Caleigh Coleman was baptized into Bethany Primitive Baptist Church on October 28, 2012. Â Caleigh is the ten year old daughter of Sister Tammy Wise. She had professed a belief in Christ and the hearing of a still small voice the previous Sunday when she presented herself to the church. Â Baptism is the ultimate commitment to following Jesus Christ as it is symbolic of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Â The believer is immersed (buried) beneath the water and arises to walk in newness of life. Â “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Â (Rom. 6:4).
Baptism is a watery grave in which past sins are buried and washed from the eyes of the believer as they start their Christian journey in following Christ. Â Ananias told Paul after he had been arrested by the love of God: “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Â (Acts 22:16). Â There is a saving in baptism but not a saving from death to life or the filth of the flesh. Â Peter describes it thus: “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” Â (I Pet. 3:21).
It is especially good to see the young believer, like Sister Caleigh, have courage to act on the leading of the Spirit and be baptized in that watery grave. Â Just as Jesus did not stay in the grave, the believer doesn’t stay in the watery grave; he or she arises to really live an abundant life with the joys of peace and happiness; that is as long as all looking is directed upward to the eternal unseen things. Â The Ethiopian eunuch went on his way rejoicing after being baptized by Phillip having finally understood about Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection. Â Pray for Sister Caleigh that she will be faithful Â and that more of God’s children would follow that same path into the watery grave.–October, 30, 2012–Elder Larry Wise