Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
July 25, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<236> Thesis: Being baptized into Christ has nothing to do with any physical reality and everything to do with the way God deals with us. Introduction: In our last study we camped on Paul's question as to whether it is legitimate to react to the super-abundance of grace with the conclusion that we can "continue in sin." We saw that his answer was a most emphatic "No" because those who are dead to sin cannot walk any longer in sin. This is a very problematical declaration for one reason: no one, believer or unbeliever, lives a sin-free life. It is a fruitless thing to raise a non-issue -- if one cannot sin, what point would there be to asking if one "could"? On the other hand, Paul indisputably said that we have "died" to sin. So, as we begin our study this evening, it is with some trepidation because the issue is not "simple." To begin an answer, Paul asks whether, or not, his readers "are ignorant" regarding how they got to be "dead" to sin. And he tells them that they got that way by "baptism". Thus, this evening we are going to look into this issue of "being baptized into Christ Jesus."