3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
It’s not exactly a pretty picture to begin this section of Scripture is it? But Paul is just being honest about humans in general. That includes you and me. This how we used to live, and these actions and passions had us on a crash course to hell. The fires were all around us getting ready to overtake us and there was nothing we could do about it. We couldn’t save ourselves. We couldn’t escape the flames.
But in our baptism, Jesus rescued us from the flames. When that water was poured on your head and the words, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” were spoken above you, Jesus pulled you out of the fires of hell and reset you in the safety of heaven. There was nothing we did to deserve it, and yet God did this for us. He gave us a new life because of his grace and mercy.
What a loving God we have!