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Always seek the inward in the outward

I've written before about the comfort that baptism can be.  Many think of it as some sort of gesture we make to show God (or maybe others) that we believe. But biblically, it's much, much more. Far more than it is our promise to God, it is God's promise to us.

Biblically, we are born again "of water and the Spirit" (John 3:5). This does not happen magically, simply by having water poured upon us.  The blessings of God come through faith- faith in the promise God makes to us in baptism. 

Jesus tells us in John 3 that we must be born again of water and the Spirit in order to enter the Kingdom of God. This should not be misunderstood. Many adults come to faith in Christ before they are baptized. If they die before baptism (which they will certainly seek, because Jesus has directed us to it), they still will be saved through their faith in the promise. The only person other than Jesus (well, and Enoch and Elijah, whom the Old Testament tells us were taken directly t…