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 – John 14:3

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

-John 14:3 NIV

 

God has always wanted to be with His people.  God created the world, the Garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve with that goal in mind.  We were created to be in communion WITH God.  Adam and Eve disobeyed God and so Sin has destroyed what God desires.  Sin and perfection cannot be united.  Thanks be to God, that He became Immanuel, “God with us” and died to pay the price for all sins.  He is with us now in the Word and in the Lord’s Supper to strengthen us while we wait to be with the Lord forever.  And that’s Jesus’ promise in the verse above.  He will come and take us to be with Him eternally in heaven.  It will be unlike anything we have ever experienced or could ever imagine.  We will be in perfection and peace, united with our Maker for eternity.  Until then, God is with us in the Bible, the bread, and the wine.  Through Word and sacrament we remain in Him until we are with him forever.  God cannot lie, and Jesus’ promise in John 14:3 gives us hope, happiness and peace while we wait for His return.