“buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
The fourth result of the work of Christ on the cross is we were raised with Christ.
“in which you also were raised with Him”
The words “were raised with” mean to raise together. It means to participate in the resurrection of Christ. This is a co-resurrection. When Jesus rose, we arose. God identifies us with Christ in his resurrection. God did this to us at the moment of salvation (passive voice). We were dead spiritually but Jesus caused us to live again.
Immersion into water baptism portrays the burial of Christ and coming out of the water portrays the resurrection of Christ. However, this passage is dealing with spiritual resurrection. God views us as raised with Christ in the sense He identifies us with him in heaven today.
“through faith in the working of God”
The word “working” means active power (1:29; Eph. 1:19; 3:7; 4:16). God accomplishes salvation through resurrection power. This is God’s great work. When God goes to work, he always does a wonderful job. God’s work here is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Christianity is not a philosophy, a system or gimmick. It is a living relationship with a living Christ.
The parallel verse to the verse we are studying is, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). This verse teaches the same thing as Colossians 2:12.
God raises us up through faith, not feelings (II Cor. 5:7; Eph. 2:8,9). We have stopped trying to save ourselves by personal effort. We have given up trusting anything but the grace of God. Faith in the finished work of Christ is the means whereby God identifies us with Christ.
“who raised Him from the dead”
Since God raised Jesus from the dead, the Christian has assurance of his position before God. If God is able to raise Jesus Christ from the dead, he can raise us to new life.
Faith is the operating principle by which we engage positional truth.
It is by faith in God’s work that we receive positional burial and resurrection. God joined us to a living Savior at the moment of salvation. It is when we personally experience positional truth that the fact becomes real to us. If positional truth remains a cold doctrine we will not benefit from the privileges it affords us. We need to take it out of the deep freezer and apply it to our experience.