A Sermon on Romans 6:3-4
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (ESV)
Does your battle against sin feel hopeless? Will we ever conquer this war against our flesh? As Christians, we have died, we have been buried, and we have been crucified with Christ. But yet we still sin! Paul has explained that all Christians were previously under the wrath, rule, and reign of sin. However, just as we were related and joined with Adam, so now we are related and joined with Christ who died on the cross. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones emphasizes that this has happened, without question! It is the first step in justification. In addition to being joined in Christ’s death, we have been buried with Christ as well. Burial is always the final proof of death. This means that we are truly done with our past way of life and sin. Finally, we join Christ in His resurrection. Christ could not be held by the power of death and the glory and power of God raised him from the dead. That same glory and power raised us as well! Because of this, Lloyd-Jones urges us to walk in this newness of life. Rejoice in the fact that we are joined with Christ and walk with Him in our new life!