The Cross as an Instrument of Identification

Johnny Kjaer May 16, 2019 Romans 6:1-14

Romans 5:20 - Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.

3 identity transformations that result from embracing the grace of God in the cross of Jesus Christ

Romans 10:9 - If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”

I. You Are One with Christ

Psalm 5:4 - For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.

A. You were crucified with Him

Romans 6:6 - …knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be…

B. You were buried with Him

Romans 6:3-4 - Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

C. You were raised from the dead with Him

Romans 6:5- For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection…

II. You Live Under Grace

Romans 6:14 - For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace…

Romans 5:20 - The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase.

Romans 5:20 - God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were…

A. No longer slaves to sin

Romans 6:6 - …knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin…

B. Walk in newness of life

Romans 6:4 - Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

III. Your Walk Reflects Your New Identity

Romans 6:11 - Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:12 - Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.

Romans 8:13 - …but if by the Spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Galatians 5:1 - It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

A. No longer presenting yourself as an instrument of unrighteousness

Romans 6:12-13a - Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness…

B. Present yourself as an instrument of righteousness

Romans 6:13b - …but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

Johnny Kjaer

B.A. - Church Ministries, Maranatha Baptist University
M. DIV. - Faith Bible Seminary
D.Min. - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (in progress)

Johnny is married to Tori.  They have 3 children Leif, Tryggve, and Kjirsti.  He has been a part of the youth ministry at Faith since his internship began in 2010.  He has been in the position of Pastor of Student Ministries since 2013.  Johnny is an ACBC certified counselor.  He also serves the church by directing the Lafayette Living Nativity and the Lafayette Passion Play.

Read Johnny Kjaer's Journey to Faith for the full account of how the Lord led Pastor Kjaer to Faith Church.