Baptism into the body of Christ
Larry Kreider

B. Childress
Feb 28 2011

Baptism into the body of Christ is another kind of baptism mentioned in the New Testament.  We learned earlier that the
baptize literally means to put into.   When we’re baptized in water, someone places us into the water.  When we’re
baptized into the body of Christ, the Holy Spirit supernaturally places us into the “body” or the “family of God.”  
For we
were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one
Spirit to drink (I Corinthians 12:13)

We are united by one Spirit as members of the body of Christ.  God gives us other people in the body of Christ for
support and encouragement.  As we learn from each other, and get to know Jesus better, we are made complete by His
Spirit.  Jesus is the head of the body, and each believer makes up a part of His spiritual body on earth.  We are here on
earth to become Christ’s hands, feet and tongue and other parts of the body with various functions, abilities and callings.

When a young man is newly married, he leaves his old family and is placed into a new family.  As a new husband, he
and his wife start a new unit of their own.  Likewise, a new believer is supernaturally placed in the new family of God to
begin life anew.  Being baptized into the body of Christ is a supernatural work of God.  We are placed, spiritually, into
the body of Christ the moment we receive Jesus Christ as Lord.  Because we belong to Christ, we are members and
belong to each other.

God’s wonderful family

When you are born again into God’s family, you become a brother or sister in Christ to every other believer in the world.  
Being a part of the Lord’s family is a wonderful blessing.  You can meet a Christian brother or sister for the very first time
from another nation and it seems like you have known them forever.  You are a part of the same family!

Years ago, I visited the largest church in the world in Seoul, Korea.  It was a beautiful experience meeting dozens of
Korean believers, and although we did not speak the same language, we were able to sense that we were a part of the
same spiritual family.

When John, the apostle, saw the throne of heaven in Revelation 5:9, he saw “living creatures and elders” (representing
followers of Christ or the church in all nations and among all kinds of people), giving honor to Jesus.  
And they sang a
new song:
You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you
purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

God’s wonderful family is made up of people from every nationality, race, and culture.  We are all brothers and sisters
through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ!

The Lord’s family is awesome.  Each of us has been born again by the Spirit of God.  We are sons and daughters of the
King of the universe, according to II Corinthians 6:18.  “
I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.


NEW TESTAMENT BAPTISMS, by Larry Kreider, Copyright 2002, House to House Publications.