Baptism

Yesterday we were given a double rainbow. It was so beautiful. This, of course, is the sign of a covenant God made between Himself and Noah and every living creature with him for all successive generations, and with the earth also, that He would never flood the entire earth again, Genesis 9:12, 13.

When the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, He was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He grieved in His heart, Genesis 6:5, 6. He then decided to blot man from the face of the earth. Noah found favor in His eyes because he was righteous, so God spared him and his family. He then sent the flood to destroy the wicked men on earth.

This corresponds to baptism. The wicked of the earth were drowned in the water of baptism, and all that remained was the righteous man, Noah, and his family. So it is with the Christian, the old creature is baptized into Jesus’ death and raised a brand new creature into newness of life. 

The rainbow is not only a sign that God will not flood the earth again, it is also a reflection of His glory, as is the church today. “As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking,” Ezekiel 1:28. 

What a mighty God we serve, so powerful, yet so loving and kind and full of mercy?

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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