Baptism

First Post of Lent – True Sonship and Daughtership

First Post of Lent – True Sonship and Daughtership

And here is where we see it all begin to come together for our purposes today. There is a sense in which we are all sons and daughters of God, for we are not only made by him, but also made in his image and likeness. This is suggested by Luke’s genealogy and it is good and right to affirm this. However, because we are made in God’s image and likeness, we are also made for a deeper, richer sonship (and daughter-ship) that cannot be a simple fact of nature, nor can it be obtained by our own efforts. It must be obtained through the unmerited gift of grace, by uniting ourselves to Christ and being baptized in to his uncompromising obedience to God manifested in his life, death and resurrection.

Without this, there is no “best life now”, no true fulfillment. But with it there is life abundant, there is life eternal.

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Forgiven and Empowered – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Forgiven and Empowered – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

In other words, when we come to faith and are baptized something really happens to us. We are not just forgiven and sent on our way to try to do better. Rather, we are truly freed from the grip of sin and empowered to live the life to which we are called. This, of course, is not to say that in the face of long habit within and allure or coercion without that it will be easy. It is not to say that we will not on many occasions fail. Rather, it is to say that failure is not final and success is sure if we but persevere and continually surrender ourselves to God’s grace.

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Sons and Daughters of God – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Sons and Daughters of God – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

There is a sense in which we are all sons and daughters of God, for we are not only made by him, but also made in his image and likeness. This is suggested by Luke’s genealogy and it is good and right to affirm this. However because we are made in God’s image and likeness, we are also made for a deeper, richer sonship (and daughter-ship!) that cannot be a simple fact of nature, nor can it be obtained by our own efforts. It must be obtained through the unmerited gift of grace, by uniting ourselves to Christ and being baptized in to his uncompromising obedience to God manifested in his life, death and resurrection.

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Living for the One Who Died – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Lent

Living for the One Who Died – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Lent

Clearly this is what is asked of us in baptism, a wholehearted “Yes” to the question, “Will you live for him who died for you?” It is a pledge we can renew each time we enter church, dip our fingers in the baptismal waters, and make the sign of the Cross. It is a pledge we can renew every morning as we rise from bed and every night when we retire. This Lent is the perfect time to make the intentional renewal of your commitment to follow and obey Jesus, the renewal of your baptismal pledge, a regular practice of your daily life

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Plunged With Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Baptism of the Lord

Plunged With Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Baptism of the Lord

Something that I learned in life after baptism, as I sought to live the life of the good Christian and grow in union with God, is that baptism is more than something that we receive. It is a promise to be kept to the Lord. The promise to, despite our failures and our weakness, continue to thrive in the Spirit and pursue his grace and kingdom. When Christ received his own baptism, He made and fulfilled the perfect promise without fail even to the smallest degree. While this is not something that we can perfectly replicate, it is something we can prayerfully hope to imitate.

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