The Snake Numbers 21:4-9 Faith is Not Found when Commands of God are Not Obeyed- 1 John 2:3-5 Was this “Snake salvation?” NO! Obey & be Healed, Disobey & DIE!
The Snake Numbers 21:4-9 The Order of Their Healing: Belief – that looking would heal Obedience – actually looking up Healing – Benefit (blessing) received upon compliance BELIEF + OBEDIENCE = HEALING
The Captain 2 Kings Chapter 5 Isaiah 55:6-9 Healing came on 7 th Dip: Dip 1 = step of obedience Dip 2 = step of obedience Dip 3 = step of obedience Dip 4 = step of obedience Dip 5 = step of obedience Dip 6 = step of obedience Dip 7 = completion of obedience that brought about cleansing.
The Captain 2 Kings Chapter 5 Was this “water salvation?” NO! The Power of God Healed Naaman But When? At What Point? Until he came: To the PLACE (Jordan River) To the TIME (7 th Dip) He was NOT CLEANSED! OBEY & be HEALED, or DISOBEY and REMAIN A LEPER
The Captain 2 Kings Chapter 5 The Order of Naaman’s Healing: 1. Belief...”If I dip 7 times in the Jordan, I will be healed.” 2. Obedience...7 Dips in the Jordan 3. Cleansing...Benefit (blessing) received upon compliance BELIEF + OBEDIENCE = CLEANSING
The Blind Man John 9:5-7 Matthew 7:21 James 2:24 Faith in God never calls a command of Jesus “nonessential” or “unnecessary.” Until he did what Jesus told him to do, he remained blind
The Blind Man John 9:5-7 Jesus told him: When he would be healed A Place where he would be healed When he came to that: TIME (when he washed the clay form his eyes) PLACE (pool of Siloam) HE WAS HEALED
The Blind Man John 9:5-7 Was this “CLAY”/ “WATER SALVATION?” NO! Notice the ORDER of his healing: Belief.. “If I wash the clay from my eyes, I will be able to see.” Obedience... Actual washing off Healing... Benefit (blessing) BELIEF + OBEDIENCE = HEALING
Baptism Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” BELIEVES OBEYS SALVATION When one BELIEVES the facts & OBEYS the commands of the gospel, he is blessed with SALVATION – not until then!
Baptism John 8:24- not believe, die in sins Acts 17:30- commanded to repent Matthew 10:32,33 – confess Romans 10:10 Acts 2:38; 22:16 – be baptized for remission of sins
Baptism The Savior is: NOT FAITH NOT REPENTANCE NOT CONFESSION NOT BAPTISM The LORD JESUS CHRIST
Baptism (immersion in water for the remission of sins) is: The Last step or act of obedience before salvation is granted The borderline to the kingdom of God The last Step before entrance into Christ – Galatians 3:27
Baptism Is this “Water Salvation?” NO! Water no more power to cleanse from sin than: Brass snake in healing snake bites Water in healing Naaman The clay & water to cure Blind Man
Blood of Jesus the ONLY Power to Remove Sin Revelation 1:5 Baptism is the TIME the blood washes away sins of man. The Water is the PLACE where the promise of God & obedience of Man meet for it to happen Romans 6:3-5
Listen Carefully..... Baptism is the POINT at which a person is cleansed of his sin. This is WHEN faith saves No inherent good or evil in the water of baptism It is merely an instrument & not a power in & of itself
The Order: Belief – “If I am baptized into Christ I will be cleansed of all of my sins.” Obedience – Baptized (Immersed in water) for the remission of sins Cleansing – Cleansed (forgiven) of all past sins
Consider this: Baptism is the TIME one: Enters Christ- Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3 Sins are washed away- Acts 22:16 Is born again – John 3:3-5 Is raised to the new life – Romans 6:4 Is added to the Kingdom of God – the church- Acts 2:42,47 Is Saved – Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21