Water Baptizm in Water 3
Baptism in Water
Baptism is symbolic of being in the Body of Christ
It is a symbol – a mark that you belong
It’s part of your public confession and conversation
It is the mark of “belonging”
You will find that the Christians in the bible all follow the Lord in being baptised in water whenever possible.
Baptism in water is practiced & taught were ever the gospel was preached and people became Christians
Belonging in the body of Christ as a whole!
This is the invisible body that stretches across time and space from the day of Pentecost until the Lord Jesus returns.
When you are born again by the Holy Spirit you are joined together and baptised into one body.
1 Corinthians 12:27
1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
All Baptised into One Body
All baptised into one body by one Spirit
All made to drink into one Spirit
This is regardless of our culture, language, nationality or social standing.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Baptised into the body
Now you are part of that body
Water baptism does not make you part of the body but it confirms that you are someone who follows the teachings and commands of the Lord Jesus Christ.
On the Day of Pentecost
3000 people were baptised in water as being added to the body of Christ
Enjoyed the fellowship of that body
Repent & be baptised – this is the 1st message of the Gospel – the news of the full gospel
It Follows That
All Christians ought to be baptised in water
The bible firmly teaches that water baptism is an essential part of Christianity
All those who gladly received the word of God were baptised in water.
Acts 2:41-47 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Water baptism is a mark
Of joining or becoming a member of the church as a whole rather than being a member of an isolated local church.
It’s about signifying that you become a member in the whole body of Christ
The invisible church
When you consider the whole body of Christ stretching the cost time and space it is in a sense invisible in that it is in the world but not of the world as the whole body of Christ.
It is not manifested as one single functioning institution.
There is no record in the word of God
that describes the church as a single functioning organised institutional body. As far as the political and national manifestations of the time, the church was not institutionalised, by God or man, as a whole single organised functioning body.
There is no record of any official registration with any governmental powers.
The church was never the replacement of the Jewish state as such.
The local church
The local churches are the visible manifestation of the whole church, the invisible church.
In the New Testament these local churches ranged from house meetings to large assemblies of believers.
The pattern and order
Is clearly set out in the New Testament but it is centred around assembling together rather than the forming of institutions. When the people weren’t actually assembled the pattern and the order weren’t functional as such.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
They went out from us
There were those who taught and followed fables and, so, they did not walk in the doctrine of the apostles
1 John 2:19
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Forsake not the assembling
Individual Christians were expected to gather together in local assemblies
Hebrews 10:25 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.
Meet together to break bread
Coming together as a church was taught where ever the full gospel was preached.
Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
Meeting on the first day of the week
There was rudimentary organisation in that the place and the time of the meeting was well known and publicised.
1 Corinthians 16:2
1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
The KJV word church
Church & churches used 111 times
It’s worthwhile looking at all the references, in the meantime here is a sample of the three ways in which the word is used.
In this episode and this session on water baptism will just take a brief look at the use of this word “church” in the Scriptures.
Church – a single local assembly
The Christians met at known times in known places for praise and worship, prayer and fellowship, preaching and teaching of the exhortation of the word of God for nurture and admonition of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 16:19
Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
Church as a plural collective noun
Church – the invisible church inclusive of all local assemblies (used in a plural all-inclusive manner)
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Churches – as a plural noun
a grouping of local assemblies
(Never used of a building in the Bible only used as a gathering of people)
Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
I am identified with Jesus In Baptism
On the cross He is idntified with me
In water baptism I identify myself with Him
These thoughts will be expanded in future episodes.
Are you ready
To, in faith, obey the word of God & follow the Lord Jesus through the waters of baptism?