Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Pastor John’s Notes:
To be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit means that we are now identified with God. Saint Paul said that it is God who “has anointed us, and who has also has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:22). Our baptism marks us as the people of God. It is as though God has given us his last name and made us permanent members of his own household. Once we have this privilege, no one can take it away from us. This is why baptism is done not in private, but before the entire community. It is an act of public identification so that there can be no question as to whom we belong.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the seal of baptism that marks me as your child and member of your household. Thank you also that this relationship is permanent and no one can take it away from me. Remind me every day that I have been baptized in your name, and let me experience the true joy of belonging to you alone.