Walter Maier

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Franzmann

Scripture References in this Resource

Romans 6:1-14; Romans 5:20; Romans 7:7-25; Romans 8:2; 3; Romans 3:5-8; John 8:34; 1 John 3:5; John 8:21; Philippians 1:18; 2 Thessalonians 3:4; Romans 7:1; 1 Corinthians 10:2; Galatians 3:27; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 2:12a; Ephesians 1:19-20; Revelation 21:1; 2 Peter 3:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 1:13; Romans 3:21-5:21; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 10:1-17; Romans 11:19-32; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 1 Corinthians 4:15; Romans 6:15-23; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23; Titus 3:4-7; John 3:5; Acts 16: 30-31; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:26-39


This thesis proposes to discuss one of the basic New Testament passages dealing with baptism and its significance for baptized believers, Romans 6:1-14. In this section the Apostle Paul speaks of one of the mighty, saving effects of the sacrament, the fact that it establishes spiritual union of the baptized with Christ. This is sometimes referred to as the "mystical union" of the believer and his Lord. Because of the union with Jesus, the child of God participates spiritually in Christ's crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, and continuing life. As a result, the Christian is a new creation in Christ and, as the Apostle Paul shows, is provided with fundamental motivation and power for a godly life. To this motivation and power the believer is instructed to have recourse in his daily struggles against sin, so as regularly to emerge the victor.

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