Bible study reading
Please prayerfully read through the following portions of ministry related to this lesson.
Since we all were born in Adam, how can we say that we are now in Christ?
Praise the Lord that we have been baptized into Christ! Although we were born in Adam, by baptism we have been identified with Christ in His death and resurrection. Through death and resurrection Christ was transfigured from the flesh into the Spirit. Even Christ Himself needed death and resurrection to transform Him from the flesh to the Spirit. Likewise, through identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, we have been transferred out of Adam and into Christ. When we were baptized into Christ, we were transferred from being a part of Adam into being a part of Christ. Now we are no longer in Adam. We are absolutely in Christ. This is the fact of identification. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 11, section 2)
The way we got into Christ was by being baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3). This point must be stressed in the gospel. We must tell others: “Since you have believed, you must be baptized. When we baptize you in the water, we are actually baptizing you into Christ. You were in Adam and now we are transferring you out of Adam into Christ. Since you are in Christ, you are identified with Christ in His death and in His resurrection. In His death you are out of the sinful flesh and out of the power of sin. In His resurrection you are in newness of life, so you can live a life that is out of the flesh and out of sin and in His resurrection life with its newness.” (Elders’ Training, Book 6: The Crucial Points of the Truth in Paul’s Epistles, ch. 2, section 3)