DO YOU NOT KNOW?
Two strong messages were written by Paul that conveyed some powerful understandings about being immersed in water.
The one most referred to among Believers is the one written to the congregation in Rome.
Apparently there was misunderstanding about what the spiritual understandings of immersion in water are.
Some were doing sinful things and justifying them saying their lifestyle demonstrated the greatness of the grace of God.
He was astounded at such thinking and said: "Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?"
So he asked them:
"... do you not know that as many of us as were immersed into Christ Jesus were immersed into His death?" Romans 6'1-3.
Paul wanted it to be understood by all Believers that they were immersed into Christ and into His death by the Spirit and the powerful outcomes.
So he goes on to remind them, telling them:
"... 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.
For if we have been united together
in the likeness of His death,
certainly we also shall be
in the likeness of His resurrection
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.
or he who has died has been freed from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more.
Death no longer has dominion over Him.
For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all;
but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin,
but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord". Romans 6'4-11.
And what's more Colossians 2'10-15 says:
"In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands,
by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
buried with Him in immersion, in which you also were raised with Him
through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
having wiped out the handwriting of requirements
that was against us, which was contrary to us.
And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
having disarmed principalities and powers,
He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it".
These are truly wonderful understandings of what the Lord has done for us Believers.
Ungodly ideas about God's great grace may swirl around, but Believers have the privilege of knowing the unshakeable truth in Christ.
Being immersed in water is one aspect of the manifold wisdom of God. It signifies the Lord's victory over the powers of darkness in the immersed person's life.
Believers can "walk in newness of life" by the power of the Holy Spirit. And this act of immersion is intended to be a constant reminder of that power.