Baptism, some thoughts

In John 15:14 Jesus says: “You are My friends if you do what I command you.” And then later on in the great commission, He gives the following instruction to His disciples before He ascends into heaven:

“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 NASB

Jesus didn’t give this command casually. He always modelled for us how we should walk, before asking us to do the same. Jesus Himself was baptised by John the Baptist and it was only then that the Holy Spirit descended on Him so that He could begin His earthly ministry.

So clearly being baptised is something we should do. But what is it? Who can get baptised? How does the whole thing work?

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Christianity: Some Assembly Required

Ephesians 1:3 “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” (NLT)

Have you ever read a scripture like this and thought every blessing? Really? Like, I have been praying for my son’s asthma for months and months and he still gets a tight chest, and I have been praying for someone at work to come to the Lord, but nothing has happened yet.

I believe that the Lord really has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. He is a God of abundance and a good Father, why wouldn’t He? So then there must be a catch right? I mean, it’s not like I’m swimming in all the blessings I’ve been asking for in my prayers.

No catch. Just some good ol’ sensible parenting.

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