Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Baptism, what is it?

Baptism is not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God. 1 Peter 3:21

The water doesn't turn anyone into a Christian. Baptism or the water does not take the sinful nature of our flesh away. The essence of baptism and the covenant is this; that we henceforth strive and fight against our sinful nature, not to let it rule or break out in our mortal body, but to live a Godly life in this world. Indeed, it means that whoever has accepted Christian baptism is henceforth obligated at all times to live with a good conscience and keep himself of a pure heart. For a pure, glad heart; says scripture, is a continual feast. There must be redirection towards a new life; our old man must be crucified, and a new one arise in Christ, which is created in the image of God, in righteousness and holiness. Amen

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