Water Under the Old Law • Played an important role in cleansing in the OT: • On the day of atonement • Priests required to wash with water before reentering the camp • Lev. 16:24-26 • We 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?
God Put Water… • Between Noah and the evil world! • Saved from the flood by water • Heb 11:7; 1 Pet. 3:21 • Noah obey God – “by faith” • Not by faith alone • Noah obey all of God’s instructions and commands • Gen. 6:22
God Put Water… • Between Israel and Bondage! • Israel was saved by water • Pharaoh’s army was destroyed by water • Their faith that motivated to cross the red sea saved them • Ex. 14:29-31 • Paul said they were “baptized” • Covered by the cloud and the sea • 1 Cor. 10:1 • God put water between them and bondage!
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).
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!
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).
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).
Water and Salvation… • Peter 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)?
Water Is Still In God’s Plan! Spiritual Blessings Remission of sins - Acts 2:38 Washing away sins - Acts 22:16 Blood of Christ - Rom. 6:3-4 Become a New Creature - Rom. 6:5 Put on Christ - Gal. 3:26-27 Sanctified & Cleansed - Eph. 5:26 A Child Of God - Gal. 3:26-27 Enter the Kingdom - Jn. 3:4 A Good Conscience - 1 Pet 3:21 The Church (Body) - Acts 2:47 The Name of Christ - Acts 4:12 Salvation - Mk. 16:16 Alien Sinner Water 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)
“See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?” Acts 8:36