Sacrament— A Sacred Mystery where God is graciously active through tangible means for our good!
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18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life….. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead…….13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,….15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
God is the key actor in Baptism as I play a passive “receiver” role! Salvation is really one-sided!
In Baptism He gives “in Christ”, “clothed with Christ”, “children of God”, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, “buried with Christ”, “raised with Christ”, “circumcised by Christ” – IDENTITY!
In Baptism God drives our identity stake in the ground therefore we can completely trust It.
15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
WEEKLY SCRIPTURE READINGS
Monday: Matthew 28:18-20
Tuesday: Romans 6:1-11
Wednesday: Colossians 2:9-15
Thursday: Galatians 3:26-29
Friday: Titus 3:4-7
Saturday: Psalm 18:1-6