What are we to say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may
Absolutely not! How could we who died to sin still live in it?
you not understand that all of us who were baptized
into Messiah Jesus
were baptized into his death?
4 So then we were buried with him through
baptism into death, so that just as Messiah was resurrected from the dead
through the glory of the Father, we also can live a new life.
5 For if
we have become one with him in a death like his, then certainly
we will be in a resurrection like his.
6 We know that our old self was
crucified with him, so that the body of sin might be abolished, and we would
no longer be in slavery to sin.
7 For one who has died has been freed from sin. 8 If we died with Messiah, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We
know that Messiah, having been resurrected from the dead, will never die
again. Death no longer has any power over him.
10 For the death he died, he died
to sin once and for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Messiah Jesus.
12 So do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its
lusts, 13 and do not present any parts of yourself to sin as tools for evil.
Instead present yourselves to God as alive from the dead, and the parts of
yourself as tools for what is right.
14 For sin is not to have
mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace. 15 So then, does that mean we are to sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not!
16 Do you not understand that when you present
yourselves as servants and obey someone, you are the servants of the one you
obey? If you are servants of sin, it leads to death; if you are servants of
obedience, it leads to being right.
17 But thanks be to God that although you
used to be servants of sin, you then became obedient from the heart to that
pattern of teaching in which you were instructed.
18 Having been set free from
sin, you became servants of what is right.
19 I am using a human illustration because of the weakness of your human nature. For just as you presented yourselves as servants to impurity and wickedness, leading to more wickedness, so now present yourselves as servants to what is right, leading to being holy. 20 For when you were servants of sin, you were free in relation to what is right. 21 What fruit did you have at that time from the things of which you are
now ashamed? For the result of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become servants of God, you have your fruit in becoming holy, and the final result is the Life of the Age to Come.
 23 For the
final result of sin is death, but the gift of God is the Life of the Age to Come in
Messiah Jesus our lord.
Water baptism is the NT public demonstration of our intended commitment to faith in Messiah
Jesus, and the Gospel he preached (Heb. 2:3; Lk. 4:43; 9:11).
In the future Kingdom of God on earth when Jesus comes — certainly not in an imagined post-death experience in “heaven.” The life of that future age (wrongly translated “eternal life” but corrected
to “the life of the age to come” in N.T. Wright’s Kingdom New Testament) is experienced now in
advance through the spirit given to Christians, as a foretaste and downpayment of the future Kingdom.