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Sixth Sunday after Trinity (1896)

Romans 6:3-11

We are baptized. Baptism is not only mere water, but, etc. It is instituted and
commanded by God.
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It happens in conjunction with God's Word. God has attached to
it the gracious promises of the Gospel.
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It is not a mere sign of grace and a symbol of
what God inwardly works in the soul of men, but not through it, as the Fanatics teach,
but is a rich and powerful means of grace. It works forgiveness of sins, redeems from
death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation. This is its benefits and its power,
because God's Word, the Word of command and promise, is in and with the water.
Through baptism God proffers us those things, pours out the Holy Spirit over us, Who
works faith, that apprehends what God offers us.
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(Baptism comes into consideration
more than seal in believing adults.)
The Fanatics do not believe all these things. This is too mechanical for them,
leaves no room for their own merit and work, makes secure. One can then confidently
remain in slavery to sin and in the process rest confidently in his baptism. For it has
worked forgiveness of sins without our help. Death and devil cannot hurt us anyway,
because baptism has redeemed us from them. Salvation is secure for us anyway,
because baptism has given it to us. Thus the Fanatics and the father of all Fanatics, the
Old Adam, the flesh. Since such objections against our doctrine of baptism come from
their side and flow from this source, they prove that we rightly teach about baptism.
The same objections were also raised against Paul's doctrine of justification and grace.
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Paul's answer: "How can we who died to sin still live in it?"
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And now the apostle
demonstrates precisely from baptism that Christians cannot possibly live in sin, not
from what we have done since we were baptized, but from what God has done to us
through baptism.

We Christians cannot and will not live in sin, since we are baptized. Because

1. in baptism we have been dead and buried with Christ for sin.

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Matthew 28:19.
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Mark 16:16.
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Titus 3.
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Romans 6:1.
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Romans 6:2.
a. In baptism, Jesus Christ is with the riches of His grace and the fullness of His
power. Here is the blessing, the fruit, the power, the importance of His death and
burial.
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What a rich means of grace this is!
b. What is Christ's death and burial? His death encloses His full suffering in body
and soul. He is dead to sin.
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His death is our redemption, our satisfaction of sin, our
payment of sin, our atonement, our reconciliation with God. With His offering He has
perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
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By His death He has redeemed us
from the guilt and punishment of sin, as well as from its reign, power, force, and its
service. The fact that He was buried is proof that He was really dead, that He had paid
the uttermost wages of sin, and therefore also the proof that sin is truly done away with
by Him. "Since He has sealed it", the entire amount and power of sin lies impotent in
His grave. And He has overcome it for us.
c. And we are baptized in Jesus Christ, baptized into His death
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, have been
buried with Him through baptism into death
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, have been united with Him in a death
like His
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, and also entered into His fellowship through baptism, become His
companions in death and grave, i.e., have been made partakers of the blessing, the fruit,
the power and effect of His death and burial. We were bathed in His death in baptism,
so that God saw nothing in us except Christ's death. What a powerful means of grace!
d. Since this is so, that we are indeed dead to sin, then also sin is wiped out for
us, we are free from sin, from its guilt and punishment, power, and dominion, its spell
and compulsion. For what death and burial was for Christ is also our death and burial.
Our old man is crucified, etc.
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We are justified from sin
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, have died to sin with Christ.
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Now to live in sin, to serve it, would be a contradiction in itself, a denial of our baptism,
a nullification of what God has done to us through baptism. If a servant died, then he
ceases to obey and serve His master. Summary: The nature, benefit, power, and
significance of baptism make slavery to sin impossible. We should know this. This
should something familiar to us. "Do you not know?"
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Yes, we know this, God be
praised! We want to know and believe this. We want to rejoice and console ourselves
with this. We want to hold on to the fact that we are dead to sin.
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If we cling to this,

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Romans 6:3, 4a, 5a.
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Romans 6:10.
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Hebrews 10:14.
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Romans 6:3.
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Romans 6:4.
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Romans 6:5.
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Romans 6:6.
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Romans 6:7.
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Romans 6:8.
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Romans 6:3.
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Romans 6:11.
then daily we will bring sin there and leave it there where it belongs: to the cross, in the
grave, and not serve it, not let it rule over us, not surrender our bodies to slavery to
sin.
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2. In baptism we have been put with Christ into a new life for God.
a. Christ was raised from the dead by, etc.
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Now He finds Himself in a new life
of glory. Sin and death lie at His feet.
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Now He lives for God.
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Sin and death are now
completely gone from the midst.
b. Now that we are baptized into Jesus Christ, we are made partakers of the
blessing of the fruits and the power of His resurrection.
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c. So with Christ we are not only justified from our sins, have been declared free,
but also have been put with Him into a new, spiritual, divine life. From rebirth follows
renewal, from justification sanctification, sonship brings a childlike faith and with it a
way of life in holy love and fear.
d. This makes slavery to sin impossible. The old man has not been raised with
Christ. But we still have him with us, he stirs within us in all sins and evil desires and
wants on top again. He must therefore be drowned, crucified, buried by daily contrition
and repentance and the new man must daily emerge and rise. In short: the saving work
of God, begun in us through baptism, must daily take place in us.
e. By God's grace this will happen when we know, believe, and remember that
we are raised with Christ in baptism, etc., if we consider the fact that we live for God in
Christ Jesus our Lord, that sin is no longer our master, but Christ is our Master, and that
we should live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him; when we faithfully and daily
use the powers of grace given to us in our rebirth, in baptism, for the drowning of men
and for life before God. With faith in what God has done to us in baptism, love toward
God grows, the new man gains strength, and the old man diminishes.
Georg Link, Jr.

17
Romans 6:6.
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Romans 6:4.
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Romans 6:8.
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Romans 6:10.
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Romans 6:3-5b, 8.