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While the exterior aspect of the individual shows no variation, nor was anything “magical” happening during the physical act of baptism – after all, it’s just water – there is, indeed, much happening within the spiritual realm that our physical eyes simply cannot see. The Apostle Peter explains it in this manner, “There is also an anti-type which now saves us. . . baptism ( not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Oirist,” (1 Peter 3:21).
Thus, the act of baptism is part of a process, or what is also known as “the plan of salvation,” that God ordained (cf. Romans 6:17). Paul provides a little further insight, “. . .were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11). These verses clearly indicate that something very special happens when one is bapti:zed.
Since we cannot actually see what is taking place, the Bible uses several metaphors and phrases of figurative language that we can relate to in order to help us understand what this act of obedience truly fulfills.
Essentially, what happens is that while our flesh is just getting wet, the inner soul is being translated into the kingdom of the Son (Colossians 1:13), or added to the church, as depicted in Acts 2:47. These two phrases both mean the same thing. In other words, the soul of the individual is being conveyed from one state of being (that which was lost) to a different state of being (that which is saved). The result of the transformation means that the individual who comes up out of the water is no longer the same person that entered the water. How do you describe such a change? You do it with all those many descriptors given in Scripture and oh, what beautiful descriptionsthey are!
Notice that each depiction of the baptized Christian has one thing in common: a new beginning at life. It is not just a better life on this earth, but eternal life, a life that extends far beyond this present world (John 10:10; 1 John 2:25). Just as a newborn child has the blessing of a brand new life laying before them, so does the born again disciple. We can call it a gift of second chance. This is because on our own, we are doomed to eternal condemnation due to the sin in our lives (Romans 3:23; 6:23), but God provided a way of escape, another trajectory that has a far better destination (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). Therefore, one has to make a choice, they must rid themselves of their old ways, and submit to the will of God, so they too can have the free gift thatHe offers to all mankind (Romans 5:18).
So, how about you? Does this sound like something worth pursuing? Isn’t eternal life worth more than all the world? After all, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”(Matthew 16:26) I pray this has encouraged you to see the true impact baptism has on one’s life. It is a metamorphosis of the soul to a new life that gains “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians4:7). I pray that YOU do have that life God offers to all, or you will seek it out today!