Romans 6 is a very good passage to help someone seeking to become a Christian know what is involved in their decision to be baptized. We can share what kind of commitment is involved and what changes need to be made in their lives that show Jesus is truly Savior AND Lord.
But the apostle Paul did not write Romans 6 as an outreach passage to the lost; rather, it is written to those who are already Christians in the church at Rome. It is written to disciples who need to be reminded that their spiritual birth into Christ that took place in the past has ramifications in their life NOW and into their future forevermore. Baptism is a one-time event BUT it has ongoing implications as long as we live. We should always remember the day we accepted the grace of God in Christ as we expressed our faith by being buried with Jesus in baptism. The blood of Jesus washes away our sins of the past and continues to wash away our sins day by day as we continue to walk in the light.
The water into which we are immersed is not special holy water. What is holy is the sacrifice of God in the holy, sinless Son of God. His precious blood is holy to forgive. Let’s remember what Jesus did for us AND let’s remember the day we gave our lives to Jesus in baptism. May it influence us from here to heaven.
Read Romans 6:1-23. Then listen to Holy Water by We The Kingdom.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 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. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.