BCL Grow: Baptism and the Church — Colossians 2:11-12
Colossians 2:11-12 (Church)
In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 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 2:11-12
“Baptism is an ordinance instituted by Christ and is the sign and seal of union with him. This is just saying that it is the sign and seal of membership in that body of which Christ is the Head. The body of which Christ is the Head is the church (cf. Eph. 5:23-30). Hence baptism is the sign and seal of membership in the church. ” — John Murray, Christian Baptism, p. 31.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: What does the Bible teach about Christian baptism? How is it related to Christ Jesus and his body, the church?
2. Know: The essential truth that Christian baptism signifies and seals is union with Christ Jesus. It is only in union with Christ Jesus that a Christian receives his benefits such as justification, adoption, and sanctification. And, as Christ is building his church (Matt. 16:18) which is his body (Eph. 5:23-30), he has commanded baptism as the visible sign of membership in it (Eph. 5:23; Col. 2:11-12).
3. Believe: Baptism, as the sign and seal of our union with Christ Jesus, unites us in his death, burial, and resurrection. It is a visible means of grace whereby God strenghtens and nourishes our faith in Christ Jesus. Our union with Christ Jesus also means we are united to one another—one body, one church, joined together (Eph 2:19-22) in one Lord, one faith, and one baptism (Eph 4:5).
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