Grace and Baptism

 

To say that baptism is essential to salvation does not contradict the truth that we are saved by grace (Titus 3:4-7).

We can never earn our salvation. Baptism is a condition of salvation (John 3:5; Acts 2:38; 22:16).

A remarkable parallel

Dipping seven times in the Jordan was a condition for Naaman to be cleansed of leprosy (2 Kings 5). Could he expect a cure without going to the water?

Was there something about Jordan River water that cleansed leprosy? No, Naaman was healed on the condition of his obedience. Cleansed by the grace of God, he had nothing to boast about.

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Grace applied

Water cannot wash away sins; Christ’s blood does. When? At the moment we are buried with Him in baptism (Colossians 2:12-13).

Praise be to God for His marvelous grace!

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Would You?

Would you become a member of a congregation if:

You must give up your highly prestigious position with all its wealth, power, and comfort?

Those in this congregation occupy the bottom rung socially?

They would constantly criticize you, not appreciating what you sacrificed for them?

And would you:

Believe the sacrifice well worth it?

Refuse to look back longingly to all you gave up?

Endure to the end?

If so,

Shake hands with Moses! You have a lot in common.

“By faith Moses . . . choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26).

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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