There is something absolutely beautiful, in my opinion, when someone decides for themselves to follow Jesus Christ. As opposed to the typical scenario—born and raised in the church and a predominantly Christian environment, so Christianity is now an expectation and social norm. But, when one has the choice to decide a way of life there becomes a whole new depth and meaning that is also personal. Specifically, I am talking about the Abrahamic practice—to immerse in water, or pour or sprinkle water upon, as a means of ceremonial purification, or in token of initiation into a religious society, especially into the Christian Church; to christen; To administer the rite of baptism. But the Bible speaks about baptism in I Peter 3:18-22:
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, He went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it, only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to Him.”
Baptism is no longer a practice or ritual in the series of steps that comes as a part of a social construct, but the beginning of a life that leads to a greater freedom based on a pledge to God, the Creator, and the Ruler and Redeem of man, the Earth, and everything. As a practicing Christian, baptism is not just a physical promise to try to remain clean by means of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, but also a religious covenant.
I could talk for hours about the beauty of religious sacraments, consecrations, and covenants, but I won’t bore you with all of that in a massive post, instead I’ll just write new posts. If you want to explore any topics or have questions about Christianity or other Abrahamic religions, feel free to comment or get in contact with me. And, for those of you that have been baptized, I pray that it did not become a trophy that you put on your shelf, but your baptism is a starting and/or reference point of all of your daily actions. If it’s not, start asking questions!
Till next time,
P.S. Quick shout-out to one of my dear friend that was re-baptized last night!