Friday, May 23, 2014

THE IMPERATIVE OF SALVATION SHOWS WHY BAPTISM IS NECESSARY

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," Mt 28:19 [baptize the verb means be buried, immersed; verb does not mean sprinkle water; the person is baptized, not the water]

"For you are saved by grace through faith" Eph 2:8,9 [works are important, even necessary, but only by faith in God is one saved]

"‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’" Acts 22:16 [Therefore Saul was not saved on the road to Damascus or his sins would already have been washed away days before this. Baptism is urgent, as is seen here in the words of Ananias, because in baptism one is calling on the Lord for salvation]

"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," Rom 5:1 [works are important, even necessary, but only by faith in God is one saved]

"one Lord, one faith, one baptism," Eph 4:5 [the one baptism which Jesus commanded can be the one and only baptism of the church; Jesus said go make disciples and baptize them; every disciple of Jesus Christ in Ephesus would says, 'Yep, I received the one baptism down at the river']

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." Rom 10:4

"26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." Gal. 3:26,27 [Paul told the Galatians it was through faith that they became God's children, and verse 27 explains, "for all of you who were baptized..." The Apostle showed that the immersion was tied to the being clothed with Christ and becoming God's sons and daughters.]

"But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness," Rom 4:5

"12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions," Col. 2:12,13 [the immersion of baptism is a burial, a uniting with Christ in His burial, and in the same immersion, the sinner comes out alive, born again, because of His faith in God to raise Him. God does the saving; the water doesn't save, not the work either. God saves by His power. This is the point and moment in time where the lost sinner becomes the redeemed by God's grace.]

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish." John 3:16 [Do you believe in Jesus words? Do you believe He is Lord and Master? If Jesus told you to go jump in a lake, would you?]

Sincerely yours, Dan Mayfield

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