Sunday, January 9, 2011

Epiphany 1: Baptism of our Lord

Today's readings were Isaiah 42:1-9, Romans 6:1-11 (sermon text), and Matthew 3:13-17.

Christianity is a religion full of paradoxes:
  • Jesus Christ is wholly God and wholly Man.
  • We are both saints and sinners, at least in this world.
  • In the Lord's Supper, body and blood are present under bread and wine.
  • Christ Jesus is present both in heaven and on earth.
  • The Triune God is not three gods, but three Persons in one God.
How then do we deal with Baptism? How does the concept of "now or later" fit?
  • Age at Baptism - as a baby (because of Christ's orders and promises) or as an adult?
  • Baptism before or after a profession of faith? Or together, because Baptism bestows faith.
  • Benefit of forgiveness of sins (always, not only at the time of baptism). Remember: you are - not were - baptized; it always works in your life!
  • Is Baptism symbolic only, or actually powerful? The sign of Noah indicates that water actually saved; Peter tells us that water symbolizes baptism - which NOW SAVES you.
What a gift is Baptism! It is all the Lord's work, salvation, without credit to yourself. Baptism = now and later!

Soli Deo gloria.


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WomanHonorThyself said...

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