I need help from a Greek student. When I read Colossians 2:11-12, it appears that Paul is saying that we are spiritually circumcised by having been buried with Christ in baptism—thereby linking circumcision and baptism. How do I know whether Paul is not merely saying that we have been spiritually circumcised "and" baptized as well—not linking circumcision and baptism? Is he writing a list or is he building up a stack of related ideas here? Is it possible that the Greek would shed some light on this? It would seem that Paul is definitely saying what a Baptist would not like him to say. Thanks for the help. Colossians 2:11-12 (ESV) 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.