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Live out your baptism- adaption from Wes McAdams

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Grace abounds?

We have heard it, may even know the scripture that basically says where sin increases, grace abounds right?
Rom5:21
Romans 5:21 NASB95
21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:20 NASB95
20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
And we know that grace comes through Christ
And we know that grace comes through Christ
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Romans 5:21 NASB95
21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
People have taken this to the extreme thinking if we are under grace we can do whatever we want (sin) and it is OK. Paul addresses that issue to
Romans 6:1 NASB95
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
Romans 6:1–2 NASB95
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
We know that baptism is our point of salvation, only one part that brings us to salvation, but it is point of it, the point in time.
1 Peter 3:21 NASB95
21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
So there is much written about baptism, especially by Paul, and particually in the passage before us today when I will only hi-lite or this will turn into a sermon.
Paul is from from baptism, not to baptism. Writing to baptized believers to encourage them and yes admonish them too as to who they are in Christ and to live out their baptism.
So, what does it mean to live out our baptism?
Wes McAdams writes a blog and in reading that blog about this subject inspired this devotional today. See nothing we do is original, I’m sure Wes got it the material elsewhere too, like the Bible which is where we want to be to live out our baptism.

Abstain from Sin

Sin we are under grace and not the law, it can be turned to say we are teaching that we should do evil so good can come.
Romans 3:8 NASB95
8 And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just.
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Proponents who say this are taking things out of context and out of proportion too.
The baptized believer is dead to sin
Romans 6:11 NASB95
11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
So we are not to do evil, not to sin, but are alive to God in Christ. We need to understand we are dead to sin and live out our baptism.
At our baptism we died and we rose again to walk in newness of life
Romans 6:3 NASB95
3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
Romans 6:3–4 NASB95
3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
And in the newness we live out our baptism by not continuing to sin, dwell in sin. We no longer a slave to sin
Romans 6:6 NASB95
6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
Anytime we fall short, and we all do, we need to remember our baptism and live out our baptism by faith. That old person is dead and buried and you have put on Christ
Romans 13:14 NASB95
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
So point 1 is - abstain from sin, don’t dwell in it, remember and live out your baptism.

II. Love one another as family

When we were baptised we were born again and born into the family, one family, one church by one baptism.
Paul in writing to the Galatians says it like this
Galatians 3:29 NASB95
29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.
We put on Christ, belong to Christ and are Abraham’s descendants and heirs to the promise when we are baptized.
Since we are family we should love one another, care for one another, and even correct one another as a family does. Hence living out your baptism!
1 John 3:14 NASB95
14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
See we came from death to life when we live our out baptism when we love the brethren!
Point 1 - Abstain from sin, don’t dwell in it
Point 2 - Love like we are family, since we are
So that is two great ways to live out our baptism, one more for today

III. Serve the family (church)

We are one family, one church, one body.
Ephesians 4:4–6 NASB95
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:4–5 NASB95
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
And when we are baptised we are baptized into that one body
1 Corinthians 12:13 NASB95
13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Each of us has a part to bring to the family, a part to fulfill. Unique parts for the collective good of the family (body of Christ)
1 Corinthians 12:7 NASB95
7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
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So the body brought you the word, the word brought you faith, faith brought you salvation, what are you bringing back to the body?
Colossians 2:12 NASB95
12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
God did His part, Jesus did His part, the Spirit will do His part in you and through you when you allow Him to, so living out your baptism is abstaining, loving and serving one another.
LIVE OUT YOUR BAPTISM
Wes said it like this “live as someone who has been crucified with Christ. Live as someone who is dead to selfishness, ambition, and conceit. Live for the good of others and for the glory of God. That’s how you “live out” your baptism.”
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