1 Corinthians 10:2: ‘They were all baptised into Moses’ What does that mean?

Paul says of the Israelites passing through the Red Sea, (1 Corinthians 10:2):

They were all baptised into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.

What does this mean?  How is the account of passing through the Red Sea a picture of your baptism?

The Israelites were in slavery for hundreds of years.  When God led them to escape, they faced an impossibility, the Sea in front of them and their enemies on their heels. There was no way they could proceed, but God performed a miracle and made a way where there seemed to be no way.

The Israelites passed through the waters of the Sea and arrived safely on the other side.  The waters camed back down on their enemies, who were destroyed in the Sea.  The Israelites were free to live a new life, free of the oppression of their enemies who were gone.

We too were once in slavery to fear and sin, we lived there.  God called us out, but it was impossible for us to save ourselves.  But God performed a miracle and delivered us where there was seemingly no route.  We passed through the waters of baptism and arrived safely on the other side.  Our enemies were gone, we are free to live a new life.  

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Colossians 2 vv 6-15


Don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised 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.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a]that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6 vv 3-14

Taking a Selfie:  If Moses had crossed the Red Sea in 2016:

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