For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
The Greek word for united in this verse is a term from the field of biology and means, “parts united so as to form a single part,” such as when two branches of a tree fuse together. The first half of the verse reinforces the truth that we have been baptized into his death (Romans 6:3). Ponder that for a moment. Being one (united) with Jesus means that we participated in His death (Galatians 2:20).
The second half of the verse explains that it logically follows then that we are united with Jesus in His resurrection (Romans 6:8). God sees us as being on the resurrection side of the grave! May our walk be propelled by the joy of that knowledge.
Pastor Jeff Mericle