Martin Luther was fond of saying…I am baptized (using the present passive verb) rather than, I was baptized (the past perfect tense verb). With this emphasis, Luther describes baptism as an ongoing condition before God. Baptism is not just a past event, but defines both who we are and what we will become. When Scripture invites us to remember (anamnesis, Greek), it is not an invitation to merely reflect on something that happened in the past. The word remember, as it is used in Scripture, is a reliving of a past event in such a way that it becomes a powerful and living present experience. Therefore, remembering our baptism is a similar, yet positive, experience to that of a veteran reliving a past event through post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Martin Luther said…Baptism is the greatest event in our lives; nothing else in all of life can begin to compare to the significance and importance of God's gift of a new and eternal life through baptism. If there is anything we should daily remember, if there is anything we should keep from forgetting, it would most certainly be our baptism! The act of baptism is quickly over as we can plainly see. But, the drowning of sin and our rising to a new life lasts throughout our whole life. Therefore, the life of a Christian, from our beginning in baptism to the grave, is nothing else than a series of deaths and risings to prepare us for our final day when God will make us altogether new.
How do you feel about what Luther said regarding Baptism?