Monday, August 29, 2016

ONE BAPTISM - By Joel Finck

By Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:4-6

For centuries, the greatest bone of contention among Christians has been the subject of baptism. Just ask five average church members what baptism is for and how it should be administered, and you'll probably get six or seven different answers! What division has been wrought in the church by disobeying Ephesians 4:3-6. Here we are told to "keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Then we are told how to do it.

We must all affirm that there is "one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Ephesians 4:4-6). Most Christians would agree on six of these points but seem to have a hard time acknowledging that there is only one baptism in this dispensation. While many recognize the spiritual baptism which unites us to Christ (I Corinthians 12:13), they doggedly cling to a ritual, water baptism, as well.

Even more tragic is the fact that many place more emphasis on their ritual baptism than they do on true, spiritual baptism; or, they teach that the spiritual comes only after the ritual is performed. The result of all this has been confusion and division among believers.

Even though it is unpopular to do so, let us reaffirm the "one baptism" so often referred to by the Apostle Paul. Then let us pray that the Holy Spirit will use His word to restore the unity which was lost when the church turned its back on this blessed truth!

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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