Being baptized without a ritual, but through Yeshua’s dead

Gal.3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

I am reading a book of Tom Holland, Contours of Pauline Theology. He argues that the theology of Paul is about the Second Exodus or New Exodus, a second Pesach. Paul uses the model of the Exodus in his writings, especially in the letter to the Romans, according to Tom Holland.Interesting point is his view on baptism. Baptism which is spoken of in the New Testament is corporate and it is done with the dead of Christ. The community is baptized into Christ’s dead.

“As Moses, in the Exodus out of Egypt, took the people of God, for they were united with him through baptism, so Christ takes those who have been baptized into union with him from the realm of sin and death. This baptism into Christ took place in his exodus, (Luke 9:31) in his coming out of the realm of Sin and death. It was a baptism into his death that all believers experienced, in the same historic moment.” (p.151)
We are no longer in the corporate body of sin (Rom.6:6) [1] (first Adam) but in the body of Christ. (second Adam)
“What I am arguing for is that the baptism passages which we have considered are speaking neither about water baptism nor even of Christ’s baptism into his sufferings, even though these are important related themes, but about a baptism modeled on the baptism of Israel into Moses when Israel came into a covenant relationship with Yahweh through the representative He had appointed.” (p.151)

This brings me to say that water baptism is only a sign to confess one’s conversion and relationship to Yeshua the Messiah, which took place before. Not water baptism, but the conversion makes sense. The choice of man does make sense. Hence I am speaking of the good choice. A good choice comes from HaSjem. He encourage His children-to-be to make a good choice. That choice begins with an out coming of sin and grasping the of the promise of life. (Blood on the doorpost) and it is final made up with a personal covenant between the soul and HaSjem. (Receiving of the Torah) This signing of the contract for eternal life does take a complete amount of time. (7×7 weeks, according to the time between Pesach and Shawuot) It always is done perfect. A half completed contract could not exist. It is a divine process guided by the Holy Spirit. A man is not able to this but by the almighty arm of HaSjem working out great miracles. The enemy, who is also active here, must leave. (Waters)

The model of the Exodus gives us a pattern of the real true baptism.

Real baptism is done by HaSjem with Yeshua. And it has to be done with us. All who are dealing with it, are entering a new covenant, a state of being born-again, dying in the old body of sin and rising up into a new body, full of love and holiness for HaSjem. Water baptism is an old Jewish cleaning ritual, however it has a very rich meaning. In the time of Yeshua it was becoming a sign. In essence it points back to the redemption of the people of Israel through the Red See in connection with Pesach (forgiveness of sin) before and Shavuot (entering the covenant) after it.

To learn more about water baptism, a good article has been written by Ceil Rosen of Jews for Jesus. I’ve found many nice articles, all on Messianic websites and all pointing back to the Mikve and Mayim Chayim and its meaning.

Maimonides said: “By three things did Israel enter into the Covenant: by circumcision, and baptism and sacrifice. Circumcision was in Egypt, as it is written: ‘No uncircumcised person shall eat thereof’ (Exodus 12:48). Baptism was in the wilderness, just before giving of the Law, as it is written: ‘Sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes’ (Exodus 19:10). And sacrifice, as it is said: ‘And he sent young men of the children of Israel which offered burnt offerings’ (Exodus 24:5)”
This matches with the main parts of the Heidelberg Cathechism: Misery of man (the Law), Deliverance and Thankfulness.

Yeshua did it all, and in him we are being baptized.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John.14:6)

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[1] Tom Holland clearly points out that the body (here) means corporate, chapter 5 – The Paschal Community and the Body of Sin. Book is full text available online here.
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5 Responses to “Being baptized without a ritual, but through Yeshua’s dead”

  1. graspingmashiach Says:

    Jos,

    This sounds very interesting. Thank you for providing the online resource.

    Shalom,

    Paula

  2. Francis Says:

    It needs be understood that The Messiah bore witness too His G-D and Father, HE WHO IS The Only True G-D, Father(Creator) of ALL, and that The Messiah’s G-D and Father(Creator) is also The G-D and Father(Creator) of The Messiah’s Brethren…….

    After The Messiah’s water baptism, which was the baptism of repentance(turning from Moses to the promised Messiah), a baptism which was for the natural, or practicing jew. After His water baptism,The Holy, Set Apart, Spirit that IS The Only True G-D entered into The Messiah, empowering Him so that in Spirit and Truth He might bear witness unto “The Kingdom of G-D(Heaven) being at hand”, and His Life example and Teachings, which He received from Our Father, revealed The Way to The Truth of The Life unto the Jewish people and the heathen peoples who would believe in Him after The Only True G-D raised Him from among the dead.

  3. Gev Says:

    The book was also reviewed by the British Messianic Jewish Alliance http://www.tomholland.org.uk/2008/02/review-chai-british-messianic-jewish-alliance-richard-gibson/

  4. faithbasedworks Says:

    Paula, thanks for your kind words.

    Gev, Thanks for adding the link to a good review.

    Francis, I don’t get your point clear.

    The Messiah bore witness. Yes, he does. But why are you saying that? I don’t want to get into trinity matters, but the Messiah was given to us as the Redeemer. The Disciples are witnesses and Paul also is. The Messiah was more than a witness, he enabled divinity to be in the heart of men. He will put his holy Torah and his holy Spirit into the heart. Ez.36:27 and Jer.31:33. The water baptism of Yeshua was a turning point in history, but his dead finalized it all.

    shalom,
    Jos

  5. Francis Says:

    There is Only ONE True Living G-D, Father(Creator) of ALL…….

    The Messiah was The Beginning of The Creation of The ONE and Only True Living G-D, Father(Creator) of ALL…….

    When the natural, earthly kingdom centered in yerusalem was destroyed The Messiah delivered up The Kingdom unto Our Father.

    “THY Kingdom” HAD “Come” and IS…….

    THY Kingdom is not earthly and natural, THY Kingdom is Heavenly and Spiritual.

    So it is that The Brethren of The Messiah are exhorted to “set their affections on Heavenly things” and not be of those “whose g-d is their bellies,….,because they mind earthly things”…….

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