1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:1-23 (KJV)
I’m going to do this a little differently, and simply list all the words in the chapter up to about 3 uses.
the (21) of (20) ye (18) that (17) sin (17) we (13) unto (12) to (9) for (9) God (9) but (9) in (9) from (8) servants (8) death (7) not (7) dead (7) are (7) your (7) shall (7) Christ (6) is (6) as (6) righteousness (5) be (5) he (5) were (5) have (5) also (4) under (4) then (4) his (4) now (4) him (4) yield (4) members (4) with (4) and (4) being (3) should (3) yourselves (3) our (3) what (3) obey (3) free (3) into (3) Jesus (3) life (3) grace
It keeps going like that. Read it like a sentence. Amazing. It’s all coincidence, but isn’t it cool?
I’m such a Bible nerd.
Anyway, here’s the rest of the info.
Shortest Verse (9 words) Rom 6:7, For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Longest Verse (40 words) Rom 6:19, I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Middle Verse(s) (of 23 verses) Rom 6:12, Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Middle Five Words (of 485 words) [‘of unrighteousness unto sin: but’] Rom 6:13, Neither yield ye your members as instruments4 [of unrighteousness unto sin: but] yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Doctrinally, we have moved from sin, to the gospel, to imputed righteousness, to sanctification (being made ready for holy Use) and baptism.
What is baptism? Is baptism salvation? Nope. The Bible makes that distinction. We’ve already dealt with the salvation issue, now we’re talking about how to walk as a child of God. Notice that abstinence from sin and baptism are the first two things brought up.
Baptism is your visible sign that you have been born again. It is your testimony that you have been buried with Christ, and raised to walk in the newness of life.
Notice the verses don’t say anything about Baptism saving.
Baptism must be done by placing your entire body under water.If anyone sprinkles water on your forehead, or the top of your head… you need to wipe that off. That’s not a baptism. You don’t bury someone by sprinkling a little dirt on their forehead. “Yup! Buried!”
Nor does tracing any kind of geometric shape on someone’s forehead with water equate to baptism. I suppose it’s neat someone traced a cross on your forehead with water, but, that’s not a baptism. Any more than a triangle in your forehead.
Baptism means to place a body completely under water. In Greek literature, for something to be baptized (baptidzo) meant it was…well. sunk. pouring a glass of water on the deck of a ship was not baptidzo, but most assuredly, the sinking of that same ship was.
So, if you think because someone poured water on your head from cupped hands as an infant that you’re baptized – you’re not. Get you to a church immediately that has a real baptismal.
That brings up the further point of – if you were baptized as an infant – it doesn’t count. If you thought you were saved at age seven and were baptized correctly, but later on went into the world in a period of rebelliousness – you’re not baptized. The point is, it must be a sign for a saved person, someone who really has come to understand the Gospel and accepted it.
Baptism is a sign, not the gift of salvation itself.