“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2, NKJV)
My ‘spiritual’ background is based firmly on being taught as a young person that baptism was not “to be saved” but rather was “for the saved.” This goes to show you how the truth can fade into the background if one isn’t careful with their own personal study of God’s word!
After obeying the gospel (part of which included my submission to God through baptism to receive the remission of my sins) Colossians 3:1-2 became one of those places in scripture that made the Bible’s teaching on baptism so abundantly clear to me. Listen to what Paul said. He said, “if you were raised with Christ….” This is a big deal. Paul is saying if we’re raised with Christ then we’re to set our mind on a higher calling and home. It makes one wonder if one is raised with Christ (in this present time and life) then when was one buried with Christ??? Praise God, because one doesn’t have to wonder! Paul answers the question he created himself:
“In [Jesus] you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sinsof the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:11-12)
Buried when? When we submit to God in baptism! Buried for what? To be raised with Christ to set our affections on/to seek those things above! You go down a soiled sinner and you come up a shinning saint (Colossians 1:19-23).
There’s no question to it if we read all of what Paul has to say to the Colossians. Many people have an opinion about the role of baptism when it comes to salvation, but opinions stop where the truth of scripture begins. To seek what’s above we have to first be buried below. It’s that clear, but do you want to see it?