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Baptism Saves! Yes it does!

Today I witnessed the power of God’s spiritual kingdom upon this lady… Without a doubt, she experienced Pentecost. She received the Promise – ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind’ (Acts 2:17). She’d been attending Sunday School for a few weeks now and last Tuesday, decided she wanted to be baptized. We were so excited for her. God is moving upon the hearts of the people of this island. So, here we are. Today was her BIG day. You could sense the anticipation of a blessing in her spirit. She was hungry. She wanted God. I saw her on Wednesday night at the annual convention, she told me she couldn’t wait!!

Today I witnessed the power of God’s spiritual kingdom upon this lady… Without a doubt, she experienced Pentecost. She received the Promise – ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind’ (Acts 2:17). She’d been attending Sunday School for a few weeks now and last Tuesday, decided she wanted to be baptized. We were so excited for her. God is moving upon the hearts of the people of this island. So, here we are. Today was her BIG day. You could sense the anticipation of a blessing in her spirit. She was hungry. She wanted God. I saw her on Wednesday night at the annual convention, she told me she couldn’t wait!!

The Day of Pentecost

Acts 2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Acts 2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

REPENT > The turning away from

BE BAPTIZED > An outward act of receiving God’s grace for the forgiveness of sins

Drawing close to the time of His death, during the Passover meal, while they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26: 26-28). Jesus here was describing what He was about to accomplish for us with His death.

In Colossians 2:12 the Apostle Paul states “having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead”.

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He issues the Great Commission mandate to His disciples to Go, Baptize, Make disciples and Teach them the Kingdom. For all who are baptized in response to the Gospel, Baptism symbolizes submission to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a willingness to live according to God’s Kingdom principles. The believer is now under a new government – a spiritual government. It is the public identification that he or she has now become a member of God’s kingdom,

The believer is now under a new covenant. What covenant you ask? Great question! Let me take you back for a bit. Historically, every morning and evening, a lamb was sacrificed in the Jewish temple for the sins of the people. Isaiah prophesied (53:7) that the Messiah, God’s only Son would be led to the slaughter like a lamb. To pay the penalty of sin, a life had to be given – God chose to provide the sacrifice of His own Son. Jesus’ death was a “once for all”. There would be no need for anymore animal sacrifice. At the point on the cross when Jesus said, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34), this was the point at which He was temporarily separated from God, taking upon Himself the sins of the entire world (past present and future). A little later before He gave up His Spirit He said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). That was it. The end of the old covenant of animal sacrifices. Jesus paid the penalty for all sins. If you believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ you too can receive forgiveness of sins through Baptism. I must add one more to this – John 1:29: “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. Jesus was the sacrificial lamb. He died, was buried and became the firstborn from the dead. This means this young lady who was baptized today, as will all who remain in-Christ will defeat death and rise again to live eternally with Jesus. The same God that raised Jesus from the dead has become her Lord – God is now her Help (The Lord is my light and my salvation…she has nothing or no-one to fear now). Baptism not only saves you, but you become a part of Christ’s kingdom having access to all that is His.

So! This lady has tasted of the heavenly promise!! She has satisfied the requirement to be ‘born again’ – “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). She is now a member of the Kingdom of God, one in which He said “I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them upon their hearts, and I will be their God, and they will be My people. For I will be merciful to their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more”                           (Hebrews 8:10,12).        Praise The Lord!!

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