Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 5
May 29, 2016
Humble, Texas
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<009> Thesis:   Baptism into Christ Jesus does not occur at the point of baptism in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but is the basis for our "death to The Sin". Introduction:   Thus far we have seen that Paul wants his readers to believe that something genuine actually happened when they believed in the Gospel. What "happened" is that they were significantly "separated from" both the physical and spiritual results of Adam's "sin". Believers have "died" to "The Sin" in such a way as to be significantly removed from its two-fold results. The problem for believers is that this "removal" is not a "physical" removal that makes living their new life in Christ a mindless and automatic consequence. In Adam, "living" is an automatic matter of being subjected to an incipient, physical "death" and to "a spiritual bondage" that involves the automatic assumption of "lies" as "truth". In Christ, "living" is a matter of both being "aware" (not ignorant) and "believing" that has its roots in genuine truth. Because both ignorance and the persuasiveness of lies are the natural state, genuine "living" is the result of a non-automatic, deliberate "believing". The solution to ignorance is not automatic; neither is the solution to submission to persuasive lies. This evening we are going to look into the foundations of this new, actual, reality.