Luther on Death and Resurrection

That which baptism signifies, operates as long as we live, i.e., every day we die, and every day we rise again.  We die, I say, not merely mentally and spiritually, in that we renounce the sins and vanities of the world; but, rather, we begin in fact to leave this mortal body and to lay hold on the future life . . . You must understand baptism to mean something by which evermore you die and live; and, therefore, whether you use the confessional, or any other means of grace, you must still return to the very power that baptism exercises, and begin again to do what you were baptized for, and what your baptism signified . . .  Although you only receive the sacrament of baptism once, you are continually baptized anew by faith, always dying and yet ever living . . .  All our experience of life should be baptismal in character, viz. the fulfillment of the sign or sacrament of baptism.  We have been freed from all else that we might devote ourselves to baptism alone, that is to say, death and resurrection.

Luther, “Pagan Servitude of the Church”

3 thoughts on “Luther on Death and Resurrection

    1. Serious stuff for a nice spring day (here in New York), but life was different in 16th C Germany. I suppose that when you’re dunked under there’s a kind of death, but I would have thought that the point was to come up feeling refreshed — and not only in spirit, but in face (or facial skin) too! Best, Wm.

      1. Serious stuff, huh? I live on the citied lip of a great lake and take my baptisms post-run, (salty shorts tucked up into my chonies, ponytail dripping)–hardly a vision of sobriety (which, incidentally, Luther had little use for). I don’t know if the point is to come up feeling this or that, except maybe the “Oh yes!” of remembrance: “How could I have forgotten? I was born! And born to be born again (and again)!” Is there an activity more suited to springtime?
        Many thanks for reading–

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