Burying Sin

 

“God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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 should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. 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. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof” – (Rom.6:2-12).

 

   The NAACP held a mock funeral for the N-word at its national convention in Detroit on July 9, 2007. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told ‘mourners’ and media gathered at the funeral – “today, we’re not just burying the n-word, we’re taking it out of our spirit, we are taking it out of our minds. To bury the N-word, we’ve got to bury the pimps and the hos and the hustlers. Let’s bury all the nonsense that comes with this.” I wish that nobody would say that N-Word again whether he be black or white. The word first used by our colonists in Mass in 1629 that named our black slaves ever since.

 

   In (Acts 13:1) we see the early church is an integrated church and they loved one another. Not only did it have black members in the church at Antioch, but some of the church leaders were blacks as well. “And Simeon that was called Niger.” Yes, there was a nigger in the church. The word ‘niger’ comes from the nation of Niger in Africa and the Niger River area. The country next to Niger is Nigeria. The U.S. stole black slaves from this area and we bastardized the word Niger and called them ‘niggers.’ Simeon was not thrown out of the church because of the color of his skin. God is no respecter of persons and I hope you’re not. We’ve saved by faith not by color.

 

   I’m preaching today on ‘burying sin,’ being dead to sin by being buried with Christ by baptism into His death and resurrecting from death to newness of life. Not only do we bury the N-word after we’re saved, we especially bury cursing the lovely name of Jesus Christ. How many times a day in the U.S. are people cursing the Lord Jesus? How many times is He cursed in print, in books and magazines and articles etc? Today you can’t be a successful author unless you curse Jesus Christ on almost every page – the name that is above every name – (Philip.2:9). I wonder how many NAACP members curse and blaspheme the name of Christ to their shame.

 

   We are dead to sin when we are baptized into Jesus Christ, we are baptized into His death. In (Rom.6) is God speaking of water baptism? Is He saying that all who have been baptized in water have been baptized into the death of Christ? I think not. We all know that thousands of people go down into the water of baptism a dry sinner and come up a wet sinner. In (I Cor.12:12,13) it is written – “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are all one body: so also is Christ. For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” All believers, the moment they believe, are baptized by the Holy Ghost into the body of Christ. The same subject is spoken of in (Gal.3:26-28) “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

 

  We are all slaves and in bondage to sin and when we’re redeemed by Christ we have been set free. We are emancipated believers set free by the Great emancipator on the cross who died and shed His blood for us – “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” – (Jn.8:36). Born again believers have been baptized into Jesus Christ, into His death. This death is the death of Christ on the cross of Calvary. Our baptism into the death of Christ took place the moment we believed. That second we were joined to Him by the Holy Spirit, we were made “members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones” – (Eph.5:30). We have been partakers of His death and His resurrection. Christ died for us – “According to the scriptures” – (I Cor.15:3). And when He died, we died with Him. That is the way God reckons it. When we are baptized into His body by the Holy Spirit, we share in His death, burial, and resurrection.

 

    Verse three certainly does not refer to water baptism, it speaks of the baptism of the spirit. John the Baptist said – “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” – (Mt.3:11). Water baptism is only ‘symbolic’ of the baptism of the Spirit outwardly of the true baptism that has taken place inwardly. Water on the outside of your body can never wash away your sins inwardly, only the blood of Christ can do that. We are to repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38). We are to believe and be baptized – (Mark 16:16). To teach that water baptism is essential to salvation, or to teach that water baptism saves or washes away sins in gross heresy and makes void the grace of God and the shed blood of Christ on the cross. It plays no part in our redemption. It’s an outward expression to an unbelieving world of what we have experienced spiritually inwardly: the death, the burial, and resurrection of Christ. No man can baptize you into the true church of Christ, only Christ can.

 

  We have immersion into the watery grave symbolically and we have emersion from the watery grave. We walk in newness of life. We become born again new creatures in Christ and all things become new – (2 Cor.5:17). We cannot share in Christ’s resurrection unless we first die. The resurrection of new life is the result of dying to sin with Christ. We are buried in order to be raised to new life. The oneness in ‘immersion’ is proof of the oneness in ‘emersion’ (which means ‘an act of emerging’). The old man refers to that person the believer was before he was saved and the new man after he’s saved. We emerge a new creature in Christ when we’re baptized by the Holy Spirit.

 

   No longer are we controlled by our sinful nature, no longer are we in bondage as a slave to our sins. We are regenerated and born again and a new man is formed in the believer, a Godly man. We are born again new creatures in Christ. “For he that is dead is freed from sins.” The believer is pictured as a criminal who has paid the penalty for his crime. He was guilty, he deserved death, he was sentenced to death, he died – and now there is nothing against him. Sin has been buried – PTL Jesus. He was freed from sin – redeemed by the blood of Christ.

 

“I do believe, I now believe

That Jesus died for me,

And through His precious blood, His precious blood,

I am from sin set free!”

 

   We pass from death unto life, out of death because of sin into life eternal because we are saved by Christ. We receive a new heart and a new spirit, the Holy Spirit, and become new holy creatures in Christ. Sin is buried in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, in the immersion of the Holy Spirit and the emersion of a new man. God changes our hearts and our tongues and we speak the truth and never curse Christ again. And never use the N-word again. We are no longer servants of Satan but servants of Christ and this is known by our walk and our talk.

 

   Have your sins been buried in the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Have you been raised to new life in Christ and been born again? If not, repent of your sins and by faith believe on Christ in your heart and you will receive forgiveness of sins. You will be saved and born again. Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved – you become a new holy creature in Christ. Receive eternal life in Christ. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” – (I Jn.5:11,12). Experience your own personal spiritual death and resurrection.

 

Be saved and bury your sins today.

Immerge the old man in the baptism of the Holy Spirit

And emerge a new man in Christ.

 

Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705

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