Union with Christ: A Matter of Life and Death

“Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means!” This is how the apostle Paul responded to the idea that God’s abundant grace might cause us to embrace sin rather than fight it.

In explaining why the Christian should not indulge in sin, the apostle expounds on the essential doctrine of our union with Christ. As we shall see in Romans 6:1-11, Paul explains that because Christ died for sin, we are to be dead to sin. Moreover, because we are made alive in Christ we able to live for Christ.

This sermon was preached by Clay Kraby at Grace Baptist Church in Grand Forks, ND.

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Romans 6:1-11

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

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