Baptism Saves the Justified
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20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us -- baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the pledge/answer of a good conscience toward God), dia/based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him
I. Baptism is NOT about: getting wet, mystic ritual, forgiveness of sin, regeneration
kinds: Jewish, John, Jesus, trial, HS
Acts 19:4 John baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus
Acts 18:25 Apollos had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John 10:47...should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?
II. Salvation is NOT just about getting one's sins forgiven
by faith in Christ's substitutionary atonement
III. Salvation is about Reversing the Effects of Fall [lost: live forever, rlshp w/God, glory; get: forgiveness, holiness, glory]
A. Justification-past forgiveness Rm 3:23 all sinned 24 justified freely by His grace thru the redemption that is in Jesus, 25 God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, thru faith...26 that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Titus 3:5
B. Sanctification-present holiness Phil 2:12...as you have always obeyed, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Heb 6:9 2Cor 7:10 2Thess 2:13
C. Glorification-future reward Mt 24:16 Rm 5:9-10 8:24 13:11-14 nearer (Heb 1:14 2:3 5:9 2:10 9:28 Rev 12:10) 1Pt 1:4,5,9,10,13 inheritance and glory when Christ is revealed 4:18 righteous scarely saved Rm 5: 1 Cor 15:2 1Thess 5:8 2Tim 1:9 2:10 saved, may obtain, glory
IV. Baptism is about death to our life and Immersion into the life of Christ
1Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body ..and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
A. First step of discipleship by believers (cf Acts 8:38 Ethiopian eunuch)
B. Symbolizes death to our old self and embracing of life united with Christ
Rm 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Gal 3:27 as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Col 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him thru faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
C. Pledge of a good conscience toward God and man based upon expectation of future reward
Acts 16: 15 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. 16 This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
Luke 14:14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just
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