Are we punished with Christ?

Monday Musings for October 10, 2016

Good morning, Musers,

Do we who identify with Christ for salvation (and who rely on him to maintain that same salvation... as well as the physical universe!) also need to get punished with Christ? Is this part of our Christ-likeness? Just what does the Bible mean when it says that we are buried with him? Is there a punitive aspect in our own baptisms or in our relationships to the crucifixion? Do these metaphors point to actual punishments — because their usual jobs are to make figurative connections?  That's a lot to sort out... and that's today's job.

Now, even though this is a strained question, it is from a believer (from Asia), and so I'll be offering some exegetical tips today... and some theology... and a reading primer. But we'll also discuss the difference in what it means to be acquitted, to be pardoned and to be redeemed — and this understanding is critical. You see, we Christian are not condemned (Romans 8:1).... but this does not mean that we are innocent. On the contrary, we are all guilty of sin (Romans 3:23). But although that sin cannot send us to hell, it still trips us up — and that's the other side of today's issue. If Jesus did all the heavy lifting, then what are we dying to... and how does this relate to our baptisms and to Christ's death? 

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