Monday, August 5, 2013

Death No Longer

When Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, it was a traditional Jewish ceremonial washing in order to "to fulfill all righteousness." Christ had not sinned, making him righteous, the need of the washing was not needed because he was without sin. Christ baptism was to "purify the water" so others may be saved. 

When we baptize today we repeat the same saying since the beginning of the Church in Acts, "I now baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so you may receive the gift of eternal life." 

Luke 3:21,22 
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a (God's)voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

In this verse you have Jesus the Son, dove the Holy Spirit, and the voice as God; this is the only place in scripture where the Trinity is together. How amazing is it that we can look at our baptism as the coming together of the Father, Spirit, and Son.

We are baptized into Christ as well as his death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:4). We know from Christ being raised from the dead he will never die again; death has no dominion or power over him (Romans 6:9). By our baptism sin will have no dominion over us (Romans 6:14). Be rescued from death to life to righteousness.

Through Christ's baptism and resurrection, we may have death no longer.

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