Current Sermon Notes

Associating With Jesus

Romans 5:18-6:11

September 20th, 2020

  1. What Does It Mean To Be Baptized?
    1. To Identify With A Person
      • Moses – a type of Christ
      • John – to lead to Christ
      • Jesus – The Christ
      • Holy Spirit – The fullness of Christ
    2. To Identify In What The Name Of The Person Stands For
      • Moses – the giver of the Law, Old Covenant
      • John – repentance
      • Jesus – salvation, New Covenant
      • Holy Spirit – power to live a new life; empowering one’s spiritual gift.
    3. To Commit To Walk In The Teachings Of That Person
  2. Why Do We Need To Be Baptized? (Romans 5:18-21)

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God…unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.“ (John 3:3–7, NASB95)

  1. Flesh Gives Birth To Flesh
    • By our physical birth we are baptized into Adam.
    • Adam sinned against God and the result was condemnation.
    • The Law was introduced to reveal where we have sinned.
    • Therefore, the moment we are physically born, we are dying and death reigns over us unto eternal death.
  2. Spirit Gives Birth To Spirit
    • By our spiritual birth we are baptized into Jesus
    • Jesus’ act of righteousness results in our justification
    • Jesus fulfills the righteous demands of the Law
    • Therefore, the moment we are spiritually reborn, we have newness of life and grace reigns over us unto eternal life.
  • How Is Christ’s Righteousness Attained?

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known…This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe… God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood…(Rom. 3:21–25)

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9, NIV84)

  1. By Faith In Who Jesus Is And What Jesus Did.
  2. By Accepting The Gift Of Jesus’ Sacrifice.
  3. By Acknowledging That His Blood Covers Your Sin.
  4. By Believing In Your Heart That God Raised Him From The Dead
  5. By Confessing With Your Mouth That Jesus Is Your Lord

Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32, NASB95)

  1. How Are We Baptized?
    1. Internally, With The Holy Spirit

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance…(Eph. 1:13–14)

  1. Externally, With Water

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5, NASB95)

  1. The Symbolism Of Water Baptism By Immersion (Rom. 6:1-11)
    1. The Public Profession Of One’s Internal
    2. Associating With Jesus (6:3-6, 10-11)
      • Going into the water – Believing In Jesus – Leaving one’s old life and its associations – sin, the world.
      • Going under the water – Buried with Jesus – Dying to one’s old life and associations.
      • Coming up out of the water 1 – Rebirthed with Jesus – Cleansed of one’s old life and associations.
      • Coming up out of the water 2 – Blessed with Jesus – God’s favor on our new life and association with Christ.
      • Coming up out of the water 3 – Raised with Jesus – The Promise of new life and new associations.
      • Leaving the water – Repentance – The Commitment to live the new life with our new associations as God asks. (Church)
    3. The Desire To Live A Changed Life (6:1-2, 6-7)
      • Once we are baptized into the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit lives within us, we have died to sin.
      • Sin no longer has mastery over us! We have been set free and are no longer children of wrath, but we have now become sons and daughters of the Most High God.

So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, (Romans 8:12–16, NASB95)