- Text: Rom. 6:3,4.
- “This is a faithful saying: for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him” (2 Tim. 2:11).
- It is in baptism that we die with Christ — Rom. 6:3,4.
I. Why We Need to Die with Christ
- Atonement for our sins had to be provided by Christ’s death — 1 Pt. 2:24. Cf. Rom. 3:25,26.
- We would be helpless to save ourselves without Christ’s sacrifice — Rom. 5:6–8.
- We cannot save ourselves by the mere effort to be more obedient — Rom. 7:21–24.
- Only through Christ’s sacrifice can we be “reconciled” to God — Rom. 5:11. Cf. 2 Cor. 5:18.
- It should be love and gratitude that motivate us to live for Him — 2 Cor. 5:14,15.
II. Dying with Christ in Baptism
- As we have seen in the previous lessons in this series, all the other steps lead up to forgiveness, but it is in baptism that our sins are washed away — Ac. 22:16.
- If it is in baptism that we “die with Christ,” then the question “Have you been baptized?” becomes very important.
- Baptism is not an arbitrary action required by God — it is the act in which, according to God’s design, we die to our old life and become “new” in Christ — Col. 2:12. Cf. 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; 3:27.
- If we’re thinking rightly, we would want to be baptized “in the same hour of the night” (Ac. 16:33,34). Cf. 8:35,36.
- Jesus commission to His apostles included the command to baptize those who were receptive to the gospel: “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt. 28:19).
III. Dying with Christ Is a Decision
- Dying with Christ is not automatic; it is a matter of choice — Col. 3:1–11. Cf. Rom. 6:1–8.
- Our decision is one we must continue to remember and re-make daily — Col. 2:6. Cf. Lk. 9:23.
- The command to “be faithful” (Rev. 2:10) is a command we can obey — and we must choose to obey it.
- Importance of the Lord’s Supper each week as a reminder.
- In this observance, we remember not only that Christ died (1 Cor. 11:26) but that we have died with Him!
- “He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Cor. 5:15).
- Commitment involved. How committed are you to “walking in newness of life”?
- Those willing to die with Christ must be willing to share in His shame and His suffering.
- Going “outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Hb. 13:12,13).
- Sharing the “fellowship of His sufferings” (Phil. 3:10,11). Cf. Col. 1:24; 1 Pt. 4:13.
- So to “confess Christ” and “die with Him,” we must be willing to take our stand with Him, openly and courageously — Mt. 10:32,33.
- Have you died with Christ, receiving the forgiveness of your sins and becoming a disciple of His?
- What hinders you from obeying the gospel? Cf. Ac. 22:16.
Gary Henry — WordPoints.com + AreYouaChristian.com