Water Baptism

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“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus
Christ were baptized into his death?”
(Romans 6:3).

It is clear by the subject stated in this passage that our apostle is talking about Spirit baptism and not water baptism as taught by many churches.

Spirit baptism is always into whereas water baptism is unto.
This Scripture is clearly referring to the baptism into Jesus Christ. How and by what element is it possible to be baptized into Jesus Christ? Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:13. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” The element is the Spirit, not water. The Amplified Bible reads, “Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is with the ‘body’ of Christ. Some are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves and some are free, but the Holy Spirit has fitted us all together into one body. We have been baptized into Christ’s body by the One Spirit, and have all been given that same Holy Spirit.”

The true exegesis of this Scripture is found in the meaning of the two words into and unto. Unto means until. Or up to the degree of time. Whereas into means from the outside to the inside. (Webster’s Dictionary).

It is clear by the above Scripture that Paul is talking about the same baptism in Romans 6:3, as he was talking about in 1 Corinthians 12 and Colossians 2:12 (which is Spirit baptism). It is a baptism into Christ [His body] and that baptism is by the Holy Ghost. “By the Spirit,” says the Apostle. He did not say by or into water and neither should we. There seems to be so much confusion concerning water baptism, some saying the way of being baptized into the Body of Christ is by the ordinance of water baptism and others saying something entirely different. However, we can have double proof that Paul is talking about Spirit baptism and not water baptism when he talks about being baptized into Christ (as he was talking about in Romans 6:3 and 1 Corinthians 12:13).
For a double reference we refer to Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians.

“For we are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27). Here, Paul says the baptism is into Christ. Christ is not water, so this baptism is not into water, but into Christ. Those who hope that baptism in water, or the act of being baptized in water, secures salvation, must re-examine the Scriptures then adjust their faith! In all of the above the element of baptism is the body of Christ.

We are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, not faith in the obedience of water baptism. Salvation is by grace, through faith [faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ] so says Paul in Romans 10:9. Water baptism is a symbol or figure of this spiritual baptism declared the Apostle Peter! “The like figure whereunto even baptism doeth also now save us not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21).  Examining the English word figure we find the following:
According to Strong’s Concordance [SC-499] our English word figure is from the Greek word antiupon {pronounced an-teet-oo-pon}. Which is a compound of the Greek words anti [SC-473] and tupos {SC- 5179}.
The Greek anti means; “Instead or because of (rarely in addition to or for). It is often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, substitution, correspondence, etc.”
The Greek tupos means; “A die (as struck). A style of resemblance. Specifically a sample or type that is a model for imitation.”

The N.I.V. states the divine principle of this Scripture perfectly. “…Water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21).  Emphasis added.

Notice, the above verse says that water baptism does not save but symbolizes the baptism that does save (which is Spirit baptism). This is in perfect agreement with 1 Peter 3:21! The very Greek word in this Scripture that the great Apostle chose was the Greek antiupon. Which conveys the intention that water baptism is a sample or type of that which does save.

There you have it. Unless there is first a Spirit baptism there can be no symbolism of it! It is the Spirit baptism that saves and that baptism is the power of the Holy Ghost imputing the righteousness of God to all who believe (have faith) in, and confess (the finished work of Christ in his passion) with their mouth. It is believing in the heart unto the righteousness of Christ that allows saving grace to be imputed to us.

Righteousness substituted (that is, Christ’s righteousness imputed unto us) is conveyed through faith, not water baptism (faith, not baptism is the means unto grace), and this righteousness is made effectual by the power of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). Our faith must embrace the truth that it is the Spirit that baptizes into Christ. However, it is the baptism in water that symbolizes the matter of this Spirit baptism. Water baptism types the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. As they are raised out of the water they show a symbolism of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

In Acts 11:15, the Holy Ghost fell upon the believers before they were baptized in water, setting the order of Spirit baptism then water baptism (“as upon us at the beginning means that the Holy Ghost fell upon these people in Caesarea in the exact manner it fell on the Disciples on the day of Pentecost. How did Peter know? They at Caesarea spoke in tongues as did the Disciples on the day of Pentecost).


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