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Look at the Book: What Is a Circumcision Without Hands? Colossians 2:11–12, Part 2



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Look at the Book: What Is a Circumcision Without Hands? Colossians 2:11–12, Part 2

Where Did Baptism Come From?

"In the New Testament and across Christian tradition, baptism signals at least three realities:

Identification with Christ in his life, death, and resurrection (Romans 6:3–4; Colossians 2:12)

Purification from sin and its effects, which have separated us from our Maker (Acts 22:16)

Incorporation into the body of Christ, the church (Acts 2:41; 1 Corinthians 12:13)

Given these connotations, and given the assumption that Christian baptism is new with John the Baptist’s initiation — a baptism received by Christ at the beginning of his earthly ministry to signal its inauguration and association with the dawn of the new covenant — how does Christian baptism relate to Old Testament practices? Where did the idea of baptism come from? After overviewing the meaning of Christian baptism, this article seeks to briefly explore the connections between baptism and Old Testament ritual washings..." from the article: Where Did Baptism Come From?


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