What does Baptism give or profit? It works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. In other words, baptism’s a pretty big deal. Baptism connects us with God’s forgiveness, separates us from the effects of sin, death, and the devil, and unites us with the promises of God’s Kingdom at work now and forever into eternity. That’s pretty big.
As Lutherans, we talk about baptism as a gift of water and the Word. This is no normal bath! The water serves as a symbol of what God’s Word is doing, and together, we’re washed clean not just of dirt, but of the sin that separated us from God. Together, water and God’s Word make this a powerful moment of new birth in our lives.