3 The Snake Numbers 21:4-9 Old Testament Purpose – Romans 15:4 1 Corinthians 10:11Colossians 2:14,152 Peter 1:21Hebrews 7:22; 9:15Galatians 5:4; 2:21
4 The SnakeNumbers 21:4-9Faith is Not Found when Commands of God are Not Obeyed-1 John 2:3-5Was this “Snake salvation?”NO!Obey & be Healed, Disobey & DIE!
5 The Snake Numbers 21:4-9 The Order of Their Healing: Belief – that looking would healObedience – actually looking upHealing – Benefit (blessing) received upon complianceBELIEF + OBEDIENCE = HEALING
6 The Captain 2 Kings Chapter 5 Isaiah 55:6-9 Healing came on 7th Dip: Dip 1 = step of obedienceDip 2 = step of obedienceDip 3 = step of obedienceDip 4 = step of obedienceDip 5 = step of obedienceDip 6 = step of obedienceDip 7 = completion of obedience that brought about cleansing.
7 The Captain 2 Kings Chapter 5 Was this “water salvation?” NO! The Power of God Healed NaamanBut When? At What Point?Until he came:To the PLACE (Jordan River)To the TIME (7th Dip)He was NOT CLEANSED!OBEY & be HEALED, or DISOBEY and REMAIN A LEPER
8 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 Dips in the Jordan3. Cleansing . . .Benefit (blessing) received upon complianceBELIEF + OBEDIENCE = CLEANSING
9 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
10 The Blind Man John 9:5-7 Jesus told him: When he came to that: When he would be healedA Place where he would be healedWhen he came to that:TIME (when he washed the clay form his eyes)PLACE (pool of Siloam)HE WAS HEALED
11 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 offHealing .. . Benefit (blessing)BELIEF + OBEDIENCE = HEALING
12 BaptismMark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”When one BELIEVES the facts & OBEYS the commands of the gospel, he is blessed with SALVATION – not until then!
13 Baptism John 8:24- not believe, die in sins Acts 17:30- commanded to repentMatthew 10:32,33 – confessRomans 10:10Acts 2:38; 22:16 – be baptized for remission of sins
14 Baptism The Savior is: NOT FAITH NOT REPENTANCE NOT CONFESSION NOT BAPTISMThe LORD JESUS CHRIST
15 Baptism (immersion in water for the remission of sins) is: The Last step or act of obedience before salvation is grantedThe borderline to the kingdom of GodThe last Step before entrance into Christ – Galatians 3:27
16 Baptism Is this “Water Salvation?” NO! Water no more power to cleanse from sin than:Brass snake in healing snake bitesWater in healing NaamanThe clay & water to cure Blind Man
17 Blood of Jesus the ONLY Power to Remove Sin Revelation 1:5Baptism 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 happenRomans 6:3-5
18 Listen CarefullyBaptism is the POINT at which a person is cleansed of his sin.This is WHEN faith savesNo inherent good or evil in the water of baptismIt is merely an instrument & not a power in & of itself
19 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 sinsCleansing – Cleansed (forgiven) of all past sins
20 Consider this: Baptism is the TIME one: Enters Christ- Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3Sins are washed away- Acts 22:16Is born again – John 3:3-5Is raised to the new life – Romans 6:4Is added to the Kingdom of God – the church- Acts 2:42,47Is Saved – Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21