No more than a husband or wife would say “I was married” with the day of the wedding in mind should a Christian say “I was baptized.” The married man or woman quite naturally answers the question “Are you married?” in the present tense, “I am married.” If a married person answered this question in the past tense, “I was married,” one would assume that they are now widowed or divorced. Just so the Christian confesses “I am baptized.” That is the abiding comfort of Baptism. The liturgical rite is quickly done with and the water dries but the gift of Baptism does not evaporate.
–Prof. John T. Pless
I’ll be heading out to the seminary at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, for the conference on Lutheranism & the Classics October 1-2. I’ll be giving a paper on Luther and the Liberal Arts. If you are in the neighborhood or can come to the neighborhood, ome out for it! For more information, go here: Concordia Theological Seminary – Lutheranism & the Classics.