Testimony of Hope

Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 1 Cor 15:29

Hope can be uncommon for people in uncertain times. In times of uncertainty people may ask difficult questions that seemed unimportant or seek answers for things never considered. Believers who face death with joy and hope can present a powerful testimony to family, friends, and those of unbelief. The scripture passage reminds us of the testimony of hope that all who die by faith in Jesus Christ have in the resurrection of the dead and eternity in heaven. The believer’s hope is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that through faith in Him, “the dead rise.” The Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Jesus Christ at the moment they believe and place their faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness of their sin. The Holy Spirit baptism is the Spiritual baptism that all believers receive as a gift of God. ““For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). The Christian believer is saved and secured by the blood of Jesus and sealed by the Holy Spirit as a guarantee for the hope of the resurrection from the dead. Believers are to become disciples, obedient followers, of Jesus Christ. Water baptism is one of the first acts of obedience to demonstrate faith in Jesus. Water baptism is a public testimony of hope in the eternal life that Jesus promised to all who believe. Baptism identifies us with Jesus Christ and the resurrection hope for all “which are baptized for the dead.” The joy and hope of the child of God id “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21). My friend, for all who hope in Jesus Christ, heaven is the home and eternal life is their guarantee. The believer’s hope in Jesus Christ is a vessel hope poured our on unbelievers by the Holy Spirit to awaken their spirit, alert theirs soul, and arrest their hearts to the conviction of sin and their personal need for salvation. Dear friend, allow your faith in Jesus Christ be a public testimony of hope to all the world. Live and love with the hope of the resurrection, that some might be saved. Father thank You for Your love and the hope of salvation that is in Jesus Christ. In the blessed Name of Jesus. Amen.