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United with Christ (In or Out – Part 2)

July 31, 2012

This is Part 2 of “In or Out” taken from Galatians 3:26 – 4:7. You can read Part 1 HERE.

Paul says we are “united with Christ in baptism.” The phrase behind this could most literally be translated “baptized into Christ.” It seems to point to the metaphorical idea of being immersed in Christ. But the word for baptize does not just mean to immerse. It is to immerse in such a way that the immersed item takes on the characteristics of what it has been immersed into. Are you confused yet? Allow me to illustrate. Cucumbers and pickles are the same thing except they are nothing alike. To make a pickle, the cucumber must be immersed in a solution of brine and spices until the cucumber takes on those characteristics. When that happens, it is no longer a cucumber; it is now something different, a pickle. This is what happens when we are baptized into Christ. We are different. We are united with Christ.

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