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Colossians 2:12

Buried and Raised

12 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.

Christians are also complete in Christ (v.10) through their obedience to follow Him in baptism. "Buried with Him in baptism" hardly conjures up the image of someone being sprinkled or of water being poured on their head. To be buried in the water one must be submerged as Christ was. "And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:" (Mark 1:10)

The believer's desire to be baptized, buried in the water, signifies that he or she has rejected life in the flesh and is dead to self. It demonstrates that he wants to follow the leadership and guidance of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who was crucified and buried for the sins of all who would believe in Him.

Rising from the waters, the believer signifies that he has become a new creation in 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. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:" (Romans 6:4-5) The new life now has its affections focused on things above instead of things of this world.

This is done through faith in the power of God. The believer enters into baptism through the faith that God has raised his Son from the dead. The same faith holds that God has raised us to a new spiritual life, an eternal life, which does not begin when we get to heaven but as soon as we become believers. It is the first step in our final resurrection in which rests all of our hope.

The resurrection of Christ is the foundation of our faith. "And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable... If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die." (1 Corinthians 15:17-19, 32 )

Before The Throne:

Thank God for the ordinance of baptism, that by it you were able to demonstrate the gospel message and your faith to the rest of the world. Praise Him for the promise of the resurrection. Ask Him to help you focus more on heavenly things, to walk by faith and not by sight. Pray that He will continue to guide you in your new walk down the path of righteousness.

For Further Study:

** Buried. Rom 6:4-5; ** baptism. Rom 6:3; 1Cor 12:13; Gal 3:27; Eph 4:5; Titus 3:5-6; Heb 6:2; 1Pet 3:21; ** wherein. Col 3:1- 2; Rom 6:8-11; Rom 7:4; 1Cor 15:20; Eph 1:20; Eph 2:4-6; Eph 5:14; 1Pet 4:1-3; ** the faith. Lu 17:5; John 1:12-13; John 3:3-7; Acts 14:27; Eph 1:19; Eph 2:8; Eph 3:7, 17; Phil 1:29; Heb 12:2; Jas 1:16-17; ** who. Acts 2:24; Rom 4:24; Heb 13:20-21;


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