baptizing them” (Matthew 28:19). Yet this baptism is very essential to becoming a Christian. This is how, Paul explains: The Spirit took us and identified us with all that Jesus did. Hebrews 9:14; Acts 2:38; Hebrews 5:9; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-27; Romans 6:3; Acts 2:38, 10:48; Romans 6; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:5; Matthew 28:20; Acts 2; Acts 22:16; Colossians 2:12; Acts 19:3-5; John 3:23; John 3:3-5; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 3:20-21; John 3:5, Jackson, Wayne. In that sense, it is proper to say of believers, "We cannot sin.". There are people who are like that. He pointed to the shadow on the sand and said, "When you go down in the water and are raised up again, that is a picture of what has already happened." Water baptism is a beautiful picture of what our Lord has done for us. The apostle's answer -- as we have already seen in the first two verses -- is, "By no means!" It needs food; it needs replenishment of energy. You just don't have to. ...but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have returned from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him [your tongue. You see, the Law produces condemnation. For example, a few sectarian scholars contend that the baptism of Romans 6:3-4 and Galatians 3:26-27 is not water baptism, but Spirit baptism. Step #1 is to reckon yourself dead to sin. Scripture is very careful to help us see that in Jesus there was no sin. Verses 6 and 7: For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin -- because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. As we are completely immersed in the water, we symbolize burial with our Lord; we are baptized into His death on the cross and are no longer slaves to self or sin (Romans 6:3–7). Ooh a softball from one who can't admit that faith comes from God. I remember how the Spirit made it come alive, and I saw the great promise that all the things I was struggling with as a young man would ultimately be mastered -- not because I was so smart, but because God was teaching me and leading me into victory. The command is: “Go . John is talking about your spirit, the essential you. Paul is tracing this parallel. I don't fully know how that is true, but I certainly believe it. Baptism and Romans 6:3-5, being born again by water is not salvation. There is nothing inherently sinful about our bodies -- they are perfectly all right -- but somehow an alien power remains in them, and that is where we are tempted all our life long. Paul is describing the two steps that we are to repeat over and over again, in dealing with evil in our lives. He becomes a new creature. I will never forget how, as a young man in the service during World War II, I was on a watch one night, reading the book of Romans. (Romans 6:2c NIV). Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Paul makes it clear that our spirits were freed from sin. Some time ago, Ron Ritchie told me of an experience that he had on Easter Sunday during a baptism service in the ocean near his house. The word united means "to graft a branch into another." Every evidence of history demonstrates it to be true. Just as the brain is linked with the mind, so the glands are linked with emotions. Acts 22:16), a fact conceded by Professor Toussaint (Walvoord and Zuck, 418). That is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Why do we bury a corpse? You will search in vain to find any mention of water even in the entire book of Romans! Access date: November 27, 2020. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1498-do-romans-6-3-4-and-galatians-3-26-27-refer-to-spirit-baptism. But we have the power not to sin because we have God himself within us -- the living God. But when a person experiences the baptism of Romans 6 he becomes another person. We cannot because we have died, have been buried, and have risen again with Jesus, and therefore we too may live a new life. Baptism cannot be a requirement for salvation. Neither did I ever see it otherwise applied in any ancient writer. This is a dry passage. Christ died, and we died; Christ was buried, and we were buried with him; Christ rose again, and we rose with him. Even your soul, which is produced by the union of the body and the spirit, is not wholly you. Is it possible to maintain such a lifestyle and be a Christian? Consider the following: In the New Testament, Spirit baptism is never a command. The Spirit of God is able to ignore the two thousand years since the crucifixion and resurrection and somehow identify us, who live in this 20th century -- as he has all believers of past centuries -- with that moment when Jesus died, was buried, and rose again from the dead. The life is fully shared. The baptism in view in Romans 6 was in response to a command, to which the Roman Christians previously had been obedient, thereby being “made free from sin” (6:17-18). How could one possibly command the Holy Spirit to baptize him? Verses 5-10 introduce a new figure for us and reveal a deeper revelation of what has happened to us. That union with Christ is the truth from which everything else in Scripture flows. We say that we have a weight problem. That is why his body died. The body was useless, unresponsive. That requires something far more potent than water. If you are a Christian, there will be a noticeable change of behavior because of a radical change of government. The people Paul was writing to had been baptized in water after their conversion and regeneration, and Paul supposes that their water baptism had helped them to understand the reality of what the Spirit had already done to them. His answer is, "Absolutely not." We become angry, so that we hate and feel jealousy. This is the usual water used for baptism, although ordinary water is allowed in some circumstances. The apostle uses two marvelous visual aids that God likes to employ to help us to understand truth. Other problems have come in, with which I still struggle. (Romans 6:13b NIV). We have the freedom not to sin and the desire not to sin. When you sit at the table to eat, you are satisfying a very normal appetite that God gave to your body. In water baptism the person who goes under the water is the same one who comes up out of the water. RayStedman.org/permissions. It served a first-century purpose (Acts 2 and 10) and has not been a part of the divine plan since that time. You are free to refuse it. I remember walking the floor, my heart just boiling over with praise and thanksgiving to God. He lives now, and he lives under the will and by the power of God. The blood of Jesus Christ is the agent of cleansing power resident in God’s plan of redemption (Hebrews 9:14a). You are under grace, and God understands your struggle. How did we die to sin? Some of you have fruit trees and you have done grafting. Baptism is the symbol of what has already occurred in the heart and life of one who has trusted Christ as Savior (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12). 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. The body requires rest from time to time. Biblical psychology tells us that basically we are spirits dwelling in human bodies. We sin with our minds. 5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. Jesus does not go back into sin; he does not go back into death. We are now in Christ, and he is our life from now on. Why does Paul bring in the Law? I hope this is clear, because it is a very important picture, one that will govern the rest of the book of Romans, as well as all the New Testament. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Paul is still discussing the question, "Can a believer go on sinning?" That is why he was buried. That is why, before you became a Christian, even when you tried to be good, you couldn't. John the Baptist, who made his reputation because he baptized in water, said, "I indeed baptize you with water, but there comes One after me, greater than I, who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit," John 1:33). ", Looking back across these more than thirty years since that night, I can see that God has broken the grip of the things that mastered me then. I don't think we need to struggle with this, because something similar has already been referred to in Chapter 5. The one is the shadow, or figure, of the other. But there is no water here. William Wall, noted Anglican scholar, in his celebrated volume, The History of Infant Baptism (published in 1705), wrote: All the ancient Christians (without the exception of one man) do understand that the rule of our Saviour (John iii.5): “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man [it is in the original ean me tis, ‘except a person,’ or ‘except one’] be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God,” of baptism. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.