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8-14-2017 The Israelites’ Example

God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, leading them through Moses. “By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land” (Hebrews 11:29 NKJV). The Apostle Paul said they “all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:2 NKJV). But they refused to enter the Promised Land, and rebelled against God. Concerning those “twenty years old and above” (Numbers 14:29), God swore “that they would not enter His rest…who did not obey…So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:18-19 NKJV). (1) No one was saved without being baptized; (2) Baptized believers could become unbelievers; (3) “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:11 NKJV). No “once-saved-always saved” here!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #israelites

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3-24-2017 Sin Kin

“He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:11-13 NKJV).  Though God created all human bodies from the same dirt, with the same blood, each with its own soul, we must choose spiritually “to become children of God.” This is not by flesh and blood birth, or man-made religions, but only being born “of God” that saves our soul. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 NKJV). God’s spiritual family are those saved by obeying, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

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

#baptized, #child-of-god, #spiritual-family

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1-6-2017 Who Is In Christ

“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40 NKJV).  After His resurrection, Jesus added His baptism to belief: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Paul wrote to the Galatians: “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man” (Galatians 1:11 NKJV), and added: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27 NKJV).  According to Jesus, none are saved before baptism, and according to Paul, none are children of God before being “baptized into Christ.” Are you “in Christ?”

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

#baptized, #believes, #child-of-god, #in-christ

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11-17-2016 Jesus Shows Us His Way

In Luke 7:36-50, Jesus sat down to eat at a Pharisee’s house, “a woman in the city who was a sinner” washed His feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, anointed them with fragrant oil.  The Pharisee thought Jesus was wrong to let a “sinner” touch Him.  After Jesus’ parable to Simon, Jesus said, “’Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.’ Then He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ (Luke 7:47-48 NKJV)1) On earth, Jesus could pronounce sins forgiven, because He was God.  2) What her sins were doesn’t matter, but coming to Jesus to be saved does! 3) Jesus says to all of us, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV) and in Heaven He saves those who obey.

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

#baptized, #forgiven, #sins

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9-19-2016 Can Baptism Save?

Gospel salvation commands sinners to, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV).  Some people will say almost anything to keep you from being baptized like that.  But what about John the Baptist’s baptism?  Paul explained:  “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus” (Acts 19:4 NKJV). Jesus asked the question: “The baptism of John–was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me” (Mark 11:30 NKJV).  If John’s water baptism was “for the remission of sins,” how say some that “baptism cannot save at all?”  If John’s water baptism was authorized by God, how say some that “water baptism is of the Devil?” As Jesus said, “answer me!”           

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

#baptized, #repent, #salvation, #water-baptism

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5-4-2016 Becoming A Christian

After Jesus had died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day, He appeared to the Apostles, “When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted” (Matthew 28:17 NKJV). “Doubted” simply means their mind was divided on how far to go with belief.  To them, Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV).  Today, people believe Jesus is the Christ, but are not sure about being baptized.  Listen to the Lord who loves you and was raised from the dead.  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

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

#baptized, #doubted, #gospel-of-christ

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4-19-2016 Salvation And Prayer

In the New Testament, there is no record of a sinner being saved by prayer alone.  When the church of Christ began, sinful Jews asked, “what shall we do?”  Peter told them to, “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV).  The first Gentile sinner, Cornelius, was praying, but was told to send for Peter to tell him saving words (Acts 10:30; 11:14 NKJV).  Peter “commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV).  Saul of Tarsus saw Jesus, Who sent him into Damascus where he prayed, and was told to “be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV).  None of them were told to pray, claim their salvation, or join the church of their choice.

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

#baptized, #new-testament, #saved-by-prayer