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I won’t pretend to understand what it is.
It’s all about Him, Jesus.

It symbolizes our death by being drowned in the water. And when we come up we are alive in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

It is a spiritual thing.

It is a wonderful and beautiful thing.

It is a love ly thing.

He loves us.

Do I trust Him to do it even though I don’t understand it?

It’s about repenting and puting on the white clothes of Jesus.
Continued dying to self utterly : (Matt 20:22) But Jesus answered and said, You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They said unto him, We are able.
Repentance: (Mark 1:4) John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
(Mark 1:9) And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

This is odd because Jesus had no sin to repent of. But He was baptized anyway. To show us what we should do and becuase God told Him to. Jesus was faithful in obeying God in everything.

Walk in new life: (Rom 6:4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
(Col 2:10) And you are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power:
(Col 2:11) In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
(Col 2:12) Buried with him in baptism, in which also you are risen with him through the faith of the working of God, who has raised him from the dead.
(Col 2:13) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has he made alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
(Col 2:14) Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
(Col 2:15) And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
(1Pet 3:18) For Christ also has once suffered 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:
(1Pet 3:19) By whom also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
(1Pet 3:20) Who formerly were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, by which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water.
(1Pet 3:21) The like figure unto which even baptism does 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:
(1Pet 3:22) Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

(Col 2:12) Buried with him in baptism, in which also you are risen with him through the faith of the working of God, who has raised him from the dead.

I like this verse because it emphasizes ‘ the working of God’
I used to think Catholic Baptism was good because it showed no action required on the part of the baby recieving it.

It seems repentance and following the Holy Spirit’s guiding throughout my life is important and in that way I continue in my baptism on a daily basis. The ceremony though:

There are so many ways and so much debate about the correct way to do it.
I think God probably would do it in many different ways.

That is how He is. Always meeting me in different ways.

Today I saw someone baptized by submersion into water. I couldn’t help thinking how ridiculous a thing to do. What physical operation is occuring by the water. Then I remembered my own baptism with great sentiment. I remember God’s presence there and I was grateful.

God can use water and any physical thing however He wants. He made it all.
‘Praise you, Jesus. You are far beyond my understanding and yet you meet me in my heart. I don’t know how you do it. But you are humble enough to do it. Thank you.’

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