Ro 6:3-4Immersion 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 3:21The 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 alsoGe 7:6-7
Baptism is the gospel equivalent of circumcision
Col 2:11-12The “circumcision in Christ” may refer either to his death on the cross or to baptism. See alsoDt 10:16
Baptism recalls the exodus
1Co 10:1-2In and through the exodus experience Israel was united with and obedient to Moses, as Jesus Christ’s people are to him. See alsoEx 14:19-24
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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