When he says, “Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death,” he continues to have the realities of both justification and regeneration in mind.  We were legally joined with Christ when He went to the cross, and His death upon the cross satisfied the law of God, which demanded our death.  God viewed us as being in Him when He died once unto sin upon the cross, and still views us as being in Him, now that He has risen from the dead to live for evermore.

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But Christ’s one-time death unto sin is also illustrative of the fact that sin is slain in its dominating power over us when the Holy Spirit brings us out of a state of death and condemnation into a state of life and reconciliation.  Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of God the Father, and we too, through the power of the new life that we enjoy through His marvelous saving grace, are bound to walk in newness of life.  Just as Christ could no longer come once again under the judgment of sin and the penalty of death after He was raised from the dead, so can we no longer go back under sin now that we have been spiritually resurrected.  Sin can no longer condemn us, because Christ has answered for all of them in His great sacrifice, and it can no longer dominate our lives, because the Holy Spirit broke its tyrannical power in regeneration.

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