What does it mean to be baptized?

What does it mean to be baptized?

Baptism is an outward and visible sign of an inner change that has taken place when a person accepts Christ as Savior and Lord. It tells the world, usually in front of several or many witnesses, that a person is now a Christian and not ashamed of it. ( See Luke 9:26 )

Baptism symbolizes dying (buried) with Christ and to self and then rising to a new life in HIM in this present life and for life in eternity. It also means that a person has decided to follow Jesus and now there is no turning back to the old way of life. In another sense, it reflects repentance and forgiveness and acceptance by God.

In a symbolic way, the waters of baptism means having your sins washed away and being resurrected to newness of life in Christ. In other words, becoming a New Creation in Christ. ( 2 Corinthians 5:17 ) and receiving the Holy Spirit.

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Isn’t everyone Created by God a ‘Child of God’?

Isn’t everyone Created by God a ‘Child of God’?

In this era of political correctness and so-called religious tolerance we are led to believe that all religions lead to God and we often hear it said, “we are all children of God.” Unfortunately, this is not true.

It is completely correct to say “we are all loved by God”. God “created us in His Image from before time began”, formed us “fearfully and wonderfully” in our mothers’ womb, knew us “before one of our days came to be”, and loves us with an unconditional, everlasting love. It is quite humbling to realize that we can do absolutely nothing to make God love us more than He does now, and also there is absolutely nothing we do that will make Him love us LESS.

However, the Bible is very clear on this: “that whoever believes and receives Jesus has the right to be called a child of God.” (1 John 5:1) They are actually “born again” into God’s family, with God as their father. Trusting in Jesus is the only way for this to happen. Now we are loved as a precious child by the most loving and perfect Father who created us and knows us completely and will provide, protect and guide us. Not only this, but since you are God’s child, a member of the Royal household, you are also an heir to God’s eternal kingdom with all its rights and privileges. You are a child of the King – known, loved, gifted and cared for – now and forever.

Isn’t it wonderful to be able to relax and trust that all is well, regardless of what you see, because you know your Father is taking care of you? If you do not have that peace, you can have it today…surrender your life to Jesus, and become a child of God.