Devotions for August 11, 2017

1 PETER 3:21

21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from[a] a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

COLOSSIANS 2:12-15

12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed[a] the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

THE MARVEL OF BAPTISM

Baptism points to the reality of the putting off of sin by grace through faith, as we repent and see Jesus breathe NEW LIFE into us. The submersion in water represents dying to our old way of living, and the raising out of the water represents our personal resurrection because of Jesus’ completed work. We change our allegiance to the Kingdom of God.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Does baptism itself save us? Or, are we saved by freely receiving the forgiveness and life offered by Jesus through His death and resurrection?
Q: Have you been baptized? If not, why not? If you have been baptized, how has that contributed to your experience of the Christian life and faith?
Q: Who might you encourage to get baptized? Perhaps you could share the Bible passages above with them.

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