Updated: Aug 18
2 Corinthians 5:17
Fundamental Belief #15 of the Seventh Day Adventist Church reads, "By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and testify of our death to sin and our purpose to walk in newness of life. Thus, we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Saviour, become His people, and are received as members by His church.
Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our
sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by the immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings." The decision to be baptized into the family of God is one the Bible says we should have in common with other believers. Often, it follows Christian instruction and a willingness to accept the teachings of the Holy Bible. We are not called to understand every passage of scripture or to be able to regurgitate every doctrinal teaching. By faith we accept the teachings as true and we allow the Holy Spirit the opportunity to continue teaching and revealing to us truth. In this natural existence, we know we will experience mortality, destruction, wear and tear, and the need for some form of substitute and replacement. But with baptism into the family of God, we receive life that is extended, abundant, and eternal with the promise of a heavenly home not made with hands. As good as life on this Earth may be, God has paid the price for our transition to our heavenly home.