Freedom on the other side of the water

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”” (Exodus 14:13-14 NKJV)

The context of these verses are dramatic to say the least!

Free from Egypt, or so the children of Israel thought … at least that’s what they thought until Pharaoh decided to change his mind … again.

But freedom was in sight. Little did they know, right? But it was.

God’s grace would win the fight for them. Freedom was on the other side of the water. Not where they stood, but where God wanted them to stand. They only needed to go down into that water and come up on the other side by faith.

They didn’t argue did they? Why would you argue? And yet, people today want to do that very thing when it comes to the freedom God offers, by faith, on the other side of the water.

Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,” (1 Corinthians 10:1-2 NKJV)

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:3-7)

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1-4-2017 Moses’ Baptism

“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:1-2 NKJV).  Paul wrote this to the church “with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours” (1 Corinthians 1:2 NKJV).  Since “many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV), and “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV), God adds no one to the church before obeying His Gospel.  No Israelite could claim freedom from Egypt before, and without, being “baptized into Moses.” So, no Corinthian could claim freedom from sin and membership in the church before, and without, baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. If not, why not?

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

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