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A Talk About Baptism


Romans 6: 1-11

When it comes to religious doctrine, no Biblical teaching seems to be denied and minimized to the extent that baptism is.

So this morning I want to talk to you about baptism.

So let’s look at the passage that was read…let’s begin in verse 7, and let’s talk about baptism.  Paul says in verse 7:

For he who has died is free…or acquitted…from sin.”

And Romans 3: 23 says that “all of us have sinned”…every one of us is guilty.

But notice verse 7 here again.

Well, don’t misunderstand.

In fact, if you will notice, he used the past tense.

When Paul speaks of dying in this passage he is talking about 2 things.

 And number two: He is talking about dying in order to be made alive in Christ.

Now, if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”

 So, Paul is talking about dying to be freed from sin…and dying to be made alive in Christ.

 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

 When do you die to sin?

 Now, look at this slide. This is the most common idea today of baptism.

Look know at this slide: You are dead in your sins; you bury the dead man; and you raise him up alive!

At baptism we die to sin, no longer slaves to sin; at baptism we “bury the old man of sin and are raised up alive in Christ.”

But now, look at this slide again: Many will say, “I have been baptized.”

At baptism we die to sin, at baptism we bury the old man of sin, and we are raised to be made alive in Christ.”

 Look at verse 11: “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

At baptism you are going through, in human form, the event of redemption that Christ went through for us.

Many today would eliminate this (baptism) altogether.

Look at the passage again. Notice in verses 3-4…all the “into”s.

And in verse 3 where it says that we have been “baptized into His death”?

By the way, did you notice that Paul doesn’t say that you “believe into Christ?”

And notice this too: Paul says that you are “baptized into Christ”; vs. 3.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

 We do not believe that salvation is in the water.

One more thing, here in Romans 6 Paul tells us that we “are to be baptized…that the old man of sin might be done away with…and that we might be made alive in Christ.”

Many people want to use their baptism as though it is an exemption card.

Some of us have taught our kids that.

That kind of thinking is similar to what these people here in Romans were thinking. Look at verse 1:

What shall we say then? Are we to continue to sin that grace might increase?”

May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”

Look with  me at Acts 2 and look at verse 38. Peter says:


Baptism is not an “exemption card.”

There is so much more to be said about baptism.

Well,  religious unity should be based on what the scriptures teach and not on compromise.

And let me add this: Don’t give in for the sake of your children.

Baptism is essential.

For the sake of salvation won’t you be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins? If so, come now as we stand.