That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:26, 27 KJV)
The word translated ‘washing’ can be translated as baptism too, and vice versa. Baptism washes away what is, to give way for what comes. It is a renewing experience, a transformation that happens on a spiritual level, within the spirit of man. The human body of Jesus was washed away to give way for His heavenly body. When one is immersed in water, it signifies a death that happens in his spirit, corruption is swallowed up by incorruption, and mortality is swallowed up by immortality, then in place of corruption, incorruption is resurrected, and in place of mortality, immortality is resurrected, signified by the pulling out of water.
The actual part of man that benefits from baptism is his dead spirit, the man that died at the fall. Now, follow me carefully from here so you can understand this. Jesus died on the cross because of our sin, the spirit of man died at Eden because of sin. The body of Jesus was buried for three days in the grave, our spirit is buried in the water of God’s word through meditation. A ‘new’ version of Christ resurrects, the God version for the man version. In our own case a new creation is born, the old passes away and all things become new.
When our spirit-man is buried in the water of God’s word through meditation, what comes out of that experience is not what went into it. This is what happens; just like a seed decays when you put it into the soil, your present self ‘decays’ in the word, and just like a fresh new plant rises out of the soil, your regenerated self rises out of the ‘word bath’, an exact replica of the word you’ve just been dipped into comes out in human form. This is how one gets born again, matures spiritually, achieves divine results on earth and attains immortality. Please follow this patiently, it must be precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little. It must not be rushed. Patience! We will go further into this tomorrow.
YOU ARE CHRIST.