Have you ever asked yourself if your baptism is still valid? Do you ask yourself if you fully understood what you were committing yourself to? For those that are raised in the Church, the majority of us were baptized at a fairly young age such as 12-16 years of age. It was at that time that we felt we knew right from wrong and understood the lessons we were hearing about God, Jesus and the Church. It is the time that James speaks to the First Century Church telling them in v.17 “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” Jesus said of the blind in John 9:41 “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, “We See”, Therefore your sin remains.” What we are being told here is simple, if you hear the word, believe it and know right from wrong then God will hold you accountable on the Day of Judgment. He doesn’t expect you to know everything there is to know; but he does expect you to take responsibility for your life and continue to learn and grow.
Is it true that as years pass and one becomes wiser with life, that how we view things changes? Of course it does. We change our perspective. We begin to understand and realize those things we were taught in our youth. Just because we are learning and growing does not mean our baptism or commitment to God is null and void. Just like the love of our earthly parents, God’s love for us grows and changes form and nurtures us. God provides us a way to ask for forgiveness and to make our lives right in his eyes. It is called repentance. Paul tells the Christians in Rome in Romans 3:21-26 that God sent Jesus to prove to the world that he was offering them a plan of salvation and saving Grace because (v23) “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (v24) being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” God tells us to say we are sorry and act accordingly and he will forgive us our sins.
In order to be saved, one must hear, believe, confess, repent and be baptized. Jesus suffered for us. It was not an easy task that God gave Him. He did not take away Jesus’s pain and suffering because if He did, then the sacrifice would not have meant as much. 1 Peter 3:18-22 tells us “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few that is eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype (The Bible is telling us that baptism is a symbol representing cleansing or washing away) which now saves us-baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right handoff God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.” Peter is using the story of Noah as a representation of baptism in that all on the earth was washed away except for the righteous 8 that God had saved and through baptism, we can have our sins washed away and our soul saved through God.
Have a Blessed day and stay humble.