I Corinthians 12:13 – “For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free … and have all been made to drink into one spirit“.
The verb baptized as used here doesn’t suggest water baptism. Its origin is from the Greek word ‘bapto’ (to dip).
It was used among the Greeks to signify the dyeing of a garment. Fabric placed into a vat of dye would emerge a different colour, hence termed “baptized”. The fabric loses its (former) identity. The fabric and the dye have become one/inseparable/identified.
The Holy Ghost has baptized the New Creation into Christ. We have lost our identity. Christ is now our identity. We are in Him. He is in us. God doesn’t see us. He sees Christ. Jesus is the head. We are the body. It is not an embrace. It is an identification, a oneness, a vital union. We have the same life (zoe).
I Corinthians 6:17 – “…he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him”.
Galatians 3:27 – “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ”.
Just as the fabric puts on the nature of the dye when it was ‘baptized’ (dipped) into it, we have put on Christ.
Ephesians 5:30 – “For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones”.
Colossians 1:18 – “And He is the head of the body, the Church…”
I Corinthians 12:12-13 – “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit”.
We have arrived. This is our eternal home. We are now in Christ.
Credit: Dr. Bibama .S.