United With Christ       Rom. 6:1-14       October 23, 2005

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Introduction
    One who is United With Christ will, have New Directives, and a New Life, caused through by their New Master; who gives a New Lifestyle. The Bible does say all things become new. What a joy to know Christ provides this kind of relationship.
 

1.    United with Christ Through . . New Directives. 6:1-3

A.    New Directives of . . Abounding Grace. 6:1
        1 What should we say then? Should we continue in sin in order that grace
        may multiply?

B.    New Directives of . . Absolutes. 6:2
        2 Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

C.    New Directives of . . Awareness. 6:3
        3 Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus
        were baptized into His death?

        The new directive Christ gives includes abounding in grace. We certain do not want to abuse the grace of God by Deliberately sinning, but when we sin His grace does abound. Donald Grey Barnhouse expressed it something like this, "my experience with grace has not been falling from grace but falling into more grace as I try to live for Christ." Some say no absolute exist, but they do not know what Christ provides, and we have a new directive of absolutes through Christ.  Now all of the above makes the new directive of awareness. We must not be unaware of the blessing given to us in Christ. Too few Christians really understand all Christ gives as they become United With Christ.
 

2.    United with Christ Through A . . New Life. 6:4-7

A.    New Life . . Symbolized in Baptism. 6:4
        4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that,
        just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too
        may walk in a new way of life.

B.    New Life . . Substantiated in the Resurrection. 6:5
        5 For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will
        certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection.

C.    New Life . . Secured in the Crucifixion. 6:6-7
        6 For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin's
        dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be
        enslaved to sin, 7 since a person who has died is freed from sin's claims.

        Our new life in Christ in symbolized, substantiated, and secured. It is symbolized in the act of Baptism. Too many denominations make light of baptism, but the immersion of a believer symbolizes the new life in Christ. We symbolize the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It also symbolizes our death to the old live and the new live Christ gives. New life receives its substantiation through the resurrection of Christ, and it is further secured through the death of Christ, and our consequent crucifying of the old life.
 

3.    United with Christ Through A . . New Master. 6:8-11

A.    The . . Provision of Our New Master. 6:8
        8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him,

B.    The . . Prevailing of Our New Master. 6:9
        9 because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, no
        longer dies. Death no longer rules over Him.

C.    The . . Partnership with Our New Master. 6:10-11
        10 For in that He died, He died to sin once for all but in that He lives, He
        lives to God.  11 So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to
        God in Christ Jesus.

        In our New Master we have provisions, prevailing, and partnership. We are provided this new life only through our new master. Through Him we can prevail over Satan and death, and in this relationship we enjoy a type of partnership with Christ. Death, Sin, and Satan do not rule over Him or anyone United With Christ, and receive this New Master.
 

4.    United with Christ Through A . . New Lifestyle. 6:12-14

A.    The . . Reigning in Our New Lifestyle. 6:12-13 a
        12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its
        desires. 13 And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for
        unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves
        to God,

B.    The . . Righteousness in Our New Lifestyle. 6:13 b-14
        ". . . and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness.
        14 For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under
        grace.

        Of course our relationship with Christ produces a new lifestyle. The reigning of this lifestyle does not submit to sin and Satan. We reign with Christ's control. The righteousness this lifestyle makes causes our life to be a weapon for righteousness. All of this portrays the truth that we are products of His grace. Amen? Amen!