Believing and receiving who Jesus is changes who we are. We then show whose we are with others who are also His.
We are made in God’s image; to love and be loved.
We are a new creation because of Christ’s victory.
“Baptism” shows death to old allegiances as you are immersed in water and raised to walk in new life with new loyalties. It is the “plunge of allegiance”. That is why Jesus was baptized. He did not need to die to an old life, but he said he needed to publicly show his allegiance to the Kingdom to fulfill all righteousness. Having aligned ourselves with God and His Kingdom, we are joined with others who have done the same. Together we actively seek to grow in our new identity.