[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
The second reading argues that by becoming Christians we can experience Jesus' death and resurrection in regards to our sinfulness. Here Paul uses lots of life and death imagery. Ultimately, sin can only lead to destruction and death; however, Christ offers life -- in key ways, this is what Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection is all about. Jesus unjustly dies a human death -- the consequence (for the rest of us) of our sinfulness; however, he was resurrected to life beyond that sin. We too, in his name, can die to sin and have new life beyond the sins of this world. In fact, Paul believes that this is the key meaning of our baptism and he uses the surface of the water to illustrate this. The person being baptized goes into the water -- a sign of death -- and comes out of the water reborn. After this moment, Christians no longer owe sin anything else and we can live entirely for things beyond this world.
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If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Romans 4-6 today.