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And Where Does the Bible Say Baptism Joins Us to God’s Church?


“For as the body is one, and has many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many [despite being a lot of different individuals], yet are one body, so also is Christ. For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body Now you are the body of Christ…” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13a, 27a PDRC, brackets & highlighting added in scriptural quotes)


Paul wrote this explaining to the Corinthians why they shouldn’t split up against each other. And he said to the Galatians:


“For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ… For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:27, 28d PDRC)


We’ve already seen that the Body of Christ is Jesus’ Church. So if members of this Body are “baptized in Christ,” having “put on Christ” by doing so (Galatians 3:27), and if these members are “all baptized into one body” and this One Body is “the body of Christ,” (1 Corinthians 12:13a, 27a) then what does this plainly tell us?


That baptism joins you to Jesus’ Body, which is His Church!


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