“For if we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in resurrection.” – Romans 6:5
When we are baptized into Jesus Christ through his death on the cross, we become united in the death of Christ. But the most important and powerful aspect of this unity with Jesus Christ is that we also become united in his resurrection.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, proving there is life after death, eternal life for the sinless and blameless – Jesus proved that we, too, in our union with Christ will do the same.
It’s worth considering the King James Bible and Aramaic Bible translations of this verse, for the insightful analogy it gives of this union between the faithful believers and Christ.
“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:” (KJV)
“For if we have been planted as one with him in the likeness of his death, in this way also we shall be in his resurrection.” (Aramaic Bible in plain English) – Romans 6:5
The key words to focus on here are: “planted together” and “planted as one.” These phrases refer to a growing together or close association, much in the way that vines sometimes wrap around other plants that they grow close to, where the two plants become one. Thus, it makes the point that when we are baptized in Christ, we literally become a new plant, one in Christ’s likeness.
Our baptism with Jesus Christ melds us with Him – we become one with Christ. Thus, as He defeated sin, so will we. As He rose from the dead into eternal life, so will we.
“We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” – Romans 6:6
When we conjoin ourselves to Jesus Christ, the sinful and impure parts of our nature die. The body of sin within ourselves is crucified along with Christ and dies away. We meld into the purified body of Christ and his Holy Spirit becomes part of ours.
In the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, our sin dies too. And as Jesus Christ rose from the dead in resurrection to eternal life, so shall we, dead to sin and alive to God.