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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 Protestants understand this passage regarding buried with Christ? What significant role does it has on the spiritual life of the baptized person?

Is this verse used as a scriptural 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
@waxeagle "Immersionist" is the right one. Shall we make a separate tag for it? Might be useful. –  Mawia Aug 15 '13 at 14:47
Go for it, see if it'll stick :) –  wax eagle Aug 15 '13 at 14:50
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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


...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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Exactly what I'm searching for. –  Mawia Aug 15 '13 at 6:53
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I can cite that my Baptist-trained, nondenominational pastor defended immersion baptism, not with the passage you quoted, but with the evidence that the root of the word means "dip".

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