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.