“Baptized into His Death” Frees Us from Sin–The Doctrine of Baptisms

The early apostles’ taught their third doctrine–the “doctrine of baptisms” with an “s.”  For there are several baptisms in the Christian walk–not just the one with water.

The first baptism mentioned was John the Baptist’s “baptism unto repentance.”  He encouraged the people to repent of their sins, be baptized in water, thus pointing them to the Lamb of God, who would soon become the Sacrifice for all men’s sins.  “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (Mt. 3:11).  Here we have three baptisms in one verse.

The baptism in water is symbolic of the death of our old sinful heart (see post on this at https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/baptismempty-ritual-or-symbol-of-death-of-self/ ).  Paul taught that it was symbolic of being immersed into Christ’s death.  “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6: 3).

Just How Are We Immersed into Christ’s Death?

     Just before Christ died, this perfectly sinless man took upon Himself the sins of the whole world, past, present, and future.  Sin was transferred onto this sin offering, and He died with all our sins upon Him.  Consequently, when He died, my old self died.  When He died that day, our old selfish egos died.

When He was literally buried in the tomb, our old lives were buried.  Gone.  Over with.  And when He rose from the dead, we rose from the deadness of our sinful existence, into a brand new wonderful life, energized with God’s Spirit now within (for more on this, see “Introduction” of my book The Unveiling of the Sons of God  found at the top of this page).  All this has already been done for us by God.  We have to only believe it when we read it in Romans 6: 3-7 :

     “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.  Because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”

     We are now free from sin–if we really believe it.  Free!  We are no longer slaves to the pulls, urges, and demands of that old spiritual nature that held us in bondage to do sinful acts!  I’m talking about revolutionary freedom here!  We were dead to sin, but now we live unto God by faith in the Spirit that He has given us.

     Water baptism is just the symbol of this immersion into Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  Believing and walking in this truth is the reality.  But God has promised his sons and daughters more and greater baptisms–the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of fire, which takes us into the very presence of God’s transformative power.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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5 responses to ““Baptized into His Death” Frees Us from Sin–The Doctrine of Baptisms

  1. Hisgrace

    Thank you for ministering the truth to us. Voices walking the narrow path, and sharing in Spirit and in truth are an oasis of refreshing in the midst of the days we are in. The Lord is our Shephard, and as we keep our eyes on Him, He will enable us to walk in union with His Word and will victoriously.

  2. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
    (John 3:5 ESV)
    And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    (Acts 2:38 ESV)
    And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
    (Acts 22:16 ESV)
    having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
    (Colossians 2:12 ESV)
    Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
    (1 Peter 3:21 ESV)
    For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
    (1 John 5:7-8 ESV)

    Doesn’t sound like Peter, John, or Jesus considered water baptism to be “just the symbol”. It is commanded and required for salvation/discipleship. It is NOT the gospel, but a proper and scriptural response and obedience to the gospel.

    Pauls says (as I’m sure you know, but perhaps don’t understand) “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:3-5 ESV)

    And yes, I believe absolutley that we are free from the law of sin and death! We can live free from willful sin since every time we are confronted with it, we have a choice. I do not believe we will ever be free of sins of ignorance, however. This is covered I believe as “a sin not unto death” (1 John 5:16)

    God bless and thank you for your response to my post on the flesh. I posted that not because I was struggling with sexual urges. They occassionally pop up, but I bring every thought into submission to Christ as instructed by His Word. My question was really about how far can we indulge the flesh necessarily, before we cross the line. Sorry if I wasn’t clear.

  3. wayneman5

    Thank you for your comment, ProdigalKnot. The sin question is a touchy issue. Sin is the breaking of the ten commandment law (I John 3:4). We do, after our born again cross and resurrection experience, have faults and imperfections. But the heart transplant that God performs on us through our belief in God’s operation frees us from sin and the guilt of sinning. If one has never been told this, it is difficult to wrap one’s mind around it. “All things are possible with God.” Even to live a life free from stealing, lying, committing adultery, worshipping false gods, desiring our neighbor’s everything, and all the rest of the 10 Com. (I John 3:4).
    “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him…Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin…” (I John 3: 6, 9).
    Addressing some of the scriptures quoted above: 1. In I John 3: 5, the water mentioned is not baptismal water, but rather the earthly birth from the watery bed of our mother’s womb.
    2. In Acts 22: 16, the entity that washes our sins away is believing that Christ’s blood put to death our sinful hearts, thereby washing away our old hearts, the root of our sins. Again, water baptism symbolizes this precious truth and comes after the fact, as a testimony to the world of our conversion. It is important, but the immersion of our bodies in water does not take away our sins. You are right in that as obedient children we should be baptized in water “to fulfill all righteousness.”
    3. The “sin not unto death” is a sin that can be repented of. There is a sin that cannot be repented of–the blashphemy of the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost (same word in the Greek).
    I greatly appreciate your honesty and seeking heart. I offer this not as gamesmanship or sport, but sincerely in hopes that we all can come to the fulness of Christ’s stature–to become His princes and princesses, the rulers of His soon coming kingdom. For in the end, after all the thrashing things out, it is Him and His government that will endure. God bless you on your pilgrimmage back to the Father’s heart. KWHancock

  4. Dear Baptist/evangelical brothers and sisters in Christ,

    I ask you to consider these points:

    1. When God said that he would preserve his Word, what did he mean? Did he mean that he would preserve the original papyrus and parchment upon which his Word was written? If so, then his Word has disappeared as none of the original manuscripts remain.

    Did he mean that he would preserve his word in the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek only? He would not preserve his Word when it was translated into all the other languages of the world?

    Or did God mean that he would preserve his Word…the message/the words…the Gospel: the free gift of salvation, and the true doctrines of the Christian Faith? Would God allow his Word/his message to mankind to be so polluted by translation errors that no translation, into any other language from the three original languages, continues to convey his true words?

    2. There is NO translation of the Bible, from the original ancient languages, into ANY language, ANYWHERE on earth, that translates the Bible as the Baptists/evangelicals believe it should be translated.

    No Bible translation on earth translates Acts 2:38 as, “Repent and believe in Jesus Christ every one of you and you will receive the Holy Ghost. Then be baptized as a public profession of your faith.”

    Why would God allow EVERY English translation of the Bible throughout history to be mistranslated or use such confusing language as to suggest that God forgives sins in Baptism? And not only all English translations, ALL translations of the Bible have retained these “mistranslations or confusing wording”.

    Do you honestly believe that God would allow his Word to be so polluted with translation errors that EVERY Bible in the world, if read in its simple, plain interpretation, would tell the people of the world that God forgives sins in water baptism??

    3. Why is there not one single piece of evidence from the early Christians that indicates that ANYONE in the 800-1,000 years after Christ believed that: Water baptism is ONLY a public profession of faith/act of obedience; sins are NOT forgiven in water baptism? Yes, you will find statements by these early Christians that salvation is by faith, but do Baptists and evangelicals really understand how a sinner obtains saving faith? THAT IS THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION, MY FRIENDS! Does the sinner produce faith by his own free will or does God provide faith and belief as a gift, and if God does provide faith and belief as a free gift, with no strings attached, WHEN exactly does God give it?

    4. Is it possible that: Baptist-like believers, at some point near or after 1,000 AD, were reading the Bible and came across verses that read “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” and “Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved” and established their doctrine of Salvation/Justification first, based on these and similar verses alone, and then, looked at the issue of water baptism, and since the idea that God forgives sins in water baptism didn’t seem to fit with the verses just mentioned, these early Baptists re-interpreted these verses to fit with their already established doctrine, instead of believing the “baptism verses” literally?

    Is it possible that BOTH groups of verses are literally correct?? If we believe God’s Word literally, he says that he saves/forgives sins when sinners believe/call AND when they are baptized? Why not believe that God can give the free gift of salvation in both situations: when a sinner hears the Gospel and believes and when a sinner is baptized?

    Should we re-interpret God’s plain, simple words just because they don’t seem to make sense to us?

    God bless you and keep you!
    http://www.lutherwasnotbornagain.com/2013/06/the-early-church-fathers-believed-in.html

    • Thanks, Gary, for the comment, which incidentally did not mention the thesis of my post–that ‘baptism into Christ was immersion into His death (His death being our sins on the scapegoat and them with Him dying, no more). kwh

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