Jesus established the water ritual of baptism as the way for us to pass from our slavery to sin, death, and the devil, into the freedom of God’s eternal family; to remind us of our connection to God. The followers of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, went to all the nations of the world baptizing people into God’s family with water and the Word (Acts 2:37-47; John 1:12-13). Jesus made baptism the way to be adopted into God’s eternal family (Eph 1:35; Gal 3:25-29; Romans 8:14-17).
As unlikely as it may seem, our relationship with God is a free gift and has nothing to do with what we have achieved before we are baptized, as well as anything we will do after we are baptized. Once we are given God’s free gift of salvation through baptism, we are given the Trinity’s own capacity to share the:
+Father’s love for all people, especially the poor and the hurting of the world.
+Son’s joy of living life in all of its fullness as the Creator had intended.
+Spirit’s peace to experience inner serenity by trusting the Creator to sustain our lives, now and into eternity.
How does knowing salvation is a free gift make a difference to you?