The Great Salvation

PART THREE
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

NOW, dear reader, it will be evident to you from the Scriptures we have presented that man is mortal--a perishing creature, as the result of sin. That, by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men (Rom. 5:12). Sin having taken effect in the nature of our first parents, and that nature having been transmitted to us, we are dying creatures, and are therefore by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3). Our first parents having been cast out of Eden and from all it's blessings, and having become alienated from God by sin, they have left us outcasts from paradise and aliens from the glorious promises of God which we have been reading about: Hence the Apostle Paul says, "Wherefore remember, that ye being in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands, that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world "(Eph. 2:11, 12).

Our need of the great salvation is now apparent, and the question arises, To whom shall we go to obtain it?

In the Bible we read of the first Adam and the second Adam. In the first there is death; in the second there is eternal life. Our birth of the flesh gives us relation to the first only; but God in His goodness has opened up a way by which we may change our relationship from Adam the first to Adam the second, and thereby become now heirs of eternal life, and in the future possessors of that boon with all it's glorious consequences.

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PROPOSITION 33.

IN CHRIST ONLY CAN WE OBTAIN REDEMPTION AND ATONEMENT.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Matt. 20:28 The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Rom. 5:6 For when we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Rom. 5:8 God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom. 10:11 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Eph. l:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.

Eph. 2:13 But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Col. 1:14 1n whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

Tit. 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

From these testimonies it will be seen that out of Christ there is no reconciliation with God and consequently no salvation. The question therefore is, How may we pass out of Adam into Christ? This will lead us to the subject of baptism.

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PROPOSITION 34.

BAPTISM IS ONE OF THE CONDITIONS OF SALVATION.

Mark 10:15, 10 And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remission of sin.

Acts 10:47, 48 Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized, seeing they have received the Holy Spirit as well as we. And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

ALL BELIEVERS OF THE GOSPEL WERE BAPTIZED.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his (Peter's) words were baptized.

Acts 18:8 And many of the Corinthians hearing, believed and were baptized.

Acts 8:12 And when they believed Philip * * * they were baptized, both men and women.

Acts 8:38 Phillip baptized the eunuch.

Acts 16:15 Lydia was baptized and her household.

Acts 16:33 The keeper of the prison was baptized, he and all his family straightway.

Acts 19:5 When they (twelve men at Ephesus) heard this, they were immediately baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

BAPTISM IS FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.

Acts 2:38 Be baptized for the re mission of your sins.

Acts 22:16 Be baptized and wash away thy sins.

I Pet. 3:21 Baptism doth also now save us by the answer of a good conscience.

II Pet. 1:9 Purged from his old sins.

Eph. 5:26 The washing of water by the word.

BAPTISM INTO CHRIST REQUIRES WATER.

Acts 8:30 See here is water: what doth hinder me to be baptized?

Acts 10. 47 Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized?

John 3:23 John was baptizing in enon near to Salim, because there was much water there.

BAPTISM IN WATER IS TO BE BURIED OR IMMERSED THEREIN

Rom. 6:3-5 We are buried with him by baptism into death * * * planted together in the likeness of his death.

CoL 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen him.

John 3:5 Born of (Greek, out of) water.

In other cases where the word baptism is used, it is with the idea of complete covering over with the thing or element it is related to.

Proof: Acts 1:5; 2:2 Baptized with the Holy Spirit * * * it filled all the house where they were sitting.

I Cor. 10:2 Israel baptized in the cloud and in the sea.

Luke 12:50 Christ's baptism of suffering: it overwhelmed him.

WHAT GOOD WILL WATER DO ME?

None in the sense of your inquiry. It is a question of conforming to the ordinances and appointments of God. He has appointed and commanded baptism. It is part of His will, and we know what Jesus has said: He that doeth the will of my Father, the same is my brother and sister and mother."

Much has been written on the meanings of the word baptize, while really there is no room for dispute. If religious people were not wedded to hoary tradition and unscriptural practices, the texts that speak of baptism as a burial and a birth would be sufficient to decide the meaning the inspired writers attached to the word. If it were seen that, in stead of going to heaven or hell at death we go to the grave, and that resurrection is necessary to a future life, and that baptism is a symbol of death, burial and resurrection, the idea of sprinkling would be seen in it's real absurdity and immersion in it's true and beautiful significance. Since, however, there has been so much play upon the word we will produce the evidence of scholars.

THE WORD BAPTIZE MEANS TO IMMERSE.

Emphatic Diaglott---"Baptize, bapto, baptizo. Bopto occurs 3 times (Luke 16:24; John 13:26; Rev. 19:13), and is always translated dip in the common version. Baptizo occurs 79 times; of these 77 is not translated at all, but transferred; and twice (Mark 7:4; Luke 11:38) it is translated wash without regard to the manner in which it was done. All lexicographers translate it by the word to immerse, dip or plunge, not one by sprinkle or pour. No translator has ever to render these words by sprinkle or pour in any version. In the Septuagint version we have pour, dip and sprinkle occurring in Lev. 14:15, 16 He shall pour the oil, he shall dip his finger in it, and he shall sprinkle the oil. Here we have cheo, to pour; raino, to sprinkle, and bapto, to dip. Baptisma, baptismos. These words are never translated sprinkling or pouring in any version. Baptisrma occurs 22 times and baptismos 4 times."

Dr. Adam Clarke (Commentary) on Col. 2:12 "Buried with him by baptism, alluding to the immersion practiced in the case of adults, wherein the person appeared to be buried under the water as Christ was buried in the heart of the earth. His rising again the third day, and their emerging from the water was an emblem of the resurrection of the body, and in them of a total change of life."

Now, dear reader, you will see that it is not possible for us to enter the only name given whereby we can be saved in any way except by baptism. Baptism only will introduce a believer into the one name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christ, having over come sin and gained the victory over death and the grave, became the manifestation of the Father by the Spirit, and therefore the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He is therefore the name of the Lord which is a strong tower, into which the righteous may enter and be saved (Prov. 18:10).

You will remember that we found that the Apostle Paul called the promises made to Abraham the gospel. The promises all centered in Christ; They were confined to Abraham's seed, which Paul says is Christ and all who form part of His body. We are not the seed by nature. How may we become such? Note the answer: "For ye are all the children of God y faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on, Christ." * * * And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise (Gal. 3:26, 27, 29). If you are led by the Spirit, which we now have expressed in the word, to thus believe and obey, you will then have the one faith, without which it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6); which faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17); and then will you be a child of God and be able to cry, "Abba Father", the Spirit itself as now expressed in the word, bearing witness with our spirit (mind) that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:14-17. Then, dear reader, will your heart be filled with the love of God and your whole being be thrilled with the hope that will at last bloom into the glow of immortality, and in the words of the Apostle John you will exclaim, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we would be called the sons of God (I John 3:1).

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PROPOSITION 35.

IT IS OUR DUTY AFTER BAPTISM TO OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS OF OUR LORD.

Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants and delivered them ten pounds, and said, Occupy till I come.

John 14:15 If ye love me keep my commandments.

John 14:23 If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come in unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 15:13-19 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I haw heard of the Father 1 have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit; and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. * * * Ye are not of this world, but I have chosen you out of this world, therefore the world hateth you.

Rom. 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well-doing seek for glory, honor and immortality (God will render) eternal life.

I Cor. 11:23-27 For I have received of the Lord that which I also delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take eat; this is my body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood; this do ye as often as ye drink it in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup unworthily shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

Heb. 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for he is faithful that promised); and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more as ye see the day approaching.

II Pet. 1:3-11 – (God) hath called us to glory and virtue; whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you and abound * * * ye shall never fall; for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We have now before us the way of the great salvation. You will conclude that if this is the only salvation and the only way of salvation set forth in the Bible, then Christendom has gone far astray; and you will possibly stagger before the question, How can so many be wrong? Remember that the same question might have been asked by Noah and by the faithful in the days of Jesus. But the many were wrong and only few were right. Truth is truth regardless of whether few or many believe it. It is your privilege to believe and obey the Truth and then to walk worthy of it's glorious end. You have been shown "what is good", and now what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?".

Should you, dear reader, feel that the flesh is weak, do not despair if the mind is willing; for the God of Israel loves mercy. In His great mercy He has provided for us a high priest who has been touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15). In that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted (Heb. 2:18); and he ever Iiveth to make intercession for us. Affectionately we are addressed in the words, "My little children these things I write unto you, that ye sin not.

And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness". Thus we find that God is the God of truth, righteousness, love and mercy. Let us therefore respond to His gracious appeal, "Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me. * * * Incline your ear and come unto me; hear and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you;, even the sure mercies of David (Isa. 55:1-3).

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