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What Does God Say About Baptism?

  • Fulfills righteousness. Matthew 3:15
  • Saves us. Mark 16:15,16; 1 Peter 3:21
  • Answer of a good conscience toward God. 1 Peter 3:21
  • For remission of sins. Acts 2:38
  • Washes away sin. Acts 22:16
  • How all become children of God. Galatians 3:26,27
  • By faith puts into Christ. Galatians 3:26,27
  • Entry point into Christ’s body, the church. 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22,23; Ac.2:40,41,47

With all the good things that God says in the Bible about baptism above, why do so many religious teachers denigrate it as a “work of men” and deny it’s necessity?  Consider the Lord’s response to Peter in this regard in Mark 8:31-33.

Concerning the baptism John taught and administered (Mark 1:4), Jesus asked, The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me (Mark 11:28-32).  And we ask concerning baptism as taught by Christ and His apostles, “Is it from heaven or men?”  Being from heaven, all men need to submit it to be saved (Mark:16:15-16).    HJS

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“No Greater Love Could Ever Be!”

No greater love could be behind God’s grand plans for man.  Consider that His love is the…

• Greatest love in sending His Son from heaven. Ph.2:•5-7

• Greatest love in letting Him be our propitiation. 1Jn2:2

• Greatest love in allowing Him to die. Jn.3:16

• Greatest love in that He forgives our sins and remembers them no more. He.8:12

• Greatest love in that He not only rescues from Satan and our sin, but gives us adoption into His family. Ro.8:15b

• Greatest love in that allows us to reign with Him. Re.20:6; 1:9

• Greatest love in that He prepared a place for us after death in His house-a mansion! Jn.14:1-3

• Greatest love in that He will use the same power that raised Jesus to raise us up to a celestial life. 2Cr.4:14; 1Cr.15:40; 1Th.4:17

• Greatest love in that all the vile and corruptible things troubling us, He will take away. 1Cr.15:50-54

• Greatest love in that even as we wait for heaven, we may do so in paradise. Lk.23:43

• Greatest love in that we will have bodies like as of Christ! 1Jn.3:1,2

A grand and glorious day is coming! Now our eyes are flooded with tears for mortality and corruption that abounds.  Then thoughts will ever be on joy, His glory and ours, immortality and incorruption! Truly He will wipe away all those tears from the eye (Re.21:4).     HJS

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Respect For Christ’s Authority

Jesus declares, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18).  By inspiration Paul wrote of Christ that the Father hath put all things under His feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church (Ephesians 1:22-23).  Just as the head of the physical body is the source of authority or the controlling part of the body, so Christ has all authority in the church.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:17).

We should not doubt the necessity of obedience because Christ has all authority.  We shouldn’t question the need of baptism , for Christ said, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark 16:16).  To question this statement or any other would be to question the authority of Christ.  Jesus asks, And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46).  He is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him (Hebrews 5:9).

No one can accept Christ without accepting His authority.  No one can really respect His authority without obeying His commands.  To question His right to command us or to fail to obey those commandments, places our souls in jeopardy.  Let us FULLY accept the authority of Christ.          HJS

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“Nature” Is Wonderful!

This is written on perhaps the coldest day of this winter. But doesn’t it thrill us to think of the many moments we have enjoyed viewing or basking in “nature’s” glorious presence! Spring fever will soon overtake many of us for those mountains, canyons, fields, oceans, lakes, streams, plants of beauty and the beasts. They provide delight, challenge and sustains us.

What we call “nature” declares the One even more wonderful – the Father of us all, the Creator of nature and every good thing we enjoy. The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead… (Romans 1:20a). The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1).

God also provides a fulfilling challenge to attain ALL of His blessings and our BEST potential in being like His Son. He sustains us and blesses us with every good thing in life. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17). His spiritual blessings do not go dormant with the seasons nor fade in their beauty. No man can contaminate or deface the greatest of God’s blessings. His Son, Jesus and the life we may know in Christ are the greatest of Our Father’s gifts. Jesus says, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10).

By His word, the Bible and living the Christian life, we attain the blessedness our loving Father is waiting to bestow on us. All spiritual blessing under the sun are in the Son (Ephesians 1:3-6; Galatians 3:26-29). Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:9-13: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him….Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Maybe it is hard to think on parts of “nature” that seem dead for the the cold of Winter. Like in an hour of sorrow, our desires seem difficult to revive. But our Father knows and can provide every need we have and ones of cheer that will endure the ages. After-all it is He who has given us family, friends and the wonder of “nature”. Great comfort and delight can be known even in the darkest of hours to those who trust God. Another and far more glorious spring is yet to come to life for those who trust and obey Him.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4). Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality(1Corinthians 15:51-53). For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1Thessalonians 4:16-17).

It is enjoyable to listen to a fisherman, hunter or outdoorsman tell about his love of nature and exploits in the wild. They speak about the nice crisp air of a Fall or Winter morning, the sights and the calm of being in the Arkansas woods, rivers and lakes. Outdoors men gain a great knowledge, appreciation and excitement for “nature”. For just a few moments, let’s contemplate another beautiful realm – heaven – God’s real country! Can you imagine the experience? Here is a poem about that from an author unknown.

What Must It Be Like?

What must it be to step on shore, and find it – heaven;

To take hold of a hand, and find it – God’s hand;

To breathe a new air, and find it – celestial air;

To be invigorated, and find it – immortality;

To rise from the care, and loneliness, and turmoil of earth into unbroken calm;

To wake up and find it – Glory.

Someone acquainted with the third heaven wrote, For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen (Ephesians 3:14-21). Amen.    HJS

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The Stairway To Heaven

 There is a stairway that leads to a place wherein no man has entered but One. God revealed it to Jacob in a dream (Genesis 28:10-17). That wonderful place is the Father’s house – heaven. That ladder is Christ (John 1:51).

The climb is secured by a sure anchor for souls who put there faith in Christ (Hebrews 6:17-20).

There is a doorway that leads to an eternal and better existence. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6). Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep….I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture (John 10:7-9).

A new day will dawn of life-eternal in Heaven for the man, woman, or child who will walk the new and leaving way, consecrated by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:16-23).

Will you put your faith in Christ and climb the high calling of God in Christ Jesus? (Philippians 3:13-15). Are you climbing the stairway to heaven? HJS

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