Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
August 8, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<240> Thesis: Living the "new" life has everything to do with what we know and believe. Introduction: As we have looked into Paul's argument in Romans 6 regarding his claim that we are dead to sin, we have seen that, whatever his words mean, their reality does not absolutely stop believers from committing sins. So in our search for the true meaning, we have looked into the fact that we are significantly involved in at least three distinct baptisms as believers. The most easily visible one of the three is the one which involves the use of water and functions as a union of men with men in the minds of men. The other two are invisible. One of the remaining two is the baptism which involves Christ's gift of the Holy Spirit to those who believe in Him. Technically, this is a baptism of the Spirit into us (as if, by analogy, we were the water into which He was plunged). This baptism brings a union of God and man in the minds of God and men in that God takes up residence in men's bodies as "temples". And the remaining invisible baptism is one which involves the Holy Spirit's gift of the believer to Christ. In this baptism the Holy Spirit plunges us into Christ (as if, by analogy, He is the water into which we are plunged). This baptism brings a union of men and Christ in the minds of God and men to the degree to which the issue of "reckoning" is involved. This evening we are going to look a bit further into this issue of "reckoning" as we consider again our quest to discover the truth of Paul's words. At the end of Romans 6:4 Paul wrote about "walking in newness of life". This evening we are going to look into that issue in respect to the issue of "reckoning".