Today I had the privilege of baptizing a young man who has trusted in Jesus as his Savior.
What an incredible honor.
Before the baptism, I took the opportunity to explain the theology of the act of baptism using Romans 6:1-7
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
For one who has died has been set free from sin
Baptism makes 3 significant points:
Notice the use of first person plural, “We”in these verses. Through baptism the individual moves from “me” to “we.” As a believer you are not alone. Each believer is part of the universal church as is grafted into the Vine. We, together, are the body of Christ to the world. We are the church.
“Newness of life” is exactly what it sounds like. It is a radical transformation from the person you once were to the likeness of Christ. Through baptism the believer testifies that God has done a tranformational work in their life such that they now despise the sin they was desired and seek the righteousness they once ignored.
Death is the great equalizer. Everything dies. This is the ultimate statistic: 10 out of 10 people will die. However, to the Christian death is not something we fear or even something negative. To the believer, death sets us free from the chains of sin. Through death, sin loses its power over us and we are liberated to live righteous lives for Christ alone! Baptism is a picture of death to sin and self and resurrection to eternal life with Jesus Christ.
Today a young man at Hope Baptist Church stood in testimony proclaiming Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. I stood as a witness and the church stood in affirmation. We celebrated. We rejoiced. We worshipped.
Now, we work. Let’s share the gospel, seek the lost, and pray that the Lord sends workers for the harvest.