God’s Divine Duo ~ Salvation and Baptism ~
When Leo was baptized, he was dipped in the river 3 times. On the 3rd dunk, the Pastor said, “You are now baptized. You are a new creation. There is no more drinking of alcohol for you. The old is gone. Your new name is Jacob.”
Jacob went back home and headed straight for the fridge. He took a Coors, dipped it in water 3 times and said, “You are now a new creation. The old one is gone. Your new name is Orange Juice!”
Seems like everyone has their own twist on baptism.
On June 24th, individuals will be getting baptized in Lake Pepin. The prerequisite to baptism is salvation (being saved) followed by baptism.
Just before His ascension, Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
These instructions specify that the church is responsible to teach Jesus’ word, make disciples, and baptize those disciples. These things are to be done everywhere (“all nations”) until “the very end of the age.” So, if for no other reason, baptism has importance because Jesus commanded it.
If you are saved but not baptized, I think the Lord, through His Word, would ask you … Why not? The Lord commanded all who are saved to be baptized. Pretty simple. Again, if you are not baptized as the Lord commanded, ask yourself this week, “Is that OK with Christ?” See what He says.
Baptism is the invitation for the Believer to “Give it all up!” to gain Christ as we will see next week.