Scripture Reading | Romans 6:1-4
6 So what are we going to say? Should we continue sinning so grace will multiply? 2 Absolutely not! All of us died to sin. How can we still live in it? 3 Or don’t you know that all who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore, we were buried together with him through baptism into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life. 5 If we were united together in a death like his, we will also be united together in a resurrection like his.
When Paul writes these words, he has just finished talking about grace. I believe that grace can be understood as the force of the Holy Spirit pulling us into the dance of the Trinity. This is a free gift. Free but not cheap. Paul says to not take this gift lightly. To make his point he reminds them of their baptism. “Or don’t you know you were baptized into his death?” His point is, that if we really understood grace, we would understand that we’ve died to our old self (buried together with Christ) and we’ve been raised to a new life. Remember your baptism and remember who you are. I believe this to be important whether we were baptized as infants or as an adult act of surrender to Jesus.
I heard a message from Gregory Boyd a while back. I can’t remember the name of the message, but I wrote down some things he said about this passage and filed it away in my computer (maybe for such a moment as this). What follows are my notes from that talk.
There are still people today who, like the Roman church, say, “Since God loves to forgive, let’s give him something to forgive.”
Maybe we don’t say it just that way, but we go, “Meh, not big deal.”
God says, “Don’t you know who you are? Did you forget who you are? Did you forget what I made you? When you put your trust in Christ, that wasn’t just a legal forgiveness thing, you are a new being! Did you forget that! You participate in the death of Christ, you participate in the resurrection of Christ, did you forget who you are? Don’t go acting like you’re this worldly pagan! No, you’re a new creature in Christ Jesus!”
REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE
- Remember who you are! I filled you with the Spirit!
- Remember who you are! You are a king’s kid!
- Remember who you are! You’ve got the identity of Jesus Christ, kingdom DNA running through you!
- Remember who you are! You are a walking, talking temple of God!
- Remember who you are! You’ve got unsurpassable worth!
- Remember who you are! You’re seated with Christ in heavenly places!
- Remember who you are! You are destined for eternity with me!
- Remember who you are! You are a dance partner of the triune God!
NEVER FORGET WHO YOU ARE!
- God’s says, “You’re better than this!”
- You’re better than this! You’re my kid!
- You’re better than this! You’re my partner in changing the world!
- You’re better than this porn addiction you keep falling into!
- What are doing wallowing in the mud when I’ve seated you on the throne of grace, for crying out loud! You’re better than this!
- You’re better than this pettiness that you are involved in!
- Come on! Walk in your identity!
- You’re better than this squabbling you always get involved in!
- You’re better than this
- I’ve filled you with my spirit of outrageous love!
- You’re better than this racist attitude that you keep on having.
- You’re better than this bigotry you keep on having!
- Come on! You are a person of the kingdom!
- Get beyond this tribalism you fall into.
- You’ve holy kingdom blood running through your veins
- You’re better than this sexual promiscuity that you keep embracing
God calls out this identity! He calls it out and says, “You are this! Don’t live like this. It’s against your nature.” This is why Paul says in Verse 11. He tells us who we are in Christ. We died with Christ. We are resurrected with him. Then Paul says, “SO … consider yourself, get it in your head, let it engulf all that you are, that you are dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 10:22 says, “let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Next time you take a shower, pray something like this:
“Lord, as I enter the water to bathe, I remember my baptism. Wash me by your grace. Fill me with your Spirit. Renew my soul. I pray that I might live as your child today, and honor you in all that I do.”
Maybe adjust the prayer for when you wash your hands: “Lord, as I wash my hands, I remember …”
Take just a moment for some time to think. Have you forgotten who you are? Have you taken on patterns that reflect the old self and not the new creation that you are?
Here the world of the Lord, “You’re better than this!” And then invite his great love to fill your heart and mind and soul.
Rest in this love.
Take a moment and watch and listen to the video below. Allow joy to fill your heart!
Lord, remind me.
Remind me that I am a new creation.
Fill my heart with your joy in fresh way today.
Prayer for the Week
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(If you’ve made a decision to follow Jesus and have never been baptized in water, take the next step. Let us know if you would like to be baptized.)
——— Common English Bible (Nashville, TN: Common English Bible, 2011), Ro 6:1–5.