TO LUKE: HI LUKE, WELL “IN JESUS” THIS IS THE PRIMARY. IN ALL THAT WE DO WE MUST BE FOUND IN JESUS, IN ALL THAT WE EXPERIENCE WE MUST BE FOUND IN JESUS. SO “IN JESUS” IS WHERE WE MUST CONCENTRATE. AS IT IS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF ACTS 17:28 “IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING.” NOW REGARDING BAPTISM AS THE TOPIC OF YOUR QUESTION, WE MUST BE BAPTISED IN JESUS, SOME WILL SAY “IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WITH A CEREMONY OF BAPTISM THAT INDICATES THE COMING INTO JESUS BY THEIR METHOD, WHILE OTHERS BELIEVE THAT YOU MUST BE FULLY SUBMERGED INTO A BAPTISMAL POOL OF WATER AS A METHOD OF SHOWING THE JOINING OF OURSELVES INTO THE DEATH, BUREAL, AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS. OUR FOCUS IS NOT ON DEBATING THE METHOD, BUT RATHER ON ENTERING IN. “IN JESUS” IS THE PRIMARY THING.
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” Romans 6:3-5
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:28