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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Is water baptism necessary for salvation ???

I felt that I should bring my understanding of scripture from my understanding of what the scripture is saying and not my view but what does the Bible say about baptism...

First things, first, does water baptism provide a or any way of salvation ???? the short answer is of course NOT !!!......

When you start to read the Bible, you must, as a student of the Bible and especially as a teacher of the Word, get the full meaning of what the text in context is really saying....

Therefore, let me try to keep this short, because it is very obvious what the Lord Jesus is saying about Holy Scripture...and this is it water baptism does not save you, you do Baptism from obedience to Christ....

Let me start by giving you this..when Jesus Christ was on the cross dying for our sins (past,present and future sins)....there were two thieves on the cross on each side of Him.....Luke 23:39-43. And one of the criminals started blasphemed Him, (or disrespect Christ) and the other criminal said " Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to Jesus," Lord,remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

Right there even the Lord Jesus, Himself didn't say to the man, you must get baptized first before you go with Me to Paradise... He said today you will be with Me in Paradise....

So When do you get baptized??? after you receive the gift of salvation from the Lord Jesus....and how do you get saved...well according to the Lord Jesus....in Mark 1:15 "Jesus came preaching repent and believe in the gospel... That's it ladies and gentlemen of how you get saved....let's go through the plan of salvation from the lips of the Lord Himself...ok?

First the Lord said Repent... What does it mean to repent= it means in the original language to have "a change of mind" it's not just a simple change of mind like we change our minds left and right. But a lifestyle change from a life a sinful behavior to: a life living for God and also it's to show remorse for sin....

Second, Believe in the Gospel is: To believe that Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary.....He then lived a perfect,sinless life (meaning He followed the Law of Moses-perfectly, which we could not do) then died for our sins...and then on the Third day He rose from the dead and got up from the grave and now sits on the Right Hand of God the Father in Heaven..

Here's another question...If baptism saves you,then why did the Lord Jesus get baptized ?......Well here's the answer to that question...Jesus forfilled the Law perfectly and was obedient to the Father..So Jesus was baptized out of obedience..Remember what John the baptist told Jesus when Jesus came to Him???? John the baptist said: "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?"..Well Jesus was not coming to John to be baptized from Jesus' sin...because He was sinless....so why did Jesus get baptized...from following the Father's will..Jesus said to John" Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Obedience is why Jesus got baptized....also Jesus was symbolicly showing how His ministry would go in His life...What I mean by that is this: going down in the water show's the death, in the water show's the burial and coming up from the water show's the resurection, to new life.....and the same with our new life in life...when we go down in the water we are showing our death to our old (sinful) life and down is the burial to our old life, and coming up from the water is our new life in Christ.....that's why a Christian should be a new person, just a new life to want to live for God..that's true repentance.....

Plainly Baptism is an outward sign to the world of an inward change for Christ....that we have confessed that Jesus is Lord and that we have repented of our sin... any questions??

1 comment:

  1. Interesting posts you have, though I think Christianity is dead and will be redeemed and brought to fruition and perfection through Thelema. Check out my blog at http://christianityisdead.wordpress.com/ if you will. Love is the law, love under will. ;)

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