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Why Water Baptism ? page 3.

By Pastor Jim Brenay

Continuing on with the thought of how our salvation today compares to that of Abrahamís, we find in. Genesis 17:9 that God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

Genesis 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

Genesis 17:11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

In summarizing then, we find that Abraham had a covenant with the LORD that provided blessings, safety, and many promises, in exchange for his keeping that covenant. We see Abraham as having a sacrifice for sin, a covenant with circumcision and a name change, and a High Priest with the giving of bread and wine, and the giving of tithes. These same elements can be found in the LORDS plan of salvation for us today.

Since we are studying baptism, lets look at how that aspect of our salvation compares to Abrahamís covenant of circumcision. Colossians 2:11 In whom (that is Christ) also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: How is this accomplished? Colossians 2:12 By being buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

So we see then that baptism is the circumcision of the heart, thus being as vital for us today, as was the circumcision in the flesh, in Abrahamís day. We understand that we are buried together with Him, by baptism into death. No man, when he has died, can be buried with just one shovel full of dirt. Neither can a person be baptized by just sprinkling a little water over ones head. The idea of baptism, is to be buried completely in water, as if to bury a dead person. Romans|6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Romans|6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans|6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Romans|6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Romans|6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. Romans|6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Ephesians|2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Ephesians|2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, Ephesians|2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

When you are baptized, all the works of the flesh die with you. We need to look at baptism as a total cleansing from all that Jesus died for. Not just sin, but all the works of Satan. Sickness, disease, heartache, division, demonic control, all have to leave at death. When you are put into that watery grave, expect great things to happen such as, freedom from bondage, healing, deliverance from demonic oppression, what ever your problem is, prepare to leave it in the grave, and rise up free and in newness of life.



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