“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”
I want us to begin today’s article with a few verses that will bless you greatly. It’s a passage from Romans 6:3-6:
(Rom 6:3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
(Rom 6:4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
(Rom 6:5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
(Rom 6:6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Hallelujah! I hope these words warm your soul. We talked yesterday about the fact that water baptism was simply a figure of what Christ would do. When he died you died with him. You are a beneficiary of his work. True baptism is the fact that what Jesus did is efficacious in your life. Can you look again at the word ‘crucified’ in verse 6? It’s the same root word used to describe the criminals who were literally killed beside Jesus at his crucifixion.
If true baptism only happens by faith is Jesus, what then is the place of water baptism today? Does it still have any relevance? We will answer this squarely. But first of all, do bear in mind that all the other symbols we discussed yesterday are no longer relevant for the man in Christ. Not Sabbath day. Not circumcision. Not the blood of bulls and rams.
That said, let’s take a look at John 3:5: “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” So which is it? Are there two ways to be saved? Water and the spirit? What about the criminals crucified beside Christ who had no opportunity to be baptised in water? One thing you must understand is the use of the conjunction ‘and’ in the Greek. More often than not, when the word ‘and’ is used, it is better translated ‘which is.’ With this understanding let’s look at this again.
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water which is the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. You are born again when you are born of the spirit, and you are born of the spirit when you believe in Jesus.