“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.”
King James Version (KJV)
2:12 Which he wrought in you, when ye were as it were buried with him in baptism - The ancient manner of baptizing by immersion is as manifestly alluded to here, as the other manner of baptizing by sprinkling or pouring of water is, #Heb 10:22|. But no stress is laid on the age of the baptized, or the manner of performing it, in one or the other; but only on our being risen with Christ, through the powerful operation of God in the soul; which we cannot but know assuredly, if it really is so: and if we do not experience this, our baptism has not answered the end of its institution. By which ye are also risen with him - From the death of sin to the life of holiness. It does not appear, that in all this St. Paul speaks of justification at all, but of sanctification altogether.
Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism. See PNT "Ro 6:4". Paul teaches that we must re-enact the tragedy of the cross: The agony of the garden, the complete submission to the divine will, confession of Christ, crucifixion (Ga 2:20 Ro 6:5), death (Ro 6:3), burial (Ro 6:4 Col 2:12), rising with Christ (Ro 6:5 Col 2:12 3:1); nay, we must ascend and reign with him (Eph 2:4-6). Let it be noted that "the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh" (Col 2:11) is associated with baptism (2:13). Wherein also ye are risen with [him]. "Raised with him" (Revised Version). We are raised from the burial as he was raised from the grave, and we rise to a new life "through faith of the operation of God".