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12 Buried with [sunthapto] him [autos] in [en] baptism, [baptisma] wherein [en][hos] also [kai] ye are risen with [sunegeiro] him through [dia] the faith
[pistis] of the operation [energeia] of God, [theos]
who [ho] hath raised [egeiro] him [autos] from [ek] the dead. [nekros]KJV-Interlinear
12 having been buried with Him in
baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working
of God, who raised Him from the dead. NASB
description of our relationship with God, through Christ, we are identified
with Christ in His death, through our baptism by faith.
Now, no specific
baptism is mentioned here because it is not the type of baptism that is
important, but the promise and power of God who executes the baptism.
Baptism is the transformation,
beginning, launching of something new in our life.Something which we did not have before.
In life there are many
forms of baptism such as full water emersion, sprinkling, surviving through
some difficult ordeal, and so forth.All of these things are physical
activities.None of them have the power
However, baptism is a
good teaching aid for describing the spiritual concept of salvation.
There is only one way
to be saved and that is through faith in Christ. For by grace are you saved, through faith.
Baptism, and that means
baptism from this world, is an illustration only, of the work of Christ on the
Cross as he died to the living world, was buried, and then was raised up from
the dead, back to life. Never to die again.
Baptism ties in all
three aspects of sin, death, and resurrection.All three of which are the foundation of Christian belief.
We just finished a
study of circumcision.That represented
the cutting away of something useless, making way for something useful.Likewise, the context continues, with the
explanation of baptism, in describing how in faith, we identify with the work
of Christ, by believing in who He is and what He accomplished, for us.
And, in our believing that
in faith, we are now saved from eternal separation from God and life, that we
now possess a future in heaven, that we will one day be resurrected to live
forever, and also as far as our current life goes, so that we can live a
spiritual life, a functioning spiritual life, advancing to a level of
completeness in our life, which God intends for us, and of which is not
available anywhere else in this world.
And God even goes further to provide the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,
which occurred simultaneously with your original faith in Christ, even though
you did not feel anything, nor can you.And, this indwelling is often times called the baptism of the Holy
Spirit, which is Gods seal on the salvation contract He issues with every
person who believes in Christ.
So, God raised His own
Son from death, and likewise in salvation, God guarantees to us, that He can and
will raise us up from death - spiritual death during our life, and physical
death whenever it occurs for each one of us.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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