Today we are going to be looking at the nature and purpose of Baptism. Now, depending on your background in church and your experience, you may have differing experiences of when, and how and all that. Now, while I certainly have my own convictions about all those things, and love to debate them with my friends, today we are not going to be talking about the whens and the wheres and the debatable stuff about baptism. We are going to focus on what it is. If you know anything about the ministry and teaching of Jesus, you know that He often spoke in parables to teach His followers and us about truths that He wants them to know about. Marriage is a parable, communion is a parable, the family itself is a parable. All of those things are designed by God to tell us something about who He is, and how He designed the world. In the same way, baptism is a parable. So what does it teach us? Lets read the text…Romans 5:12-6:11 “12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all menfn because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore, as one trespassfn led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousnessfn leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old selffn was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set freefn from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” SO the call to Christians is in the last verse we read, to live as though we are dead to sin, and Alive to God. But how can we do that? 1. We are all born alive to sin and dead to God. 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-10 a. because of Adam… b. we are slaves to sin. 6:6 c. It’s wages are death… 2. Jesus became the second Adam. The perfect Adam. a. He lived a sinless life. b. Died a sinners death. c. Rose from dead to prove his sacrifice was complete. So that we could be united with Him thought Faith. 3. Dying to sin can only come through union with Christ and His work. a. It comes by faith in Christ and His work. b. Trusting in His work on our behalf. c. 6:3 Baptized into His death, raised into His life. So, in going into the water, we represent our death to sin and union with His death through faith, which comes through confession and repentance, denouncing our body of sin. Coming our of the water is representing our union with Christ’s resurrection by faith in His finished work for us. and allows us to walk as people dead to sin, and alive to God.