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Significance of baptism

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The NT uses a variety of images to explain the meaning of baptism, such as dying and rising with Christ, sharing in his death and being cleansed from sin.

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Baptism is a symbol of the death of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ described his death as a baptism or a flood overwhelming him.
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Baptism is a symbol of the burial of Jesus Christ

Immersion in water symbolises how the old sinful life is buried with Christ.

Dying to sin and sharing Jesus Christ’s sufferings, symbolised by baptism, is a lifelong process:

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Baptism is a symbol of being saved from the flood

The flood/baptism symbolises both judgment (the death of sinners and the death of Jesus Christ) and salvation (those in the ark and those in Christ passing safely through judgment).
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Baptism is the gospel equivalent of circumcision

The “circumcision in Christ” may refer either to his death on the cross or to baptism.
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Baptism recalls the exodus

In and through the exodus experience Israel was united with and obedient to Moses, as Jesus Christ’s people are to him.
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Baptism symbolises washing from sin

Baptism is an outward sign of cleansing from sin and from a defiled life and conscience.
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Baptism is a symbol of putting on Christ

Baptism is seen as putting on Christ, as one might put on a coat or garment, and thus be “clothed with Christ”.

Baptism as a symbol of unity

Ephesians 4:5 NKJV
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
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