Paul letters are fasinating to read, in them we see alot of metaphors he is a very poetic writer. It could have been because he was writting in Greek and that language is very poetic full of Metaphors and Similies. In Galatians 4:19 he says that he is having childbirth pains, taking into account that Paul wrote in a very poetic style we have to know that most of the things that he speaks about are spiritual including baptism. The apostle Paul did an excellent job describing our spiritual lifes. In Romans 6 he paints a descriptive picture of what the Holy Spirit baptism is for, he tells us the purpose of it. Using Jesus’ example of life death on the cross and resurection so that we can understand what happens to our spiritual men.
By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:2-3
This passage tells us that when we are baptised by the Holy Spirit we are baptised in his death consequently. But how are we so sure that this baptism is Spiritual and not water baptism well for different reasons number one he makes reference to this baptism in Colossians.
having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12
In Colossians he says that we were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through our faith. The keyword is faith and what is faith?
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Now since the bible tells us that baptism is through assurance in what we do not see, we know for sure that Paul is writing about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Reason number two would be that Paul also says we were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that. We know that the context he is talking about is spiritual he says we are buried with him into death, we don’t take that idea literally and we know that he is talking about burying our old man and resurecting again through Jesus.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Romans 6:5-6
In these verse Paul uses the words crucified and slave. We all know that he is talking about a spiritual crucifiction and the only event that can take us into a spiritual crucifiction is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The other word is slave we know that we have never been physical slaves but we were slaves to sin and the only one that can free us from that slavery is the baptism of the Holy Spirit thus making us free. Jesus is the One that shall make us free John 8:36 from slavery but how is he going to make us free? Through baptism John says that he is the One that will give us the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16 and John 1:33).
Paul says that him and we were crucified with Him. Our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with Romans 6:6
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Again we see the word faith so when Paul speaks about baptism and crucifiction he is saying that is a baptism that we can’t see with our fleshly eyes because the Spirit is received through faith.
I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?…So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? Galatians 3:2 and 5
The one and only baptism is by the Holy Spirit is received through faith things not seen with our fleshly eyes.
In Romans 6:3-7 refers to being baptised in His death. Jesus got baptised in suffering when he underwent crucifiction.
“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” Mark 10:38-40
But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Luke 12:50
It is clear that Paul does not refer to a ritual ceremony that we can practice with water. He is writing about the baptism of the Holy Spirit that is received through faith when we receive that baptism we are baptised with the baptism that Jesus underwent. Its a baptism that we can’t see with our eyes. Jesus has already gone through the baptisms he has water baptised and gone through the baptism of suffering so that we do not have to do it. We just need to have faith (confidence) and allow him to baptise us with the Holy Spirit because there is nothing that we can physically do to be saved there is no ceremony or ritual that we can do. But God is calling us to be baptise with his Holy Spirit so that we can crucified through His sacrifice. Are we willing to allow the Holy Spirit to baptise us and for us to take our cross and follow Jesus?