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Romans 6:1-4 (NIV)

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 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.

How do immersionists/Baptists understand the meaning of being buried with Christ? What significant role does being buried with Christ have on the baptized person's spiritual life?

Do immersionists use this verse as support for Immersion Baptism?

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Protestant is not a useful qualifier here. Interpretations vary widely across denominations within protestantism. You might want "immersionists" or "sprinklers" or "method agnostics" or something to indicate the type of baptism that you're intending to discuss. this verse is interpreted differently by immersionists and sprinklers –  wax eagle Aug 15 '13 at 12:31

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I can only answer for my denomination (Baptist), but it was used as a supporting scripture for Immersion. During baptism, pastors would often say

Buried in the likeness of His death, raised in the likeness of His resurrection

or

...raised to walk in newness of life

The idea is that baptism is a the believer's public confession of faith. And the immersion itself is a symbol of Christ's burial and resurrection.

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To be buried with Christ through baptism means to walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:1-4 (NASB)

6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

As to how is one buried with Christ through baptism, it is by faith alone.

Colossians 2:12 (NASB)

12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

The English word “baptism” came from the Greek word “baptisma” (to dip).This word has more than one meaning.

In Biblical contexts, it means “to identify with” (union with someone) and “to be washed with” (cleansing) whether literally or figuratively.

In both Romans 6:1-4 and Colossians 2:12, it means union with Jesus Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.

Immersionists (from the Fundamental Baptist POV) believe that to be buried with Christ through water baptism symbolically signifies the union we have with Jesus Christ.

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This is a general/superficial answer, but it doesn't seem to address how immersionists particularly understand the passage. –  Mr. Bultitude Jul 29 at 13:33
    
@Mr.Bultitude I edited my answer to address how immersionists particularly understand the passage. :) –  Radz Matthew Co Brown Aug 2 at 13:56

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