"If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]." (1 John 1:9 AMP)
He is faithful. When we repent, He remakes us. We are new creations (see 2 Corinthians 5:17), and we are created to live in the current of His unrelenting grace. One such manifestation of this undeniably, overwhelmingly miraculous grace is the forgiveness He offers to us through Christ's sacrifice.
And baptism? Baptism is like our graduation announcements. We make the public proclamation - the start of a life of beautiful newness. It's unlike anything we've ever ventured into before, but a completely welcomed and long anticipated season of renewal and opportunity. This is who we are now - we're people of God. How incredible it is to be called His! All He has planned for us will come to pass, because He sees that we've let the walls down and invited His Spirit to come and dwell within.
Because Christ's blood has washed us from all iniquity, we're cleansed and clothed in righteousness. And baptism is the celebration of this new identity. It's the decision to leave behind the sorrowful, sinful past and dive into the deepest depths of all God's glorious grace and goodness.
"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels." (Isaiah 61:10 AMP)
New life. New hope. It's all found in Christ. Celebrate baptism today! We are cleansed by the precious Blood of the Lamb of God, our souls are saved by His supernatural Salvation, and truly we have every reason to have a celebration!
-The Introverted Evangelist