“His-Story, Eunuchs, & Believer’s Baptism” June 28

 

His-Story, Eunuchs, & Believer's Baptism - His-Story, Eunuchs, & Believer's BaptismIs baptism really that important? Does it save us? What is the difference between infant baptism and believer’s baptism? What about those who have never heard the gospel? Is God limited by natural circumstances when revealing Himself?

 

Today’s Readings:
1 Chronicles 19 & 20
Psalm 78.26-33
Proverbs 19.27-29
Acts 8.26-40

 

His-story, Eunuchs, & Believer’s Baptism

 

Acts 8.26-40:

The Ethiopian Eunuch

In Acts 8 we meet an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading the Prophet Isaiah and seeking to understand what it meant. As a eunuch, he would not have been accepted by the Jews, but God saw his heart and sent Philip to share the gospel with this genuine seeker.

Verse 35 says, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.”

Jesus Christ and God’s salvation through Him is the ultimate theme of both the Old and the New Testaments. It’s one continuing story—His-story.

The Importance of Believer’s Baptism

baptismVerse 37 reminds us of the importance of “believer’s baptism.” When the eunuch asked if he could be baptized, Philip said, “‘…If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.'” Notice Philip said, “if you believe.”

If you have not been baptized since you came to saving faith in Christ, I would encourage you to take that step of obedience. While baptism doesn’t save us (Eph. 2.8-9), we are commanded to be baptized once we have come to saving faith (Acts 2.38).

Infant baptism is not the same. When a baby is baptized that is a decision his or her parents make. We are not saved by being born into a Christian family. Each of us must come to that point of decision for ourselves. Believer’s baptism is a public declaration of our personal decision to put our faith and trust in the gospel and should be one of our first steps of obedience.  Continue reading

June 28 “Are you ready?”

confidence when He comes

Revelation 22.20, ““Surely I am coming quickly.” Are you ready?

Today’s Readings:
1 Chronicles 19 & 20
Psalm 78.26-33
Proverbs 19.27-29
Acts 8.26-40

1 Chronicles 19 & 20:

Confidence at His coming

Did you notice how God omitted any mention David’s sin with Bathsheba here in 1 Chronicles and how it focuses, instead, on God’s redemptive work and His covenant with David? It’s much like what will happen to us when our redemption is fully realized and we stand before Him at the judgment seat of Christ. Whatever we have done will be tried by fire and those things we did for Christ with a pure heart will be purified like gold, silver and precious stones and that which was worthless will be burned up like wood, hay and stubble (1 Cor. 3.12-15).

That does not mean that we won’t answer to God for those things. Jesus said we will give an account for every idle word that we speak (Matt. 12.36). And 1 John 2 says:

28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. Continue reading