Today’s Epistle: Act 8:12 (KJV)
“But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
Accepting Christ is the most significant course of action a person can ever take. What a glorious moment when someone trusts Christ as Savior and Lord! At the moment of salvation, Christ comes and indwells the new believer and a wonderful eternal journey begins. Along that journey, one of the first important steps a new believer takes is the step of baptism. One of the disturbing trends today is many people who accept Christ as Savior and Lord are not following through in their obedience to Christ as it relates to baptism. Often, new believers do not understand the importance of baptism because church members and leaders fail to communicate its importance. The church has an obligation to help the new believer understand and then follow Christ in believer’s baptism. Multiple avenues of training must educate church members on the importance of baptism in the life of the church.
Christian water baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, symbolizing new life in Christ and testifying to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” New Testament baptism is always by immersion and only practiced after one’s profession of faith in Christ. It’s not a prerequisite for salvation, but an outward illustration of the transformation that took place in the spirit at the instance of one’s profession of faith in Christ as Lord. 1Peter 3:21 (AMP) “And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Water Baptism answers a good conscience before God; and just because it doesn’t save us from sin doesn’t mean it should be neglected, as Apostle illustrates in 1Timothy 1:19 that having a defiled conscience will lead to shipwreck in the faith “holding fast to faith and a clear conscience, which some have cast aside and have made shipwreck of their faith.” (Weymouth) Beloved, water baptism is vital and if you haven’t been immersed into water, then it’s your responsibility to walk up and ask for water baptism as did the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:36-38, if you are not interested to be immersed, then you should question the type of relationship you have with Jesus Christ. Abba Father!
Acts 19:1-6, Acts 8:26-40
Confession of Faith / Prayer for the Day
I bless you for your word that catapults me to higher realms of glory by your Spirit. I thank you for the spirit of wisdom and revelation that grants me understanding of your word, that I live no longer in darkness because of ignorance. Your word is the light that lights up my life, and I live in obedience to it, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Thought for the Day
Water baptism illustrates to the world the transformation that took place in your human spirit at the instance of your profession of Christ as Lord.
We pray that you become fruitful by the teaching of God’s word and as you yield to the Holy Spirit. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you meditate on the revelation of Jesus Christ and as you continue in His Grace. Abba father.
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