vi. That men are to be saved by divine charity, that they must as condemned criminals receive pardon by the exercise of the royal prerogative, or else perish in their sins, is a teaching which they cannot endure. Romans 6:3, ESV: "Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?" On our first entrance upon a Christian profession, we are met by the ordinance of baptism, which teaches the necessity of purification. He intends such as are entitled to baptism, and come to it with their hearts in a right state. This does not suppose, that some of this church were baptized persons, and others not; but that some might be baptized in water who were not baptized into Christ: there is a difference between being baptized in water in the name of Christ, and being baptized into Christ, which believers in their baptism are; by which is meant, not a being brought by it into union with Christ, which is either secretly from eternity, or openly at conversion, and both before the baptism of true believers; nor a being brought by it into the mystical body of Christ the church, for this also is before it; but rather it designs a being baptized, or a being brought by baptism into more communion with Christ, into a participation of his grace and benefits; or into the doctrine of Christ, and a more distinct knowledge of it: the power of which they feel upon their hearts, and so have really believed in Christ, heartily love him, and make a sincere profession of him; though rather the true meaning of the phrase "baptized into Christ", I take to be, is to be baptized purely for the sake of Christ, in imitation of him, who has set us an example, and because baptism is an ordinance of his; it is to submit to it with a view to his glory, to testify our affection for him, and subjection to him, without laying any stress or dependence on it for salvation; such who are thus baptized, are "baptized into his death"; they not only resemble Christ in his sufferings and death, by being immersed in water, but they declare their faith in the death of Christ, and also share in the benefits of his death; such as peace, pardon, righteousness, and atonement: now this proves, that such persons are dead to sin, who are so baptized; for by the death of Christ, into which they are baptized, they are justified from sin; by the death of Christ, their old man is crucified, and the body of sin destroyed; besides, believers in baptism profess themselves to be dead to sin and the world, and their baptism is an obligation upon them to live unto righteousness. 14). (Easter Sunday.) This is a very difficult attitude to hold, and only as we thoroughly believe God can we thus reckon upon His Word and His working, but as we do so, faith will convert it into fact, and it will be even so. There is room for difference of opinion as to what Paul precisely means by 'form' here. Romans 6:3-4 King James Version (KJV). …Alexander Maclaren—Romans, Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. It is the target for all carnal logic to shoot at. III, 'The Form of Teaching'... Ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.' He does not even intend to say that those who were …Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 27: 1881, The Doctrines of Grace do not Lead to SinNo sooner is this doctrine set forth in a clear light than men begin to cavil at it. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. He says "so many of us," putting himself with the rest of the children of God. Amen. 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Sixth Sunday after Trinity Exhortation to Christian Living. --ROMANS vi. 14). Proud member Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? TEXT: ROM.