Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday of Lent 4

Baptism Part 4

What does such baptizing with water signify?

Answer - It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

Where is this written?

Answer - St. Paul says Romans, chapter 6: We are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that, like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Your baptism is a death certificate it is also a birth certificate. A death certificate testifies that a person is deceased, lifeless, extinct. Likewise, a birth certificate declares that a person is alive and well.

Our Baptism signifies that being buried with Christ by Baptism into death, our life of sin should cease and being planted in the likeness of His resurrection, we should walk in newness of life. Baptism is a daily reminder that we shun the old paths of sin and walk in the new way of righteousness.

Death, you cannot end my gladness; 
I am baptized into Christ!
When I die, I leave all sadness 
To inherit paradise!
Though I lie in dust and ashes 
Faith’s assurance brightly flashes;
Baptism has the strength divine 
To make life immortal mine.

God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It stanza four, Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld ©WELS

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