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Baptism:THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS UNIFORM
by Dr. Bill Hillier 11/9/97updated 10/07/2001
TEXT: (Eph 6:11 KJV) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
OF COURSE, THE PURPOSE FOR ARMOR IN BIBLE DAYS WAS FOR THE PROTECTION OF SOLDIERS IN THE LORDS ARMY, BUT IT ALSO SERVED ANOTHER PURPOSE. THAT PURPOSE WAS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE SOLDIER WEARING IT AS ON YOUR SIDE.IF YOU ARE IN THE LORDS ARMY YOU ARE ON HIS SIDE .WE ARE ON THE SAME SIDE..AND WE HAVE SOME DISTINGUISHING MARKS THAT INDICATE WE BELONG TO THE LORDS ARMY. WE WEAR THE UNIFORM OF THE SOLDIER OF THE LORD: (BAPTISM) YOU CANNOT PUT THE UNIFORM ON UNTIL AFTER YOU ENLIST.
SALVATION IS YOUR ENLISTMENT. (Acts 2:41 KJV) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
BAPTISM IS YOUR UNIFORM. (Gal 3:27 KJV) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. YOU PUT ON THE UNIFORM OR GET BAPTIZED AFTER YOU GET SAVED.. (Acts 2:41 KJV) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:DOES PUTTING ON THE UNIFORM MAKE YOU A MEMBER OF THE ARMY? I THINK NOT! BAPTISM DOES NOT SAVE YOU.
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED = EVERY ONE WHO IS SAVED
(Acts 2:38 KJV) Then 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.
RECEIVING HIS WORD IS BEING SAVED ..THEN COMES BAPTISM
WHEN IS A PERSON TO BE BAPTIZED = AFTER YOU ARE SAVED
BAPTISM IDENTIFIES YOU AS A FRIEND OF JESUS AND AN ENEMY OF THE DEVIL
(John 15:14 KJV) Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.CAN YOU BE IN THE ARMY AND NOT PUT ON THE UNIFORM? OF COURSE, BUT YOU WOULD BE DISOBEYING YOUR COMMANDER.
JESUS COMMANDS US TO BE BAPTIZED:(Mat 28:19-20 KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching 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
.HE COMMANDS US ALSO TO BAPTIZE OTHERS. ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THEN BAPTIZED, JESUS CAN USE YOU TO REACH OTHERS IN A GREATER WAY. IF WE ARE SAVED AND DO NOT FOLLOW IN BAPTISM ,WE ARE DISOBEDIENT.
(James 4:17 KJV) Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
IF JESUS SAYS YOU SHOULD BE BAPTIZED AND YOU DO NOT IT IS A SIN.
WOULD YOU JOIN AN ARMY AND REFUSE TO WEAR THE UNIFORM THAT IDENTIFIES YOU AS A MEMBER OF THE TEAM I THINK NOT!
WHY IS A PERSON BAPTIZED = JESUS COMMANDS IT(Acts 2:38 KJV) Then 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.
JUST LIKE A UNIFORM IS A PICTURE OF YOUR ENLISTING IN AN ARMYBAPTISM IS A PICTURE OF YOUR ENLISTMENT INTO GODS KINGDOM IT IS A PICTURE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU WHEN YOU WERE SAVEDYOU DIED IN YOUR SIN BURIED WITH CHRIST AROSE TO NEW LIFE IN HIM(Rom 6:23 KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. IT IS WHAT TELLS ALL WHO SEE IT THAT YOU BELONG TO JESUSIT IS A PICTURE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO CHRIST HE DIED ON THE CROSS WAS BURIED ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY.
WHAT IS BAPTISM = IT IS A PICTURE WEARING THE UNIFORM IS IMPORTANT..BUT HOW YOU WEAR IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
WOULD YOU WEAR AN ARMY SHIRT WITH NAVY PANTS AND AN AIR FORCE HAT, WITH MARINE INSIGNIA .I THINK NOT!SO HOW YOU ARE BAPTIZED IS VERY IMPORTANT.LIKE JESUS WAS :Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
IT MUST BE BY COMPLETE IMMERSION IN WATER HOW ELSE CAN YOU PICTURE A BURIAL WITHOUT COMPLETE IMMERSION IN WATER. WOULD YOU GO TO THE CEMETERY AND SPRINKLE A HANDFUL OF DIRT ON THE DESEASED AND CALL HIM BURIED WOULD YOU? I THINK NOT!
HOW ARE YOU TO BE BAPTIZED = BY IMMERSION
WHO IS TO BE BAPTIZED=EVERYONE WHO IS SAVED.
WHY BE BAPTIZED = JESUS COMMANDS IT.
WHEN ARE YOU TO BE BAPTIZED = AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER YOU BEEN SAVED.
WHAT IS IT = A PICTURE.
HOW = BY IMMERSION
DOES JESUS WANT YOU TO BE BAPTIZED? HERE IS WHAT YOU DO.
TAKE A BAPTISM TRACT HOME WITH YOU AND GET PARENTS PERMISSION.BE ABLE TO ASSUREDLY TELL YOU PARENTS YOU KNOW FOR SURE YOU ARE SAVED.REALIZED YOU WERE SINNER, TURNED FROM SIN, REALIZED JESUS DIED FOR YOU, ACCEPTED HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS AS FORGIVENESS FOR YOUR SIN. CALLED UPON HIM AND ASKED HIM TO SAVE YOU.SHOW THEM YOU KNOW WHAT BAPTISM IS A PICTURE OF JESUS DEATH BURIAL RESSURECTION. AND YOUR OWN SALVATION EXPERIENCE.SHARE WITH THEM THE REASON YOU WANT TO BE BAPTIZED= JESUS COMMANDS IT.
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