Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
Baptism does NOT symbolize faith: Baptism is obeying a FORM or ANTI-tupos of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
The TUPOS is the death, burial, enspiriting and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
Baptism is obeying the ANTI of that tupos.
ANTI means "instead of." We are baptized INSTEAD of dying on the cross. Denying baptism denies the INSTRUMENTAL MEANS by which we REQUEST A holy spirit or A good conscience."
Know ye not, that so many of us
<font color="#FFFFFF">.....as were baptized into Jesus Christ
.....were baptized into his death? Rom 6:3
Jesus was dead when he went into the tomb.
He came OUT of the tomb alive.
Therefore in this type or "pattern meant to be imitated" Jesus was not alive before he was buried.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
that LIKE AS Christ was RAISED up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of LIFE. Rom 6:4
This "baptism" is a LIKENESS of Jesus being PLANTED into the tomb. We are not baptized INTO the holy spirit.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness (Form) of his death,
we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Rom 6:5
Baptism of the Spirit was a sign of judgment against the Jews whom John identified as a generation of vipers: Jesus transferred His Spirit or Mind in a face-to-face teaching of WORDS to his selected Apostles.
They gave us the Word as Spirit and Life because Paul said that he MINISTERED the Spirit by PREACHING.
Baptism of Spirit and fire was a promise and a threat: it is not something you can obey:
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
.....his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
.....whether of sin unto death,
.....or of obedience unto righteousness? Rom 6:16
They lie by saying that OBEDIENCE of a direct command is a WORK of self righteousness. Baptists CANNOT give accept even the Bible when it threatens THEIR believe that THEY have been predestined to go to heaven and THEY are frightened of upsetting their PREDESTINATION.
But God be thanked,
.....that ye were the servants of sin,
.....but ye have obeyed from the heart
.....that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Ro.6:17
Being THEN made free from sin,
.....ye became the servants of righteousness. Rom 6:18
No one is said to have sins remitted other than when they OBEY that form or pattern which can be IMITATED. What IS IT about "being then free from sin" isit so impossible to grasp?
Baptists and the "progressives" lie: they claim that those who obey FOR the remission of sins believe that they and add WORKS to grace or faith.