Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
May 22, 2016
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 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.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1901 ASV Translation:
3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have become united with [him] in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of his resurrection;
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin;
7 for he that hath died is justified from sin.
8 But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him;
9 knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death no more hath dominion over him.
10 For the death that he died, he died unto sin once: but the life that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Even so reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God in Christ Jesus.
- I. Ignorance Regarding the Impact of Our Baptism.
- A. The issues of "ignorance" in Romans are not insignificant.
- 1. There are six references to "ignorance" in Romans.
- a. 1:13 refers to the ignorance of the Romans to Paul's "oft times efforts" to come to them.
- b. 2:4 refers to "ignorance" that God's goodness is designed to lead to repentance.
- c. 6:3 is our current text.
- d. 7:1 questions the "ignorance" of those who do not realize that the Law only has an impact upon those yet alive under its dominion.
- e. 10:3 refers to the "ignorance" of those who are unaware of God's method of righteousness so that they go about trying to establish a different method.
- f. 11:25 says that "ignorance" can lead to being "wise in your own conceits".
- 2. All of these, with the possible exception of the first, are tied to significant theological realities that are widely distorted if "ignorance" is present.
- 3. That there are real life consequences to "ignorance" directly implies that whatever it is of which we are "ignorant" requires that we become "aware" so that the truth needed can have its result.
- a. This means, at the very least, that the "truth" is not inherently capable of producing its fruit apart from both "awareness" and "faith"; otherwise "ignorance" would be no problem.
- b. This also means, at the very least, that the "truth" has to be recognized at a sufficiently potent level that it dominates those who are "aware" in the realms of "love" and "faith".
- c. Thus, being set free from the impact of "The Sin" and "The Disbelief" is directly involved with a "truth" that, loved and believed, produces actual results in terms of freedom.
- B. At issue: a most fundamental aspect of our baptism.