We all wish that we could pause and restart. This thought usually occurs when we suffer from the consequences of our poor decisions. Have you ever entertained the idea of starting life all over from birth? Imagine if we could restart life from the point we went wrong? You can start over and experience a restart through GOD’s Grace!
Diseased Upon Birth
Upon birth, we are born into a world of sin. The iniquities of generations have plagued the beautiful gifts that GOD has given us during creation. From the Garden to the present, the sins of humanity have become trivial. In the womb, we are innocent and protected from the plaque of transgression. We are sheltered as we maintain introverted from sin within the world.
The most significant moment after our birth is the first few minutes of life. We take shallow and irregular breaths, hopefully adjusting to the dense oxygen. As we struggle to breathe, our lungs begin to exercise as we strive to accumulate oxygen. It is truly miraculous and an unforgettable experience. Yet, it is a calamity for the soul. The moment of our first breath, we inhaled the constitutions of humanity. “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51:5)
We can truly understand the fundamental need for baptism if we identify sin as a form of infection. Baptism would be the vaccine. It formulates a spiritual immune response that begins the process of sanctification. At birth, we become infected with the natural order of humanity and begin to die. Our imminent death is not just in a physical form; we die spiritually, which results in our separation from GOD.
Separation and the Cure
Sin distances us from Our Father and leads us to destructive and deviant behaviors. Freedom from this worldly doctrine is through the Holy Spirit, which we receive through baptism. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
Baptism is a new birth, the formation of a new creation. It is not a new birth in the physical as defined by anatomy and physiology. This birth is of the Spirit. This sacred and defining sacrament cultivates the soul to grow in Christ. Many perceive this to be a mere outward expression of one’s faith or an act of obedience. There is a lot more to this powerful act and declaration of faith.
Baptism brings us into communion with GOD. It fosters that much missing component in our relationship with HIM. “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ‘How can someone be born when they are old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.'” (John 3:3-7)
Restart, Purify, And Sustain
Amongst Christians, water represents purity and life. During a bath, water takes away dirt, microorganisms we attract daily and alleviates us from odors. Water maintains our hygiene and is used to clean out potential germs from injuries. Medical professionals utilize water to irrigate wounds to prevent infection.
Water brings life by maintaining our hydration and sustaining life. We, like all of GOD’s other creations, are unable to continue living without it. Our food requires water to grow and live. We need water to cultivate and grow greens. A tree endures throughout centuries, yet it requires water to live.
Baptism symbolizes purification and opens an invitation to join GOD in communion. In this great communion with GOD, we are visited by the Holy Spirit for fellowship. The Spirit serves as an announcer that the Father is coming to visit us. HIS fingers purge us of our inherited and personal sins; this is the moment we are granted a restart, a rebirth!
The Restart Through Rebirth
Baptism is an essential step for the processes of sanctification. You become justified by Christ for the glorification of the Kingdom. GOD has created an intelligent design as a pathway for salvation. All we need to do is follow the road, and the first step is baptism. We are unable to promote happiness and freedom in our life without HIS Grace! Have you chosen to restart?
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