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Immersed In Love
On October 21, 2007, I was baptized.
For the Christian, water immersion is replete with symbolism. It is an act of obedience
proceeding repentance of sin and trust in Jesus Christ--an "appeal to God for a good
conscience" (1 Peter 3:21) stemming from an already established faith in Christ. As
God's only begotten son, Jesus alone was qualified to live a perfectly righteous life,
culminating in an excruciating death upon a rugged Roman cross. It was here that He
fully and willingly absorbed God's holy and just wrath toward sinners, thereafter
rising from the dead and granting those who would believe in Him eternal life (Colossians
1:21-23; Ephesians 2:1-9.) On this glorious truth the believer rests and is compelled
to be baptized, publicly identifying himself with Christ's death and resurrection
(Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12.)
One may ask, "Why water immersion and not something else?" The water symbolizes the
cleansing of sin that Christians have experienced as a result of God's redemptive
work through Christ. Jesus Himself was baptized as an example to all who would follow
As a woman raised in a Roman Catholic household, I had been "baptized" in my infancy,
oblivious to its occurrence and ignorant of its significance. This seemingly momentous
occasion in my early life was not so much as a vague recollection within my mind and
I therefore paid it little consideration. At least, not until I became a Christian
in late 2003 and began studying the Bible. Even then, I did not immediately recognize
the meaning and importance of baptism in the life of a believer. The inevitable question
arose: Did my infant baptism fit the biblical model?
In my reading of Scripture, I discovered that the answer was a resounding "no." I
realize that I have brothers and sisters in the faith who have likewise searched the
scriptures and drawn distinct conclusions. Indeed, I have read several compelling
arguments that appear to support the concept of infant baptism and I would be remiss
if I did not briefly include a couple of them here despite any personal disagreements.
There are sections in the New Testament (Acts 16:15, 33; 1 Corinthians 1:16) that
seem to favor the idea of infant baptism. Herein, entire households are cited as being
baptized, and supporters of infant baptism (at times referred to as "paedobaptists")
deduce from these verses that infants were included. This is possible, yet it is an
argument from silence, at best. It is also incongruent with a number of other baptismal
accounts in the New Testament.
Another argument used to sustain the paedobaptist view regards the continuity of covenantal
signs. Under the Old Covenant, God commanded His people (the Jews) and their children
to be circumcised, thus indicating their covenant with Him. Paedobaptists assert that
under the New Covenant, circumcision has been replaced by baptism as a covenantal
sign. However, circumcision was designed to set Israelites (along with their servants,
irrelevant of ethnicity) apart from members of surrounding pagan nations. Not all
who bore this distinguishing mark enjoyed a genuine, personal relationship with God.
In fact, many of them rebelled and refused to obey Him, thus breaking the covenant.
On the contrary, New Testament baptism is meant to follow repentance of sin
and trust in Jesus: it is the result of a heart transformed by God in Christ. Neither
circumcision nor baptism, in and of themselves, serve to declare a man righteous before
God. They also do not guarantee future repentance and trust in Jesus. While a child
born to Christian parents may enjoy the peculiar blessings of belonging to a godly
household, he is not "saved by association" or externalities. God must draw the child
to Himself, that he may repent and believe.
It must be clarified that a believer does not lose his salvation if he fails to be
baptized. The thief upon the cross is an oft-used and appropriate example of this
(Luke 23:39-43.) However, his circumstances were quite extraordinary. Believers must
earnestly seek to be baptized, for they are commanded by the Lord to do so.
It is also important to note that as members of God's family, we must strive to attend
the baptisms of brothers and sisters in our local congregation. It is a family affair
that should not be disregarded after we ourselves have been baptized. Not only are
we granted the unique opportunity to rejoice with those whom God has saved, yet we
will be blessed in remembering anew the marvelous work God has performed within our
Long before the foundations of the world were fashioned, it was God's purpose to create
a New Covenant built upon Jesus Christ and His shed blood on behalf of transgressors.
Unlike the Old Covenant, the New one is superior, for it cannot be broken. Under it,
God's Holy Spirit indwells believers: they walk in newness of life, for His law is
written upon their hearts. What a remarkable privilege it is to follow in our Lord
and Savior's footsteps, reflecting this glorious reality through baptism!
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There is a new Young Adult book series that lovers of the Twilight Saga will probably
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