Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Peter 3:21 – Victory Lutheran Church

“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”

-1 Peter 3:21 NIV

 

I don’t like to rock the boat. Ever.  But baptism is a controversial topic among Christians and I can’t help but speak the Truth.  Most Non-Catholic and Non-Lutheran Christian churches today believe that baptism is merely a symbol, an outward act that conveys nothing, but symbolizes one’s decision to accept Christ into their hearts.  Problem is, the Bible never says anything about making a decision for Christ, or accepting Him into one’s heart.  The Bible does say a lot about how baptism saves us.   For starters, look at the first 10 words above.  Couldn’t be more clear.  But one might ask, HOW does baptism save me?  Fair enough.  Acts 2:38 teaches that through baptism we receive the Holy Spirit.  1 Corinthians 12:3 teaches that without the Holy Spirit, no one can say “Jesus is Lord.”  Since we need the Holy Spirit in order to believe, and since baptism gives the Holy Spirit, it is truly good, right, and salutary to say “Baptism saves you (not to mention the fact that the Bible says the very same thing).  It saves us by giving us the Holy Spirit who enables us to believe.  Rejoice that you are baptized.  Rejoice every day in the fact that the Holy Spirit lives in you and enables you to believe that Jesus is YOUR Savior.  Rejoice that because you believe and are baptized, you will be saved.

Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Peter 1:17

“live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.”

-1 Peter 1:17 NIV

 

 

It seems strange to call a place “home” when you’ve never been there.  God’s Word tells us to live our lives on earth as though we were strangers here.  That’s because heaven is our home.  We were created to be with God, but sin separated us from Him.  Through Jesus, God has fixed the problem of sin and we are forgiven through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Sooner than we think, the day will come when we will be with Him in heaven, and until then we live as strangers here on earth.  We shouldn’t fit in too well.  We should be a bit uncomfortable here.  God has given us a different agenda, different priorities, a different mission.  We’re tempted to focus primarily on earthly physical things when God would have us focus on things spiritual.  He desires that we make our relationship with Him our top priority.  God promises to strengthen and guide us while we live as strangers and just because we don’t fit in, doesn’t mean we can’t make this place a little brighter while we’re here.  You are loved and forgiven.  Love and forgive others.  Someday soon, I’ll see ya at home.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for April 30, 2017 – 1 Peter 1:17

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for April 30, 2017 – 1 Peter 1:17

Our forgiveness is assured through faith in Jesus.  Having been pardoned and cleansed, our goal is to remain clean from sin.  One of the ways we do this is by living as strangers in the world.  We acknowledge that the world is ruled by sin.  We are ruled by the Spirit of God!  Learn more this Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.