A Little Different Look at Baptism

Today my kids and I used YouTube as a worship leader for devotions. We looked up Amazing Grace, and then we went from one music video to the next, picking songs we knew and singing along.

One of the songs we listened to was "Who Am I" by Casting Crowns. I’m embedding it so you can listen to it while you read if you want. Great song.

For some reason, the middle verse made me think of baptism, and I want to pass on the picture I saw and what I explained to my children.

Who am I
That the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again?

What is baptism but a burial, dying to ourselves and our old life of sin, and rising again to a new life in Christ? (Col. 2:12).

This passage is a perfect picture of baptism. Baptism is tied to the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16), and when else does God look on us with love and watch us rise again except at our baptism, where we were buried with Christ, then raised to a new life? I don’t know whether Casting Crowns had baptism in mind when they wrote that line, but it’s a great picture.

The next set of lines is just as good …

Who am I
That the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?

I told my children that the burial and resurrection that happens in baptism is a matter of faith. We don’t necessarily feel anything, but in baptism we act out our faith in Christ, giving up our old life and rising to live by the Spirit of Christ. That’s probably exciting, and we feel the excitement, but we can’t feel the burial and resurrection.

What we can feel, however, is the peace that comes when the voice that calmed the sea calls out to calm the storm in us.

Many of us are caught in the storm of our own past. It is a storm that pours darkness on our hearts and into our lives. When the voice of Christ comes, that darkness disappears, and we know that everything is under his control. Peace reigns, and the light of God shines into our hearts.

This song was such a great picture of baptism for us today that I had to share it.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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5 Responses to A Little Different Look at Baptism

  1. Shammah says:

    Me, too, Restless Pilgrim. My son was learning that song on the piano, and for a while I heard it every day as he was practicing, but I never caught it until now, either.

  2. Jon says:

    Nice stuff.

    I’d be interested to know what other hymns/songs you like, as well as ones which are often sung at RCV.

    • Shammah says:

      To use modern terminology, I am SO the wrong person to ask . I can answer what I like. I like the incarnation parts of “Hark, the Herald Angels.” The verse that has “Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus our Immanuel” is my favorite verse. Charles Wesley was so good at getting worshipful theology into a song! I think my favorite hymn is “How Great Thou Art,” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” would run a close second. I really like “The Old, Rugged Cross” too. Fanny Crosby’s “Blessed Assurance” is another favorite. (Ironic, I know, but hers is an assurance I agree with).

      I don’t listen to music often, but when I do I especially like Chris Tomlin and Casting Crown songs. I love Chris Tomlin’s version of “Amazing Grace” and “I Will Follow” is great, too.

      There are others who would remember better the songs we sing at RCV. There’s a lot of people at RCV, so they personally have a somewhat wide variety of tastes. I know we sing “How Great Is Our God” and a song with “Anthem” in the name. I think it’s “Anthem of the Lord.” That’s about all I remember for sure! My sons could list ten for you in a minute, I bet. Oh, there’s one that has “Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down.” I know we sing that one.

      Maybe that will give you a picture.

  3. That’s pretty sweet – I’ve listened to that song about a million times and never seen the baptism link before 🙂

  4. Kitty Lockard says:

    Thank you Shammah, Great post and great song.

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