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The theological dictionary definition of Baptism is as follows An immersion or sprinkling of water that signifies ones identification with a belief or cause In Christianity it is the believers identification with Christ in His death burial and resurrection Romans 64-54 It is done in the name and authority Acts 47 of Christ with the baptismal formula of Father Son and Holy Spirit Matt 2819 It does not save us 1 Pet 321 However it is our responsibility as Christian believers to receive it We find that baptism is full of significance Paul teaches us that the Christian is supposed to go through a similar experience to what Jesus went through in His death burial and resurrection The difference is that Jesus died physically and actually came back to life were to die to our sin self and old ways and then rise again to live a holy life through the power of Jesus Baptism is an outward symbol of an inner change and transformation that is supposed to take place beforehand Its very important to emphasize the fact that this can only be accomplished through the power strength and help of Jesus Its not that we have to completely overcome sin before we can be baptized but we need to repent of our past sins and have our mind made up that we want to overcome sin as we will allow God to give us the victory In the same way that Jesus descended down into that grave we go down into the water of baptism which represents our death to sin and the burial of our old life Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature old things are passed away behold all things are become new 1 Corinthians 517 Sin needs to die and pass away in our life and Jesus will take its place This doesnt mean
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