Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
by . . . Spirit . . . baptized—literally, "in"; in virtue of; through. The designed effect of baptism, which is realized when not frustrated by the unfaithfulness of man.
all made to drink into one Spirit—The oldest manuscripts read, "Made to drink of one Spirit," omitting "into" (John 7:37). There is an indirect allusion to the Lord's Supper, as there is a direct allusion to baptism in the beginning of the verse. So the "Spirit, the water, and the blood" (I John 5:8), similarly combine the two outward signs with the inward things signified, the Spirit's grace.
are . . . have been—rather as Greek, "were . . . were" (the past tense).
Unity, not unvarying uniformity, is the law of God in the world of grace, as in that of nature. As the many members of the body compose an organic whole and none can be dispensed with as needless, so those variously gifted by the Spirit, compose a spiritual organic whole, the body of Christ, into which all are baptized by the one Spirit.
of that one body—Most of the oldest manuscripts omit "one."
so also is Christ—that is, the whole Christ, the head and body. So Psalms 18:50, "His anointed (Messiah or Christ), David (the antitypical David) and His seed."
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