Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV). Some people contradict this by saying, “But I know I’m saved before I was baptized.” Really? How? Scripture says: “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him” (1 John 2:3-5 NKJV). No one can “know” they are saved, unless they have believed and been baptized in order to be saved.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
For some time I have pondered on the thought that John, the Baptist, did not know the Lord Jesus. “And I did not recognize (know – ESV) him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining — this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'” (John 1:33, NET). Yet, the Scripture declares that to some degree John did indeed know the Lord, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:13-14, ESV). John knew (recognized) Him, but then again he did not. That he knew Jesus is clear from the words of Matthew, but the special way in which he was going to come to know did not occur until after he and jesus fulfilled all righteousness.
Perhaps we, too, recognize the Lord, but do we know Him?
I don’t want to shake down anyone on my family tree, because I’m afraid to know what kind of person I might find. 🙂
I leave all of that in the Lord’s very capable hands.
In my view, the best thing about God, is found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 1, where Paul emphasizes the fact that “the power of God” is closely associated with the “preaching of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:16).
To those who have no desire to know, understand, or continue to pattern their lives after the instructions found in the saving gospel of Christ, the preaching of the cross is to them “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:21-22).
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, author, poet, philosopher (1803-1882)
Every man, at the bottom of his heart, wants to do right. But only he can do right who knows right; only he knows right who thinks right; only he thinks right who believes right.