3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3 (NIV)
Fire and Water by Virgil
A few years ago I was studying about how swords are forged. It was very interesting and as I watched a program that explained how Katana are forged. I began to understand baptism in a way that I didn’t before.
We are metaphorically the swords of God, our duty is to go forth and do his will on the earth. A tool for his purposes.
When you forge a sword, you plunge the metal into the fire, and get it hot. You burn it with a fire, you hammer out all the impurities. You shape it into what you want it to be, and you forge it for a purpose. This is the work of the Holy Spirit on our Spirits. The fire baptizes us and forges our spirit into that which is usable and desirable for the Lord.
But a sword forged only in fire is weak. It may be strong but it will be brittle and crack easily under force. The heat from the flames and the force of the hammer, set the molecules in motion, and prepare them. But a sword that breaks with one swing is not a sword, no matter how hard it is.
Something must be done to the hot metal to soften it, to give it the combination of flexibility and hardness that is needed. It is Tempered. When you plunge the hot metal into the water. The steel is set. The rapid cooling of the molecules, set them in place, and form a structure that is flexible and softer. And so. The Christian must be put into the water. When we are baptized we are showing humility to the commands of the Most High, Baptism softens our heart, and helps give us assurance. The work is done with the hammer and fire, but the quenching process of baptism is what sets the work in our heart.
23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 16: 23-24 (NLT)