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The Three Togethers of Baptism

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Radio transcript for January 4 and 10, 2008

Harold Bigham preaches on "The Three Togethers of Baptism" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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God is concerned about our eternal salvation. God developed His plan of redemption for all man from the beginning of the world.

Ephesians 3:9, "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ". Gradually throughout time His plan of redemption for man unfolded. "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law" (Galatians 4:4). God gave His Son to die for the sin of the world. John 3:16 states, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". John 1:29 reveals "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world". God's Plan of Redemption for man involved giving His Son as the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus demonstrated His great love for us as He willingly died on the cross for us.

In this lesson we want to notice the connection between Christ and us in baptism. Let us study "Three Togethers of Baptism".

In Romans chapter six, the Apostle Paul deals with a problem that some Christians were practicing. Some at the Lord's church at Rome were thinking that if they sinned more that they would receive more grace from God to cover their sins. So they willfully and deliberately were sinning. Paul admonished them. "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:1-2). Paul then begins to teach them that when they became a Christian by obeying the gospel they put to death their former way of life. "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore 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. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin" (Romans 6:3-6).

One becomes a Christian by hearing the gospel being taught (Romans 10:17). As one hears the gospel, faith or belief is required (Mark 16:16). Next, repentance of sins is commanded (Luke 13:3,5). One must also confess Christ's name as being the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10). Baptism is the final act that makes one a Christian (Acts 2:38). The same thing that makes one a Christian also makes one a member of the Lord's church, the church of Christ (Acts 2:47). So in Romans chapter six, the Apostle Paul makes the comparison of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection with that of baptism. He writes to those who have obeyed the gospel. He stresses the point that in baptism we are crucified with Christ; we are buried with Christ; and we are raised together with Christ.

First, we are "Crucified Together" with Christ. "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin" (Romans 6:6). We are crucified together with the Lord. Paul said that our old man is crucified with Him. The old man is our former way of life. It describes the old man of sin. In baptism we put to death our old man of sin or former way of living. We no longer serve sin but now we serve the Lord. Jesus was crucified on the cross. He was put to death. Likewise, we put to death our sins. As Christ was crucified on the Cross, we have crucified our old man of sin as we obey the gospel.

Second, we are "Buried Together" with Christ. "Therefore 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" (Romans 6:4). Baptism is a burial. We have buried the old man of sin. The old man of sin is buried in the watery grave of baptism and the new man in Christ arises to a new walk in Christ. Notice that Paul wrote that "We are buried with Him" that is Christ. In baptism we bury our sins. Baptism is a immersion. Baptism requires much water. "And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized" (John 3:23). Baptism requires going down into the water and coming up out of the water. The Bible teaches that baptism is a burial or immersion and not a sprinkling or pouring. "And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing" (Acts 8:38-39). We are baptized for the remission of our sins or to wash away our sins. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16). As Christ was buried in the borrowed tomb, we are buried in baptism to wash away our sins.

Third, we are "Raised Together" with Christ. "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection" (Romans 6:5). "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead" (Colossians 2:12). As we go down into the water and have been buried with our Lord, we arise out of the watery grave of baptism. We are raised together with our Lord. Jesus was not left in the tomb. Jesus arose! Likewise we arise to a new life! This life is the Christian life. In baptism we put on Christ and wear His name. "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27). This life involves a new direction from the old life that we once lived. "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God" (I Corinthains 6:9-11). In baptism our sins have been washed away and we are sanctified and justified. Sanctify means to be "set apart". It is the idea that the Christian life is distinctive life. A Christian lives differently than the world lives. We are justified when we are baptized. Justified means "made righteous". So in baptism we are raised to a new distinctive life with a new direction. As Christ was raised from the grave because death had no dominion over Him (Romans 6:9), we are raised in baptism to a new life!

We have studied today how that in baptism we have that togetherness with Jesus. We wear His name and serve Him after we have been baptized. Are you a Christian? Why not become one today! Please contact us with any questions or comments. We love you and want to hear from you. May God bless you as you study His Word.


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My friend, our prayer for you today is that you will come to a knowledge of the Truth through a diligent study of God's Word and obey God's commands to become a member of the Lord's church, the church of Christ.

What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

What does the Bible say about how we are to worship God?

  • We are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
  • Worship is to be on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  • The male members are to lead the worship service (1 Corinthians 14:34).
  • Godâ??s word is to be preached (Acts 20:7).
  • Prayer is to be offered to Him (Acts 2:42).
  • Christians are to give cheerfully according to how God has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
  • The Lordâ??s Supper is to be taken (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
  • Members are to sing one to another from the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
  • We are not to change by adding to or taking from (Revelation 22:18-19).

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