Monday, April 8, 2013

Every One of You...

Normally, I write about my Lord's day, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  Today may be Monday, but today is the day for me to write about Sonday, even if it was yesterday.

Since I've been able to drive again, I've tried to make it part of my plan of worship to go and share worship time with fellow Christians.

Yesterday, I did this.  Not at 'my' church, but at another church, here in Windsor. 

There was a special reason I worshipped with that particular church group.  A friend of mine was getting baptized!

Yes, he's a long time friend that is getting married in Romania, in a few weeks.  He finally got around to being baptized, even though he's been a born-again Christian for many years.  For this, I praise God!


As he came up out of the water, people began to clap.  I did something different.  I yelled aloud, "Hallelujah!"

Yes, I praised God!

I'm so very happy this friend finally decided it was time to be obedient to what God would have us do.  After all, He told us so in Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

I'm sure you noticed that we weren't told to just be baptized.  Nor were we told to be baptized and then at some point in our lives, repent.  Nope.

We were told to repent and then... be baptized.  Why?  Because this is how we can show the world that we are not just trusting in Christ, but also have died to self... and live for Him!  For Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

If you're like me, you may have been or may need to be double-dipped.  lol   What I am referring to is the fact that as an infant, I was baptized, or christened as some groups call it.

While I can appreciate that parents want to do this for their children, the fact is, they truly can't.

Baptism has no salific value.  We are not saved by being baptized.  We are saved only by grace (alone), through faith (alone), in Christ... alone!  Nothing more.  Nothing less.

But, God does expect us to be obedient.  Like my friend was, yesterday.

Some people don't believe that God expects us to be obedient, but He does.  

He even expected this of His only begotten Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ who came to earth in obedience knowing that He was fulfilling prophecy of the Old Testament.  Jesus came in obedience to God the Father, knowing full well that He would die on a wooden cross at Calvary.  Why?  Because He knew God the Father ordained this to happen.

So, if you're a born-again Christian who has not yet chosen to be baptized, please pray about doing so.  Especially, if you were done as an infant.  Then, it wasn't your choice to be obedient to God in baptism; it was someone else's choice.  Your parent's.

Still, God demands and expects it of each of His children.  So, if you have not yet been baptized as your own desire to be obedient, I pray you will do so, now.  This way, you can be obedient, and show God and the world, where you stand. And, who you stand with!

Until next time...

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