Water Baptism Symbolizes What?
There are two opinions churches teach concerning what they believe water baptism symbolizes.One group teaches that it pictures the trinity by being baptized into the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They also say to properly symbolize that truth which Jesus taught in Matt. 28:18-20* should be done in a triune manner, using the elliptical statement that Jesus gave. (into the name of….into the name of….into the name of)
Others say it teaches the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. They call a person to Romans 6:4** where Paul gave this teaching. But there is a problem that needs to be considered. Only the Church of Christ believes that baptism saves. This verse teaches that the one who enjoys this baptism now has newness of life in their conduct following this experience. That is a product of spirit baptism. (Eph. 2:5, 8-9***)*"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
**Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
***Even when we were dead in sins, hath (quickened) us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. [spirit baptism]