7908 baptism, significance of
The NT uses a variety of images to explain the meaning of baptism, such as dying and rising with Christ, sharing in his death and being cleansed from sin.
Baptism is a symbol of the death of Jesus Christ
Baptism is a symbol of the burial of Jesus Christ
Ro 6:3-4 Immersion in water symbolises how the old sinful life is buried with Christ. Dying to sin and sharing Jesus Christ’s sufferings, symbolised by baptism, is a lifelong process: Ro 8:13; Col 3:5
Baptism is a symbol of being saved from the flood
1Pe 3:21 The flood/baptism symbolises both judgment (the death of sinners and the death of Jesus Christ) and salvation (those in the ark and those in Christ passing safely through judgment). See also Ge 7:6-7
Baptism is the gospel equivalent of circumcision
Baptism recalls the exodus
Baptism symbolises washing from sin
Baptism is a symbol of putting on Christ
Gal 3:27 Baptism is seen as putting on Christ, as one might put on a coat or garment, and thus be “clothed with Christ”.
Baptism as a symbol of unity
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