“Baptism: A Joyful Act of Obedience”

September 27, 2020

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Summary

Baptism, ordained by Jesus, is an joyful act of obedience. It vividly declares and affirms our faith and hope are in Jesus’ atoning death, burial, & resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 tells us what Jesus did: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (NIV) In Romans 6:4-5 we see baptism depicted personally: “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection.” (NIV). Here’s the picture: Being laid down under the water portrays our burial; being raised up out of the water portrays our resurrection. Baptism is a personal passion play declaring the Good News of Jesus Christ and how we’ve been regenerated into new creatures who will dwell with Him forever. And that is joyous beyond words!

Bible References

  • Matthew 28:18 - 20
  • Mark 16:15 - 16
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 - 17
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3 - 4
  • Romans 6:4 - 5

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