Let fearful saints fresh COURAGE take! “(28) For it seemed good to the holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: (29) that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. This new way of living on the other side of Baptism is meant to foster freedom from sin (“missing the mark”) and freedom from the dead-end notion that sin is just “breaking the rules.” Not only do they believe it necessary, but some feel it must be performed in a prescribed fashion in order to secure salvation. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). They will remember your works and bring the Heavenly Father JOY – as is this not our MOST GLORIOUS DESIRE of ALL DESIRES OF this existence — to BRING OUR HEAVENLY FATHER the greatest JOY that we are able as carnal beings, to strive to bring through our attempts to BE RIGHTEOUS like our Lord Jesus! In verse 21, He describes “baptism” as “a good conscience toward God.”  That word “conscience” is also used in the prior chapter. By baptism, God tells us that He is the one who washes us clean, He is the one that buries us and raises us with Christ, and He is the source of regeneration and faith, which realities are invisible and occur when He sees fit. )” (Ephesians 2:5). It was to those branches that John preached the baptism of repentance. 40. The same point is expressed in 1 Corinthians 15:29. Greek Word Study βάπτισμα baptizma baptism. The Jerusalem Counsel never addressed the issue of baptism when presenting minimum requirements expected of the Gentile brothers. The word “baptism” is no where to be found in this context. In Acts 2:41 three thousand people were baptized and among these, there may have also been some that had been baptized by John earlier. R4813:6, 2415:2 If we know that we are suffering for righteousness’ sake, then we know the spirit of God rests upon us. If this step is taken, then it is proper to symbolize that decision with water baptism, as a testimony to others. In short, he teaches what is the real character of baptism when rightly received.” Baptism reassures us that God promises to regenerate His people in His own timing and cleanse us from all sin. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God *Note, the claim by the Naval Observatory for as soon as the first stars are seen differs with some Jewish commentators who claim 6:00 PM. Trust where I cannot see. meant to produce in us. This notion of our dying to the dominion of sin is an important one, and Paul considers it in more detail in the passage we will study tomorrow. May YAHWEH be praised for all HIS blessings! Then shall my faith and love grow strong, ), OUR PURPOSE & MISSION: The Story Behind “BIBLE Students DAILY”, 100 Pages of BIBLE STUDY WORKSHEETS for children – based on the book “Adam to Zion”, The Book of Daniel – Children’s Activity Book, Israel & The Bible – Children’s Activity Book, A List of Bible Students’ Resources For Teenagers and Children. Wait, O Thou Weary One, A Little Longer, 13. The baptism by “fire” is symbolic of the judgment and destruction upon the nation of Israel as stated in verse 12, “He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 4:16) R2782:1 An evidence of our faithfulness and sonship. Christian baptism is more than the pursuit of righteousness. As with the Jews baptized by John’s baptism, Christians are to confess and repent from their sins. This passage says that we are baptized “for the dead,” not “into death.” The ultimate purpose of baptism is to bless all the families of the earth. Many translations agree with this wording, “baptized for the dead.” The translators do not believe this. Revelation 2:10. Note: Just before Jesus went to the cross to die, he said, "I have a baptism to be baptized with" What Does the Word “HELL” Really Mean? Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, 1985. We are saved by Jesus’ act of justification, not by our symbolic act of water baptism. “(19) by whom also He [Jesus] went and preached to the spirits in prison, (20) who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine long suffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. TRUST GOD FULLY by studying the Holy Bible and praying to the one who is PERFECT IN ALL and from whom comes PERFECT LOVE, JUSTICE, WISDOM and POWER! Just as going to medical school is of no benefit to humanity unless the student becomes a practicing doctor, so it is with the Christian. “There is also an antitype which now saves us — baptism” (1 Peter 3:21). R4407:2, 5227:5; OV438:1*; Q740:4, 361:6 The Lord’s followers in the present time are called to suffer persecution for righteousness’ sake, not because it is either reasonable or proper, but because the Lord, wishing to test, prove, and polish his people, is willing to permit the evil. “And He [Jesus] went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first” (John 10:40, NKJ). And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8). 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. John’s baptism required a personal confession of sins. - Bro. Just to suffer the scorn and shame,-- “I have been crucified with Christ. 25, The Year of Jubilee – Hymns of Dawn No. Doing and Saying the Kindest Thing in the Kindest Way. 23. “…that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26). let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." “(11) The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; (12) if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:11-12, ESV). No. PART A: What is Jesus All About? 2042 — 3 April Thursday. We enter the race for the “prize of the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14) by consecrating our life to GOD. That is what saves us. - Charles T. Russell (R. 5413). Like Christ, we who dedicate our lives to the Lord make ourselves “dead” to the world’s pursuits. More evidence of the symbolic nature of water baptism is found in Colossians 2:11-12 (ESV): “(11) In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, (12) having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.“. Paul does not seem to be talking about water baptism here. ‘Never is it said of any Gentile that he was baptized unto repentance and remission of sins, that he got back into Moses and in accord with the law. It was about to be accomplished at Calvary. ACTS 23:6 —HOPE & RESURRECTION. Nowhere in the Bible do we find infant baptism mentioned. He said, “Lo I come…to do thy will, O God. It is the total death of self will and a total commitment to sacrifice ALL — one’s time, talent and possessions to the Lord, often at the cost of suffering and persecution. 2034 — 2 April Sunday 2027 — 20 April Tuesday Does this passage prove we are saved by literal water baptism? Compare The godly Jews were not intended, nor expected, to come to John to be baptized. The Christian is not literally required to be circumcised as were the Jews under the Law. This is also borne out in Mark 10:38-39 (see also Matthew 20:22-23): “(38) Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you ask. In support of this we will quote four scriptures which relate begettal to the Word of God. He said, ‘Now come, if you want to get ready for Messiah’s kingdom, and try to keep the law the best you are able and take this water immersion, accepting this as a sign of your putting away sin and starting a new course of life.’ This is all that baptism meant to the Jews. It is merely a symbol of the true baptism and the resultant justification that can save us. “(1) Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, (2) by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you– unless you believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2). “(46) Then he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, (47) and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem'” (Luke 24:46-47).