The other day I was having a rough morning and it seemed like my weakness and sin shined forth and I was acting in the flesh. Tired and drained from a great deal of fiery arrows coming my way, I had no strength.
Frustrated, I began walking outside in the winter rain. I felt horrible. Even if nobody else noticed my sinful shortcomings, I did, because it was all in my heart. Not only was I overcome by my weakness, but I knew God knew it even more than myself.
Shuddering, with a sorrowful and repentant heart I sighed a tearful groan and weakly whispered, “I’m sorry…I wish I was better, I don’t deserve you’re love, I’m not good enough.”
While on the bus, wet and cold, I began listening to worship music accompanied by reading continuous bible passages. One scripture stood out to me and it was as if this passage covered me like a soft warm blanket. I wasn’t cold any longer.
1 Corinthians 12:9-10
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
This simple passage spoke to me more than an hour long sermon would.
His grace. His strength.
He told me to come, find rest for my soul. I’ll never be good enough, but He is. I’ll never be strong enough, but He is. I’ll never be able to hold myself up, but He carries me. I’ll never be able to be sinless, but He was without sin. I’ll never be perfect, but He wants me to rest in HIS perfection.
And He wants you to rest in Him too. Come to Jesus, and find rest. Don’t rely on yourself, rely on Him. His grace is enough to cover every ounce of your weakness, sin and flesh.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Fall into the arms of the only One who can hold you up. The One whose grace is enough.♥️
Baby baptism is it biblical?
And if not why? Most will in ignorance say it’s ok for babies to be baptized. And don’t understand the meaning of baptism. Let us take the time to see in God’s word as we examine the scriptures from the book of Acts chapter 16.
The meaning of baptism
It’s a public profession of faith made in front of witnesses, it’s an outward expression of the change which has already occurred within a person, the inner man. And last but not least it’s a declaration of association with the Lord Jesus Christ linking ourselves in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12).
It’s an association with the Lord Jesus, a confession that you follow Him, that He’s your Lord and Saviour. It’s a burial of the old man by becoming baptized (fully submerged underwater) we’re saying the old man is dead and buried with Christ.
It’s also in the likeness of Jesus Christ death burial and resurrection. He was buried and raised from the dead, so is our baptism a picture of that. We’re fully submerged (dead) under the water (buried) as the old man and we come up out of the water (resurrection) in newness of life.
After understanding what baptism involves for the individual we see that a person must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. They don’t have to understand the doctrine of baptism but they should be saved placing their faith in Christ before baptism, that’s a conscious decision on the part of the believer. A baby cannot make a decision to follow Christ, therefore, baby’s should not be baptised.
Does the following verse prove baby baptism?
“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.” Acts 16:14, 15
After reading the above some believe “there’s a lady called Lydia that was baptized and her household” keyword is household. They believe this must mean Mrs Lydia and her household believed and was baptized also. The bible never mentions her being married. And if she’s not married and has a baby, then by imagination we’re charging her with sin. And we shouldn’t imagine what the word of God doesn’t say. Lydia’s baby, in many people’s imaginations but never found in the bible.
The word household is used widely there are several talks of households in the epistles to the Romans. You have slave households formed of many men and women who were slaves and there called households. In the epistle of Philemon, a man has a household of domestic servants, slaves and soldiers, a household.
The Greek biblical definition of household: oikiakos
- one belonging to the house
- one under control of the master of a house, whether a son or a servant
†οἰκιακός oikiakós, oy-kee-ak-os’; from G3614; familiar, i.e. (as noun) relatives: — they (them) of (his own) household.
Lydia’s and all those in her household they all believed the Gospel and were baptised, but you’ll search a long time there to find a little baby.
The Phillipian Jailer
“And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” Acts 16:33, 34
And so they say in the house of the jailer there was a little tiny baby and so because the rest of the family got baptized so also the little baby. For argument’s sake let’s say that’s true. Here’s Paul the Apostle and he preached the word to the jailer and all in his house. So there’s the little baby that Paul put on the sofa and preached the word of God too.
Are you thinking this is sounding foolish yet? But remember the Bible says he preached to everyone in the house. Therefore the baby’s eyes got as big as saucers and it believed every word Paul said! How do we know that? Because the verse says they all believed in the house including the little baby.
But we all know perfectly well little babies can’t understand the preaching of the Gospel, and therefore we know that a little baby can’t believe. Therefore we know that little babies shouldn’t get baptized.
Why do people baptise baby’s then?
There are those who practice infant baptisms such as Roman Catholics or Eastern Orthodox Church a sec of Catholicism. It seems to have first come about from one of the early church fathers.
Not long after the death of the apostle John unbiblical teachings started to creep into the church through some of the early church fathers. Some of the heresies which were introduced forced the early church to hold councils in order to combat specific heretical teachings and to remove heretics.
1. A person under any religion, but particularly the christian, who holds and teaches opinions repugnant to the established faith, or that which is made the standard of orthodoxy. In strictness, among christians, a person who holds and avows religious opinions contrary to the doctrines of Scripture, the only rule of faith and practice.
2. Any one who maintains erroneous opinions.
The Roman Catholic church and others continued with the practice today even though it’s not taught in God’s word. The Catholics believe that if a baby is baptised it removes “original sin”. However, water baptism cannot remove sin only the blood of Jesus Christ can save us. 1 John 1:7 “…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”.
If you want to baptise a baby just know it won’t save them and it’s not biblical, the word of God says nothing about baby baptism. Only those who received salvation are to be baptised afterwards.
Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
Acts 8:12 “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
Acts 19:5 “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
The gospel of Luke 15:11-32 records for us the parable spoken of by the Lord Jesus of the prodigal son. He tells us of a son who asks for the inheritance he would receive from his father, the father agrees and gives the son his inheritance. The son journeys to a far away country and wasted all of it on riotous living. After spending all that he had there arose a famine in the land.
He was so hungry that he joined himself to a citizen of that country becoming a slave and was sent to feed pigs. He became so hungry that he found himself that he filled his belly with the food the pig slop, coming to the realization that he was perishing. At this time he said:
Luke 15:18, 19 “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.”
Are you lost just like the prodigal son? Would you like to know? Ask yourself have you sinned? What does sin actually mean?
Hebrew: Sin חַטָּאָה chaṭṭâʼâh, khat-taw-aw’; or חַטָּאת chaṭṭâʼth; from H2398; an offence (sometimes habitual sinfulness), and its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, or expiation; also (concretely) an offender:—punishment (of sin), purifying(-fication for sin), sin(-ner, offering).
Greek: Sin ἁμαρτία hamartía, ham-ar-tee’-ah; from G264; a sin (properly abstract):—offence, sin(-ful).
Sin is anything which goes against God’s moral character. Think and be honest have you ever told a lie, stolen anything regardless of its value, lusted after someone, had sex before marriage, used God’s name in vain? If you answered yes to any of these then you’ve sinned against God. God tells us that we’re in terrible danger because of our sin the penalty for sin is death. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death;…”
We’re also born in sin because of the fall of man, when Adam sinned death passed unto all mankind. Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”. Therefore you’re born in sin and have committed sin against a Holy and righteous God and one day He’s going to judge the world in righteousness. Anyone who hasn’t lived a perfect sinless life is in danger of hell. The book of Jude says those who are ungodly are going to be judged.
Jude 1:15 “To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
The book of Revelation says that God’s wrath will be poured out on the ungodly.
Revelation 14:9-11 “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
No one who’s unsaved will be able to escape the judgement of God, therefore friend what are you going to do?! There’s good news! Wonderful news!!!
God the Father loves us so much He sent His Son, Jesus Christ the Son of God to save us. Jesus bore our sins in His own body and gave Himself as a ransom sacrifice, was crucified on the cross taking upon Himself the punishment you and I deserve. He was buried and bodily rose from the dead three days later defeating death and hell. Ascended up to heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. If you come to Him as a guilty sinner and place your trust in the Lord Jesus you can have eternal life and know for certain you’ll have a home in heaven.
Here’s the full verse from Romans.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Salvation is a free gift you cannot earn it, it’s offered to you as a free gift and all you have to do to receive it is believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
Acts 16:30, 31 “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
John the apostle in his gospel writes.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
What wonderful love which knows no boundaries!!! Will you come to Him, will you accept the free gift of salvation?
Jesus Christ said:
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Bible verses to read:
1 John 1:9
1 Corinthians 8:6
The prodigal son ends with the son being received with joy by his father and having a huge fest because the son was once dead but once he returned to his father he was alive. You too can have life eternal by coming to God.
Luke 15:22-24 “But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his] feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”