¹What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? ²God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? ³Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? ⁴Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. ⁵For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: ⁶Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. ⁷For he that is dead is freed from sin. ⁸Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: ⁹Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. ¹⁰For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. ¹¹Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Baptism points to a total change of nature, it is an ablution wherewith the old nature is washed away by the washing away of death whereby we die and die into the death of Christ Jesus, and as such cease to exist, and with this, we rise again in Jesus as a completely new being with a totally new nature untraceable to the old nature. This is what we call being born again or being baptized into life.
No more are You reffered to as a sinner, that person ceased to exist,
1 John 3:9
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
The text above becomes a question of conscience and Consciousness, many born agains grapple with this text, because they have not fully reconciled within themselves the concept of the new nature and thus go on carrying a false burden.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
When baptised we are fully immersed in His being and partake of the fullness of His life and come forth dripping in the life (Zoe) of Christ Jesus,
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
We have put on Christ , which implies, it is no nolonger you that exists but Christ through His own faith working in You, no longer do we see each other in our former state, a state of segregation, whether Jew or non-Jew, rich or poor, male or female, because we’re all one through our union in Jesus Christ with no distinction between us.
Declare: I have the life of God in me
We become one with Christ. To this He says:
“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”
Jesus’s life was an experiential one with the Father, that He spoke as He heard the Father, He was extremely sensitive to hear the father speak and lead Him in His ministry and purpose, as He preached, healed , delivered, spoke, everything about Him was in perfect agreement with the father and so He wants us to live that very life with no distinction betweenYou and Him.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…
When one believes, it is His faith that immerses you into Himself granting all in access to His life.
We are baptised in the name of Jesus. Being the God head bodily.
⁹For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. ¹⁰And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Two faces of baptism, the physical baptism is symbolic of His death but there is the baptism of the HolySpirit which is the real baptism that breeds the life of God in Man.
How great is your Name Oh Lord, a name with a sound of power, a name that knows no bounds.
I am the sound of that power, no longer I but Him, highly filled with His fullness and manifesting the life of God.
I am The Miracle of life.
Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.
¹And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, ²He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. ³And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. ⁴Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. ⁵When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. ⁶And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied