The Promise of Life

Sep 26, 2015 876

All of us who were baptised into Jesus Christ were baptised into his death. We were buried with him though baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may have a new life (Romans 6:3,4).

Baptism is a sacrament that covers our whole Christian experience. Firstly it signifies our faith in Jesus who died for our sins but who conquered death by rising from the dead. In him we can rise to a new life of salvation. Baptism represents our consecration and dedication to Jesus as our Saviour, our leader and lawgiver.

Secondly, baptism signifies that we, too, have died to the kingdom of this world, but have risen to a new life in Christ’s kingdom through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. It is the close of one period of a person’s life, and the beginning of another, new period: the complete stripping off of the past. Baptism by immersion symbolises burial, and burial occurs after a death.

Finally, baptism points to the future of all who have died in Jesus and come alive in the Holy Spirit. They will be buried in the earth but will rise again to live with the Lord for ever and ever.

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