...to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, we're saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also-- not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ...
There certainly is a lot of symbolism here. I am beginning to think of baptism as a symbol itself. It can accompany a pledge of repentance, it can bring a baby into a family of believers who promise to teach the child about God, and it can represent the act of accepting Christ as one's Savior. Baptism involves water, and as Jesus told the woman at the well, when we are believers it becomes "living water", assuring us eternal life with Him. It is fascinating to me that so much importance is placed on "how" the baptism is done. I will benefit most from clarifying what it actually means. Still working on that.
Holy Lord, thank you for leading me to this topic which I really know so little about. Help me to learn even more, through your word. Amen
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