One would expect the head coach of a Division I men’s basketball program to have an arsenal of suits at his disposal. After all, during a thirty-plus game season with multiple television appearances and press conferences, the face of a program should represent the school while donned in proper apparel. So, when the Abilene Christian Wildcats made their historic, first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament this March, it was surprising that the storyline about the little-known university was the condition of coach Joe Golding’s suit. While celebrating the Southland Conference championship, Golding ripped a hole in the pants of the only suit he owned (click here for story). Because he claimed he did not have the time or resources to fix the pants before their next game, he decided to continue to wear the suit for their opening round game against Kentucky (#2 Kentucky eventually defeated #15 ACU 79-44). Coach Golding plans to replace his “holey” suit once he receives his championship bonus.
While the Christian may not own a “holey” suit, it is essential they wear their “holy” suit. The Apostle Paul wrote to the congregations in Galatia, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27). From this passage, we discover that the Galatians “clothed themselves with Christ” through the act of baptism. The necessity of water baptism (immersion) for salvation in Christ is emphasized throughout Scripture (see Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4, etc.). As a result, baptism washes away sins (Acts 22:16). It allows access to “every spiritual blessing” (Ephesians 1:3) which includes an eternity in heaven. It makes one a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). It puts one into His body, the church of Christ (John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13). Therefore, this process of clothing oneself in a “holy” suit results in wearing the righteousness of Christ (Revelation 3:4, 6:11), and no longer being outfitted in the filthy garments of unrighteousness (Isaiah 64:6). If you have not been fitted for a “holy” suit, why do you delay? Baptism now saves you (1 Peter 3:21)!