The Life-Resurrection Theme

The Life-Resurrection Theme

The Life-Resurrection Theme



The student of the Bible realizes that the Pauline letters contain scattered references to conversion, salvation, death to sin, baptism, resurrection, and new life. This death-resurrection motif is prominent in Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, and Colossians. It is instructive to see how all these passages complement each other and produce a unified view of conversion to Christ, especially as it relates to baptism. Notice how one passage parallels and fills in another passage in the columns below.

Romans 6:3 Galatians 3:27

All of us All of you who have been baptized who were baptized into Christ Jesus into Christ have been baptized   into His death     have clothed yourselves   with Christ     Romans 6:4 Colossians 2:12a

Therefore we   have been having been buried with Him buried with Him through baptism in baptism into death       Colossians 2:12b Ephesians 2:5

in which you were also   raised up with Him raised us up with Him through faith   in the working of God,   who raised Him from the dead.       Romans 6:4

in order that as   Christ was raised from the dead   through the glory of the Father   so we too might   walk in newness of life.       Romans 6:5

For if we have become united with Him   in the likeness of His death,   certainly we shall be also   in the likeness of His resurrection,       Colossians 3:1

If then you have been raised up with Christ,   keep seeking the things above,   where Christ is,   seated at the right hand of God.       Colossians 2:13 Ephesians 2:5

When you were dead When we were dead in your transgressions in our transgressions, and the uncircumcision   of your flesh,   He made you alive made us alive together with Him, together with Christ having forgiven us   all our transgressions       Colossians 2:11 Romans 6:6

and in Him   you were also circumcised   with a circumcision   made without hands,     knowing this,   that our old self   was crucified with Him,   that in the removal of   the body of the flesh our body of sin by the circumcision of Christ might be done away with,       Romans 6:7

that we should no longer   be slaves to sin;   for he who has died   is freed from sin.     Galatians 5:24

Now those who belong to Christ Jesus   have crucified the flesh   with its passions and desires.       Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ;   and it is no longer I who live,   but Christ lives in me;   and the life which I now live in the flesh   I live by faith in the Son of God,   who loved me,   and delivered Himself up for me.

Note: The NASB was used in this study of comparisons.

Note again: We notice that the original article, in chart form, didn’t carry over into this format. I’m so sorry. Maybe there will be some truth expressed above that will be helpful

Richard Hollerman

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