Colossians 2: Beware of Deceit
Paul warns the Colossians in Colosse about men who will come to them and attempt to confuse them with ‘doctrine of men’;
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
Paul explains that only through Christ can we be ‘complete’. Paul expounds on how baptism should be performed;
“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12) Notice how he said ‘buried with him’, this means baptism by immersion. In our baptism is represents the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we follow him as a new and clean person. We should leave our sins behind in the baptismal font.