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Friday, January 27, 2012

New Birth


Jesus told Nicodemus in the gospel of John (the 3rd chapter) that he "must be born again". Nothing so depicts that new birth than when someone is baptized into the name of Jesus Christ. I hear so many people today explaining away the importance or necessity of being baptized, while you see just the opposite in scripture. Scriptures are full of accounts of church leaders trying to explain the importance of baptism. I don't see Peter trying to explain away the importance of it in Acts 2:38. I don't see Philip trying to explain how it's not very important in Acts 8:35-39. I don't hear Paul saying anything contrary in Romans 6:3-5. We have become so afraid that someone is going to teach that the 'water' itself is what saves. I don't know anyone who teaches that water saves. We are all in agreement that JESUS SAVES. But even Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 commanded the disciples to baptize EVERYONE in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Let's read what the church leaders in the New Testament taught about baptism and then shout a HEARTY AMEN! Don't explain it away... Explain it EXACTLY how the Bible explains!

The picture above was painted by Christina Ramos and is available at our church bookstore. It's her son baptizing her daughter! It's beautiful and I have a copy in my office. May every believer in Jesus Christ be baptized in HIS PRECIOUS NAME!

2 comments:

Theresa Robinson said...

Thank you Dudley...

Theresa Monique Robinson

Theresa Robinson said...

Dudley,

I just wanted to say Thank You, I've been running and searching my entire life...The day my life changed was when I made the decision to get baptized (full immersion) at Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch, Ca. It was a difficult decision but my family was there to guide me (all of them)! As believer, what is my next step?

Theresa Monique Robinson ;-)