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July 15 One Baptism

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Daily Meditations

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The Daily Devotional

for the 21st Century!

 

Today's subject: DOCTRINES

 

Titles under this subject-

Left or Right?-Jan 12

Full Gospel-Feb 7

Forgotten Father-Feb 17

Abba, Father!-Mar 2

Inexcusable Iniquity-Mar 19

Make not your Maker!-Mar 31

The Law's Claws-Apr 2

Ceremony or Celebration?-Apr 8

Abba, Alleluia!-May 7

What is the Address?-May 14

In Christ, with Him!-May 21

Why Oil?-Jun 28

One Baptism-Jul 15

"My Father's Business"-Jul 17

Sweet `n' Sour-Aug 5

Spurious Spirits-Aug 8

Bible the Boundary-Aug 9

The Steering Spirit-Aug 10

Shepherds as Safeguards-Aug 11

Common-sense & Counterfeit-Aug 12

Latest Photo!-Aug 21

Abba in Adversity!-Aug 25

What's in a Name?-Sep 17

Hero Worship-Sep 29

In site or Inside?-Oct 22

Butterfly-Oct 27

Diwali Sweets-Nov 4

Is pill His will?-Nov 30

 

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One Baptism


Reading: Matthew 3:1-17

"He who believes and is baptised shall be saved" (Mk 16:16a)


 

Water Baptism is not an invention of a man or a Church. God the Father instituted it (Jn 1:33). God the Son commanded it (Mt 28:19). The apostles inspired by God the Holy Spirit instructed the believers to be baptised (Acts 2:38). The early Church consistently practised it (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 9:18; 10:47). The only person who never needed to be baptised was Jesus. Even John tried to prevent Him. But Jesus said that it was to "fulfil all righteousness" (Mt 3:15).

No spiritual experience is a substitute for water baptism. Cornelius the military official had his prayers answered and alms approved before God. He was even baptised with the Spirit and spoke in tongues. But Apostle Peter "commanded" that he must be baptised in water (Acts 10:1,2,45,46,48).

Water Baptism is an outward expression of an inward experience. It is a testimony of our identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 6:3-6). In baptism we symbolically say, "I die to sin and am buried with Christ (as I submerge under water), and I am raised with Christ to live for God anew (as I come out of water)." Baptism should not be thought of as a ritual (1 Pet 3:21). In Baptism we make a pledge with the Triune God, saying, "From here and now I belong to You!" The Gospel message is portrayed in the ordinance of Baptism. It marks a new beginning. Ananias told Paul, "Get up and be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on the Name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16).

One should be baptised immediately after receiving Christ as his personal Saviour. The three thousand Jews who received Christ on the Day of Pentecost were baptised the same day (Acts 2:41). The Philippian jailor was baptised the same night when he believed on Christ (Acts 16:33). Do not postpone baptism which is a "counsel" of God (Lk 7:30). Delayed obedience amounts to disobedience.

No baptism, whatever be the mode, before personal conversion to Christ is valid. Where is burial before death? After a nominal Christian or a non-Christian repents to the "One Father" and believes on the "One Lord," he must obey in the "One Baptism" as a testimony to his "One Faith" (Eph 4:5).

O what do we see? "It's only water" say we?

It would bring ruin; deny the Lord's Word, should we?

It's only they who see with both eyes clearly,

Who hold water and Spirit baptisms equally!

 


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