“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead”
Emotions will see the death of Jesus simply as a tragic incident that happened to a righteous man. But through the eyes of revelation, we see the power of God demonstrated in our lives through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In the same vein, it is also very possible to look at the word ‘baptism’ and only see it from an emotional angle. Water baptism is just a symbol of a supernatural operation in Christ. It is a story that foretold what Christ would do, the same way circumcision was a story. I want you to read today’s text again, but before then let’s read the text before: Col 2:11: “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:” You see the word circumcision used here is also a figure, which refers to putting off the body of sin and putting on Christ.
The same way, verse 12 says that we have been buried with Christ in baptism. Halleluyah. The baptism of water simply told a story of what would happen in us when Christ died. It was figurative of the salvation story. John the Baptist’s ministry was demonstrative of how the sins of the world would be taken away. Being immersed into water and raised up meant that man would die, be buried and raised with Christ.
We are truly baptized when we believe in what Christ did; when he have faith in the operation of God in Christ’s death and resurrection, and see that it is efficacious in our lives, then is when we are baptised, not when we are immersed in water.