A New Life Begins
The Bible calls baptism "the
washing of rebirth" because it is a spiritual rebirth and the beginning of
a new life (see Titus 3:5 and John 3:5). This new life is possible because
Christ has overcome the power of sin by his resurrection.
As your sins are forgiven during
baptism, a spiritual transformation occurs--the death and burial of the sinful
being and the rebirth of a spiritual, eternal life. The blood of the Lord Jesus
brings your spiritual being back to life.
"And you were buried with [Christ] in
baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of
God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in trespasses and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together
with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses" (Colossians 2:12,13).
The moment you come up out of the
water, you become a new being who has escaped the punishment of sin and possess
the hope of eternal life.