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Water Baptism- Matthew 3:1-17
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015
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The origin of water baptism- v.1

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Literally, “John the baptizer, came…”Although there were other forms of washings and purifications as rituals among the Jewish religions of the day, here was a new beginning as to how John went about doing the work of the LORD as the forerunner. His baptism was one of the confessing of sins (v 6) and calling upon the hearers to repent (turn from any thoughts of righteousness in themselves) and look to the only One who, as King, was now at hand, and therefore His kingdom at hand.

The reason for water baptism-vv. 2,3

This was not any earthly physical Jewish kingdom that John preached. Even as then, so now, many sought and seek an earthly, physical Jewish kingdom, but the LORD declared that His kingdom at hand is not natural but spiritual (Luke 17:20-21).The spiritual kingdom is revealed only by the Spirit of God, bringing sinners in submission to God’s King, the LORD Jesus (John 3:3) the eternal Son of God, now come in the flesh (Galatians 4:4) to redeem unto God the Father, a people (subjects) unto His name, Luke 1:68-75. This baptism then was new, and unique in its message, different from the religious ceremonies of outward purification of the day, even as Christ’s work was ‘outside the camp’ of all that was man-made religion of His day, and accomplished to the honor and glory of God the Father alone on behalf of that spiritual Israel that He came to save (Hebrews 13:12). John, the forerunner of the LORD Jesus ministered, preached and baptized outside the ‘camp’ of the earthly Jerusalem, separated from the religious ceremonies and works of the day, in the wilderness, where the prophet Isaiah had foretold that he should be THE VOICE crying in THE WILDERNESS (not in the religious centers of the day). The way of the LORD was the way of Christ Jesus, God in the flesh (John 1:14), and making His paths straight, by clearly setting Him forth according to the Scriptures where men have perverted His way, and preach ‘another jesus,’ rather than THE LORD Jesus Christ, Galatians 1:6,7. Jeremiah 1:10- to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”

The subjects of water baptism- v.5

‘Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins…” Many came out of curiosity to see physically with their own eyes, but those who were baptized were those made to own their sin before the LORD, by the Spirit of grace, and to confess themselves as lost apart from the ONE Redeemer to whom John pointed them, ‘the Lamb of God!’ John 1:29. Therefore, only those are proper subjects of water baptism who are drawn to the LORD Jesus as sinners. Repentance is the gift of God, and is faith toward the LORD Jesus- Acts 20:21

The meaning of water baptism- v.15

“And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill ALL righteousness,” When our LORD Jesus came to John to be baptized, and John resisted, HE reminded John that in what His baptism represented, burial in the waters (immersed) and coming up out of the water, v.16, He was proclaiming the fulfillment of ALL righteousness in the life, death, burial and resurrection of the LORD Jesus. As the forerunner, it was not only John’s to PREACH Him as the Lamb of God, but demonstrate His dying and rising again, and thereby give all whom the LORD has so taught of Christ the same example to follow. There is no salvation in the water, but ALL in the Savior’s doing, dying and rising again. Romans 4:25. This is the only true baptism taught in Scripture- Acts 2:38-42.

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Water Baptism- Matthew 3:1-17
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015
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The origin of water baptism- v.1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying,...
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Preaching the Gospel of the Grace of God
SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015
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Acts 20:18-27 The Manner of Preaching the Gospel of the Grace of God 18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, 19...
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How Sinners are brought to God in Repentance
TUESDAY, APRIL 07, 2015
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2 Timothy 2:23-26 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.We cannot by natural reasoning and debate bring sinners to repent (have a change of mind and heart) in things pertaining to God, Christ, sin,...
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God’s Judgments
SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015
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Jeremiah 13:20-27 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock? No one likes to think of God judging sinners, but the reality is that history records many ways that God...
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The Spirit of Grace
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
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Zechariah 12:10-14 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for...
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God’s Purpose in Salvation
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015
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Romans 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Salvation is of the LORD from...
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Preaching the Christ of the Cross
MONDAY, MARCH 09, 2015
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1 Corinthians 2:1-5 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. We dare not think that we add anything to the Gospel of God, which is God’s testimony of the...
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Ears to Hear
THURSDAY, MARCH 05, 2015
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Matthew 13:10-14 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? A parable is the placing of one comparison over against the other. Our Lord would often take an example from everyday life, and place it against...
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The Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015
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John 6:53-58 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. The thought of eating the flesh of the Son of man, or drinking His blood was...
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