Colossians 2:11-15- Sufficient salvation shown in Baptism
The waters of baptism are a lens through which we can see certain things clearly. It is a lens which helps us see something past, something present and something future. Through the baptismal waters we look back to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism would be a meaningless action if Christ had not in fact died and resurrected. The waters of judgement, like at the flood and the drowning of Pharaoh’s armies at the Red Sea rolled over Christ. As the breaking of the bread calls to mind His body broken and offered for us, so the immersion under water and emersion from it speak of Christ’s judgement in death and resurrection to life. The judgement He suffered for our sins and His vindication in being resurrected.
Baptism is a lens into the present experience of the one being baptised. It is an outward showing of a real participation in Christ’s death as our death, and His resurrection as ours.