Reflecting Our Lord

“…put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24

On a wall, near the main entrance to the Alamo in San Antonio Texas, among the portraits of the men who died fighting there, is a photograph.  Now, most men who would have died at the Alamo would have not have lived at the time when they took photographs of people, but there’s a photograph of a man.  And on that photograph, there is this inscription – it says this: “James Butler Bonham – no picture of him exists.  This picture is of his nephew, Major James Bonham, deceased, who greatly resembled his uncle.  It is placed here by the family that people may know the appearance of the man who died for freedom.” 

No literal picture of Jesus exists, either.  But the likeness of His Son, who has made us free, can be seen in the lives of those who are truly following Him.  Looking like Jesus means reflecting His character, and a beginning place is baptism.  Jesus was baptized.  He calls His disciples, as a first step to show that you have trusted Him as Savior to be baptized.

Scriptural baptism means being baptized by immersion, going under the water.  That signifies the burial to the old life, and resurrection to a new life.  That’s how Jesus was baptized.  He was baptized by immersion.  The Gospels say that He went down into the Jordan River, and then He came up out of the Jordan River.  Scriptural baptism comes after salvation, not before.  Otherwise, it’s out of order; it has no meaning.  It’s sort of like putting on a wedding band, when you’ve never been married.  And Scriptural baptism is an act that shows you have been saved.  Baptism doesn’t save you.  Only faith in Jesus does.  But baptism is an important thing that Jesus has given us, to show that we’ve followed Him.

Have you been saved?  Have you been baptized?  Have you been baptized under water, scripturally, and is your baptism in order?

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!