Thursday, January 14, 2021

Baptism, Spiritual Suicide, and New Life

Pastor Ben Meyer posted this quote from Martin Luther: “All of us who were baptized and reborn through Baptism are indeed called Christians, but we do not all remain true to Baptism. Many desert Christ and become false Christians.”

The apostle Peter said that Holy Baptism saves (1 Peter 3:21). Through it, by the power of God’s Word, God does what only He can do through Christ, causing us to die with Christ and rise with Christ (Romans 6:3-11).

But there are members of the baptized who commit spiritual suicide. They separate themselves from the salvation God has given to them by spurning faith in Christ. Jesus says: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)

If you are baptized, I ask you to claim the gift of new and everlasting life that God has given to you in baptism by trusting in Christ.

If you are not baptized and find the good news of the crucified and risen Jesus freely giving everlasting life with God to all who turn from sin and turn to Christ irresistible, as I came to find it after a decade of unbelief, I ask you to believe in Jesus and then seek to be baptized in His name.

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