Baptism: Being Made into Christ

“For as many of your as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. The Apostle affirms that we have become sons of God through baptism. He did not say that ‘as many of you as have been baptized have become sons of God,’ as the argument seems to require. Instead, he uttered something far more astounding: you…have put on Christ. If we have put on Christ, the Son of God, then we have also been made like unto Him. We have been brought into a common existence with Him, becoming by grace what He is by nature. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all on in Christ Jesus. Paul insists that everyone who has been baptized has cast off his natural features. Each and every Christian has taken on one type and one form – not that of an angel, but of the Master Himself – revealing Christ in himself. Therefore, we are all one in Christ Jesus. This means, inasmuch as we have one form of Christ imposed upon each of us and we are one body, then we have one head, which is Christ.”  (Blessed Theophylact – d. 1108AD, The Explanation of the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Galatians, pg. 55)