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. 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, 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; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin (Romans 6).
This is the only place in the entire Bible where this word “united” (verse 5) is found, and represents yet another root word with a preposition in front of it. It literally means “to spring up with,” thus giving the implication of being of joint origin. It signifies how we were implanted by birth in a “congenital” or “kindred” nature with Christ in all that happened to Him — so that all that happened to Him … happened to us as well. We were there for it all. We are kindred spirits with Jesus!
We who have believed on Christ are totally identified and “united with Him” because we were there for all of it. Not just His death, but also His burial and His resurrection. Thus, we also sing the next two stanza’s as well of that old, dear hymn:
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? etc.
Were you there when He rose up from the grave? etc.
Oh, Lord! Kindred spirits with You — the One, True and Only God and Savior in the universe! Kindred spirits with You — King of kings and Lord of lords! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!!! Help us This Day to walk in such a way that makes our connection with You abundantly evident in all we do and say. Amen.