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The defining image of baptism is described in detail in Romans chapter 6. Here Paul describes baptism as entering into Christ and into his death. It is how one is crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and raised with Christ (Colossians 2:11-14). Baptism is how one is freed from sin thereby becoming a servant of righteousness. It is a pledge to keep a clear conscience before God, and God therefore saves us in baptism (I Peter 3:21). It is how one receives forgiveness of past sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Baptism is how one is adopted as a child of God by entering into Christ and putting Christ on (Galatians 3:26, 27). Because baptism is a burial and resurrection with Christ, the action of total immersion as practiced in the early church is in keeping with this defining image, and the dramatic experience of burying the old self and arising to new life is accomplished in baptism as the defining event in one's life.

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