Character Indelibus

Dr. R.C. Sproul on the significance of baptism in light of the beatific vision:

Since we have been ingrafted into his body and adopted into his house, that same alienation and estrangement that the world had for Christ is transferred to you.

This is one of the problems that causes us to compromise all the time, because it hurts us when the world rejects us. We’re people and we want everybody to love us, and we deeply desire the applause of men, and we don’t particularly enjoy being associated with the humiliation of Christ.

Are you baptized? Have you been baptized? Have you been baptized into the death of Christ? Have you been baptized into the resurrection of Christ? Have you been baptized?

Do you know that on your soul there is a character indelibus, and indelible mark, that marks you as one whom God has set apart to participate in the humiliation of Christ?

And you know that if you are not willing to participate in the humiliation of Christ, that God tells you that you will never participate in the exaltation of Christ. But if you are willing to participate in the shame of Christ, you will also participate in the glory of Christ. And we bear that mark in our bodies in the sign of the covenant of baptism.

We are identified with Christ.

Transcribed from The Beatific Vision at the 26:09 – 28:01 mark.

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/essential_truths_of_the_christian_faith/the-beatific-vision/