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Baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Davis Carman|February 22, 2017

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 28:19)

Our church recently enjoyed a baptism service where people of all ages confessed with their mouths what they believe in their hearts—that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died on a cross for their sins and was resurrected from the dead. The pastor baptized each new believer in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, speaking the words ”Buried with Christ, raised to walk a new life.”

Baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Baptism is a wondrous symbol of the fact that we are “new creations,” having died to sin and been raised to live a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Being immersed in water represents being buried in a grave. As the new believer comes up out of the water, there is a sense of victory and a reminder that Christ rose from the dead before us.

As followers of Christ, we believe in a triune God—that He is one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 28:18–20, a passage often referred to as the Great Commission, we are commanded to make disciples of all the nations. This includes going into the world, sharing the good news of salvation, and baptizing those who would publicly proclaim their new faith in Christ. In this scripture, Jesus tells us to baptize His new followers in the name of all three persons of the Trinity.

Have you thought about the significance that each person of the Godhead has with regard to baptism and our salvation? Leading up to the moment of your salvation, the Father called you, the Son died for you, and the Spirit convicted you. Now that you have been saved from sin, the Father calls you His child, the Son calls you His brother/sister, and the Spirit calls you His temple.
Is that not a beautiful picture?

Thank you, Father, for calling me and bringing me into your family. Thank you, Jesus, for sacrificing your life, dying for my sins, and accepting me as your brother/sister. And thank you, Holy Spirit, for convicting my heart so that I would accept the wonderful gift of salvation that was so graciously offered to me. May I be a temple that is pleasing for your holy presence. And may I love you, Lord, with all my heart, soul, mind, and body.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

© 2017 Davis Carman
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Davis is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of Creation-based science and Bible curriculum. He is also the author of four illustrated children’s books designed to help kids learn a biblical worldview. He believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!  Davis’s four books include: Good Morning, Godbased on Deuteronomy 6, A Light for My Pathan ABC book based on Psalm 119, In the Beginning, based on the Creation account in Genesis, and Psalms to Know Early.

If you enjoyed reading this, you might enjoy reading Devotional: Holy Spirit with Every Breath, also by Davis Carman.