Tuesday, July 11, 2006
By The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ
It is by the resurrection of Jesus Christ which saves us. Not anything else. Baptism is not what saves a man but the answer of a good conscience toward God. If we look at 1 Peter 3:21 and just see "even baptism doth also now save us", then we are not reading the text in its entirety as it was meant to be read. John did baptise with water but he also preached the baptism of repentance. Mark 1:4"John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." This is also found in other scripture as well. It is human nature to see and hear what we want to see and hear. But with reference to The Holy Bible it is not our choosing of what part of what scripture we want or think we need for our own purpose. It is the whole Bible in its fullness that we are to use. If anything else it is of the devil and is used for false teaching period.
1 Peter 3:12-22
12: For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13: And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14: But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17: For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
18: For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20: Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21: 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:
22: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.