The apostle Paul wrote, “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” (Romans 6:3-4). Have you ever considered the expression, “baptized into his death?”
The significance of being “baptized into” the death of Jesus and therefore “buried with him by baptism into death” is that the blood of Jesus was shed in his death on the cross (John 19:32-34). Therefore, we are “buried”—not sprinkled or poured—“with him by baptism into death,” where we contact the blood He shed so that our sins may be washed away. These were the very words of Ananias to Saul of Tarsus when he told him, “arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). And in Revelation 1:5, we read, “Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”
It was “for the remission of sins” that Jesus shed his blood. When He instituted the Lord’s Supper on the night he was betrayed He said of the fruit of the vine, “For this is my blood of the New Testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Then, when Peter preached the first gospel sermon in Acts 2, he said, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). The record then says, “Now when they heard this they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:37-38).
It logically follows that since Jesus shed His blood “for the remission of sins,” we must contact that blood to be forgiven of our sins. And that is done by being baptized into His death. In baptism, we reach Christ’s blood by being baptized into the benefits of his death and He washes us from our sins in his own blood.
Have you been buried with Jesus by baptism into his death in order to receive remission of sins? Don’t let anyone tell you that baptism is not necessary for salvation. Jesus joined belief and baptism in order to salvation when he said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). One may as well say he can be saved without the blood of Jesus Christ as to say he can be saved without baptism because it is only in baptism that one reaches the blood by being baptized into Christ’s death. Have you been “washed from your sins in his own blood?” If not, won’t you do that today while time and opportunity permit? Obey Christ in faith, repentance and baptism and become a member of the only church Jesus ever built.
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