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“An Act of Faith”

Much is taught today about the necessity of Baptism for salvation. Let’s take a look at this subject in detail and really learn what the scriptures have to say on this subject; its meaning, use, and application towards salvation.

  1. Baptism in the Old Testament

You might be saying to yourself right now, “What, baptism in the Old Testament? He must be nuts!” Although that has probably been said of me before; we must appreciate that one of the properties of baptism consists of the concept of [cleansing]. The concept of cleansing is stressed in the practice of the Law of Moses in order for the priests and even the people to be sanctified before God. We can also appreciate that when baptism would come to be instructed as we know it; those who received the command understood this specific property and none saw it as un-important. Here are some passages that stress cleansing for the purpose of purification in service to God:

These are just a few of the listings concerning water purification. In these passages we see the first of two antecedents to the [One Baptism] of the New Testament. Although this would be a precursory form of training for the baptism of the kingdom and remission of sins; God did not leave His people without a future glimpse to its coming – Jeremiah 33:8; Ezekiel 37:23.

  1. Baptism of John

The second of the antecedents of the [One Baptism], would be the [baptism of repentance] as taught by John the Baptist.

Acts 19:4-5Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

The Apostle Paul illustrates this form of antecedent and that it had a preparatory purpose. As John was sent as a prophet of God, and he was given a command by God to baptize in preparation for the One who come after Him and His coming kingdom – Matthew 3:1-2; Mark 1:1-4. As John’s work was prior to the coming of the kingdom of God and the Messiah on His throne; it was purely preparatory to the children of Israel.                                                   

We must appreciate the evolution from the ritual cleansing of the Law of Moses, to a more familiar form of the incipient meaning of baptism of the kingdom and salvation.

  1. Baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ

First, the word ‘baptism’ (noun) originates from the Greek ‘baptisma’, which is defined by the process of immersion, submersion, and or emergence (The act or process of emerging). This would be the [One Baptism] of Ephesians 4:5.

It would be this act that would be commanded to be preached along with the Gospel of Christ to every creature (Mark 16:15-16); it would be this act that would make disciples of every nation (Matthew 28:18-20), to the Apostles of Jesus Christ.

It would be when the Gospel of Christ would begin, that the Apostles of Christ would fulfill this command by preaching Jesus as the Christ (Acts 2:22-36), and then preaching this command, note:

Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

It would be demonstrated in obedience in Acts 2:41; 8:12-13; 8:38; 10:48; 16:15; 16:33; 18:8; 19:5; 22:16; as a demonstration of the fulfillment of the very commissioned charge of this command.

Baptism has come under attack today by many who ignore the facts of this lesson and the universal teaching of Christ’s Gospel. They falsely claim that baptism is a [work of law] (from scriptures teaching against the traditions of the Law of Moses – which were written to Christians who had literally already been baptized!).  In the conclusion of this lesson, take a look at all these passages of scripture written to Christians concerning the baptism they had all practiced and reminded them that it was not a [work of law], but an [act of faith] (belief and obedience combined!).

Baptism is a command of God as a sign of the covenant that His Son died and bled to bring to sinful man. It has been trained by God prior to its given command. It is something no Christian of the first century balked at. They were all submissive, comprehending, and honest in obedience. If baptism is a [work of law], I would like to see someone circumcised without hands!!!

Baptism is an Act of Faith!

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