The ordinance of the believers baptism is a marvelous
picture of the Christians vital union, and identification with Jesus Christ in His
death, burial and resurrection.
There is a wet baptism and a dry baptism. The
dry baptism is without water and is the work of God the Holy Spirit placing
the believer in Christ the moment he believes on Him as his Savior.
The wet baptism is the ordinance that Christ gave to the
church. It is a believers baptism by immersion in water which presents in symbolism
the Christians vital union with Jesus Christ. Take away the Biblical mode of baptism
and you loose the vital theological message of baptism.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into
Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him
through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory
of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:3-4).
The ordinance of baptism is a constant reminder of how we were
redeemed. It is an outward symbol of an inward, silent and real experience.
Baptism by immersion in water does not put the believer into
Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit did that when we believed in Christ. This is the
baptism of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer. Immersion is a picture of what
the Holy Spirit did in our identification with Christ.
Dead in Christ, risen with Christ. Buried with Christ, alive in
Christ (Rom. 8:34).
The burial confirms that we died with Christ. Our old man was
crucified with Christ. Unless one die with Christ we cannot live with Him. All our
condemnation and guilt were buried with Christ, and they remain buried. It is a blessing to know that all of our sins and
transgressions are swept away by the blood of Christ and buried in the tomb (Ps. 32:1, 2).
The believing sinner has learned to look into the grave
of his Lord and see the burial of all his sins. There is no longer the burning resemblances, bitter
accusations, and stinging reproaches of sin and guilt. Therefore the
believer has learned to forgive himself in God's deep river of
The baptismal waters are a perpetual witness to this great truth. The
water says, I buried the believer with Christ. It says, I rolled my wave like a
stone against the door of his tomb. I set the seal of the new covenant
in the blood of Jesus inscribed with
the triune name upon his tomb.”
The believer needs to remind himself that every
tinge of a guilty conscience is silenced by the atoning blood of Jesus.
The tomb of Jesus is a shelter against the raging storm of the wrath
of God. Buried with Christ tells us that our sin debt has been paid in full.
We have propitiation in the blood of Jesus Christ.
It is a constant reminder that we cannot enter into the power
of Christs resurrection except through conformity to His death.
I am crucified with Christ and buried with Him.
The waters symbolize this union with Christ in that the buried form
is raised up from the water in the likeness of Christs resurrection. Alive in
Christ. We have a new relationship with sin and God. We also have a new
identificationwe are saints. We are saved sinners. Every believer who comes up out
of the water has a new identification. You can distinguish him from everyone else because
he or she is dripping wet. Believers have a new identification and people can see that we
are in Christ.
The believer has died to the old life, and has been raised to enjoy a
new life in Christ (Col. 2:12).
We have been made alive in Christ. We stand on resurrection ground.
We have the authority and power to live triumphantly over sin.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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