by Jerry Shugart
"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 " (Ro.6:3-4).
Is the baptism spoken of here in regard to water baptism? There are some who say that it is: " Once you have crucified your old ways (sins) and you repent, the dead person must be buried. Baptism, a burial in water, equates with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the Biblical way to be born again to new life" (www.BeBaptized.org).
This cannot be correct because we can see that the phrase "baptized into Jesus Christ" refers to the baptism into the Body of Christ:
"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus " (Gal.3:27-28).
Being baptized into Christ is the same as having "put on Christ" is the same thing as having "put on the New Man":
"And have put on the New Man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all " (Col.3:10).
The "New Man is the "Body of Christ", and the believer is baptized into that body by one Spirit and not by submitting to the rite of water baptism:
"...to make in himself of two one New Man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one Body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby " (Eph.2:15-16).
"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles...Now ye are the Body of Christ" (1 Cor.12:13,27).