #1: vs. 3-5. A believer’s baptism places them with Christ.

3 Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life. 5 For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection.

Christians everywhere agree that baptism is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When a true believer is immersed, he is proclaiming to the world that he is being identified with Christ:

"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." Galatians 3:27 (HCSB)

"And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on the character of Christ, like putting on new clothes." Have you put on Christ? I think some of you have all the wiring you just haven’t turn on the switch! We are united with Christ, like putting on new clothes!

I have made a habit of reminding the baptism candidate what happens with this baptism identification, when your placed under water your proclaiming that you have died and been buried with Christ, and by being raised up from the water, you are proclaiming that you have been raised from the dead with Christ to live a new life.

With this identification and new life with Christ there should no longer be a desire to live in bondage and the constant desire to sin.

So something many of us learn in VBS is very important with this position: Admit you’re a sinner, Believe that Jesus Christ Died for your sins and Confess of your sins.

The Bible reminds us that: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Think about it for a moment. When Christ died, he laid aside His old life and left it behind Him. Therefore, 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. The believer receives a "new birth" receives a "new heart" becomes a "new creature" becomes a "new man" 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.

Position #2: vs. 6-7. Old nature crucified with Christ.

6 For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, 7 since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims.

"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 (KJV)

Position #2 is just as important as the first one I mentioned for it reminds us: "Our old man was crucified with Christ." It was a once-for-all act that Christ Himself effected. He took our "old man" to the cross with Him when He died. The "old man" means. Our old self before Christ, our corrupt nature, our depraved nature, our sinful self. This act destroys are sin of the past.

The idea is that all sin within a believer is destroyed, conquered, forgiven, and crucified with Christ. The believer is freed from sin. He starts anew, and he stays clean and free from sin by walking in constant confession and fellowship before God. So if we: "confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Position #3: vs. 8-10. This new position places you with Christ forever.

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, 9 because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, no longer dies. Death no longer rules over Him. 10 For in that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in that He lives, He lives to God.

Last but not least position I want to mention is what this relationship with Christ allows us to have - Eternal Life! The believer shall live with Christ both now and forever. We know and possess absolute assurance and confidence that "we shall...live with Christ." The idea is that we shall live eternally with Him. What gives us such belief and absolute assurance? Christ has conquered death - once-for-all. The believer is to live to God through all eternity, beginning right now, from the moment of our conversion. Death has no more dominion over us. We are immersed or placed into the resurrected life of Christ.

"I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life." John 5:24 (HCSB)

Conclusion:

Does the grace of God give a person a free reign to sin? Can a person just go ahead and do what he wants expecting God to forgive him? Grace means God's undeserved and unmerited favor.

The believer's position in Christ shows the utter impossibility of a true believer continuing in sin.

Do you know your position in Christ?

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