2 Water Under the Old LawPlayed an important role in cleansing in the OT:On the day of atonementPriests required to wash with water before reentering the campLev. 16:24-26We are not saved by water-alone!Not saved by faith or grace alone!Saved by God’s power!How does God apply His power?Where did God put the water?
3 God Put Water… Between Noah and the evil world! Saved from the flood by waterHeb 11:7; 1 Pet. 3:21Noah obey God – “by faith”Not by faith aloneNoah obey all of God’s instructions and commandsGen. 6:22
4 God Put Water… Between Israel and Bondage! Israel was saved by water Pharaoh’s army was destroyed by waterTheir faith that motivated to cross the red sea saved themEx. 14:29-31Paul said they were “baptized”Covered by the cloud and the sea1 Cor. 10:1God put water between them and bondage!
5 God Put Water… Between Naaman and his cleansing! Naaman commanded to wash:“Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean” (2 Kings 5:10).His arguing did him no good!“Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean” (vs. 14).
6 God Put Water… Between the blind man and his seeing! “And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing” (Jn. 9:7).Commanded – “Go, wash”His faith was tested by the Lord.He passed the test!
7 God Put Water… Between Saul (Paul) and salvation! The Lord told him: “And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do” (Acts 9:6).Ananias asked:“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).
8 God Put Water… Between the sinner and Christ! Peter wrote: “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 3:21).
9 Water and Salvation… Peter commanded: Jesus commanded: “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” (Acts 2:38).Jesus commanded:“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mk. 16:16).“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matt. 28:19-20).Eunuch’s question:“See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized” (Acts 8:36)?
10 Water Is Still In God’s Plan! Spiritual BlessingsRemission of sins - Acts 2:38Washing away sins - Acts 22:16Blood of Christ - Rom. 6:3-4Become a New Creature - Rom. 6:5Put on Christ - Gal. 3:26-27Sanctified & Cleansed - Eph. 5:26A Child Of God - Gal. 3:26-27Enter the Kingdom - Jn. 3:4A Good Conscience - 1 Pet 3:21The Church (Body) - Acts 2:47The Name of Christ - Acts 4:12Salvation - Mk. 16:16Alien SinnerWater Baptism Stands Between The Alien Sinner and All Spiritual Blessings!Baptism“all spiritual blessings…in Christ” - “baptized into Christ”(Eph 1:3; Gal. 3:27)
11 “See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?” Acts 8:36“See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?”