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Tuesday, March 24 2009
In the 6th chapter of Romans, Paul writes on sin.  It is in this chapter that we understand that the "wages of sin" is death (v23) and that we should not sin simply because we live under grace and not the law (v15).  Today, I want to write on the 3rd and 4th verses.  They state the following...

3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
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.

The Amplified Version reads as follows...

3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
How are we baptized into Jesus Christ?  How are we "buried with Him"?  This question goes to the heart of sound doctrine.  The Bible gives very specific instructions on how we should be baptized.  The word "baptized" comes from the word "baptizo" which means to make whelmed (that is, fully wet).  We can see through the scripture that the first church practiced submersion.  Acts 8 states...

38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

What is done to ensure that we are "baptized into Jesus Christ"?  This has caused much debate within the Christian community, but let us look at what Paul did at baptism. Acts 19 states....

1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Paul baptized in the name of Jesus.  That is the only method of baptism within the New Testament church and it continues to be the method for which we are to be baptized today. 

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 07:45 am   |  Permalink   |  Email