Baptism, Does It Save You!

Sorry to tell you but no! The act of baptism does not save you in the least. To be baptized first you have to take Jesus as your own. The act of taking Jesus saves you, the baptism, seals the deal.

After taking Christ, you are baptized so that you may receive the Holy Spirit. Yup believe it or not the Holy Spirit does not indwell till you are baptized. Some put it off and some never get it but the Bible is very clear. Baptism should be done right after taking the Lord.

Now some will tell you that baby baptism is okay, but there is no Biblical scripture to back it up. No where in the Bible does it say that. Beside, to be baptized is a personal thing and the last time I checked, a baby didn’t say yes or no. The baby has no idea what is going on. To it, it is getting wet, that is about all the baby knows. But we are not talking child baptism which is a whole other question altogether.

Is the act of the baptism enough to save your soul. Well if it was the only thing needed at the time sure but it doesn’t work like that. The simple act of being dunked under water is not enough. 1st Peter reads thus.

1 Peter 3:21

21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God [b]for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

So what does this mean. Simply put, the baptism is of no use unless you are saved by The Blood Of The Lamb! Jesus died then he rose again. Through his resurrection, you are saved by the baptism. The two go hand in hand.

Let me give you an example.

Acts 8:26-40

26 But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” ([a]This is a desert road.) 27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his [b]chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this [c]chariot.”30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:

He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
33 In humiliation His judgment was taken away;
Who will [d]relate His [e]generation?
For His life is removed from the earth.”

34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 [[f]And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the [g]chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, [h]but went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip [i]found himself at [j]Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

Notice in 36 it reads that the eunuch listens then sees the water. He jumps out of the  chariot and wants to be baptized but Philip responded with . “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

With that the eunuch is baptized but not before taking Jesus as his own.

Even Jesus was baptized but that was a different kind of baptism. As Jesus was sinless, it was not a baptism to cleanse. His was a baptism of announcement. The minute Jesus came up out of the water, God himself spoke.

Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus *arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15 But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he *permitted Him. 16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and [a]he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and[b]lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is[c]My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

John 1:29-34

29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who [a]has a higher rank than I,for He existed before me.’ 31 I did not recognize [b]Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing [c]in water.” 32 John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not recognize [d]Him, but He who sent me to baptize [e]in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes [f]in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

Mark 1:9-11

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens [a]opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;11 and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”

Luke 3:21-23

21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”

I asked my best friend and brother John Howard about Jesus’ baptism. It was not a baptism to cleanse sin and he responded with.

 “You’re right – it wasn’t for cleansing from sin. And because Jesus never sinned, he didn’t need John’s baptism (which was to show that people repented of their sins (Mt 3:11). When John didn’t want to baptize Jesus, Jesus said to do it “to fulfil all righteousness” or “to carry out all that God requires”. We see in Mk 16:16 that baptism is a sign of belief, and according to John 3:16-18, only believing in Jesus is necessary for salvation. Once we believe ( and are baptized as a sign of our belief) we learn to follow Him and be His disciple, as our Saviour and Lord.”

Jesus is perfect. He can be nothing else for He is the Son of God. God made flesh so that we might, by way of salvation through the lamb, enter into heaven. The sacrifice made, for us, on our behalf, even though we did not deserve the sacrifice made.  We are washed in His blood.

So does baptism, in itself actually save you. No. You can be drowned, dunked, sprinkled and sprayed and guess what. It is not going to save you. Just like sitting your fanny in a church pew every Sunday is not going to save you. You can do it til the day you die and you will still not get to dwell with the Father.

Salvation is a two fold (simple) thing.

1 You come to know the Jesus I know. The holy Son of God. The one who died for you. Taking him as your own. Accepting Him as you Lord and Saviour.  Letting Him into your heart. Letting Him guide you in your walk. Oh and you have to mean it.

2 Being baptized. Take Jesus, be dunked in His name.

Very simple. Sure there are ministers out there that are going to say that it is a little more complicated than that. Well in fact it’s not. Look back at the Eunuch. Accept Jesus..be baptized. Simple!

Why Aren’t You One?!

“Zombie Jesus has risen from the Dead!”

That’s what I heard on a TV show after Easter. To say I was shocked would be too easy. Even my wife said that it was so wrong and it was. I can understand that not all people believe as I do. People believe in different gods and things and that is their right.

It never ceases to surprise me that they pick on Jesus when they need a joke. Or take His name in vain during a comedy skit. Not sure why. You don’t see them taking Buddha’s name or Vishnu’s name in vain. But it seems that Jesus is fair game. Even television shows are now doing it. Taking the Lord’s name in vain. It doesn’t seem to bother them at all.

People say that Christianity is just too easy. Believe in a God that loves you and sent His son to die for mankind. To give over control to an unseen God and believe without seeing. We must be daft. But it is not as easy as it sounds. Your brain says no and your heart says yes. The two are in constant battle for dominion.

For so long believing in Jesus was considered a disease. You were considered psychotic cause how could you believe in such a thing. But through the decades those people who said those very same things met up with the One that they said was not real and found out He was.

Christians are made fun of. They are treated like crap. They get spit on and beheaded. In some countries, they have been forced underground and meet secretly in houses or basements. Worshiping Jesus is against the law in some countries. I don’t understand why.

Jesus Christ, the King Of Kings, Lord of Lords. Fairest of Ten Thousand. The Mighty God, Glorious Warrior. Born of a virgin, in a manger meant for a beast of burden. He rose to become the greatest teacher ever known and taught that God was a God of love. He sacrificed himself. Chose the day, time and place of His death. He had the right to say no. He didn’t have to die. He could have left us to burn in hell.

Jesus said (Matthew 10:16-21)

16“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. 17“But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19“But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20“For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

      21“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22“You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.”

People will hate you because of Jesus’ name. As Christians, we carry his name. We willingly came to Jesus and took Him as our own. We are His and He is ours. We are brothers and sisters in Christ.

Does that make it any easier to be a follower of Jesus. Nope. It doesn’t. But knowing that there are others out there that believe the same as you do is very comforting. Knowing that you can go to almost any country and find someone of a like mind and soul is so rewarding.

People laugh at you and talk about behind your back. They point fingers and giggle. They say it’s just to easy to be a Christian. My response!

“If it’s so easy being a Christian..then why aren’t you one!”

Belief!

2000 years ago, give or take a few decades, a man hung on a cross for all mankind. He didn’t do it because he had to or needed to or was required to do it to show who he was. He did it because he wanted to. Simple actually. He was sent by his father to be the sacrifice that for centuries had been a goat.  An unblemished goat that was perfect in every way or at least as perfect as they could find.

This man was perfect in every way. He had in no way ever committed a sin. He never spoke a cross word to anyone nor did he ever swear. He loved with a righteous love that was so overwhelming that people flocked to him.

Why did they flock to him you might ask. He had a charismatic way about him. He was not overbearing. He didn’t speak in fancy words that no one could understand. He spoke in simple terms so that no man would be left out. He spoke in parables that he didn’t explain as to leave the people wondering what he meant. Wait that’s wrong, sorry..it’s early. He spoke in parables and then he explained the parable afterwords so that no man was left out in understanding.

He enjoyed being around people but like all of us, he needed time to himself so that he could decompress and talk to his father. When children came around he didn’t send them away, rather he encouraged them to come and play. I think he enjoyed the unbridled laughter and enjoyment.

Unfortunately the enjoyment ended and he found out how fickle people are. At the time he needed them, they turned their backs on him and threw him under the bus. He could have lashed out and cursed them. He could have screamed and yelled and called them all kind of names but he didn’t. he did the one thing that although he had told them many times would happen, he let them take him and torture him. 

He didn’t put up a fight nor did he cry out for help. He could of. He could have called down an army of angels to free him from a death so horrible, we would faint at the thought of it. He was punished so bad that he even his punishers were affected.

Who is this man I speak of. Well, it is Jesus Christ. The only Son of the Most High God, Jehovah. Jesus, the name above all names. The holy and complete sacrifice. He did what no other God of this world had the nerve to do. He put his life on the line for ALL of mankind. He did so willingly. 

This blog is about belief. What do i believe. I will tell you. 

The Apostle Creed

I believe in God the Father, maker of heaven and earth 
And in Jesus Christ His only Son 
I believe in the virgin birth 
I believe in the Man of Sorrows bruised for iniquities 
I believe in the Lamb who was
Crucified and hung between two thieves
I believe in the resurrection on the
Third and glorious day 
And I believe in the empty tomb and the
Stone that the angel rolled away 
He descended and set the captives free 
And now He sits at God’s right hand
And prepares a place for me
This is my creed, the witness I have heard 
The faith that has endured 
This truth is assured 
Through the darkest ages past 
Though persecuted, it will last 
And I will hold steadfast to this creed
I believe He sent His Spirit to comfort and to reveal 
To lead us into the truth and light, to baptize and to seal 
I believe that He will come back the way He went away 
And receive us all unto Himself, but no man knows the day
I believe He is the Judge of all men, small and great 
The resurrected souls of men receive from Him their fate 
Some to death and some to life, some to their reward 
Some to sing eternal praise forever to our Lord
That is what I believe! Jesus Christ. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Master of my soul. the only way to the Father. The only one that is going to get you there. He has and always will be the only one for me!