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The Hidden Life.

The Hidden Life.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. B. H. SPENCER,


" Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus
Christ were baptized into his death ? Therefore we are buried with
him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the
dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life." ROM. vi. 3, 4.
BY REV. B. H. SPENCER,


" Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus
Christ were baptized into his death ? Therefore we are buried with
him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the
dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life." ROM. vi. 3, 4.

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THE HIDDE LIFE.BY REV. B. H. SPECER," Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into JesusChrist were baptized into his death ? Therefore we are buried withhim by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from thedead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk innewness of life." ROM. vi. 3, 4.There are few passages in the Bible which have re-ceived so many widely different interpretations as havebeen given to this. Great and good men of all denomi-nations, and even of the same denomination, have dif-fered widely in their views of its meaning. And theyhave differed honestly. They cannot all be correct.Somebody is mistaken. Even great and good men havesometimes fallen into error. And even a small man onthe shoulders of a giant may extend the point of hisobservation beyond the vision of the man who carrieshim. We are compelled to dissent from nearly all theinterpretations we have seen of this passage. When in-telligent and candid persons differ in their understandingof what some other intelligent man has said, who is soproper a person to give the needed explanation as theTHE HIDDE LIFE. 231author of the language in dispute ? So here let us appealthe case to Paul. Who so capable to explain ? Will hedo it ? Rather, has he not done it ? Most unquestion-ably he has, fully and satisfactorily ! And we now inviteattention to the explanation he gives. Let me ask a fewquestions, and then attend to his answers.I. What, then, is meant by the phrase, " Baptized intoJesus Christ " ?One thing must be evident. If baptized into Christwe must be in Christ. ow what does he mean by that ?Turn to 2 Cor. v. 17, and we get his answer "If anyman be in Christ he is a new creature ; old things arepassed away, behold all things are become new." To bein Christ, then, is to be a new creature is to have old
 
things pass away and to have all things become new.Do we inquire in what sense all things become new ?Hear him : " For we are his workmanship, created inChrist Jesus unto good works, which God hath beforeordained that we should walk in them." (Eph. ii. 10.)Again, he says : " That ye put off concerning the formerconversation the old man, which is corrupt according tothe deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of yourmind ; and that ye put on the new man, which after Godis created in righteousness and true holiness." (Eph. iv.22.) The substance of the apostle's answer is this:To be " baptized into Jesus Christ " is to be brought intoChrist, to be made new creatures in Christ, to have oldthings pass away, and to be created in righteousness andtrue holiness. It involves a change in our spiritual na-ture, and implies the sanctification of the soul by the232 THE HIDDE LIFE.Spirit of God. If there be any doubt of this, it maybe dispelled by the following statement of the apostle :" For ye are all the children of God by faith in ChristJesus. For as many of you as have been baptizedinto Christ have//// on Christ. There is neither Jew norGreek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither malenor female ; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal. iii. 27,28.) To be baptized into Christ is to put on Christ; andto put on Christ is to be invested with his character," Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteous-ness, and sanctification and redemption." (i Cor. i. 30.)To put on Christ is to imbibe his spirit, " For if any manhave not the spirit of Christ he is none of his." (Rom.viii. 9.) To put on Christ is to imitate his manner of life," For he suffered for us, leaving us an example that weshould follow his steps, (i Pet. ii. 21.) The sum of itis this : we repent toward God (Acts xx. 21), believe onthe Lord Jesus Christ (Acts xvi. 31), are baptized intoChrist (Gal. iii. 27), and thus become new creatures inChrist (2 Cor. v. 17), by being baptized by one spirit intoone body (i Cor. xii. 13). From a careful and candidconsideration of these passages, how can there be anydoubt as to the apostle's meaning when he spoke of thebaptism of a believer into Christ ? How could he moredirectly and satisfactorily have explained himself ? Andnow the question is, Will we receive the explanation he
 
gives? We come now to inquire, in the next place,II. What does he mean by the phrase, " Baptized intohis death " ?And here, let it be carefully observed, the apostle doesTHE HIDDE LIFE. 233not say that we were baptized into water, but into hisdeath ! And the apostle never said death when he meantwater, nor water when he meant death. And, further-more, let it be observed that tnere is a sense, here spokenof by the apostle, in which every real Christian in theworld has been baptized into the death of Christ. It isimpossible to become a Christian, or to be saved in anyother way. We must be baptized into the death of Christ, or perish ! or is this baptism a mere figure of speech. // is a glorious reality / To be baptized intothe death of Christ is to be made a partaker of its benefits,for in this way only can a poor sinner come into Christ,become a new creature in Christ, and be created inrighteousness and true holiness. But upon this point letus now hear the apostle. Turn to Col. i. 21, " You thatwere sometime alienated and enemies in your mind bywicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblama-ble and unreprovable in his sight." ow turn to Titus ii.14, " Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem usfrom all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people,zealous of good works." Compare Heb. ix. 14, " Howmuch more shall the blood of Christ, who through theeternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purgeyour conscience from dead works, to serve the livingGod." Come with us to Heb. ii. 9, " We see Jesus, whowas made a little lower than the angels for the sufferingof death, crowned with glory and honor ; that he, by thegrace of God, should taste death for every man." Oncemore, compare Rom. x. 4, " Christ is the end of the law16234 THE HIDDE LIFE.

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