So baptism portrays salvation, and salvation gives us:
NEWNESS OF LIFE INTO WHICH WE ENTER AND LIVE
Baptism is the reminder we are in a whole new life now that we are saved. We used to be in membership with some powerful bullies that were always threatening and holding us hostage. No more. Christ defeated them and all we have to do is remind ourselves and them of this fact. We are sons of the owner, they have no power over us unless we give it to them!
We who have been baptized declare that through Christ, God has given us:
LIFE TRANSFORMING TRUTH # 1: SALVATION
MEANS A HEART THAT IS NEW. Colossians 2:11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, NKJV
BAPTISM DECLARES WE HAVE A HEART THAT IS NEW: this speaks of spiritual heart circumcision (Ezekiel 36:26-27), or the work of salvation as Christ is putting off our old person
LIFE TRANSFORMING TRUTH # 2: SALVATION MEANS A PAST THAT IS BURIED AND FOREVER GONE. Colossians 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. NKJV
BAPTISM DECLARES WE HAVE A PAST THAT IS BURIED: of our burial with Christ
LIFE TRANSFORMING TRUTH # 3: SALVATION
MEANS A FRESH, NEW BEGINNING. Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, NKJV
BAPTISM DECLARES: of our new life in Christ
LIFE TRANSFORMING TRUTH # 4:SALVATION MEANS AN END TO ALL GUILT, ALL MY SINS ARE ON JESUS. Colossians 2:14a having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. NKJV
BAPTISM DECLARES the end of any condemnation against us.
LIFE TRANSFORMING TRUTH # 5: SALVATION
MEANS I HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR. Colossians 2:14b having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. NKJV
BAPTISM DECLARES: I have nothing left to fear.
LIFE TRANSFORMING TRUTH # 6: SALVATION MEANS I AM FREED FROM LEGALISM & EXTERNALISM (Colossians 2:15-23)
BAPTISM DECLARES: I am freed, and don’t have to conform to anyone’s rules but God’s.
LIFE TRANSFORMING TRUTH # 7: SALVATION MEANS I CAN SAY NO TO SIN & MEAN IT (Colossians 3:1-10)
BAPTISM DECLARES: I am freed, and don’t have to surrender to my old habits, fears, and sins that enslaved me for so long.
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