By G. K. Wallace
Only those who accepted the teachings of Christ while he was here in
person accepted Christ. Likewise, all who come to Christ today must do
so by the teachings and instructions by Him given. Christ draws all men
through teaching (Jn. 6:44-45). When the apostles went out to preach the
great commission they were thereby preaching Christ. This was the
burden of all their discourses. The prophet said, “They shall all be
taught of God” (Isa. 54:13). Therefore all who have been properly taught
through the living oracles concerning Jesus of Nazareth, and have
obeyed those words have come to Him.
Christianity has never changed. Its laws and ordinances are still the
same as they were in the first century. It is ridiculous, absurd and
sectarian to talk to people about coming to Christ, and leave the
impression that they can do so without doing what Jesus taught. To deny
that baptism is a part of the grace of God is to deny the Bible. If
baptism does not belong to the grace of God, it belongs to the grace of
the devil. If you have been baptized, your baptism is either of the
grace of God or the grace of the devil.
Suppose you are sick and nigh unto death. Your beloved doctor diagnoses
your case and tells you that he is positive he can be of assistance and
affect a cure. You rejoice at hearing his words and then he picks up his
pen and begins to write. You turn to him and ask, “What is that you're
doing doctor?” The physician replies, “I am writing a prescription
suited to your case which you should carefully take according to my
Then suppose you say, “Doctor, I can have nothing to do with your pills
and powders. I believe in you! I want you personally, but your pills and
powders can have no place in my life and cannot be a part nor a means
of healing. My confidence is in you.”
The physician would likely reply, “He that rejects my remedy, rejects
me, and he that has no confidence in what I prescribe as a means of
healing, has no confidence in me.” (cf. Jn. 12:48). The book of Acts was
written to illustrate the laws of the kingdom of God and particularly
those that relate to primary obedience. Such examples as the conversion
of Saul and of the eunuch (Acts 22:16; 8:35-39) make the way of
obedience so plain that no one but the most prejudiced can fail to
understand what to do to be saved.
It should be our custom today to preach with the same vigour and force
that was characteristic of pioneer preachers of previous generations.
Human nature has not changed and it will ever remain the same. The needs
of man are the same and the answer to those needs were revealed in the
word of God 2,000 years ago.
As it did for the eunuch and Paul, the blood of Christ still cleanses
men today who believe in Christ, (Jn. 8:24), repent of their sins, (Lk.
13:3), confess that faith, (Matt. 10:32; Rom. 10:10), and are baptized
into Christ for the remission of sins (Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38).
- G. K. Wallace (deceased); via the Belvedere Beacon, the weekly
bulletin of the Belvedere church of Christ, Belvedere, SC. Ken Chumbley
preaches for this congregation, and he may be contacted at their