The Life-Resurrection Theme
A STUDY CHART OF CONVERSION-BAPTISM PARALLELS
The student of the Bible realizes that the Pauline letters contain scattered references to conversion, salvation, death to sin, baptism, resurrection, and new life. This death-resurrection motif is prominent in Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, and Colossians. It is instructive to see how all these passages complement each other and produce a unified view of conversion to Christ, especially as it relates to baptism. Notice how one passage parallels and fills in another passage in the columns below.
Romans 6:3 Galatians 3:27 All of us All of you who have been baptized who were baptized into Christ Jesus into Christ have been baptized into His death have clothed yourselves with Christ Romans 6:4 Colossians 2:12a Therefore we have been having been buried with Him buried with Him through baptism in baptism into death Colossians 2:12b Ephesians 2:5 in which you were also raised up with Him raised us up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. Romans 6:4 in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, Colossians 3:1 If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 2:13 Ephesians 2:5 When you were dead When we were dead in your transgressions in our transgressions, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive made us alive together with Him, together with Christ having forgiven us all our transgressions Colossians 2:11 Romans 6:6 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that in the removal of the body of the flesh our body of sin by the circumcision of Christ might be done away with, Romans 6:7 that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Galatians 5:24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.
Note: The NASB was used in this study of comparisons.