I have been thinking lately about the life we could live…or should be living as Christians, particularly because we held a baptismal service last Sunday and spoke about what it means to be water baptised.
I am sure that if we were offered a second chance to many of the things we have done, we would accept it with open arms.
For you to be saved, you need to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart what Jesus has done…and that is provided you with a second chance. Will you accept it?
Rom 10:9 - that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Acts 2:21 - And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
Whilst water baptism is not a requisite to being saved, it is however a step of obedience to be taken following salvation. It is a public declaration of our belief and surrender to a new life in Christ. Baptism by full immersion provides that dying to self, baptised into Christ’s death, leaving the old life and sinful nature behind and being raised from the water to walk a new life, like that of His resurrection.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
What sort of life could we, should we, live then if Christ was raised from the dead? A new life! Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can partake in the new life that He is offering.
Can you imagine all your past sins being wiped clean and be given a second chance? That imagination can become a reality by accepting Jesus. My hope and prayer is that you know Jesus and that you are experiencing and walking in the ‘newness of life’ we have been promised through being baptised into His death.