In Genesis 15, we find God making a covenant with Abraham. God’s promise to him was for a legacy of descendants that would be greater in number than the stars in the sky ( Genesis 15:5 ). This ongoing covenant would continue in Abraham’s line forever. Vs. 6 says that “Abraham believed and was counted righteous based on his faith.” Abraham’s faith brought him to a covenant with God that continues with us today.
Hope in Baptism
God’s covenants in the Old Testament are a strong message of hope to us today. Our Confession of faith in Jesus Christ and our forgiveness brings us to God in faith in our lives today. Jesus ordained three covenants of faith with us in His life here on earth. They are baptism, communion, and prayer.
They continue with us today and stand as a physical marker of our faith. Baptism is the symbolic act of going under the water and the dying of our “old man” and coming out of the water as the “new man”. Paul sums it up in Romans 6:4
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.Roomans 6:4
We accepted the free gift of our salvation by faith, and like Abraham, we became righteous before God thru the death of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a physical marker of that faith and connects us to others that share the same marker of faith as part of the family of God. Baptism is a marker of who we are and whose we are.
May our confession of Faith in Jesus and our plea for forgiveness of our sins bring us new meaning in the covenant of baptism as we share them with others along our way.
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