Baptized into the death of Christ
September 6, 2014
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From the words, to be baptized into the death of Christ (Romans 6:3); and to be buried with him by baptism into death (v. 4) flows also the following doctrine: that when the believer delivers himself to baptism, he gives himself up with body and soul to become a member of the body of Christ and by baptism binds himself with Christ to bear his cross – to cleave to him and follow him, though it be at the loss of his earthly goods, his life and blood, and rather than deny Christ, to die the death of a martyr and be buried so that he may rise with Christ in glory. For, saith Paul, if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection (v. 5).
Henry Funk, A Mirror of Baptism
(Henry Funk, 1697-1760, was the first Mennonite bishop in North America.)