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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 10 years ago

Who can explain Romans 6:3-5 on the subject of baptism?

What does Romans 6: 3-5 tell us that baptism does for us?

So then what is happening when we are baptized?

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  • 10 years ago
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    Baptism Into Christ Jesus, Into His Death. Jesus knew at the time of his baptism in the Jordan River that he was entering upon a sacrificial course. He knew that his ‘prepared body’ must be put to death, that he must die in innocence as a perfect human sacrifice with ransoming value for mankind. (Mt 20:28) Jesus understood that he must be plunged into death but that he would be raised out of it on the third day. (Mt 16:21) So he likened his experience to a baptism into death. (Lu 12:50) He explained to his disciples that he was already undergoing this baptism during his ministry. (Mr 10:38, 39) He was baptized fully into death when he was plunged into death by being impaled on the torture stake on Nisan 14, 33 C.E. His resurrection by his Father Jehovah God on the third day completed this baptism, which includes a raising up. Jesus’ baptism into death is clearly distinct and separate from his water baptism, for he had completely undergone water baptism at the beginning of his ministry, at which time his baptism into death only began.

    The faithful apostles of Jesus Christ were baptized in water by John’s baptism. (Joh 1:35-37; 4:1) But they had not yet been baptized with holy spirit when Jesus pointed out that they were also to be baptized in a symbolic baptism like his, a baptism into death. (Mr 10:39) So baptism into his death is something apart from water baptism. Paul expressed himself in his letter to the Christian congregation at Rome, saying: “Do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”—Ro 6:3.

    It is Jehovah God who is responsible for the performing of such baptism into Christ Jesus as well as baptism into his death. He anointed Jesus, making him the Christ or Anointed One. (Ac 10:38) Thus God baptized Jesus with the holy spirit in order that, through Jesus, his followers might thereafter be baptized with holy spirit. Therefore, those who become joint heirs with him, with heavenly hopes, have to be “baptized into Christ Jesus,” that is, into the Anointed Jesus who, at the time of his anointing, was also begotten to be a spiritual son of God. They thereby become united to him, their Head, and they become members of the congregation that is the body of Christ.—1Co 12:12, 13, 27; Col 1:18.

    The course of these Christian followers who are baptized into Christ Jesus is a course of integrity-keeping under test from the time they are baptized into Christ, a daily facing of death and finally a death of integrity, as described by the apostle Paul when he explained to the Roman Christians: “Therefore we were buried with him through our baptism into his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised up from the dead through the glory of the Father, we also should likewise walk in a newness of life. For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall certainly also be united with him in the likeness of his resurrection.”—Ro 6:4, 5; 1Co 15:31-49.

    Clarifying the matter still further, Paul, in writing to the congregation at Philippi, described his own course as “a sharing in [Christ’s] sufferings, submitting myself to a death like his, to see if I may by any means attain to the earlier resurrection from the dead.” (Php 3:10, 11) Only the Almighty God the heavenly Father, who is the Baptizer of those who are baptized in union with Jesus Christ and into his death, can complete the baptism. This He does through Christ by raising them up out of death to be united with Jesus Christ in the likeness of his resurrection, which is to heavenly, immortal life.—1Co 15:53, 54.

    That a congregation of people can, so to speak, be baptized or immersed into a liberator and leader is illustrated by the apostle Paul when he describes the congregation of Israel as being “baptized into Moses by means of the cloud and of the sea.” There they were covered with a protecting cloud and with the walls of water on each side of them, being, symbolically speaking, immersed. Moses foretold that God would raise up a prophet like himself; Peter applied this prophecy to Jesus Christ.—1Co 10:1, 2; De 18:15-19; Ac 3:19-23.

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  • 10 years ago

    1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

    Romans 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

    Water baptism is a spiritual "picture" of what happens when a person is born again by the Holy Spirit. It symbolizes a person "dying" to their old sin controlled life and being "raised' to new life in Christ by the power of the Spirit.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

    Ephesians 4:22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

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    10 years ago

    6:3-5—What is meant by baptism into Christ Jesus and baptism into his death? When Jehovah anoints followers of Christ with the holy spirit, they are united with Jesus and become members of the congregation that is the body of Christ, he being the Head. (1 Cor. 12:12, 13, 27; Col. 1:18) This is their baptism into Christ Jesus. Anointed Christians are also “baptized into [Christ’s] death” in that they live a life of sacrifice and renounce any hope of everlasting life on earth. Their death, therefore, is a sacrificial one, as was Jesus’ death, though their death does not have ransoming value. This baptism into Christ’s death is completed when they die and are resurrected to life in heaven.

    Source(s): 6/15/2008 Watchtower
  • If you keep reading, baptism is the symbolic killing and burying of your old personality and its intentionally sinful ways, and then being resurrected with the new personality that is dedicated to God.

    Note that I said intentionally sinful ways. You will still sin even after baptism, of course; but if you were serious about your baptism, you will not do so intentionally and you will strive to get rid of sin as much as you can as an imperfect being, until such time as you are restored to full perfection and can actually stop sin altogether.

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  • 10 years ago

    Baptism wipes us of Original Sin (Adam and Eve eating the fruit) and commits our soul to Lord Jesus Christ. The waters symbolize being buried in the grave and being resurrected like Jesus. Baptism when you are a baby is done so the parents can say, "Yes, my child is a child of Jesus and will be christian."

  • 10 years ago

    You can be baptized 100 times being submerged even in the holy water, and yet you can still have no FAITH in your own salvation in Christ, you may still doubt whether you will be going heaven when you die. Baptism is merely a ceremony to testify to the public of your new faith in Christ and your public declaration of repentance. It is not automatically for our salvation, because we are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8), not by faith and a ceremony (Rom. 4:1-11). You see, a religious ceremony is a set of activities or forms peformed by someone. In the Bible circumcision was a ceremony where one person performed a religious rite on another person. Likewise, baptism is also a ceremony where one person performs a religious rite on another person. But, we are saved by faith alone and anything else we do, including ceremonies, will not help.

    If we are saved by faith, then we are saved by faith when we believe, not when we get baptized, otherwise we are not saved by faith. Furthermore, if baptism is necessary for salvation then anyone who receives Christ on his deathbed in a hospital and who also believes Jesus is God in the flesh, who died and rose from the dead for his sins, etc., would go to hell if he doesn't get baptized before he died. This would mean that we were not justified by faith because if we were, then the person would be saved. Also, if baptism is necessary for salvation, then all babies who die go to hell since they weren't baptized. Remember, when someone says that baptism is necessary, there can be no exceptions -- otherwise it isn't necessary.

    JESUS has died for all our sins, past, present and future sins. There is no more sin in our life that needs to be pardoned, as all has been pardoned on the cross. Thus, the bible told us in the books by the apostle Paul there is no more consciousness of sins, we are all having the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus when we received Jesus Christ to live in our heart. Then Jesus will work within us to transform us inside out by the Holy Spirit that He promised in the Bible. Including any infirmities & unhealthy habits, like mental illness, smoking, pornography / sex addictions, homosexuality, etc. will be healed in His name. This process will take time and will not be immediate for some. Just always go back to Jesus Christ whenever you fall and ask Him for help to strengthen you. His promise is to heal all of us in Body, soul and spirit.

    Shalom,

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Romans 6:3-5 says, "Or do YOU not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we were buried with him through our baptism into his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised up from the dead through the glory of the Father, we also should likewise walk in a newness of life. For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall certainly also be [united with him in the likeness] of his resurrection;"

    Those who will reign with Christ in his heavenly Kingdom must likewise be baptized into death. (Mark 10:37-40; Col. 2:12) At their death they lay aside forever their human life, as Jesus did. And at their resurrection they join him in heavenly rulership. This is a baptism performed, not by any human, but by God through his heavenly Son. Those who are baptized into Jesus’ death are also said to be “baptized into Christ Jesus.” By means of holy spirit channeled through Christ they become united to him, their head, as members of his spirit-anointed congregation, his “body.” Because that spirit enables them to reflect Christ’s superior personality, it can be said of them that they all become “one person in union with Christ Jesus.”—Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27, 28; Acts 2:32, 33.

  • 10 years ago

    His death is of I am, for then he said,’” knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.” This is where I become alive now……. in the unity of where we all as he “I am thirsty.” And this was life in truth as to who God the Father was but here in these words Jesus himself, Look unto Life itself for him (resurrection) as this final act and He let his life in to death for us as the same gospel, what was from the foundation of the world with God Word One now on earth was the victory of cross for all.

    After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.” 29A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (John 19)

    3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore 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. 5For if we have become united with in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be of His resurrection, http://nasb.scripturetext.com/romans/6-1.htm

    “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” (Revelation 22:17)

  • 10 years ago

    Nicodemus ask " how can i enter heaven". he was told that he must be born again. he ask how can i re-inter my mother's womb and be born again. he was told that he was born by water { his mother } but now he must be born again by the holy spirit. the moment he accepts Christ and asks him to come into his heart, the holy spirit baptizes him spiritually into the body of Christ. now with Christ in him he will live forever in heaven. Christ said " I am the way....no body comes to GOD except through me !!!!!!!! " now he is under the law of "grace" -----his sins have been forgiven and sin and death have no power over him.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    the water and the blood are bearing your witness in the Spirit. Jesus said john baptized you with water, but I will baptize you with fire. that fire is the Ghost.

  • 10 years ago

    Good question, and I cannot really better the answer of Snowbird.

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