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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
1 Corinthians 1:17
"For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void."


Here we see Paul differentiating between "baptism" and "the gospel" - a distinction that illustrates that baptism, while an ordinace for the believer, is not a part of the gospel - that is, has nothing to do with salvation.

Most of us don't need it spelled out like that, since a plain reading of scripture shouldn't lead one to that conclusion (nevertheless some people trip over Acts 2:38...)

Water Baptism doesn't save us.
posted by Daniel @ 2:39 PM  
3 Comments:
  • At 3:17 PM, April 12, 2006, Blogger Jim said…

    "but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech..."

    Amen! Let us have more straight forward gospel preaching and less cleverness.

     
  • At 10:08 AM, April 13, 2006, Blogger Susan said…

    I’m studying Genesis right now and with respect to 7:10, the New Scofield Reference Bible commentary says “the Flood is used as a type of baptism.” (1 Peter 3:19-21).
    On a similar note, and since you recently addressed the topic of the ark as an archetype (as opposed to ark-etype, ha ha) of Christ, I hope you won’t mind my mentioning this. You might find it interesting, if you aren’t aware of it already.
    From the Nelson Study Bible commentary: “The word ‘ark’ means ‘a box.’ An Egyptian word from which this term may be drawn means ‘chest or coffin’; the same term is used of the box in which the baby Moses was placed in the Nile (Ex. 2:3).”
    And from the New Commentary on the Whole Bible: “According to the description, the ark was not a ship but a rectangular chest of coffin (derived from an Egyptian word with these meanings)…”
    This reference to ‘coffin’ seems remarkable. As we die to self with Him and for Him. Make sense?

     
  • At 10:15 AM, April 13, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    The wealthy egyptians were entombed in sarcophogi, but I don't think the majority of the people were buried or entombed in boxes? It -is- interesting however.

     
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