Wilderness Voice Newsletter

  

Mark 1:3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.”

 

WILDERNESS VOICE

 First Baptist Church of Shady Spring
Pastor Delvin D. Elwell, Jr.

 NEWSLETTER CONTENTS

  • The Door With No Handle
  • What is Righteous?
  • The Romasn Toad
  • Do You Know Jesus As Your Savior?
  • I Consider Myself a ‘Good Person’… won’t that be enough?
  • Is Sin really that Big of a Deal?
  • After What I Have Done To Grieve God…HOW Could He Willingly Die In My Place?
  • How Can I be Saved?
  • Did God Hear Me? Did He Accept Me?
  • What Do I do Now?
  • Receiving Grace
  • How the Holy Spirit Seals Believers
  • Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
  • Water baptism
  • Child of God

John the Baptist was called, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:  Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make His paths straight”  (Mark 1:3)  It is our prayer that God will continue to use this Church as a voice to prepare people for the coming Lord.  May we continue to be a beacon leading people to Christ.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

  • Multi-media Ministry
    Interested parties are asked to meet in the sound system loft for a brief period of time after Sunday AM services
  • NURSERY
  • CHILDREN’S CHURCH
  • GREETERS
  • WILLING HANDS COMMITTEE
  • BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE

Have something you would like to add or change?  Contact Evangeline Stover 

It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice. 

“No one is a failure in this world who lightens a burden for another.” – Pastor James W. Johnson 

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.  And to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, Indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

United we stand….Divided we fall.
America is the land of the free, because of the brave. 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH

Four years old through 2nd grade.  We meet in the Fellowship Hall at 11:00 AM following the Children’s moment.

 CHOIR

Adult Choir practice Wednesday evenings 6:45 PM.  Please join us.

 YOUTH

Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 at the parsonage.

 WILLING HANDS
May 2015
Michelle Carter & Debbie Thomas

 

 PRAY FOR:

The lost
The shut-ins
Our families
Our youth
Our Communities
Our Nation
The World Situation
Military Service
Our President
Pastors
Widows and Widowers
Unspoken requests
School teachers
& for each other

 The Door With No Handle

Revelation 3:14-22

 Early in my childhood, I was deeply impressed by the picture of Jesus standing before a door, knocking.  On one occasion, I recall noticing a strange detail – the door had no handle on the outside.  There was something so haunting, so wistful, about the face of Jesus standing outside a closed door, knocking, that left a deep imprint on my childish mind.  Only years later did I come to understand the poignant symbolism that lay behind the picture; Jesus standing before a dark brown wooden door, on a gray stone threshold, and wearing a pale blue robe with a scarlet cloak.  A vine twists upward on the left side of the door and there is an absence of light in the window, as if the scene were taking place at dusk.  The most striking feature of the window is that the door has no handle on the outside.  If it is to be opened, it must be opened from the INSIDE.

 What a wonderfully sad concept of Jesus – standing at the door, knocking softly ,yet persistently, seeking entrance.  The basis for the picture is Revelation 3:20:  “behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”   Divine Love patiently waits upon human reluctance.  Here is the perpetual issue between heaven and earth – choice.  Here is the continual challenge of Christ to men.  Here we see the ever-present appeal of love to lethargy.  It is a call to decision in stained-glass.”  As beautiful as this window is, its somber message can never be escaped.  God, in all His love and persistence, will never cross the line of human freedom.  Jesus the Savior stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, waiting for our response.  Not even God’s great love will force open the heart’s door.  Ultimately, the decision rests with the individual.  Such a reality is wonderful and fearful – wonderful in that God has granted us such a choice; fearful in that so much of our destiny hangs on the choice.  Thus, in this beautiful yet somber scene, we are faced with the eternal choice between opening our hearts to Christ or allowing the door to remain shut for all time. 

 Selfishness turns our thoughts inward and shuts the door.  Satisfaction has also closed the door of our hearts to Jesus.  A careful complacency has settled down around most of us.  We want only to be comfortable and undisturbed by anyone or anything, and that includes Christ.  What we want most out of church today is to find comfort and security for a little while, and to be entertained in the process.  We don’t want anything to be said or done to disturb our sense of well-being.  The voices of nuclear doom and annihilation have so often been sounded that we simply tune them out.  An old too-gate deeper in the south of England had tended his gate for many years.  One stormy night, he closed his gate early in anticipation that no one would be out in such weather.  Soon he fell into a deep sleep. Along about midnight, a weary horseman rode up to the too-gate.  Rain and wind lashed at this cloak as he jumped down from his horse and rushed over the gate keeper’s doo.  Banging loudly on the door, he call out “Gate, gate!”  From within he heard a voice answer, “I’m coming”.  He waited in the rain for several minutes and then he call out again, “Gate, gate”. Once again the voice came from inside, “I’m coming”.  Still no one came to open the gate.  For a third time the weary traveler called out and got the same answer.  Finally he opened the door, stuck his head inside and said loudly, “Is anyone home”?  A sleepy gate keeper rubbed his eyes and said, “Oh, I didn’t know anybody had come.”  The traveler told him that he had called and received an answer three times.  The gate keeper merely laughed and said, “Through the years I have heard the calls and knocks so many times that I say in my sleep, ‘I’m coming’ and never wake up.  How like so many of us!.  We have become almost anesthetized by hearing Christ knock on the door to our hearts that we never think to open that door of our hearts.  If you look carefully at the stained-glass window, you will notice that there is no handle or latch on the outside of the door.  Few elements of the picture strike a truer or more ominous note that this.  The door to the human heart can be opened only from within; God will never fore it open from the outside.  The door must be opened willingly.  God cannot, and will not, use coercion to gain entrance into our hearts.  God desires us to open the door to our hearts willingly and cheerfully, and He will not force us to do otherwise,.  If you are to open the door to Christ, you must open it willingly or not at all.

 Three distinct truths stand out clearly in this moving sermon in stained-glass:

Notice first that the door is close.  Jesus does stand before closed doors when he knocks at our hearts.  That door has been closed by sin.  The door before which Jesus stands is heavy, barred and difficult to open.  Sin has been the first quality in our lives that has closed the door of our hearts to Jesus.  We can see sin operating in even the smallest and dearest children.  The rather humorous story is told of a little girl who pushed her brother down on the ground, called him a few choice bad names, and spit on him.  Her father was appalled that his little angel could be capable of such violence.  He said, “Sweetheart, I can’t believe you did that.  The devil must have made you do it!”  The little girl thought for a moment, then looked up with a resolute set to her mouth and said, “The devil may have made me push him down and call him names but I thought of spitting on him all by myself”.  How easily the sin of pride creeps into our minds.  How small, how insignificant, how appealing sin appears when first it attracts our attention; but how devastating is the harvest we reap when once we yield to it.

“Who’s there?” I cried,

“A little lonely sin.”

“Enter,” I said,

And all hell was in.

We often learn too late just what we have let into our lives when we open the door of our hearts to sin and close it to Christ.  Selfishness has also closed the door of our hearts to Jesus.   The generation just coming to adulthood has, appropriately and unfortunately, come to be known as the Me Generation.  Little thought is given to anyone or anything in terms other that “What can I get out of it?”  When self is on the throne of our lives, there is no room for anyone else, including Christ himself.  Such selfishness leaves Christ outside the door as it adopts the philosophy, “I am out for number one and everyone else can look out for themselves.” 

The door will never be forced open by God.  How easy life would be if we could depend upon God to force us to make the right decisions in life.,  One of the most difficult phases of growing up is that of learning to make our own decision.  As teenagers, we so desire the freedom to make decisions until we are faced with the tremendous difficulty of those decisions.  We learn then what it means to be an adult and to take responsibility for our own lives.  God has chosen to treat us as adults, as responsible beings; thus we must decide eternally, for ourselves, whether or not we open the door to our hearts and allow Jesus to come in.  See finally that Jesus stand knocking patiently and persistently.  He is standing outside the door – waiting, hoping to get in.  There is no more poignant or meaningful portrait of God anywhere than that of Jesus standing outside the door of our hearts.  Hear again his plea in Revelation 3:20 “behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

What love it takes to stand outside; what patience, not to batter the door down by His mighty power.  Yet Jesus stands outside, knocking and issuing an invitation to life and intimacy with him.  Jesus knocks patiently because he loves.  This moving scene in stained-glass relates to us the truth that God is patient with us simply because He loves us.  Peter, writing to a group of Christians impatient for the Second coming, wisely said”  â€œThe Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9.  Look carefully at the face of Jesus in the stained-glass – no impatience, no hurry, no exasperation; no annoyance there, only patience.  How easy it is to remain behind a closed door and keep both God and our fellow man out but, oh, how much we miss in the process.  Jesus knocks persistently because he hurts.  We have never yet fully understood the pain Jesus feels because of our sinful resistance.  Luke draws back the curtain momentarily on Jesus; hurt over rejection when he records his reaction as he looked out over Jerusalem with its teeming throngs:  “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it…”  Luke 19:41.  On the cross as he gave up his very life for each of us, It was for us that He suffered and died.

 We have heard the story so often what we forget just how much he gave up so that we might live.  Former NFL player Jerry Anderson lost his life in saving two small boys from drowning in Tennessee.  An article in the May 28, 1989 issue of a Murfreesboro newspaper gave the following account:  “Former NFL football player Jerry Anderson died Saturday after pulling two boys out of a rain-swollen river about 40 miles southeast of Nashville.  Witnesses said Anderson saw two boys, thought to be 11 or 12 years old, attempting to cross a dam spanning the river.  One or both boys fell into the water.  According to Officer Bill Todd, “Mr. Anderson jumped into the water and managed to get the little boys out, but witnesses said he went under two or three times and about the fourth time, he didn’t come back up.”  Could we have anything but praise for such a man as Jerry Anderson and for the sacrifice he made for two unknown boys?  Imagine the reception he would have received from the parents of those boys had he come knocking at their door.  Would they have kept him outside, knocking, in the cold? Indeed not!  They would have welcomed him into their home joyously and graciously.  Yet the terrible poignancy of Jesus standing at the door is that one who suffered the agonies of death for us now waits outside a closed door for us to open and invite him to enter.  The message of this lovely stained-glass window ends with both a plea and an invitation.  Do you ever think that the door on which Jesus is knocking might be the door to your heart?  Remember, Jesus will never force you to open up to him but, oh, what you will me missing if you refuse.  Look at that window for a moment, ask yourself if Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart, and make your decision right now to open that door and let him in. 

 There’s a stranger at the door.

Let Him in.

He has been there oft before,

Let Him in.

Let Him in ere He is gone,

Let Him in, the Holy One.

Jesus Christ, the Father’s son,

Let Him in.

 

Jesus Christ, God’s Son, took our place on the cross of Calvary.  He bore our sins.  He died in our place so we might have the opportunity to accept Him as our Savior and receive that free gift of salvation.  Sin has a penalty and that penalty is death.  Jesus paid the penalty for us.  “But god commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us? (Romans 5:8).

 Since we are sinners and Christ gave Himself for us on Calvary’s cross, what must one do to be saved?  The Philippian jailer asked Paul. “Sirs what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30-31).  Paul replied,”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved….”

 So, what must you do to receive Christ as your Savior?

v  First, you must admit that you are a sinner and need to be saved.

v  Second, you must repent and be willing to turn from your sin.

v  Third, you must believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross

v  Fourth, you must receive through prayer, Jesus Christ into your heart and life.

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20).

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”(Romans 10:13).

 If God is knocking on the door of your heart, then answer the door and let Him come in.  You can receive Christ through prayer.  Here is a simple prayer of salvation.

 â€œDear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner.  I know that I need you.  I believe that you died on the cross for me.  Forgive me of my sins.  Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you.  I receive you as my Savior, come into my life and save me.  Thank you for what you did for me. Amen.”

 WHAT IS RIGHTEOUS?

 Consider the following Bible truth:

It takes being righteous for a person to go to heaven.  What do you think? Are you righteous?

What is righteous?  Being righteous can be summed up as being without sin, or without doing something that is wrong from god’s Holy viewpoint.  Romans 3:10 will show you who is worthy of heaven. As it is written, there in none righteous, no not one.  You may ask, “if there are non righteous then where does that leave me?”  “Surely we are not all Sinners are we?” Well the Bible will point you to the answer to that question and it can be found in Romans 3:23.

 Romans 5:8 But God Commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Okay that helps to answer ‘why’?  Now the question is what must I do to be saved?  Romans 10:9-10 will help to point you in the right direction.  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 Many people make this decision much harder than it needs to be.  God’s Word teaches us that if you simply and sincerely believe in you innermost being that Jesus took you place and died on the cross for the payment of your sins, and God raised him from the dead on the third day, (Matthew 28:1-20) you will be saved by your confession of being a sinner and asking the Lord Jesus to forgive you of your sins.  Because we are not righteous (none of us are), the only way to heaven is to ask God to forgive you of your sins through believing prayer. 

 The Greatest Road Anyone Will Ever Travel:  Romans Road of Salvation.

 Romans 3:23 KJV.  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God;”

 Romans 6:23 KJV.  “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 Romans 5:8 KJV.  “But God Commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 Romans 10:9 KJV.  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 Romans 10:13 KJV.  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the lord shall be saved.”

 Romans 8:1 KJV.  “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 Romans 8:38-39 KJV.  “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 Mark 8:36-37.  â€œFor what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul: or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

 Do You Know Jesus as Your Savior?

 Whenever you talk to a person about his or her eternity, one of the first questions that probably goes through his or her mind is “Why?” Why should I worry about my eternity? What difference does it make now?

 Does it make a difference?  Absolutely!  One’s eternal destiny…which will be either Heaven or Hell…for eternity…forever…depends upon the decision he or she will make while alive.  When Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was speaking with Nicodemus, He told him that “Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7)

 Why must a person be born again or be saved?  Simply because everyone, including you and me, are sinners.  We have violated the commandments of the Lord.  Paul the Apostle wrote to the Romans “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  This means that no one can live up to the standard that God has established which is sinless perfection.  Therefore, since we have all sinned, we all are under the penalty of our sins. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).  Therefore, we need salvation or to be saved.  God in His infinite mercy and love has provided a way of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  He did this because He loves you and me. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

 I consider myself a ‘good person’….won’t that be enough?

Romans 3:23 NKJV.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God;”

Romans 3:10 NKJV.  “As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;

Romans 5:12 NKJV.  “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the work, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned-“

The creator of the universe is HOLY.  God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).  He has set laws in place for his creation to obey.  What are these laws?  They begin with the 10 Commandments.  While you might consider yourself ‘good’ compared to most people, how do you measure up against God’s law?  Have you ever told the smallest lie?  Then you are a liar.  “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it (James 2:10).  Disobedience to God is sin.

 Is Sin really THAT big of a deal?  If it is…what HOPE is there?
Romans 6:23 NKJV.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Disobedience to an infinite eternal God deserves an infinite eternal consequence.  God show us His character and His laws in His creation, the world around us.  He has also written His laws in our hearts…on our conscience.  He has also given us His WORD, the Bible.  No good judge would let the guilty go free, the criminal go unpunished, neither can a Holy righteous God allow sinful man to go unpunished… but God LOVES man whom He has made in His image and He has provided a way of escape by sending His Son to die in our place.

 After what I’ve done to grieve God…HOW could He willingly die in my place?

Romans 5:8 KJV.  “But God Commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).  While He died on the cross, He was mocked, pit upon, and cursed.  Yet Jesus cried out. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do…” (Luke 23:34).  With such love, Jesus died in your place… knowing every evil act, word, and thought you would commit. What powerful love!  He loves you unconditionally, even to the point of death.

 HOW can I be saved?

Romans 10:9 NKJV.  “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

You can never be saved by trying to be a good person, nor can you be saved through any amount of ’good works’ Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace have you been saved by faith.  And that,, not of yourselves.  It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”  You and I can be saved only confessing our sins and placing our faith in God’s son, Jesus Christ who died and paid for our sins on the cross.  We must also surrender our life to His lordship…placing Him in charge of every area of our life because we now belong to Him. 

 Did God HEAR me?  Did He accept me?

Romans 10:13 NKJV.  “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

God promises that ‘to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).  Yes, God does hear and accept ALL who come to put their faith in Him.  There is no need to fear death any longer because Jesus BROKE the power of death on the cross with His own blood.  The price has been paid in full and it God’s promise to receive all who come to him by placing their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

 What do I do now?

Romans 10:17 NKJV.  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Your journey as a child of the Kin Kings has just begun!  You must begin by spending time daily in prayer and in God’s Word, the Bible.  You must also find fellowship with other believers in a Church that teaches and preaches the Bible.  You should also now confess Jesus, your Savior before men.  Share about your new faith in Christ with your family, coworkers and others who God has placed on your daily path.

 Receiving Grace

GRACE means to get something that you do not deserve; unmerited favor.

MERCY means you do not get a punishment that you deserve; compassion, forbearance.  God is abundant in grace and mercy and we can read about it in the Bible.  His greatest act of grace is the gift of salvation that is available for all people through FAITH (Ephesians 2:8-9).  When the gift is accepted, ETERNAL LIFE is promised to the recipient.  This eternal life is a promise of a home one day in HEAVEN with GOD.  This promise to the believer is sealed with the HOLY SPIRIT as a guarantee that one day JESUS CHRIST will return to earth to claim His purchased possession (Ephesians 1:12-14; 4:30).  Jesus purchased every sinner with His own blood on the cross at Calvary.

Ephesians 2:8-9.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  It is the  gift of God.

 Hebrews 4:16.  Let us there for come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 John 3:16.  For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

 1 Timothy 6:17.  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

 Romans 6:14.  For sin shall not have dominion over you:  For ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 1 Corinthians 9:8.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

 Romans 5:15.  But the free gift is not like the trespass.  For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.

 How Does the Holy Spirit Seal Believers?

In Ephesians, Paul described the roles each member of the Trinity plays in salvation—the Father (Ephesians 1:3-6), the Son (Ephesians 1:7-12), and the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14).  God’s Word is truth (John 17:17), and faith in Jesus Christ comes from hearing the “word of truth,” as Paul states, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).  For those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, they are “sealed with the Holy Spirit.”

For this devotional, we will look at two Greek words, which will help us understand what Paul means.  First, the Greek word for seal is sphragizo, which can mean to stamp for security, ownership, or preservation.  This stamp is the Holy Spirit, and He dwells within believers (John 14:17).  Paul writes the following to the believers at Corinth:  Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).  In other words, God has sealed the believers with the Spirit, who dwells within their hearts as a guarantee.  Second, the Greek word for guarantee is arrabon, which can mean a pledge (i.e., something delivered—a down payment as security for the payment of a fulfillment of a promise).  God will surely deliver on His promise of salvation, as believers are “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”  Furthermore, believers are no longer slaves to sin but “slaves of God” (Romans 6:6-22), and believers, “the people of God” (1 Peter 2:10), are marked as such with His Spirit that dwells within them. 

 At what point does the sealing of the Holy Spirit take place?  It takes place when a person believes the gospel (Ephesians 1:13; John 7:37-39).  At that point, God’s seal offers the promise of eternal life (John 3:16). Because of salvation based on God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians2:8-9).  The seal of the Holy Spirit offers a wonderful glimpse of God’s role in salvation.  When we receive salvation in Christ, we are given a guarantee, exchange our ownership for His, and are protected against forces of evil.  This seal should provide wonderful encouragement for the believer against the spiritual battles in the life (Ephesians6:12), and anticipation for the life to come.

 Understanding Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit may be defined as that work whereby the Spirit of God places the believer into union with Christ and into union with other believers in the body of Christ at the moment of salvation.  (1 Corinthians 12:12-13) is the central passage in the Bible regarding the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body –whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Corinthians 12:13).  While (Romans 6:1-4) does not mention specifically the Spirit of God, it does describe the believer’s position before God in language similar to the 1 Corinthians passage:  “What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase:  By no means!  We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer:  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we to may live a new life.”  The following facts are necessary to help solidify our understanding of Spirit of baptism.  First, (1 Corinthians 12:13), clearly states that all have been baptized, just as all have been given the Spirit to drink (the indwelling of the Spirit).  Second, nowhere in Scripture are believers told to be baptized with, in or by the Spirit, or in any sense to seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  This indicates that all believers have had this experience.  Third, (Ephesians 4:5) seems to refer to Spirit baptism.  If this is the case, Spirit baptism is the reality for every believer, just as “one faith” and “one Father” are.  In conclusion, the baptism of the Holy Spirit does two things, 1).  It joins us to the body of Christ, and 2) it actualizes our co-crucifixion with Christ.  Being in His body means we are risen with Him to newness of life (Romans 6:4).  We should then exercise our spiritual gifts to keep that body functioning properly as stated in the context of (1 Corinthians 12:13).  Experiencing the one Spirit baptism serves as the basis for keeping the unity of the church, as in the context of (Ephesians 4:5).  Being associated with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection through Spirit baptism establishes the basis for our separation from the power of indwelling sin and our walk in newness of life (Romans6:1-10; Colossians 2:12).

 Understanding Water Baptism.

The word baptize is from the Greek verb baptidzo which means “to immerse.”  The process of baptism consists of immersion, submersion and emergence.  This process is used to describe John’s baptism and Christian baptism.  Simply stated, to baptize is to totally immerse an object in another substance and then bring it out again.  A person must be baptized into the Body of Christ (saved; accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior) before water baptism.  Without first making Jesus Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead, water baptism would have no purpose.  Water baptism is an experience after salvation to confirm and strengthen you commitment to live a godly life.  Water baptism is a physical act that should indelibly mark the mid of the person being baptized with the reality of his union with Jesus Christ.  Water baptism is a physical act that should indelibly mark the mind of the person being baptized with the reality of his union with Jesus Christ.  Water baptism also fives the believer the opportunity to openly testify to others of his born-again experience.  It serves as an outward sign and testimony of an inward grace.  The believer has been crucified with Christ, buried with Him and raised together with Him to walk in newness of life.  (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4).  Jesus said in (Matthew 28:19), “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  John’s baptism served the purpose of revealing to Israel the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world (John 1:29-33).  When Jesus-the Lamb of God-was baptized, it was to fulfill righteousness because He had committed no sin (Matthew 3:15-17).  Jesus’ baptism also demonstrated and foretold of His own death, burial and resurrection yet to come.  To be buried with Jesus means that your old self died to sin just as Jesus did when He was made sin for us (Romans 6:3; 6:10-12).  That’s why we are immersed.  Coming out of the water signifies our being raised to new life in Christ.  Sometimes people have confused water baptism with the baptism into the Body of Christ, (being saved).  In Acts 2, when Peter preached about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, he said: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (verse 38).  Water baptism is not the baptism that saves.  It is the precious blood that Jesus shed on the cross not water, which cleanses us from sin (Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:22; revelation 1:5).

 Child of God
Galatians 4:6.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, “Abba Father.”

 John 1:12 – but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:

 Galatians 3:26– for ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

 2 Corinthians 6:18 – And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 The Bible is clear that all people are God’s creation (Colossians 1:16), and that God loves the entire world (John 3:16), but only those who are born again are children of God (John 1:12. 11-52; Romans 8:16. 1 John 3:1-10).

 We become children of god when we are saved because we are adopted into God’s family through our relationship with Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:5-6; Ephesians 1:5).  This can be clearly seen in verses like (Romans 8:14-17): “Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”  Those who are saved are children of God through faith in Christ. (Galatians 3:26). God has, “predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” (Ephesians 1:5).

 Ephesians 4:4-6  

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 


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