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BAPTISM: ITS MEANING AND WHAT IT SYMBOLIZES.
The spiritual teachings and instructions for gaining everlasting spirit life are contained in the Word of God made known through The Christ our Lord. (2 Tim 3:14-17). These spiritual teachings, by word and example, are the "waters" that 'bathe' one. (Eph 5:25-27. Titus 3:4,5. Rom 6:1-11*). To be totally immersed ("buried" out of sight) in these "waters" symbolizes:
ARE MERELY FOR
THE PURPOSE OF BEING DEAD ONES.
Those who have been subjected shall be raised in spirit to inherit heavenly life, although they die imperfect in the flesh. But how can one know if one is being subjected? By actively making changes in one's life to conform to The Christ's teachings as soon as they become known. That is the reason for these many letters from those substituting for Christ to those coming out of "Babylon". (2 Cor 5:20,21 & 6:1). The primary object in the ultimate purpose of God through baptism in Christ is the gathering of the anointed "firstfruits" to God, both individually and as a "body" as a "new creation". (Rev 14:4. Gal 6:15). These are the ones of whom it says: "For the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the Sons of God." (Rom 8:19).
Baptism is for the purpose of being made alive in one's spirit to the "newness of life" of The Christ while in the flesh, and resurrection after one's death to life in the heavenly realm of God with The Christ and his anointed brothers.