You will be told: Acts 9.6

“But stand up and enter the city and you will be told what you must do.”

Acts 9.6

Saul saw the Lord Jesus on his way to persecute Christians in Damascus. He asked what he should do. The Lord told him. To do for what purpose? To be saved.

Saul was not saved on the road to Damascus. He was saved in Damascus after he heard what to do to be saved. He was immersed in water and his sins were washed away, Acts 22.16.

#votd #Acts #baptism #salvation

Baptized for someone else’s sake

Aside from the fact “holy water” was used and it was administered as an avenue of “admittance” into a man-made church, I would like to point out something important concerning a recent celebrity’s baptism – it was done for someone else’s sake and not her own.

The mistake of being baptized for someone else’s sake is an often repeated act. A child is baptized to please his or her parents. A man or woman is baptized to please a significant other. An individual is baptized because it seems like several others have also been baptized and they do not want to be left-out. These are mistakes. They are not in-line with the biblical purpose of baptism.

Baptism is a personal choice one must make after hearing and believing in the gospel (Mark 16:15-16). Baptism is a personal choice that one must desire for his or herself (Acts 8:36-38). Baptism is a personal choice that remits one’s own sins that separate us from God (Acts 2:37-38, 41; 22:16).

It is not my job to run around judging people, but it is my job to remind people it is their responsibility to judge for themselves as to whether or not what they are doing is being done to please God or to please other people … including the baptism he or she is submitting to (Philippians 2:9-13, Galatians 1:10, Acts 19:3-5; 1 Timothy 4:6).

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.” (Colossians 3:23-25 NKJV)

#baptism

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11-24-2017                 New Birth Order

“Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV). No better example of this is found than Jesus’ statement:  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Baptism is into Jesus’ death. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Any salvation offered before baptism is without the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. If not, why not? There is not one passage of Scripture where baptism and salvation/remission of sins are mentioned together that places salvation before baptism. If salvation comes to a sinner without being baptized into Jesus’ death in order to obtain remission of sins, then, as far as their “salvation” is concerned, “Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #jesus-blood

‘Tell Jesus That’

By Johnny O. Trail — Just recently a sound gospel preacher wrote an article that taught a person’s sins are not forgiven until the point of baptism. That is, one cannot be saved prior to being immersed into Christ. This article was posted on Facebook, and a well-known “progressive” in churches of Christ responded by saying, “Tell Jesus that.” The implication of the statement is that Jesus would tell a person that they could be saved prior to baptism or without being baptized.

Personally, I find such a statement to be rather childish and ridiculous in nature. It is sad to think about having to defend baptism for forgiveness of sins (Acts 22.16) to one who calls himself a member of the Lord’s body. It is not up to me to tell Jesus anything. It is my duty to humbly and obediently follow His will. In light of this fact, the Master Himself tells humankind to be baptized for the purpose of salvation (Mark 16.15-16; c.f. Matthew 28.19). If Jesus commanded it, I need to do it. No further debate should be required.

It is presumptuous and sinful to contradict the will of God regarding any matter. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the author of eternal salvation. Hebrew 5.8-9 says, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” This passage teaches many things about the mission, nature, and importance of Christ as it pertains to salvation. Continue reading

#baptism, #forgiveness

Adequate evidence

By Johnny O. Trail — Our family has a dog named Sadie.  It is a running joke in our family to regularly say, “Sadie is a dog.”  It is a statement of an obvious truth.  She looks like a dog, barks like a dog, eats like a dog, and acts like a dog.  She is a dog.

Lately, we have been reassessing this conclusion.  One of our sons has said, “Sadie is a goat.” Another child has said, “Sadie is a cat.”  Still, another son has stated, “I don’t really know what she is.” Of course, we do all of this in jest.  My children know the differences between a cat, a goat, and a dog. They also know what defines a dog as being a dog.

Suffice it to say, there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate that Sadie is a dog.  If enough evidence exists to prove something as being factual, then it must be accepted as the truth.  One cannot deny that our dog, Sadie, is a dog.  There is too much evidence to refute that fact.

The same principle is true in regards to scriptural considerations.  If there is enough evidence to demonstrate that something is being accurately and truthfully represented from God’s word, it must be accepted at fact and practiced as outline in the Bible.  That is, there are truths in God’s Holy Writ that are undeniable. Continue reading

#baptism, #conversion, #johnnyotrail

Hugh’s News & Views (Baptism Of Alexander Campbell)

THE BAPTISM OF ALEXANDER CAMPBELL

Following is the account of Alexander Campbell’s baptism (as well as that of other members of his family) as reported by him in the Millennial Harbinger of May 1848, Vol. V, Number V. These are Campbell’s own words (including his spelling and punctuation) in describing the baptisms and the events leading up to them. It will be noted that the baptisms occurred one year to the month following Campbell’s sermon on “Humble Beginnings,” the subject of last week’s “News & Views.” (Note: I have inserted numbers into the body of Campbell’s account to indicate explanatory notes which I provide at the end of the account.) Continue reading

#alexander-campbell, #baptism, #hughfulford

When they heard this: Acts 19.5 VOTD

“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Acts 19.5

Paul found some disciples in Ephesus who had received only the baptism of John. Perhaps they had been taught by Apollos, whose information was outdated. Paul taught them correctly and they responded appropriately.

Baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime act of obedience. Wrong ritual that does not put one in Christ doesn’t count. A person needs to be “baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” The proper response to hearing the truth is acting upon it.

#baptism #hearing #VOTD

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7-3-2017 The Gospel Guides

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you” (Psalm 32:8-9 NKJV). David clearly states God’s instruction should guide one without being forced to obey. Jesus said things proceeding “out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man” (Matthew 15:18 NKJV). True, evil begins in a heart, but so, also does obedience. Paul “preached to you the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:9 NKJV), and “you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered” (Romans 6:17 NKJV). “And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV). Don’t be forced to be baptized.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #forced, #obedience

20 reasons to be baptized

  1. To become a disciple of Christ — Matt 28:18-20
  2. To become the possession of, and have fellowship with, the Godhead — Matt 28:18-20
  3. To fulfill righteousness — Matt 3:15-17; Matt 28:18-20: Acts 10:48
  4. For forgiveness of sin — Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16
  5. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit– Acts 2:38
  6. To enter the church — Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Cor 12:13
  7. To undergo God’s grace — Rom 6:1-7, 14
  8. To be freed from the law system — Rom 6:1-7, 14
  9. To be freed from the domination of sin — Rom 6:1-7
  10. To obtain hope of eternal life — Rom 6:5; Col 2:12; Col 3:1-4
  11. To be united with Christ — Rom 6:3,5
  12. To receive the benefits of Christ’s death — Rom 6:3
  13. To enter newness of life — Rom 6:4
  14. To become a son of God — Gal 3:26-27
  15. To put on Christ — Gal 3:27
  16. To become an heir of Abraham — Gal 3:26-29
  17. To express faith in Christ — Gal 3:26-27
  18. To undergo spiritual circumcision — Col 2:11-12
  19. As the anti-type of Noah’s salvation — 1 Pt 3:20-21
  20. To obtain a good conscience — 1 Pt 3:21

by Scott Wiley

#baptism #salvation #reasons

The return of ‘Water in the plan’

Yesterday, someone discovered the post on my personal website, from 2011, which shared a link of a podcast by the name “Water in the plan.” I was a guest on Kyle Massengale’s “iQuest” program, and that was the title for the subject of the day. We spent about an hour talking mostly about baptism in all its rich and varied teaching.

Since yesterday the post has received over 50 hits. On my site that’s a significant number for such an old post. So somewhere on the internet, the link was undoubtedly shared, with lemmings falling over the podcast cliff. I thank whoever it was. Continue reading

#baptism, #corollaries, #friendship, #materialism, #podcasts

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3-8-2017 Misunderstood Cross

“And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, ‘He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him’” (Matthew 27:39-42 NKJV). Jesus had said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19 NKJV), and John explained, “But He was speaking of the temple of His body” (John 2:21 NKJV).  To His dying day on the cross, Jews misunderstood, and misrepresented, His actual words.  Since “as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death” (Romans 6:3 NKJV), don’t misunderstand this!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #cross-of-christ, #temple

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3-9-2017 No Baptism, No Cross Of Christ

In Corinth, Paul “testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 18:5). “Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV). Jesus had said to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV). Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name” (1 Corinthians 1:14-15 NKJV).  A sinner’s baptism is “in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV), not Paul’s name. Paul made no change in the Gospel, “lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect” (1 Corinthians 1:17 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #cross-of-christ

David Binkley’s prayer: Restore respect for immersion

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4 ESV)

Неужели не знаете, что все мы, крестившиеся во Христа Иисуса, в смерть Его крестились? Итак мы погреблись с Ним крещением в смерть, дабы, как Христос воскрес из мертвых славою Отца, так и нам ходить в обновленной жизни. (К Римлянам 6:3-4 Russian)

O LORD our great and mighty God ~ hear the prayers of those who love you and know that you accomplish whatever you desire in any part of the earth, or anywhere else in the universe. Restore respect for immersion in water as an important part of your plan of salvation as it requires obedient submission on the part of the soul seeking a new life in Christ. Disable the mouths and pens of those who jest that there is a way into Christ Jesus that bypasses baptism. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
PO Box 417
Cedar Key, FL 32625

#baptism, #prayer, #salvation

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1-23-2017 Wisdom Of Words

“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect” (1 Corinthians 1:17 NKJV). Paul did not personally baptize all who obeyed the Gospel. Why? As he said: “I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name” (1 Corinthians 1:14-15 NKJV). The importance was not who did the baptizing, but into whom they were baptized. In Corinth, Paul had preached the Gospel, “Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV). To tell people not to be baptized into Jesus’ death, uses “wisdom of words” to make “the cross of Christ” “of no effect!”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #cross-of-christ, #gospel-of-christ

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“But by the grace of God I am…

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10-11 NKJV). God’s “gospel of grace” saved Paul when he washed away his sins in baptism, calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:16). But he knew it was not “once-saved-always-saved,” because he “had labored more abundantly than” the rest of the Apostles.
Paul taught: “This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men” (Titus 3:8 NKJV).  A Christian must continually be obedient, or else God’s grace was given “in vain.”  “Good works” are the proper response to God’s grace.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #good-works, #grace