3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Paul’s first “know ye not?” — implies they should have known.
Baptized = put into and taken out again, used of dyeing clothes. This involves immersion (death), submersion (burial), and emergence (resurrection).
This baptism is not water baptism but the baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith. 1 Corinthians 12:13 — For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
And Galatians 3:26-27 — For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Through baptism, we vicariously share in Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection. The believer is identified with Jesus Christ and legally regarded as having died to sin.
Jesus Christ, by grace, became one with us in our death, so we, by faith, become one with Him in His death — crucified with Him.
Romans 6:6 — Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
And Galatians 2:20 — I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
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