Saturday, September 01, 2007

BELIEVER'S BAPTISM

Baptism (immersion) is the answer of a good (regenerated) conscience toward God, 1 Peter 3:21. Clearly, the only baptism that the scriptures teach is for believers and comes only after God has regenerated the sinner.
Because water baptism has fallen victim to human tradition, we need to clearly and simply teach what the scriptures teach, nothing more or less. Here are a few points to underscore.


* Baptism is directly related to the reception of the Gospel, Mark 16:16; Acts 8:36,38. It is the way that God has ordained for converted sinners to confess Christ publicly.

* Immersion in water is the first act of obedience after conversion. Those who are truly the Lord's will desire to confess Him immediately, Matthew 28:19,20.

* Baptism is for those who have heard, in the heart, by the work of the Spirit, the one true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Any type of profession under a perverted or adulterated gospel is false. A child born out of wedlock is an illegitimate child, Ephesians 1:13; Acts 2:37; Acts 8:37. Acts 13:47; Acts 19:1,2.

* The meaning of baptism is immersion, not aspersion or sprinkling. Baptism is a picture of the work of Christ and the believer's union with him in his death and resurrection, Romans 6:3-5.

Faith is the gift of God. God's free and sovereign grace is the ground and cause of all true faith. Once God has caused a sinner to hear the voice of Christ in the Gospel and draws him to Christ, the believing sinner will gladly identify with Christ in the waters of baptism. It is not only the believer's responsibility, it is his delight.


By Ken Wimer

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