Thursday, January 26, 2006

Baptized for the forgiveness of sins

From the message boards of a certain program:
"'Just in case: Baptism doesn't cleanse anybody of anything. Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change that has already occurred (having our sins washed away and reborn by the Spirit of God) .'
Baptism is God's work, not man's. By it He forgives sins, creates and strengthens faith, and gives us eternal life. To regard Baptism as only a symbol is to ignore God's clear word and negate His amazing generosity toward us sinners.
Peter answered them, "All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift" (Acts 2:38).

What are you waiting for now? Get up! Be baptized, and have your sins washed away as you call on his name (Acts 22:16).

Baptism...now saves you (1 Peter 3:21).