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Reflections on Baptism

Since I have been back in School I have been quite busy with many activities and many assignments from my many classes.  One assignment has made me reflect on a passage in particular.  The assignment was to write a two page paper commenting Romans 6: 3-4, which reads:

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.  

This passage has caught me off guard for its strong significance.  But before looking at this passage in particular it is necessary to place it into context.  This passage, taken from Romans the sixth chapter, finds Paul writing to the Church in Rome.  Paul is explaining to them how sin brings death to man, and how only through Christ life can be found.  By referring to death, though Paul is not talking about the cessation of all the physical functions of the human body, he is talking about a spiritual death that will occur when the souls of the sinners will be sent to hell.  (As seen in Mark 9:43 “And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.”)

In the same manner, by life, Paul is talking about the life which the saved will gain after the second coming of Christ.  (As seen in Romans 5:20-21 “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”)

As far as significance, we see the parallelism between Christ’s death and baptism.  We know from what was reported to us from the four gospels that Christ came to earth and charged Himself of all of our sins and faced death in our place.  Through this act we can be saved and live eternity with God, if we chose to do so.

Baptism symbolizes our death and burial, which was in reality experienced by Christ, and our resurrection as a new creature.  As stated at the end of verse 4 we have received the opportunity of walking in “newness of life” because through baptism all of previous sins have been washed away. 

What struck me was the way that Paul expresses these concepts.  He in fact is addressing the Romans with a rhetorical question, almost as his intent was to exhort them to always keep in mind that Christ is the one who paid the price of our sins, and that in the moment we decided to be baptized we have accepted to live a life according to God’s will.  Therefore we are charged with a responsibility of living our new lives striving always towards heaven. 

This exhortation is for all of us today.  Every day, in all that we do, keep in mind what Christ has done for us, and keep in mind the responsibility that we have toward Him.


Let's Get to Know a Teen

I have many hobbies, like basketball. I’ve liked basket ball since I was a little kid. I never really was good at it. I grew up where basketball was pretty big. I haven’t played on a school team until 7th grade in Sardis elementary, which was pretty cool. It was something I wanted to do since I was little. You get to meet new people ,learn to push yourself and have fun at the same time. I also like to play on the play ground where there is time for creativity, less running, and less stress. I also like badminton I’ve started playing since 6th grade during Phys Ed. class.  Dodgeball, one of the greatest games ever invented is another one of my childhood favorites. It was even better when we used the bright colored rubber balls. [….] I love to listen to music: rap, classical, emo and country.

ISAIAH GREER


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Ten Commandments for Teens

These ten rules for conduct were compiled by boys and girls in grades 7-12 in Boston, MA . . . 1.  Don't let your parents down, they brought you up. 2.  Be smart, obey your parents, you will give orders yourself someday. 3.  Think before you drink. 4.  Ditch dirty thoughts fast or they will ditch you. 5.  Choose a date fit for a mate. 6.  Don't go steady unless your are ready. 7.  Pick the right friends. 8.  Act your age in a car, show-off driving is juvenile. 9.  Love God and your neighbor. 10.  Live carefully, the soul you save may be your own.

These ten rules for conduct were compiled by boys and girls in grades 7-12 in Boston, MA . . .

1.  Don't let your parents down, they brought you up.

2.  Be smart, obey your parents, you will give orders yourself someday.

3.  Think before you drink.

4.  Ditch dirty thoughts fast or they will ditch you.

5.  Choose a date fit for a mate.

6.  Don't go steady unless your are ready.

7.  Pick the right friends.

8.  Act your age in a car, show-off driving is juvenile.

9.  Love God and your neighbor.

10.  Live carefully, the soul you save may be your own.