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Monday, March 11, 2013

Baptism Now Saves You

By Clifton Angel
     Sin is a person’s greatest problem. Salvation is a person’s greatest need. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Men crucified Him, God raised Him up! Why? So that we might be saved. One of the messages of Peter, according to 1 Peter 3:21, is the message of the above title: “Baptism now saves you.” Peter uses the word “now” in contrast to a previous time. When was that time? “When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah” (1 Peter 3:20). What relation does baptism and our salvation “now” have to do in relation to “the days of Noah”? He says, “eight souls were saved by water,” and the fact that “baptism doth also now save us” is “the like figure” corresponding to the salvation of Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives.
     Perhaps, you are thinking: “The water did not save Noah’s family! The ark did!” Consider with me how the water saved those eight souls and how being immersed in water “now” saves us. Noah and his family were living in a world where “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Had Noah not “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8), he would have remained in that world of unrighteousness until God destroyed it. Rather, God had a plan of redemption for Noah and his family. God designed the plan, communicated the plan, and Noah and his family obeyed the plan.
     God’s plan was to purge or cleanse the earth of evil in the days of Noah. “Now,” God has designed a plan, He has communicated the plan, and we are to obey the plan if we desire to be cleansed from the evil of this world. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Baptism, immersion in water, is “not the putting away of the filth of the flesh” (1 Peter 3:21). Rather, it is the point at which you “wash away thy
sins” (Acts 22:16).
     How important is baptism to you? Peter says, “baptism now saves you.” Have you been immersed in water in order to be cleansed from your sins? To God be the glory!


- Clifton Angel preaches for the Coldwater Church of Christ in Coldwater, MS. He may be contacted through that congregation's website: http://www.coldwatercofc.com/


1 comment:

  1. IS BAPTISM JUST AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE?

    The prevailing view among faith only advocates is that water baptism is just an "act of obedience" and is not a prerequisite for salvation.

    Acts 5:32 We are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.

    It is apparent that by obeying God we receive the Holy Spirit. Obedience to God is more than just an unrewarded act.

    Hebrews 5:8-9 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.

    Jesus is the source of salvation to all who obey Him. What did Jesus say? He said, "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved.....(Mark 16:16)

    Baptism is not just an act of obedience. It is a prerequisite for salvation.

    Believing in Jesus is an act of obedience, but is not just an act of obedience. Believing is essential for salvation. (John 3:16)

    Repenting is an act of obedience, but it is not just an act of obedience. Repentance is essential to have your sins forgiven. (Acts 2:38)

    Confession is an act of obedience, but it is not just an act of obedience. Confession is essential for salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

    Water baptism is an act of obedience, but it is not just an act of obedience. Baptism is essential to the forgiveness of sins. (1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16, Acts 2:38, Titus 3:5, John 3:5, Ephesians 5:23-27, Colossians 2:12-13, Romans 6:3-7)

    FAITH+OBEDIENCE SAVES.

    Hebrews 11:7......became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

    Noah became an heir of righteousness after he obeyed God. FAITH+OBEDIENCE.

    Hebrews 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

    The walls did not fall down by faith only, they fell down after seven days of obedience. FAITH+OBEDIENCE.

    The Scriptures do NOT teach that water baptism is just an act of obedience.

    THERE IS NO SCRIPTURE THAT STATES MEN ARE SAVE BY "FAITH ALONE."


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