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Why Water Baptism ? page 5

Covenant in the Name.

by Pastor Jim Brenay 

Taken from Shakespeareís Romeo and Juliet, act II, Scene II,

Line 47 Romeo doff thy name, and for that name ... take all of me. Rom. I take thee at thy word: Call me but love, and Iíll be new baptized:

Shakespeare must have known something that most so called denominational Christians are unaware of today. Receiving of the name at baptism. Romeo was willing to give up his name for Julietís love, what sort of programs, nice surroundings, or take it by faith doctrines are some Christians willing to trade for the truth? Proverbs 23:23 Says buy the truth, and sell it not; In other words, "pay the price for Christianity, donít just believe any old doctrine that comes down the pike." It must be rooted in the word.

We may recall, in our previous study, that Godís (Jehovahís) covenant with Abraham began with circumcision. 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. Since water baptism is the circumcision made without hands, then it is at the time of baptism, that we inter into covenant relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us that all these things happened unto them (Israel) for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. We read in Hebrews 8:7 if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: Hebrews 10:16,17 repeats this same info. Read Hebrews 8,9, & 10 for a better understanding.

In the first covenant, with Abraham, he was instructed to circumcise and name the child Isaac on the eight day. Acts 7:8 And he (Jehovah) gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day. We see that each of the patriots, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were given their names by God. Abramís was changed to Abraham in Genesis 17:5, Isaac was named in Genesis17:19, God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac. Jacobís name was changed to Israel in Genesis 32:28 the Lord said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: Jacob had twelve sons, all of whom were called Israelites, Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises. Every man child born to an Israelitish family was circumcised and named an Israelite on the eighth day. The name Israelite, became the family name of all born into the nation of Israel. Thus we see that just as circumcision and receiving of the name were tied together in the first covenant, so also in the second covenant. Baptism (the circumcision without hands) and invoking the name of family, Lord Jesus Christ, are essential in being born into the family of God. You will not get into the family of God if you do not take the family name. It is interesting to see that circumcision was performed on the eighth day. The number eight, is the number of new beginnings. In the new testament, our baptism is our new beginning . The new birth takes place when you are raised from the watery grave.



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