|Mercy Street Church of Christ
Baptism into Christ...
Baptism signifies our union with Christ, especially with
Christ crucified and risen. It has other meanings,
including cleansing from sin and the gift of the Holy
Spirit, but its essential significance is that it unites us
with Christ. Hence the use of the preposition *eis*,
'into'. True, at its institution, baptism was said to be
into the single name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Mt.
28:19). Elsewhere, however, it is 'into the name of the
Lord Jesus' (Acts 8:16; 19:5) or simply 'into Christ' (Gal.
3:27; Rom. 6:3). And to be baptized into Christ means to
enter into relationship with him. Amen.
grace and peace to you,
For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.
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