The Declaration of Baptism

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.  And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?’  But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’  Then he allowed Him.  When He had been baptised, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.  And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  (Matthew 3:13-17, 4:1, NKJV)

The fulfillment of righteousness in our lives is the immediate, public identification with the kingdom of God through baptism. This public declaration pleases God (v.17), and further permits and enables the Holy Spirit to lead us through the wilderness (v. 4:1) on the path of our calling. In essence, this declaration begins the preparation for our ultimate destination.

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