Discipleship | Lesson 4 | Devotion 2
Romans 6:3-5 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.
In this lesson, there was a brief section on why every Christian should be baptized. While we understand that baptism is not salvation, baptism was put in place to be a part of our Christian growth. Baptism is often defined as, “the outward expression of an inward faith.” Definitions do not quite do service to the beautiful picture of baptism given in the Bible.
In Romans 6, we see that baptism is compared to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus died and was buried, when we accept Christ as our Savior, our old man and old life died. Upon going under the water, we are symbolizing the burial of Christ. This picture given to us in Romans 6 is one of the reason why we believe that baptism is done by actual immersion into the water, rather than the sprinkling of water. The beauty of baptism is found in being raised up from the water. In verse four the Bible says, “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.” At the end of every baptism here at Franklin Road you will hear the phrase, “Raised to walk in newness of life.” That phrase comes directly from Romans 6.
Baptism symbolizes to everyone what II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” You have a new life in Christ. Our lives have been changed by our salvation from Jesus Christ. Baptism is simply telling the world about it!
Maybe you’re reading this and you have not yet been baptized. Following your salvation, this is the first step of becoming a more committed follower of Christ. Would you consider talking to a pastor or your mentor about taking this beautiful next step in your faith in Christ?