Is this your faith?
Saturday, October 20th, 2012
3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you[a] all. – Eph 4:3-6
Dear friends, is this also your faith? There is only one Lord of salvation Who has saved us. It is none other than Jesus Christ Who shouldered all our sins by being baptised and bore our condemnation on the cross.
There is only One God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We believe that God the Father planned our salvation by sending His Son to this earth to die for our sins through His baptism and blood. He was then raised from the dead to secure our justification of faith. The Holy Spirit affirms to our heart that the Gospel of the water and Spirit is indeed the Truth as testified in Ephesians 4:4-5 “ There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all,.”
Friends, negating either the baptism of Jesus or His blood on the cross, or adding anything else to them would render the Gospel ineffective. One’s faith is considered futile if the baptism of Jesus is omitted. Therefore, just believing only in the cross means His death has nothing to do with our sins because our sins can never be passed onto Jesus without the baptism of Jesus.
Our faith must be identical to Apostle Paul’s faith. There is one God, one baptism, and one faith. The cross only becomes meaningful when we are convinced in our hearts that salvation began from the River Jordan when Jesus was baptised.The ministry of John the Baptist precedes the official ministry of Jesus Christ in all the four Gospels.The crucifixion is the outcome of Christ willingness to be baptised by John the Baptist. Through the laying on of hands by John the Baptist, the sins of humanity were passed on to Jesus. Jesus then carried our sins to the cross and was vicariously judged and crucified for our sins. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament have their corresponding equivalents. In the book of Leviticus chap 3 and 4 a sinner has to lay his hands on the head of an unblemished sacrificial animal to pass his sins onto its head and then the animal killed. Similarly, John the Baptist had to lay his hands on Jesus, our Lamb of God at the River Jordan and pass the sins of mankind onto Him.
We must recognise that Jesus was condemned by being crucified because the sins of humanity were laid upon Him at His baptism. The wages of sin is death, so He has to die on our behalf. Therefore, the baptism and death of Jesus on the cross are pivotal for our salvation from sin. Those who believe in Jesus only as a matter of religion do not believe that the starting point of salvation lies with the baptism of Jesus.
We must draw the fundamental line of salvation, we must recognize clearly that all our sins were completely passed on to Jesus at His baptism. We ought to believe the Word of God that Jesus had spoken and fulfilled according to the Scriptures.Jesus died according to Scriptures. 1cor 15:3
Dear friends, we must not equate our personal water baptism after receiving Christ as our Saviour to Jesus’ baptism at the River Jordan by John the Baptist. A believer’s decision to be water baptised after believing in his/her heart by faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection is merely a symbolic act of confirming his/her faith in Christ. The rites of baptism is the believer’s testimony to the world that he/she believes in the Gospel Truth of water and the Spirit by identifying with Christ’s baptism, death and resurrection. This symbolic act of personal water baptism is merely a outward confession or result of one’s faith in the baptism and death of Jesus. It must not be seen as the cause of attaining salvation.A heart that does not believe by faith in the righteous act of Jesus baptism, death and resurrection would simply render the outward confession meaningless. Salvation is rendered to mankind purely by grace through faith only. If we add our personal water baptism as a condition of being saved, then it becomes a work and an act of human merit which nullifies pure grace that says that nothing is needed from man, but faith.
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