Scriptural baptism is BELIEVER’S baptism, which is only for believers. When the Lord saves a sinner, that sinner will have a heart felt desire to obey the Savior’s commandment and confess Christ publicly in believer’s baptism. This desire does not come from a legal fear (afraid the Lord will punish us for not obeying), but rather this desire is the obedience of a child who finds joy in publicly identifying with our Lord and Savior. It is a desire born from God given belief on the Lord Jesus Christ.
What a joy for a new believer to be able to publicly say “All my hope of salvation is in the Lord Jesus Christ my substitute. When He died, He died for my sin, and I died to the law and justice in Him. When Christ was buried, I was buried in Him. And when Christ arose, I arose in Him.” At the same time, it is a joy for the rest of the body of believers to be able to rejoice with our new brother or sister as they confess Christ.
Many places in religion make the “candidate for baptism” give their testimony and answer questions publicly to be sure the “candidate” is qualified for baptism. How sad! They have missed the point! Believer’s baptism IS our confession and our testimony that all of our salvation is in the doing, the dying, and the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This thought is both sobering and encouraging: The Lord has been in our midst, mercifully calling His sheep to Himself. Let us pray that He will not leave us alone, but continue to meet with us and make His power in salvation known.
I believe that all who come to our Redeemer in saving faith Do so PERSONALLY. I wish that I could believe God for my family; but unless a man in his own heart believes on Christ, he will perish. Those who come to Christ will come SINCERELY. A man is not only persuaded that Christ is the way, but in his heart he lovingly and sincerely agrees with God’s terms of salvation. “My son, give me thine heart” (Prove. 23:26). It is the heart or nothing in this heavenly marriage. Also, those who come to Christ do so RATIONALLY, in knowledge and understanding. They know WHAT He saved them from—sin’s curse and condemnation. The know WHO saved them—our Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man. They know HOW He saved the—by His perfect obedience and precious blood. They know WHY He saved them—“according to the good pleasure of His own will” (grace, grace, and more grace). And those who come to Christ come PERMANENTLY, with no intention of ever leaving Him; and, by His grace, with no possibility of ever being forsaken by Him. - Pastor Henry Mahan
The admission of every new member into the visible Church, whether young or grown up, is an event which ought to excite a lively interest in a Christian assembly: it is an event that ought to call forth the fervent prayers of all praying people. - J.C. Ryle
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. - Psalm 113:9
And He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee” (II Cor 12:9)
Grace is defined as undeserved, unearned favor from God. The Greek word means: that which affords joy, pleasure, and delight. God’s grace brings the believer joy, pleasure, and delight because God’s grace is not something we earned, but is the free gift of God, and because God’s grace is sufficient in every situation.
God’s grace is sufficient to save from sin. We have the forgiveness of sin according to the riches of God’s grace (Eph 1:7). It is God’s grace that brings salvation to God’s elect (Titus 2:11). And thankfully, God’s grace is sufficient to save even the worst sinners: where sin abounded, grace did much more abound (Rom 5:20).
God’s grace is sufficient to call God’s elect to Himself. I am so very thankful that I am not required to effectually call God’s people to Christ. God WILL call all of His people to Himself through the preaching of the gospel. God WILL call all He has saved according to His own purpose and grace in our Lord Jesus Christ (II Tim 1:9). And when God’s purpose for us on this earth is finished, God will call all of His people to eternal glory with Him (I Peter 5:10).
God’s grace is sufficient to make His elect new creatures in Christ. No believer is born of the will of the flesh. The new birth is an act of God’s grace. Saul of Tarsus could only be made into the apostle Paul by the all sufficient grace of God (I Cor 15:10). If you or I are ever used of God for His glory and the good of His people, it will be by the same grace of our God.
God’s grace is sufficient for every trial the Lord sends our way (II Cor 12:9). Every child of God has access to the throne of grace where we find grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:16). The grace that comes from the throne of God is so sufficient that not only will a believer be enabled to endure the trial, but God given grace will cause us to rejoice, not in the pain of the trial, but in the grace of God given to us during the trial
(II Cor 12:10)
God’s grace is sufficient to give a sinner a good hope of salvation and eternal glory (II Thes 2:16). The only way a sinner can have a sure hope of being cleansed from every sin and expect to spend eternity in the presence of our Savior is through the sovereign grace of God.
It is no wonder that generations of believers have loved to sing “Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me!”
Someone said, “God saved me against my will, with my full consent.” That is well said. Everyone God saves is saved against the will of the flesh. However, everyone God saves is saved with his full consent because God makes His people willing in the day of His power (Ps 110:3) when He gives them a new will that comes from the new nature given in the new birth. No one is forgiven who hates sovereign mercy. No one is given spiritual life who hates free grace. God makes His people willing to repent of everything they are, to completely trust in Christ, to lovingly receive Christ, and to look expectantly for His return.
…without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
A current oracle of wisdom adorning the sign in front of a “church” near my home reads “If God is your co-pilot, swap seats!” I really do my best to completely ignore such nonsense, but now and then one, such as this, displays in a remarkable way the depth of religious error apart from revealing grace.
Even this “correction” of a previously conceived masterpiece-“God is my co-pilot”, is a weakly disguised declaration of the humanism that is the new age gospel of anti-Christ.
If your God needs a co-pilot, you are in deep trouble. If you cooperated in any way whatsoever with God in the matter of your salvation, then there is no grace for you and you have no Savior. Christ is all and in all (Col 3:11), the Alpha and Omega (Rev 21:6), the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2). There is no need for any sinner to swap seats with God because there is only one seat. It is the throne of the universe, and Christ sits upon it (Rev 4:2). My only hope is to sit there in Him (Eph 2:6), and this happens only at His sovereign, gracious, saving discretion.
If men and women are ever made to see how utterly dependent we are upon Christ, then certainly we would fly to Him. We hang utterly upon His mercy. He will save us or damn us as it pleases Him. But whether pilot or co-pilot, grace is no more grace (Rom 11:6). If I have any hand in it, then it is disaster. I am nothing, I have nothing, I can do nothing, and I like it that way. Christ is all, is not a slogan or a saying we put on our church sign. It is the indisputable message of holy scripture.
Neither salvation nor sanctification are in any way a cooperative effort. When Peter was sinking beneath the waves, he didn’t say, “Lord, nothing is going to happen today that you and I together can’t handle.” He said, “Lord, save me.”
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