THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 5-19-13
LESSON TITLE: “BAPTISM SAVES.”
The Psalmist once encouraged us to realize that, “This is the day that the Lord has made, (thus) we shall rejoice and be glad in it!” How truly blessed we are by God to be assembled on this day which He has made for us. Furthermore, we should all rejoice and be glad for all our God has done and is doing for us.
Thanks for joining us this morning. As always it is an honor and privilege to have you with us as we commit this time to the things of God.
It is our hope and prayer this morning that we may each participate and do our part to make this time acceptable before Him and according to His Word. Now let’s begin by talking to God through prayer!
It time to join I our first song of praise this morning. Our first hymn reminds us of the great joy we have through Jesus Christ our Lord. So, won’t you join in with the congregation and do your part as we together sing, “There Is Sunshine In My Soul.”
(SONG # 1)
Sometimes we forget just how fortunate we are to have God on our side. If we look around in our society today and consider those around us, we really don’t find a lot of people we can count on anymore. Past generations were founded on fundamental Godly principles like trust, honor, dependability and sincerity. When someone said yes they meant yes and when someone said no they meant no. What about today when someone says “I’ll do it today” or “you can count on me,” can we really?
The fact is, our society seems to be full of people who are satisfied with getting the most they can, with the least effort possible. It doesn’t matter whether the job is done right or wrong, good or bad, as long as it’s done, we’ll get paid. Where have honor, respect and reliability gone? Where are those who do a job and want it to be right because their name is on it?
Well, the good news is, even though our society seems to be headed the wrong direction, we can all regain our strength and confidence in the things of God. Notice what Moses said about this in Numbers 23:19, there we read, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Here we find out more about the God we serve. He is not just a mere man who might let us down, but He can be depended on! Why? Because He does not lie and He will do the things which He says. Every word God has spoken will be fulfilled and can be counted on.
The second thing Moses tells us that we can find confidence in, is found in the very next verse, where he said, “Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.” So, we have learned that God never lies and His word be counted on, but we also learn here that there is nothing you, I, or anyone else can do to change His perfect will! So what have we seen thus far? If God said it, He meant it, it will happen and there is nothing that can stop or change it.
You see, as Christians a knowledge of these things helps us to be what we should and to do the things God wants us to. Why? Because we know that He is with us in everything we do and His guidance, protection and promise can be relied upon. Even in troubles, God is going to be there to help us as we need Him. Isn’t that what David meant when he said, “many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers Him out of them all,” Psalm 34:19. God is truly our rod and our staff, He guides us, and He comforts us. Let’s all remember to focus on God, keeping in mind His commitment to us. If we can count on Him, knowing that He can be depended on, we can then be able to do and bear all things.
Today we will continue our series of study entitled, “I Say These Things That You May Be Saved.” Our specific lesson this morning is “Baptism Saves!” So, please continue with us and after our next song our guest speaker of the day will return and lead us in this study from God’s Word.
As far as our speaker, we are again happy to have Brother Chuck Northrop with us. Brother Chuck is a full time instructor at the Bible Institute Of Missouri here in Springfield. We thank him for being with us this day and look forward to him guiding our thoughts from the Bible.
However, before our lesson, let’s join in our second song of the day. The name of the hymn is, “There Is Power In The Blood.”
(SONG # 2)
By Chuck Northrop
One of the most encouraging stories that we have ever heard is a person giving their life for another. To that person that would give his life for another we consider that person honorable. He has done a magnificent thing and whether or not we are talking about a civilian or whether we are talking about a soldier we honor those who give their lives for others. Certainly we honor soldiers who give their lives in service to their country, who give their lives in service to their fellow comrades in arms, and we also honor those such as police officers who give their lives in the line of duty. To protect us, and bring about law and order and to give us the freedoms that we enjoy; we honor those that give their lives for others. Jesus Christ died for your sins, Jesus Christ lived so that we might not die, and He died so that we might live. Jesus Christ loves you and Jesus Christ wants you to be saved and for that reason He came into this world, and He died for you and me that we might be freed from our sins. Because He came into this world and died for us He left us a plan of salvation; sometimes we refer to it as a plan of redemption or a plan of forgiveness. He has given us His word the scriptures so that we can know what we must do in order to be saved.
In our study on Sunday morning we have been looking at the plan of salvation. We have considered belief, that we must believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God. We have considered repentance, that we must repent of our sins and if we do not repent we will likewise perish. This morning we want to consider the topic of baptism. Now as we think about baptism we know that baptism is a very controversial topic and we also know that beyond doubt if we talk to different people they will say different things about baptism. But do you know what we are looking at this morning is really not what I think or what you think. What we want to consider, because after all what I think and what you think are of very little importance, it is really what does God say or what does the scriptures say on this topic. It is what God says that is really all important and we should mold and change our thinking in line with what God says in the scriptures.
So as we think about what God says within the scriptures we are going to look at the topic of baptism in at least three different ways. The first way is what we call the mode of baptism. What we mean by the mode of baptism is, is baptism an emersion of water, is it a pouring, is it a sprinkling, or does it even address water or connected with water? Well, let’s again look and see what God says on this topic. In Acts 8 there was a man named Philip and he goes to a man who is riding in his chariot, we know him as the Ethiopian Eunuch (this is Acts 8:26-end of chapter). Philip then begins to teach the Eunuch the gospel of Jesus Christ and as they were traveling along the Eunuch says, “See here is water what doth hinder me to be baptized?” verse 36. So we see then in that account of conversion that baptism is associated with water. Later on we read about the conversion of Cornelius and in Acts 10:47, Peter brought his sermon to a conclusion and he said, “Can any forbid water that these should be baptized?” In another illustration of this very point that we are making that baptism is associated with water is in Ephesians 5:26. In that particular passage Paul would write to the church of Ephesus and he wrote that by the washing of water with the word. And as we examine the New Testament we find then that there is no other washing in the New Testament other than the washing that is found in baptism, it is the only washing. Now it refers back to the Old Testament and the various washings that are found in it, but in the New Testament the only washing that we find is associated with baptism.
Now that we understand that baptism is associated with water then we have to ask ourselves what is the mode of baptism? Is it a pouring, a sprinkling, or is it an emersion? To answer that question lets go over to Romans 6 and we are going to look at verses 2-5. There Paul wrote, “Or do you not know that as many of you has been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” Now notice how he uses the terminology there, we have been buried together with Christ. Buried together, now buried doesn’t sound like a pouring. Buried does not sound like simply a sprinkling of water. But burial or to be buried with Christ is to be immersed with Christ. Now sense it is associated with water it is then the idea of being immersed into water but notice that baptism pictures three things in that text. It pictures Christ death, burial and resurrection. That then is described as baptism that we pictured as being buried in water we picture Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. By the way we can also go to Colossians 2:12 to teach us the same exact thing.
Now that we understand that baptism is a burial in water we need to understand a little bit about the purpose of baptism. Generally speaking when we talk about the purpose of baptism we will say that baptism has numerous purposes and at least four different purposes of baptism. But to be more accurate, and that is really what we want to do, that we are really talking about the same purpose stated in four different ways. Were really not talking about four different purposes but we are talking about the exact same purpose just stated in different ways. When we go over to Acts the second chapter it is the day of Pentecost A.D. 30, it is about 50 days after the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross, Peter and the rest of the Apostles the eleven stood up before the congregation of people and proclaimed the word of God. They spoke about Christ, they showed Christ to be the fulfiller of prophecy and they got down to the end of that sermon and the people were moved. They were pricked to the heart and they said, “Men and brethren what shall we do?” So Peter in response to that question said, “Repent ye 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 Spirit.” So in that particular verse we learn one of the purposes or the purpose stated in the first way is for the remission of sins, to have our sins remitted to take them away. So all of us surely would want to have our sins remitted and that happens then in the process of baptism. A second purpose that is stated, or a second way that the purpose is stated, is that baptism is the new birth. Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night and Nicodemus asks Jesus concerning the matter that he is talking about there. He asks Jesus, ‘Rabi we know that you are a teacher come from God for no man can do these signs unless God is with him.’ Well, Nicodemus said he was really attesting to the fact of what Jesus or who Jesus is but Jesus responds to Nicodemus in this way, ‘Most assuredly I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of heaven.’ Now Nicodemus does not understand what Jesus is talking about and Nicodemus wants more information. How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb? This is verse 5 of John 3, “Most assuredly I say to you unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” There is only one birth associated with water and spirit and that is the birth of baptism and so baptism then is the new birth. To be born and as Paul wrote, and as we have already seen and read in Romans 6:5, they were raised in newness of life. That is the new birth. A third way the purpose of baptism is stated is it places one in Christ. In Galatians 3:27 Paul in writing to the Churches of Galatia wrote that we are buried into Christ Jesus. And being buried into Christ we have to ask then what is the purpose or what is the reason we are buried in Christ? Well we go over to Ephesians 1:3 and we learn that all spiritual blessings are in Christ is to receive all of the spiritual blessings that are in Christ. Well, then we go over to 2Timothy 2:10 and in 2Timothy 2:10 we find that one of the spiritual blessings is salvation. So to be buried into Christ, or immersed into Christ, to be baptized into Christ is then to have salvation. Salvation is in Christ. The fourth way that baptism is pictured or the purpose of baptism is stated is that it adds one to the church. In 1Corinthians 12:13 Paul wrote there to the church at Corinth and he wrote that “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” Now the one body we know from Ephesians 1:22-23 is the church and so we are baptized into the church. That is exactly what we find in Acts 2:47, “Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” So the saved then were added to the church and all the blessings we have is associated with that.
So when we think about baptism it is for the remission of sins, it is the new birth, it places one into Christ, and it places on in the church. Now with all that benefit that we have and all the things that we do and accomplish in baptism why would anybody not want to be baptized? I really don’t understand. But yet there are thousands of people that simply refuse to be baptized. But you know there is another question that we aught to ask, and that is when should I be baptized? Well, let’s go back to the scriptures and find out when they were baptized. Going back to Acts 2 in the day of Pentecost after the death of Jesus Christ we find that they were baptized the same day, the same day they were baptized. Then we jump over to Acts 8 and we talk about the Ethiopian Eunuch and his conversion and we find out that He was baptized just as soon as he was taught. But another conversion that we haven’t made mention of is the conversion of the Philippians jailer and he was baptized the same hour of the night. So when should one be baptized? As soon as they are taught, as soon as we come to that realization of what’s taken place and that we have a need to be baptized. Well, when Peter wrote about this in 1Peter 3 he said in verse 21, and notice that in this particular place in verse 20 that he was talking about Noah and Noah and his family were saved in water. So in verse 21 then he adds to this idea, he 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).” He says in the King James, “baptism doth also now save us.”
So that we understand that baptism saves, why is there such a controversy in the religious world then? Well, the fact is I think we could put the blame on Satan. Satan does not want you to be baptized, God wants you to be baptized, God instructs you to be baptized, and Satan does not want you to be baptized. But you know when we think about well as soon as they were taught what’s the hurry? Why? Well, we know from James, James 4:14 that, “Life is a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanishes away.” That is why God wants you to be saved. But I want to look at another passage very quickly as we come to the end of our lesson. In 2Thessalonians 1:7-9 we find that God is going to bring judgment upon them that know not God and obey not the Gospel of the Lord and savior Jesus Christ. God wants you to be saved. He provides the plan of salvation for you and those who refuse to obey will be lost eternally, they will be lost eternally, they will suffer eternal destruction in the face of the Lord.
(SONG # 3 - “This Is My Father’s World!”)
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