Benefits of Baptism

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:26-27).  Who is this Christ a person “puts on” by being baptized? “When the fullness of time had come God sent forth His Son (the Christ), born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (4:4-7).

God made it possible to become His children by sending His only begotten Son (John 3:16) to redeem human kind from the curse of the Law (3:13).  That all the benefits of Jesus Christ may be yours, He provides the means of baptism. The person being baptized is being clothed with Christ so that what God says of Jesus Christ at His baptism (Matt. 3:17) He says of the person being baptized, “This is my beloved son.” The baptized receive all the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection (Romans 6:3,4; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21) so that they are heirs, joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17), and the true descendants of Abraham (Gal. 3:29). What an honor!

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The Lord has put away your sin. You shall not die.

When King David was told the consequences of his sin–murder within his own family, enemies arise from his own family, what you did secretly will be done openly against you–David said, “I have sinned.” David had indeed sinned. He committed adultery. To keep his sin covered he sent the husband, Uriah, into battle where he was killed (2 Samuel 11,12). In this way he murdered. Yet when David repented and confessed, Nathan the prophet said, “The Lord also has put away your sin. You shall not die.”

Unless David were forgiven, he had the sentence of death upon him. This is true of all humanity. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). David’s sins are common to our times: sexual sins, murder (especially of the unborn), living lies. Consequences such as disease, broken homes, and rebellious children, come upon us so that we may say, “I have sinned.” Only then can one hear the Word, “The Lord has put away your sin. You shall not die.” King David’s greater descendent, Jesus Christ, “Redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). The worst of sinners can say, “In Jesus I have forgiveness.”

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God has the last Word

Selecting what news to report and how to report it, sways the thinking and opinions of the populace. Gradually people are led to accept what they had considered morally unacceptable, such as same sex marriage and activity, conceiving children apart from marriage, and aborting the unborn.

A case in point is that of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. As evidence in his trial was presented–killing babies of botched abortions by cutting their spinal cords, carelessly neglecting mothers who died as a result of his neglect–there was very little coverage from the mainstream media. Why the silence about these gruesome acts of violence against the most vulnerable among humanity? Is it so that people will not cry out in protest against the so-called pro-choice, killing of babies in the womb.

No matter which way the media sways your thinking, God will have the last word. He who knit you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139), also said, “You shall not kill!” (Exodus 20). “You know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15). For the mothers and fathers of the millions, and their attending physicians, who chose to end the life of their unborn children, there is hope. For those who acknowledge their sin and repent, God says, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Though they be red like crimson they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

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Counterfeit Religion

Major Nida Hasan openly advocated Islamist violence against his fellow Americans. Voices of protest were silenced. Had Major Hason’s brazen violation of his oath of office not been protected, fourteen people near Fort Hood might still be living.

In contrast a certain atheistic group is gaining the attention of the Defence Department in their demand that anyone in uniform who shares his Christian faith (called proselytizing) be court martialed for treason and sedition.

Not fair the Christian replies. True! Yet the Christian can take heart. The devil supports all false religions. The destruction of Christianity has been, and always will be, Satan’s goal. This bias against Christianity is one more affirmation that it is the one true religion. All others are counterfeit.

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