THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS


DAILY DEVOTIONS

HI!

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A man who had been wonderfully saved was entering into the batismal waters with the pastor.

Suddenly, he remembered he'd left his billfold in his pant pocket. He said, "Oh! Preacher! I forgot and left my billfold in my pocket!"

The pastor said, "That's all right. You billfold needs to be committed to witness for Jesus too!"

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Mark 16:16
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
KJV

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One preacher was leading a discussion type class, and the topic was salvation. He asked, "How shall we be saved?"

One man said, "We'll be saved when we repent and turn to God."
Another said, "We'll be saved when we repent, forsake our sins, and turn to God."
Another said, "And we must have a true heart, too."
Another added, "And we must be diligent to read and obey God's Word."
Another added, "And we must be baptized."

Do you see what was happening? Each person was adding what he felt was significant. But those additions, significant as they may be in the plan of salvation, were only added to make self look good.

Jesus told Nicodemus that "...whosoever believeth on HIM shall not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) Jesus also told Martha, "... I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die . Believest thou this?" (John 11:25-26)

If a person "believeth," that person will WANT to be baptized. The Philippian jailor wanted to be baptized. The Ethiopian Eunuch wanted to be baptized. But baptism didn't SAVE them. They were baptized BECAUSE they were saved.

You see, when we commit ourselves in total surrender to Jesus as Lord, His Holy Spirit enters our soul and gives us the "wants" of Christ Himself.

Then we want to give that witness of what has already happened in our hearts and souls. That is: that we have died to self, been buried with Christ, and are being raised by His power to walk in a new way of life. And THAT is what baptism is...it is a WITNESS to what has already taken place in our soul.

Let us not try and add to God's simplistic plan!
Let us BELIEVE!

Love ya,
Bruce