The beauty of baptism is that it actually points us away from ourselves, what we do, and onto the Creator-Judge who delivers us out of the sea of death and iniquity. How does he do this? Well, Jesus Christ went down into the sea of our sins and conquered them when he rose from the dead. When we are baptized today it is a sign of our union with him; we have been delivered through death in his death and raised with him to new life (Rom 6:4). In Jesus, we are new creations, and our baptisms are a sign of that reality!
If you’ve been around Christian churches for a while, you’ve probably heard the saying baptism is an outward sign of your inward faith.I remember being told this as a young believer. Short theological tweetables like this can be helpful, but they rarely do justice to the richness of the doctrines they define. Indeed, baptism is a sign of something, but Scripture doesn’t primarily call it a sign of our faith. Whether you believe in the baptism of infants or think that baptism should be withheld until a person makes a profession of faith, here are three Old Testament pictures that help us understand, according to the Bible,what baptism is a sign of.
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Baptism is a Sign of New Creation (Gen. 1:1-2; cf. 2 Cor. 5:17, Jn. 3:5).
The Old Testament prophets were well aware of how sin had ravaged God’s people and planet. They spoke of a coming new creation that would involve the whole earth (Isa 65:17). The church is the beginning of this new creation according to the apostle Paul, who said, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17). Interestingly,...
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