Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 6:10-11

“The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

– Romans 6:10-11

The topic of this portion of Romans 6 is really baptism, and the difference baptism effects in the lives of those who are baptized.  A few verses earlier we’re told that as a result of baptism, “we should no longer be slaves to sin.”  Romans 6 tells us that through baptism we were buried with Christ into his death.  Besides sounding creepy, that truth means sin has lost its grip on us “because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”  OK, so baptism frees us from the power of sin.  We are no longer slaves to sin.  That’s significant, but it does not mean that we will not sin.  It simply means we are not controlled by sin anymore.  We are under the control of the Holy Spirit.  We will still sin, but by God’s grace, we have the power to say “No” to sin and instead glorify God with our actions.  Baptism washes us clean from sin, and nobody in their right mind would intentionally dive back into the manure pit of sin just to be washed off again.  Likewise we do not take our forgiveness for granted.  We strive to say “No” to sin and show our thankfulness to God by obeying His will.  We will never be perfect here on earth, so we trust in the perfect life offered in our place by Jesus on the Cross.  In baptism we died to sin, now be alive for God!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 11, 2015 – Romans 6:1-11

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Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 11, 2015 – Romans 6:1-11

One of the reasons Jesus was baptized, was to set an example for His followers.  Baptism is critical, and it imparts amazing blessings to us.  We’ll review the blessings of baptism this Sunday at Victory! Learn more about the book of Romans 6:1-11 this Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Victory Lutheran Church.