Romans 6: "Let Not Sin … Reign in Your Mortal Body"

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 114


Picture in your mind a new convert dressed in white and standing in a baptismal font. What words might you use to describe a person in this situation?The Apostle Paul encouraged the Saints to put away their sins, yield their souls unto God, and come unto Christ. We can follow Paul’s counsel by exercising faith, repenting, and making and keeping sacred covenants with the Lord.

Understanding the Scriptures

Romans 6

Abound (v. 1)Increase 
Infirmity of your flesh (v. 19)Weakness of your body 

Romans 6:4—“Buried with Him by Baptism

What does it mean that we are “buried with him by baptism” (Romans 6:4)? Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: “The Savior’s gift of immortality comes to all who have ever lived. But His gift of eternal life requires repentance and obedience to specific ordinances and covenants. Essential ordinances of the gospel symbolize the Atonement. Baptism by immersion is symbolic of the death, burial, and Resurrection of the Redeemer” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1996, 47; or Ensign, Nov. 1996, 35).

Studying the Scriptures

Do the following activity as you study Romans 6.

Activity A iconWrite a Five-Minute Talk

Imagine being asked to speak at a baptismal service for a younger brother or sister. You have been assigned to speak about the symbolism of baptism. Write a five-minute talk to give at the service, using the information you find in Romans 6. (Include at least three verses of scripture as part of your talk.)