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Why Water Baptism ? page 2.

By Pastor Jim Brenay

You may recall in our last study, we stated that the new birth is a process. Salvation began in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve fell to satans deception. The process of restoring man to relationship with God began there.

We read in, Genesis 3:21 the LORD God made coats of skins, and clothed them. You donít get coats of skins unless something has been sacrificed. We read also in the 4th chapter, that Able and Cain had been taught to bring sacrifices to God. Genesis 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Genesis 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.

This process of making sacrifices continued up to and after the flood. We read that Noah built an alter and God honored His relationship with man by a covenant Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burn offerings on the altar. Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; ... Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Genesis 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

In Genesis 12:1 We find God chooses one man in all the earth, the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

We then find evidence in the 14th. chapter, that The LORD had expanded His means of restoring man to include a priestly function as well as giving of tithes and the blessing of bread and wine. This Order of Melchizedek is explained far more comprehensively in the book of Hebrews.

Genesis 14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale. Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. Genesis 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Now that the LORD is dealing with one specific person, Abram, lets look at how our salvation today compares to that of Abram. In the following passages we find that the LORD made covenant with Abram and changed his Name. Genesis17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, Genesis 17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, Genesis 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Genesis 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.



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