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Devotional - week of October 10, 2010


BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST

 

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  Romans 6:3

 

When we continue reading through verses 4 and 5, we understand that when we were baptized into Christ at our conversion experience, we were baptized into His crucifixion, burial and resurrection. That is, we became spiritually crucified, buried and resurrected.

 

When we respond to the guidance of Romans 6:11-13, we actually experience our own spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Then Romans 6:14 says that by experiencing our crucifixion, burial and resurrection, sin will no longer rule over us because we are not under law but under grace.

 

Galatians 3:27 says:

 

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

 

Galatians 3:28 adds, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” When we were baptized into Christ, we were baptized into a spiritual oneness with all believers.

 

A clear explanation of our baptism into Christ is presented in 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, which says:

 

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free ….

 

As the human body is one with many members. Jesus is one body with many members. Again we see that when the Holy Spirit baptized us into the one body of Jesus, we were baptized into a oneness with all other believers.