Friday, May 16, 2008

Michigan Baptism Bash

Two years and 8 months ago God saved, rebirthed me, regenerated me, brought me to life, awakened me, opened my eyes and ears, imparted His righteousness to me, called me, wrought faith in me through grace, and all the other wonderful ways we experience salvation from sin through Christ.

Because of somewhat odd circumstances I was not baptised but was able to share my testimony publicly a couple times over the next few months. Tonight, Lord willing, I will be baptised at Goldfish Swim School right outside of Detroit, Michigan. I am celebrating with some wonderful brothers and sisters and friends.

This morning I reflected on a powerful passage in Romans 6.

"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into His death? 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." Rom 6:1-4

Over the past months as I grow farther and farther away from the day that God saved me the realization of just how real "new life" is explodes in mind. Every time I go to my home town and think about my years under God's wrath or any time that I reflect on that period in my life it frightens the crap out of me, but it also fills me with hope that my new birth is a real thing and Christ is alive and the Holy Spirit is powerful and the gospel is true! I am not the person I am today outside of these things being true.
So, praise Christ! Praise Christ! And I am encouraged to pray for those that remain under God's wrath and are dead in their sins. God is faithful and sovereign and merciful!

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