Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.
For example, take the question and topic of the necessity of water baptism in relation to salvation. For every verse that reveals the truth about water baptism there are some people who try to raise two verses to teach to the contrary. Often these verses contain the concept of “faith” that stands alone, but never a verse containing the words “faith alone” together – see here. The result is a large number of the religious world promoting a perverted and watered-down view of water baptism such as, “You are baptized to show the world that you are already saved, not to be saved.”
So what is the truth about the necessity of water baptism? Well to be honest there is not a single verse that teaches you about all the details of what happens for us or to us during our submission to God in the waters of baptism, but there are plenty of verses that reveal its necessity; one of these verses being 1 Peter 3:21 which says, “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,“.
Try as hard they may, to remove the truth about the necessity of water baptism from the Bible would result in individuals removing entire pages from numerous pages in the New Testament and several more from the Old Testament when you include the types and shadows of God’s plan of salvation revealed in the life, the teachings and the last will and testament of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16).
Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics you will find:
- Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Tom Wacaster)
- Jesus: The Sinless Sacrifice (Cody Westbrook)
- The Joy of Forgiveness (Logan Summers)
- Soberly, Righteously, Godly (Tim Ayers)
- Heaven, the Home of the Saved (Mike Bonner)
- Responding to Heaven’s Invitation (Russell M. Kline)
- To Seek and Save the Lost (John Grubb)
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“The Lord is alive! My protector is praiseworthy! The God who delivers me is exalted as king!”
2 Samuel 22.47
David sang praise to God for deliverance from all his enemies and from the hands of King Saul. Also recorded in Psalm 18, it, together with Hannah’s prayer, 1 Sam 2.1-10, serves to enclose the book of Samuel with the theme of salvation.
What psalm would be appropriate to put at the end of your life? How does the Lord show himself alive to you?
#votd #salvation #God
Think about a boat on the river with no one in it just going with the waves; side to side, bank to bank, and not knowing where it will end up. It could end up stuck next to the bank with branches all around it and not able to move.It could end up at a waterfall going over and being broken into pieces. Without someone guiding the boat it has no hope.
That is how we are without God: no hope, no direction just walking around, just like that boat that no one is guiding. Jesus came to guide us and save the lost (Luke 19:10). God loves us and he doesn’t want us to be like that boat (John 3:16). He is coming back and he wants us all to be saved. We need to be going in the right direction toward heaven, because tomorrow might be too late.
Don’t let the devil get you caught up in the world. The devil is like a roaring lion that walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Don’t be in that boat that no one is guiding and go over the falls.
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).
Let Jesus be your guide!
Johnny Botts, Owingsville KY congregation
#direction #salvation #without-God
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.”
Humanity was lost in sin and condemned because of rebellion against God. There was no hope for man. God’s sending of the Son was a rescue mission. Salvation is the giving of eternal life, v. 16.
The earth will perish. God’s people work to save the world — in this sense, humanity. Few will choose to be saved. But we proclaim the Good News to all and God will choose whom he will.
#votd #salvation #Jesus
FORTY THINGS WE ALL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SALVATION
(A JOYOUS PRELUDE TO THIS WEEK’S “NEWS & VIEWS”: Carson Fulford, our sweet and beautiful fifteen year old granddaughter, was baptized into Christ by her father (our son) this past Sunday night at the church of Christ in Mentor, Ohio. We are so happy for Carson and so proud of her! Our son, his wife, and our two grandchildren are now all faithful members of the body of Christ. What more could a mother and father and a grandmother and grandfather ask for?)
Last summer we did three essays (not consecutively) on Forty Things We All Need To Know About The Church, Forty Things We All Need To Know About Christ, and Forty Things We All Need To Know About The Holy Spirit. Periodically throughout this year we plan to do three or four additional “Forty Things We All Need To Know . . .” articles. This week we identify Forty Things We All Need To Know About Salvation. It is important to note that in the Scriptures salvation is attributed to a number of factors. No one passage sets forth everything that is involved in one’s salvation, but while more may be required than a single passage states, nothing less than what is stated in a passage is necessary for salvation. For example, we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), but that does not negate the fact that we also are saved by baptism (Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21). Following are forty things we all need to know about salvation. Continue reading
We know that there are multiple problems with the evangelical presentation of the so-called “Four Spiritual Laws,” created by Bill Bright working with Campus Crusade.
Are you aware of anyone in the brotherhood coming up with a biblical version of this presentation?
I know of one here in Brazil.
I’d be interested in seeing others. I’m working on an outline about it (in Portuguese, sorry). Would love to insert some tweaks by the brethren.
Please share a link if you know of one.
“…the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment,”
2 Peter 2.9
Peter assures his readers that the Lord will act, both on their behalf and against the unrighteous. One entails the other.
What kind of reaction can we have toward this double-sided truth?
#salvation #judgment #VOTD
“For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him.”
Paul argues that Christ brings righteousness to everyone who believes, v. 4. His rich blessings refer to salvation and all that accompanies it. To call upon him is to appeal to God for salvation rather than one’s own righteousness.
Christ is Lord of all, so that means there is one way to be saved, by calling on him. What does this calling entail, according to the Bible?
#Christ as Lord #salvation #calling #VOTD
Seek the Lord. The love of heaven is “from everlasting to everlasting,” Psalms 103:17. It “endures forever,” Psalms 106:1. But it can be ignored. Herein lays the wonder of grace. Salvation involves divine initiative and human response. The Lord gives. Man must receive. When we do not accept what He offers, He cannot supply what we need, Matthew 23:37.
—Ed Mathews, Plow New Ground
#love #seek #salvation
“For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man many will be made righteous.”
Through Adam, sin was brought into the world. His disobedience allowed sin to reign. Christ’s obedience is the greater feat, however, for many may be made right with God.
We may become righteous through faith and obedience to the gospel. Have you obeyed the gospel? Christ cancels out our sin.
#Jesus #salvation #VOTD
“You assist those who delight in doing what is right, who observe your commandments. Look, you were angry because we violated them continually. How then can we be saved?”
Israel was repeatedly disobedient, and for that God punished them. The first step in repentance is realizing that the holy God blesses the obedient.
What a wonderful question! Let everyone ask it. What other spiritual questions ought we to ask?
#salvation #obedience #VOTD
“I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’ And the Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.’”
Acts 22.10 NLT
Saul the persecutor saw the Lord Jesus on his way to find Christians in Damascus. When he realized who the Lord was, he asked an all-important question. Since God’s plan called for Christians to proclaim the gospel’s terms, even Christ respected it. A man would later tell Saul what to do to be saved.
The Lord did not criticize Saul’s question as some do today. There is something to be done to be saved. Who told Saul what to do to be saved, and what did he tell him?
#salvation #tell-it #VOTD
People are afraid of Jesus Christ when they don’t know, nor understand, the truth about Him. He walked on the sea and His disciples “supposed it was a ghost, and cried out ” (Mark 6:49-50 NKJV). At His resurrection, the women were told: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3 NKJV). People who don’t know nor understand the truth about salvation are afraid to be baptized to be saved. God explained: “do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). No salvation is out of Christ. Fear not to obey.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Salvation is not a miraculous act of the Holy Spirit upon a sinner’s heart. After Jesus was raised from the dead, He stated: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). No one can be saved without hearing and obeying what Jesus said. Saul of Tarsus was making “havoc of the church” of Christ (Acts 8:3 NKJV) when Jesus appeared to him and said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4 NKJV). Saul asked, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Jesus told him to “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6 NKJV). Jesus did not tell Saul what to do. Saul was not saved on the Damascus road. Saul had to believe, and be baptized to be saved! And so must you.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.