Earlier in our series on Joseph, we talked about how Joseph foreshadows Jesus. To read about how Joseph speaks and acts towards his family helps us to learn something of how God speaks and acts towards those in His family. Those adopted by God through their faith in Jesus can learn something of God’s love and power through Joseph and his story.
To ‘baptise’ means to publicly receive God’s gift of belonging to His family, which is made possible only by trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus to make that adoption by God possible. So we baptise the infant children not of all people, but of those whose parents have been adopted by God through their faith in Jesus for two reasons: Because God works not just with individuals, but with families. And because Jesus told us to baptise everyone who is His disciple.
Ephesians 6:10 tells us to ‘be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.’ That is, stop trusting in your own strength to live life. Depend on God to defend against the violent death throes of an already defeated devil. The rest of the passage tells us how. Following God’s instruction in Ephesians 6:10-20 is not going to mean that no tragedy, moral dilemma, sickness or injustice will ever affect your life again. Putting on this armour won’t stop you taking the hits – but it will mean that the devil won’t knock you down.