Repentance & belief include being Spirit-drenched

“I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

 

– Matthew 3:11

John continues to unfold the nature and implications of repentance and belief: He again states that baptism with water prodeeds the commencement of true repentance and belief.

When we turn our hearts to God we publicly testify to it in the act of baptism.John then brings Jesus into the discourse.  Jesus is greater than John. John tells how he will baptise those who repent and believe not only in water, but in the Holy Spirit. We will be drenched in the very presence of God!

The repentant life is a spirit-drenched life. This allows us to live in God’s presence and in his strength.

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To sustain life as a follower of Jesus we NEED this drenching of the Spirit.  It’s not an added extra – it’s an actual essential.

May we live lives of repentance and belief,  evidenced by water baptism,  and drenched in the power, presence and person of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism proceeds repentance and belief

As people came to john and received his message to “repent of their sins and turn to God” they confessed sins with their mouths and were physically put down into the water in baptism.

Confession is not a highly held practice for most Christians. Confession brings sin out into the open and helps the process of being set free from sin. Sin is lonked closely with shame that we keep locked within us. When we confess our sins to others who love and care for us we know that we need never struggle alone.

Find Christians near you with whom you can be honest and open and share your whole life. If you are married develop  this type of accountability in your relationship.  Confession in the bible occurred in community, never in isolation.

Baptism is the outward sign of God’s redemptive work leading us to repentance and belief. The people were baptised by John in the river to publicly show repentance.  It is an essential aspect of repentance.  Baptism ties the flag of belief to the flagpost of Christ.

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