An excellent summary of what baptism does. The greater Christian community has done no greater harm to itself and the world than to lose what baptism means.
The apostles say some amazing things about baptism. By it, Paul says, we are united to Christ (1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 6:2; Gal. 3:27) in His death, burial, and resurrection (Rom. 6:1-6). Thus, Peter says, “baptism now saves us” (1 Pet. 3:21). And Paul follows by saying that being washed in baptism brings us new life and renewal by the Spirit (Tit. 3:5). Thus, the washing of baptism both sanctifies and justifies us (1 Cor. 6:11).
How can they say these things? Everything depends upon the first thing – i.e. by baptism the Spirit unites us to Jesus and makes us members of His body.
If the Spirit unites us to Christ at baptism and if all spiritual blessings are ours in union with Christ (Eph. 1:3) then we can understand why the apostles can say what they say about baptism. Baptism saves because we are united to the Savior
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