What does Baptism mean?

Baptism…signifies a believer’s union with Christ, by grace through faith, and all the benefits that are entailed by that union. It testifies that one has entered into the realities of the new covenant and, as such, has experienced regeneration, the gift and down payment of the Spirit, and the forgiveness of sin.It graphically signifies that a believer is now a member of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:22-25). It is our defining mark of belonging as well as a demarcation from the world (see Acts 2:40-41). It is an entry into the eschatological order of the new creation which our Lord has ushered in. Through baptism, we are united with Jesus Christ, by faith, and sealed with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph.4:30)

Stephen J.Wellum, Baptism and the Relationship Between the Covenants, in Believer’s Baptism, Shaun Wright (ed.), 2006

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