The Sacraments 3. The Power of Baptism Understanding how we come to faith… Memorization Verses:Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things,along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without Godsword the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is aBaptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth inthe Holy Spirit.
LSB 601 lutheran-hymnal.com/online/tlh-301.mid 1 All who believe and is baptized Shall see the Lords salvation; Baptized into the death of Christ, They are a new creation. Through Christs redemption they shall stand Among the glorious heavnly band Of evry tribe and nation. 2 With one accord, O God, we pray: Grant us Your Holy Spirit. Help us in our infirmity Through Jesus blood and merit. Grant us to grow in grace each day By by this sacrament we may Eternal life inherit.
Power of Water Water is… Why these elements are important for God’s choice…why use water?
LSB 717 3 Most Holy Spirit, who didst brood 1 Eternal Father, strong to save, Upon the chaos dark and rude, Whose arm hath bound the restless And bid its angry tumult cease, wave, And give, for wild confusion, peace; Who biddst the mighty ocean deep O hear us when we when we cry to Its own appointed limits keep: Thee O hear us when we cry to Thee For those in peril on the sea. For those in peril on the sea. 4 O Trinity of love and powr Our people shield in dangers hour; 2 O Christ, whose voice the waters From rock and tempest, fire and foe, heard Protect them wheresoeer they go; And hushed their raging at Thy Thus evermore shall rise to Thee word, Glad praise from air and land and Who walkedst on the foaming deep sea. And calm amid its rage didst sleep: O hear us when we cry to Thee For those in peril on the sea.
Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it. - Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Green Cross International Water is also one of the four elements, the most beautiful of Gods creations. It is both wet and cold, heavy, and with a tendency to descend, and flows with great readiness. It is this the Holy Scripture has in view when it says, "And the darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Water, then, is the most beautiful element and rich in usefulness, and purifies from all filth, and not only from the filth of the body but from that of the soul, if it should have received the grace of the Spirit. - John of Damascus (679?-749) Exposition of the Orthodox Faith
• How can water do such great things? •How does baptismal water work forgiveness of sins, rescue from death and the devil, and give eternal salvation? •Why do the Scriptures call Baptism the Washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit? •______________________________ SS: Water +Word +Faith M: Washing +Rebirth +Renewal Say Mean Matter T: Faith+ Blessings W: New Spiritual Life Key phrases Own words Answer the Th: Living Water questions/ Personal application
a)pekri/qh Ihsou,Amh n a mh) n le/gw soi, e 0a n mh ti gennhqh e|= c u 0 dato kai 3 pneu/mato, ou 0 du/natai eiselqei 0 n ei = th 0 n basilei/an tou qeou. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born by means of water and Spirit he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God.” First, the eon denotes origin and source. The fact that there is one preposition makes water and Spirit a single concept. The absence of the Greek articles with the two nouns makes their unity even more apparent
Pe/troj de pro au _ tou/, Metanoh/sate, 0 [fhsi/n,] kai baptisqh/tw e 3kastoj umw9 n e ~ pi 0 tw |~ o)no&mati Ihsou ) Xristou = ei a!fesin tw 0 n a~ martiw ( n u ~ mw9 n kai ~ lh/myesqe th n dwrea n tou _ = a(gi/ou pneu/mato. umi n ga = r e _ stin h 0 e9 paggeli/a kai 0 toi te/knoi u = mw9 n kai ~ pa sin toi ~ ei = 0 makra&n, osou a # n proskale/shtai ku/rioo @ qeo (h _ mw9 n. But Peter (said) to them, “Repent and be baptized each of you in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness (cancellation) of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all those who are far away whom the Lord our God will call. According to our Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature the ei0j here is used to indicate the goal and to denote purpose
Conclusions about the power of the Water with Word: Every instance of the use of metanoia (repentence) with the words louton (washing) or baptizo (baptism) indicate a singular concept or “of the same sphere”
Certainly not just water does these great things, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without Gods word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life- giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit. •
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Proorizo Prototokos su/mmorfov: See Rom. 6:4 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may rest on me. a)sqeÑneia Episkenoo
What I Sense: Weak and insignificant water Skin getting wet Sounds in my ears Words deciphered by my neurons Memories being triggered (language) What God DECLARES: The WordWater IS WASHING YOU The WordWater IS IDENTIFYING YOU The WordWater IS CONFORMING YOU The WordWater IS EMPOWERING YOU The WordWater IS GLORIFYING…HIM.
Paul says in Titus chapter three: "He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying." [Titus 3:5-8]. •
A Formula of Baptism: God redeems earthly things for his purposes and for our limited sensibilities God is required based on the necessity of his Justice and Mercy to become Incarnate in Christ God indwells with His people through Means to identify us with Himself God resurrects our bodies through redemption
Gods words of institution put these great God, in the possession of such grace let me blessings into Baptism. Faith, which trusts live and die, and awaken and live forever. this word of God in the water, takes the Amen, for Christ’s sake! Amen. (Zorn) blessings out and makes them our own. Eph. 5:26 Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word. Gal. 3:26-27 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. • Lord, my God, my gracious God, I thank You for what You have done to me in Baptism! You have regenerated me. You have given me forgiveness of sins, and thereby that righteousness which is valid in your sight. You have delivered me from death and the devil, and given me eternal salvation. You have granted unto me the Holy Spirit, who works and sustains faith and a new spiritual life within me. O my
ouk e 0 c e 0 rgwn tw 1 n e ~ n dikaiosu/nh 0 a| e$ poih/samen h 0 mei a = lla ) kata _ to _ au _ tou 0 e= leos e 1 swsen hma dia ~ loutrou _ paliggenesi/akai = a nakainw&sew pneu/mato a ) gi/ou. Not by means of the works in righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by means of the washing (cleansing) of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. The genitives may be regarded as possessive: “bath belonging to regeneration”; or qualitative: “regenerating bath”; or objective: “bath effecting regeneration.” Any one of these genitives retains the main point, namely, that this bath and this regeneration plus the renewing are inseparably connected: where the bath is, there the regeneration and the renewing are.
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit works faith and so creates in us new spiritual life with the power to overcome sin. Rom. 6:6 Our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin (NKJV). +Titus 3:5-8 again. • Pray: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your free Spirit. Amen. (LW, Psalm 51:10-12)
tou gnwnai auton kai thn dunam in thv anastasewvautou kai [thn ] koinwnian [twn] paqhmatwn a utou,summorfizomenov tw qan atw autou, at I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Remember Dunamis? Summorfiðzomai: to cast a mold. Receive a new shape. Describes Christ’s own identity. God’s Dunamis is revealed in death and resurrection
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
But He manifested himself in the flesh to snatch us from death, from the power of the devil. From this knowledge must come great joy and delight that God is unchangeable, that He works in accordance with unchangeable necessity, and that He cannot deny Himself (2 Tim. 2:13) but keeps His promises. Accordingly, one is not free to have such thoughts or doubts about predestination; but they are ungodly, vicious, and devilish. Therefore when the devil assails you with them, you should only say: “I believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, about whom I have no doubt that He was made flesh, suffered, and died for me. Into His death I have been baptized.” This answer will make the trial disappear, and Satan will turn his back.
LSB 507 2 Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.
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