‘Buried with Christ”

"For he that is dead is freed from sin" (Rom. 6.7)

     INTRO.: A song which emphasizes that when we are baptized into Christ we become freed from sin is "Buried With Christ" (#591 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written by T. Ryder. I have been able to locate no further information about this individual. The tune was composed by William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921). The song was copyrighted in 1899, renewed in 1927, and later owned by the Hope Publishing Co.  Some sources that I located on the Internet indicated that the song was sung to a tune (Resurrection Life) also by T. Ryder.  However, I was not able to determine whether Ryder actually provided a different tune for his lyrics, or whether this is simply an error in attribution.  Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1921 Great Songs of the Church (No. 1) and the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2, both edited by Ellis J. Crum. Today it is found only in Sacred Selections.  There is another, perhaps more familiar, song to many in churches of Christ, entitled "A New Creature" which begins, "Buried with Christ, my blessed Redeemer," with words by Thomas O. Chisholm and music by L. O. Sanderson.

     The song mentions several blessings that come after we have been baptized into Christ.

I. Stanza 1 talks about what it means to be buried with Christ
"Buried with Christ, and raised with Him too; What is there left for me to do?
Simply to cease from struggling and strife, Simply to walk in newness of life."
 A. When we are baptized, we are buried with Christ and raised with Him too: Col. 2.12
 B. What is there left? One thing is to cease from struggling and strife, to put away those things: 1 Pet. 2.1, 4.1
 C. Having put such things away, we must then determine to walk in newness of life: Rom. 6.3-4

II. Stanza 2 talks about what it means to be risen with Christ
"Risen with Christ, my glorious Head, Holiness now the pathway I tread;
Beautiful thought while walking therein: He that is dead is freed from all sin."
 A. Those who are risen with Christ should seek those things above where their Head is seated: Col. 3.1-2
 B. Seeking the things above means being holy because He is holy: 1 Pet. 1.15-16
 C. Therefore, followers of Christ must understand that they have been crucified with Christ and are therefore dead to sin: Rom. 6.5-6

III. Stanza 3 talks about what it means to be living with Christ
"Living with Christ, Who dieth no more, Following Christ, who goeth before;
I am from bondage utterly freed, Reckoning self as dead indeed."
 A. Those who have been buried and risen with Christ are now living with Christ: Rom. 6.8-9
 B. Living with Christ means taking up the cross and following Christ: Matt. 16.24, 1 Pet. 2.21
 C. The result of living with Christ is that we are freed from the bondage of self and sin: Rom. 6.16-18

IV. Stanza 4 talks about what it means to be living for Christ
"Living with (or for) Christ, my members I yield, Servants of God forevermore sealed;
Not under law, I’m now under grace. Sin is dethroned and Christ takes its place."
 A. Living for Christ means not yielding our members as instruments of righteousness but as instruments of righteousness: Rom. 6.10-13
 B. Those who live for Christ are no longer under the condemnation of the law but under the grace of God by which we are saved: Eph. 2.8-10
 C. Therefore, even though Christians have been crucified, they still live, yet because sin is dethroned and Christ has taken its place, it is actually Christ who lives in them: Gal. 2.20

V. Stanza 5 talks about what it means to be growing in Christ
"Growing in Christ; no more shall be named Things of which now I’m truly ashamed.
Fruit unto holiness will I bear; Life evermore, the end I shall share."
 A. The Lord wants those who have been buried and risen with Christ and are now living for Him to keep growing: 1 Pet. 2.2, 2 Pet. 3.18
 B. One aspect of this growth is that there will be certain things, of which we will now be ashamed, that will no longer even be named among us: Eph. 5.1-7
 C. Part of this growth process is to bear fruit unto holiness that will end in everlasting life: Rom. 6.19-23
     CONCL.: The chorus continues to emphasize the results of establishing a relationship with Christ in baptism.
"Buried with Christ and dead unto sin; Dying but living, Jesus within,
Ruling and reigning day after day, Guiding and keeping all of the way."
People need to understand that while there are great blessings in being saved from sin, there are also responsibilities involved. Becoming a Christian does not mean that we obey the gospel and then go on living as we did before. Rather, we must learn to walk in newness of life after we have been "Buried With Christ."


3 thoughts on “‘Buried with Christ”

  1. According to Hymntime, the author’s biography is as follows:

    Thomas Ryder
    Born: June 11, 1840, Wem, Shrop­shire, Eng­land.

    Died: Oc­to­ber 7, 1875, Hart­ford, Con­nec­ti­cut, at the home of Har­ri­et Beech­er Stowe.

    Buried: Gen­er­al Cem­e­te­ry, Not­ting­ham, Eng­land.

    A Baptist preach­er and tem­per­ance speak­er, Ryder pas­tored in Dept­ford, worked with the Bri­tish Bi­ble So­ci­e­ty (1867-69), and was min­is­ter at the Ston­ey-Street Cha­pel in Not­ting­ham (1870-75). He es­tab­lished 40 tem­per­ance Bands of Hope, and was well-known for his sing­ing and song lead­ing. In the sum­mer of 1875, he tra­veled to Amer­i­ca, hop­ing for change of health; he was be­ing treat­ed for an ar­ter­ial an­eur­ysm near his heart. Ap­par­ent­ly, he spent most of Au­gust and Sep­tem­ber tra­vel­ing, in­clud­ing a trip to an In­di­an mis­sion school in On­tar­io and a stop at Nia­ga­ra Falls. He met the Stowes at Twin Moun­tain House in New Ham­pshire that Au­gust—the Beech­er fam­i­ly rou­tine­ly va­ca­tioned there. The Stowes in­vit­ed Ry­der to stay at their home while he vi­sit­ed John G. Gough, a lead­er of the Amer­i­can Tem­per­ance Un­ion. Har­riet Stowe dis­co­vered Ryd­er’s bo­dy af­ter his death, and wrote to his young wi­dow back in Eng­land.

    It gives the date as 1875 but says that Ryder wrote the words while at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence in Bright­on, Eng­land. They must have been written earlier in the year before he came to America.

  2. The hymn was written by Thomas Ryder some time in the early 1870s, but was first published in James Mountain’s Hymns of Consecration and Faith after the first Keswick Convention in England, June 1875. Rev. Ryder did attend the convention and left for North America just a few weeks later, looking for the latest treatments for his heart problems.


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