There are several views: 1) LS Chafer says that is does not refer to water Baptism but to Spirit Baptism (which he thinks is placing ALL believers into Christ's spiritual body) . Syst Theo (unabridged) 7:39. 2) Wiley, a Nazarene, also denies that the passage references water baptism ; instead, the topic is Spirit Baptism which HE, in contrast to Chafer, thinks happens to SOME believers and effects entire sanctification--the removal of the sin principle in them. ( Chr Theol, 3:182) 3) However, Erickson, a Baptist, thinks the subject IS water baptism and that it is evidence for immersion (Chr Theol, 1104) Who's right...and why? Please, reasons, not pontifications! Bill G.