Monday, May 19, 2014

The One Baptism #4

Some may be asking, “Why is all this discussion about the one baptism so important, anyway?” This is a very good question and one that deserves an equally good answer. First, let me suggest that it is a biblical topic and therefore it is important. God does not concern Himself with how you brew your tea or weather you drink sweet or unsweet but He is concerned and therefore has revealed to us the process of obeying the gospel (Rom. 10:13, 16-17).
Second, as revealed in God’s inspired revelation, baptism stands between, as a doorway to some very important and necessary items for the lost sinner:
Baptism stands between the alien sinner and...
 Salvation from his sins - Mark 16:16.
 Having his sins washed away - Acts 22:16.
 Being saved - 1 Peter 3:21.
 Putting on Christ - Galatians 3:27.
 Reaching Jesus’ death - Romans 6:3.
 Walking in newness of life - Romans 6:4.
 Belonging to Christ - 1 Corinthians 1:12-13.
 Being in the One Body - 1 Corinthians 12:13.
So, what would hinder a person from submitting to the one baptism? A lack of faith (Mark. 16:16; Acts 8:37); a lack of repentance (Acts 2:38); a lack of knowledge and understanding of divine revelation (Rom. 10:17); a rejection of the counsel of God (Luke 7:30); or maybe procrastination (Acts 24:25).


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