Too often, faith is painted in faint pastels, producing a painting with no distinct lines, no vivid shape to what the painting actually is. But that light pink feels nice, we think. But true faith isn’t watered down reality. Faith is the iron grip on Reality Himself.
When the saints of God receive the sign of baptism in faith, we are planting our feet, shoulder wide, on the firm ground of the reality which Christ established. Christ came to redeem all who come to Him by faith. This isn’t the stuff of wistful daydreams.
This baptism, done by faith in Christ’s redeeming work, is a fresh incursion of the reality of Christ’s resurrection. Christ makes His claims upon mankind manifest once more, as this covenant child receives the sign of True Reality. And that reality is this: Christ died, was buried, and arose. And those in Him partake of this reality for themselves.
So welcome our brother to Jesus Christ…