1999-02-02 - B1: Baptism
The Holy Alphabet Series
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
"Baptism is a Sacrament, wherein the washing with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, doth signifie and seal our ingrafting into Christ, and partaking of the benefits of the Covenant of Grace, and our engagement to be the Lords, Matt. 28:19, Rom. 6:4, Gal. 3:27." --Robert Port
Baptism is a Sacrament practiced by all the various sects of the Christian faith except the Quakers, who view baptism as a temporary New Testament institution. Putting that aside, Christian baptism accomplishes a couple of things upon the one baptized.
Here is where the individual sees some tangible meaning in baptism. The baptized, in coming for baptism, renounce all other god's, enlist themselves under the banner of Christ and His cause, resolve to fight against sin and the devil, and pledge to serve God in holiness and righteousness as long as God will grant life. This is an awesome pledge to make publicly before God. As Robert Port says above, baptism signifies our engagement to be the Lords.
Baptism makes us "Engaged to be the Lords", and the concept, of being engaged to be the Lords, is something I hope is worth pondering for a while.
Soli Deo Gloria,