<450604> Romans 6:4 ? ?We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life?; cf. 7, 10, 11 ? ?for he that hath died is justified from sin...For the death that he died, he died unto sin once: but the life that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Even so reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God in Christ Jesus?; 2 Corinthians5:14 ? ?we thus judge, that one died for all, therefore all died.? Baptism is therefore a confession of evangelical faith both as to sin, and as to the deity and atonement of Christ. No one is properly a Baptist who does not acknowledge these truths which baptism signifies.
T. W. Chambers, in Presb. and Ref. Rev., Jan. 1890:113-118, objects that this view of the symbolism of baptism is based on two texts,
<450604> Romans 6:4 and <510212>Colossians 2:12 which are illustrative and not explanatory, while the great majority of passages make baptism only an act of purification. Yet Dr. Chambers concedes: ?It is to be admitted that nearly all modern critical expositors (Meyer, Godet, Alford, Conybeare, Lightfoot, Beet) consider that there is a reference here [in <450604>Romans 6:4] to the act of baptism, which as the Bishop of Durham says, ?is the grave of the old man and the birth of the new. It is an image of the believer?s participation both in the death and in the resurrection of Christ. As he sinks beneath the baptismal waters, the believer buries there all his corrupt affections and past sins and as he emerges thence, he rises regenerate, quickened to new hopes and a new life.??
(c) Of the accomplishment of that purpose in the person baptized, who thus professes his death to sin and resurrection to spiritual life.
<480327> Galatians 3:27 ? ?For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ?; <600321>1 Peter 3:21 ? ?which [water] also after a true likeness doth now save you, even baptism, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the interrogation of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ?; cf. <480219>Galatians 2:19, 20 ? ?For I through the law died unto the law, that I might live unto God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me?; <510303>Colossians 3:3 ? ?For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.?
C.H.M., ?A truly baptized person is one who has passed from the old world into the new. The water rolls over his person, signifying that his
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