Saturday, April 14, 2012

Child of the Covenant

The first time I really understood why we, as Presbyterian Christians baptize infants my response was a literal, jaw-dropping "WOW."

It's not what we do. It's what God has done. It's not what we bring. It's what Christ has brought. 

It's simply - yet profoundly - a sign and a seal of a covenant that God has made with us. A covenant of grace.

The water symbolizes our need for cleansing - for a washing away of sin. As the water pours over our head, it is in hope that the Holy Spirit will be poured over our entire life.

In the Old Testament, God's covenant with his people was the covenant of circumcision. It was a mark that showed God's people were different, that they were set apart - not just fathers, but their children, as well - a household of believers. In that same way, as Daniel and I have the mark of baptism upon us, setting us apart as children of God, we want to bring each child we are given into this new covenant of baptism - showing to the world that we are a household of believers.

Baptized " the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen"

We don't believe baptism saves Ralphie - only faith in Jesus Christ can do that. But it is our hope as his parents that one day Ralphie will grow to claim his baptism as his own. That he will recognize God's grace in his life, and believe in faith.

Pastor Nathan Frazier

It is our prayer that there will not be a day, or even an hour, where our son does not know he is a child of the King. Not a day, or an hour, where he does not accept God's grace and live by faith.

Grandma visited!

We are blessed to have this hope as parents: That God is faithful to his people. That He will never leave us nor forsake us. And, His promises are not just to fathers, but to their children, and their children's children - to as many as are faithful unto a thousand generations.

As we welcome Ralphie into this great covenant of grace we rejoice in His blessing to us in giving us a son, and we pray that by God's grace we are beginning a legacy of faithful, godly children who live by grace alone. 

fast asleep minutes after his baptism

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