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MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

DECEMBER, 2020 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

"Baptism!"

Much is taught today about the necessity of baptism for the remission of sins, entrance into the Body of Christ, and salvation. Let’s take a look at this subject from a heavenly perspective, or a pure and peaceable knowledge from above (James 3:17)!

Antecedents to the Baptism in Christ – Cleansing!

God; as He has always done, introduced training concerning the perfect and complete nature of the heavenly kingdom (Hebrews 10:1), and He prepared the minds of men for the “One Baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). This, He did through the concept of “Cleansing”!

Let’s take a look at this practice.

Aaron the high priest and his sons (under the Law of Moses), were to wash their hands and feet in the bronze laver prior to acceptable offerings (Exodus 30:17-21).

Water was used to wash clothes, cooking utensils, and the like after touching anything unclean (Leviticus 11:32; 15:7-8; Numbers 19:7-10).

In these passages we see an antecedent to the form of baptism in Christ. Although this is precursory to baptism for the remission of sins, God did not leave the children of Israel without some insight to what would come, note:

Jeremiah 33:8 “I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me.” See also: Ezekiel 37:23

Summary – Two things become very clear in this first look at the antecedents to baptism; first, that submission to the instructions of God were necessary, and second, was that one must be cleansed in order to offer God anything!!!

Antecedents to the Baptism in Christ – Baptism of John the Baptist!

Another antecedent of the baptism in Christ was the “baptism of repentance” as taught by John the Baptist. John was an apostle (one sent) of God, sent to Israel under the Old Law. The baptism he was commanded to teach was preparatory in nature through existing Law, in order for Israel to be ready legally and spiritually for the pending kingdom.

Matthew 3:1-6 “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’” (Isaiah 40:3)

4 Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.                                                                                    

5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.”

With John’s baptism, we have the same first two points of training involved, submission and cleansing. However, added to these, we also have a preparatory pattern to the incipient meaning of baptism as identifying the submissive to Christ Jesus and the removal of all transgressions. You will not that the transition in training from the commanded cleansing of the Old Law, to the baptism of repentance (submersion in water), is not just a transition in the physical sense alone, but also in the submissive attitude of the obedient! The masses went out to John to be compliant, knowing his baptism was of God, thus necessary!

In Acts 19:4-5, the Apostle Paul would enforce that John’s baptism was “only” preparatory in nature, and that baptism in the Lord Jesus Christ was now the righteousness of God and the “One Baptism” of the kingdom.

Baptism into Jesus the Christ – The Good Thing that Has Come!

The Gospel of the kingdom was first preached in Jerusalem on Pentecost in Acts 2. Jesus of Nazareth was first preached as Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36); and baptism for the remission of sins in His name was commanded to “All” as “what they must do!”

Baptism – Greek, ‘Baptisma’, the process of immersion, submergence, and emergence!!!

All the properties of the training of God since the beginning of revelation are included in their grandest form:

Submission: Baptism is for true believers!!!

Acts 8:36-38 “Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”

37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”

Cleansing: The pure removal of transgression that allows God to fellowship (jointly participate) with us!

Romans 6:3-6 “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were 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.

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”

God’s grace is demonstrated in the giving of His Son, as the only way to God (John 14:6); baptism for man is submission to the will of God, cleansing necessary to have a relationship with God (1 John 1:5), and becoming the child of God via adoption in becoming the Body of Christ!

Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

Baptism is not an act of The Law (this was the training of God towards that which is perfect); it is a pure act of faith!!!

1 Peter 3:21 “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), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”

Submit, be Cleansed, and be Alive IN Christ Jesus the Lord!!!