For the longest time I kept coming back to a dream in which I was killed by Newton NJ’s First Baptist Church pastor, Robert Scott Boger. When I had experienced the dream on July 7, 2015; never in a million years would I have thought that Pastor Scott himself would be doing the service on January 10, 2016, which would finally give me part of the answer I was looking for.
True! In the July 7, 2015 dream; being stabbed through the chest multiple times hurt like hell, even though it was only a highly colored vision of sorts. But, I guess the Lord wanted to make sure that the dream stuck in my mind for a while. So, “He made the pain seem real,” right along with the rest of the dream.
“However,” beyond being baptized and then immediately stabbed repeatedly in the chest with a huge knife; what made this dream more puzzling to me was the presence of a pretty brown haired woman in a red dress. This hot looking thirty something year old had a front row seat and just sat there and watched me get stabbed to death like it was perfectly normal; a part of the way things usually went at Newton First Baptist.
“Now,” I’ve heard that Baptism by emersion was to represent the death of the old self and the rebirth of the new Christ Following Version. But, what took place in that dream was just plain bazaar. Well… That was at least up until Pastor Scott’s January 10, 2016 service.
Lucky for me; Pastor Scott had decided to do a sermon on Sunday, January 10, 2016, which talked about blood and the ways in which it was viewed and handled until Jesus sacrifice made such activity completely unnecessary. You can listen to Pastor Scott’s January 10 sermon via FirstBaptistNewton.com if you’ve a mind to.
It really was a good message and I’m not going to do it any justice here. But the interesting part for me with regard to this sermon was how, as Pastor Scott was talking, the dream I had on August 7 began playing in my mind. It was like someone was trying to say, “Take note genius because you’re finally getting your answer.”
I can’t say that I go to church expecting to get answers on a dream I had months ago. However, I also know that this particular dream had a question mark next to it. So, when the topic of blood was brought up Sunday, January 10, and the dream unexpectedly came to mind, “I took notice!” In fact I went back and replayed the service just to make sure I understood everything in its context.
“Now!” Usually when we see ourselves bleeding, even in dreams, it’s generally not a good sign; references to losing vitality, our life force and so on abound in books on Dream Analysis. So, when you see or feel yourself bleeding to death in a dream it generally would cause you a bit of disquiet because we generally associate the loss of blood with bad news for ourselves.
And, “Yeah,” in the dream I had I was bleeding so heavily from the knife wounds, I turned the water in the small Jacuzzi like pool blood red. Pastor Scott was in it up to his waist and I was lying face up in the blood filled water, pretty much dead when the dream ended.
However, what I walked away with from Pastor Scott’s January tenth service was anything but bad news for me. In fact; it confirmed what I was beginning to suspect already.
In Pastor Scott’s January 10 service; he talked about how blood was seen as a purifying agent before the days of Jesus. He enlightened us all about how blood was used to cleanse various surfaces within the most holy places the Lord dwelled; along with the tools for performing various ceremonies, as well.
As he talked, “I listened.” The more I listened, “The more it clicked.”
When I dream of being in water; I am aware that it is a reference to my mental state and cognitive abilities; both known and unknown powers of my mind. Blood, as Pastor Scott pointed out in his service, can not only be viewed as a life force. It can be viewed as a, “Cleansing life force.”
So, when I went back and looked at my July 7, 2015 dream; I realized that there could be no doubt that baptism was way more than just an outward expression of one’s faith to their church. The Dream was showing me that baptism most certainly is an event that causes an inner transformation within a being; all assuming that the baptism is approached by minister and newly baptized believer with the proper mindset.
I feel that this fact is hinted at in at least two different places in the book of Matthew, alone. First in Matthew 3:11 and again in Matthew 20:23.
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Matthew 3:11 KJV)”
From this statement alone it is pretty plane that baptism is an inward transformative process; making it more than just an outward declaration of faith before fellow believers. Can anyone be touched by the Holy Ghost, or even figuratively by spiritual fire, and not be changed on the inside?
“And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. (Matthew 20:23 KJV)”
From this statement, again, anyone with a basic understanding of The Bible, common sense, and the English language can clearly gather that baptism is indeed special; more than just an outward declaration of faith before the congregation of any Christian Church.
So, “What do I believe the inner transformation is that being baptized triggers within any human being who is of the mindset to accept it?” Well… “It’s really quite simple.”
I believe that when a baptism is approached and performed with the right mental attitude; baptism merges body and mind more tightly together. This merging of mind and body, in a sense, links one’s life energy to their thoughts; fusing them together in such a way that makes both more concentrated and purer in form. “Remember,” in my dream the presence of water represents my mind and my blood is my life force, which Pastor Robert Scott Boger told us on January 10 would have been considered to have cleansing properties, as well.
With one’s purifying life force being more tightly bonded with their thoughts/mind; it certainly would be easier to move closer to the Lord in the name of his son Jesus. In Matthew 22:37 we are told by Jesus himself that the greatest law is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” If our body and mind are more connected on an internal level; it certainly would make it easier for us to obey this greatest law, “Wouldn’t it?”
Of course, in his sermon, Pastor Scott was talking about animal blood being the cleanser of choice. However, I’m left with the overwhelming sense that, for the purposes of understanding my dream, “Pastor Boger’s explanation about blood still applies.”
I believe that one of the reasons that many folks don’t see baptism as being more than an outward declaration of faith to their fellow man is pretty simple. To acknowledge that there is an inner transformative component to baptism would be admitting that, “The world is a much more complicated place than the average person is willing to accept.”
However, if we’re going to declare our faith to one another through baptism and other such ceremonies; don’t you think it’s time that we start learning to accept that there are forces at work in the world that far out strip our level of comprehension? Would it really be that terrible to admit to God and ourselves that we don’t really know it all about Him and his ways, let alone ourselves and our own ways?
Speaking as someone who regularly has dreams that often come true; I am willing to accept that my own understanding of God and the world around me more than likely falls dreadfully short of reality. “And,” while my analysis of the above dream will fall short of what is acceptable to many; I just can’t help but feel in my heart that I’m “at least close” to understanding this particular vision correctly.