Thought for the Day – 29 October 2016

Thought for the Day

Baptism is one of the most beautiful and important acts of obedience needed for salvation. Through the act of Baptism the good news of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection is proclaimed.  This is what our Savior said:

Mark 16:16; 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

The Spirit filled Apostle Peter said: 

Acts 2:38; 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” 

Ephesians 1:3; 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” 

For, it is in Christ that we have redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sin. But how do we receive all those blessings and redemption?  Paul answered this:

Galatians 3:27; 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

Paul also wrote:

Romans 6:3-5; 3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:”  

Through His Word we not only learn the importance of Baptism, but we also learn how beautiful the act of baptism portrays, exhibits and signifies the Good News of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.  As Christ was returning to Heaven, He left us with these very important words:

Matthew 28:19;19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Ephesians 4:5; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. ”    

 

 

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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