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

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VOTD: Philippians 2.13 “The desire and the power”

“[F]or the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort—for the sake of his good pleasure—is God.”

Philippians 2.13

We can work out our salvation, v. 12, because God works in us.

If you feel something is missing, what can you do to let God work in you?

#desire, #god, #salvation

What does the Bible say about salvation

Referring to the name of Jesus, the Bible says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all” (Titus 2:11).

“He (Jesus) became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).

“Behold now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

The Old Testament tells of salvation from various things, but our interest is in salvation from sin and eternal salvation in heaven. The Bible tells us, “Salvation is of the Lord” and that it is “an everlasting salvation” (Jonah 2:9 and Isaiah 45:17). After David had sinned he asked God to “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).

There are many important subjects and questions, but none that is more important than the Bible question, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).

This question is also asked and answered in similar wording at Matthew 19:16; Acts 2:37; 9:6. In Matthew 19, while Jesus was on earth He told the man to keep the commandments, but after Jesus died, and His will came into effect, people were told to believe, repent, confess faith, and be baptized for the remission of sins. So we must also obey these instructions of Jesus and follow the examples in the book of Acts to be saved.

After Jesus death, resurrection, and ascension, He left the instructions to his disciples, and we read in the Book of Acts what was required for salvation and that Jesus said all must obey until the end of the world.

Without obedience to Jesus, no one can be saved. A person may have great knowledge about all things and live a good moral life, but these things will not provide salvation. Therefore, salvation only comes because of the death of Jesus and His blood that must be appropriated in our lives by our obedience to the gospel of Christ in becoming a Christian. Then with God’s blessings, we can live a faithful life here on earth and enjoy eternal salvation in heaven.

We understand then that our obedience to the answer to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” is the most important thing we can do in this life.

  • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

#obedience, #salvation

VOTD: 2 Peter 2.9

“So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.”

2 Peter 2.9 NLT

This verse is the conclusion to a brief history of God’s rescue of the godly. Start at verse 1.

What trials do you face in the midst of a carnal and rebellious world?

#salvation, #trials, #votd, #world

David Binkley prayer: 2 Corinthians 6.1-2

“Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, ‘In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2 ESV)

А ми, як співробітники, благаємо, щоб ви Божої благодаті не брали надармо. Бо каже: Приємного часу почув Я тебе, і поміг Я тобі в день спасіння! Ось тепер час приємний, ось тепер день спасіння! (2 коринтян 6:1-2 Ukrainian)

O Sovereign LORD God, our dear heavenly Father ~ awaken the senses you have given us so that we will not miss any communication that comes to us from your inspired word. Give us the desire for things that are righteous. Because we know you favor those with pure hearts. Help our relatives, friends and neighbors near and far to realize the brief span of our earthly life. Grant leaders in all the churches that belong to Christ, the necessary wisdom and courage to boldly proclaim the message of your grace that is for all people. Arouse a sense of urgency in those who teach and those who learn, so that everyone may have an opportunity to be saved today. We ask these things according to your eternal purpose for all people. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.
Gospel Minister, Cedar Key FL

#david-binkley, #mission, #prayer, #salvation

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)

#baptized-into-moses, #purpose-of-water-baptism, #salvation

Motivations for Hating God

In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading

#christ, #god, #holocaust, #jesus, #salvation, #spirituality