Category Archives: Baptism

Why Stop The Chariot? — A Cain Moment

Why Stop the Chariot?

By John Isaac Edwards

Acts 8:26-39 records the conversion of the Ethiopian treasurer. Verse 38 makes some things stand out: “And he commanded the chariot to stand still…” Has it occurred to you that if some things men today say are true, it would have been entirely unnecessary for this man to stop the chariot? Explore this with me.

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“If Then Ye Be Risen With Christ”. — Almost Cannot Avail

“If Then Ye Be Risen With Christ”

Curtis E. Flat

The members of the church at Colossee had been raised with Christ (Col. 3:1). From what had they been raised? Jesus had been raised from the grave of death. But these, who had been raised with him, had not even died. They were still living. And yet, the message is that they had been raised with Christ. From what, then, had they been raised?

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Jesus’ Resurrection and Hope

Jesus rose from the dead to provide those who obey Him with the greatest single hope.  And that hope is the reality of a resurrection from the dead to life eternal. “Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25).  In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explained why Jesus’ resurrection is so important.

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This “and” That

The word “and” ties together words or phrases granting them equal force.  For example, your car must have gasoline “and” oil to operate.  If you lose a black “and” white pet, you should include both colors in your description.  Inserting “and” into a sentence will affect how that sentence is understood.

In regard to the Lord’s Supper, Paul wrote, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Cor 11:26).  To observe the Lord’s death requires both eating the unleavened bread “and” drinking the fruit of the vine.  A Christian has not observed the Supper by only partaking of one element.

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Jesus’ Blood and Baptism

We may read a summary of God’s eternal purpose in Ephesians 1:3-14.

  • To give every spiritual blessing to those who are in Christ Jesus (1:3).
  • To make them holy and without blame (1:4).
  • To adopt them as children (1:5).
  • To make them accepted (1:6).
  • To make grace abound toward them (1:8).
  • To make known to them the mystery of His will (1:9; cf. 3:3-6).
  • To gather them together in Christ (1:10).
  • To give them an inheritance (1:11).
  • To bring praise to His glory (1:12).

How did God effect this wonderful outcome?  Through the blood of His Son at Calvary’s cross: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph 1:7).

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