For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Galatians 3:27 (NASB)
I remember the night I was baptised at Bethany Gospel Hall in Lochore, Fife. It was a time of great joy and blessing for me and my family in attendance. I look back the years in my memory as I write this and I remember the baptisms of many friends and family, all of them special holy events. I remember one special baptism on a beach in Tynemouth outside Newcastle, these hardy souls were dunked in the North Sea which is freezing most of the year. As you can imagine this attracted a crowd. It was a beautiful baptism, I imagined this was very like an early church baptism.
In our modern church baptisms are well organised events which come a while after confession of faith in Christ. In the New Testament baptism came quickly after acceptance of Christ, as in the case of the Ethiopan Official who stopped his journey beside water to be baptised by Philip (Acts 8). Also the jailer of Philippi and his family believed in Christ and were immediately baptised by Paul and Silas (Acts 16).
As new believers in Christ we are baptized also with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Divine Helper who guides us in our walk with God. By the Holy Spirit we have connection with our Father God and His Son Jesus, it is an unbreakable cord of heavenly rope. In this Holy union we can clothe ourselves in the ways of our Lord Jesus. Our clothes protect us from the elements and keep us warm. Christ also protects us each day, keeping us warm in His Eternal Love. As people may admire our jacket or shoes, they may also be impressed by Christ shining out of us in our demeanour.
Dear reader, as adopted children of God we are called to be baptized. It is not just commanded (Matthew 28:19-20) but it is also a reward, drawing us closer in to the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). It is an act of love by the individual towards God, sharing their new faith in public. We can then have joy in the reward of baptism, an eternal intimacy with God.