Baptism

The Pure in Heart

The pure in heart are those who put God first in everything and those who put God's glory above all else. The pure in heart have a single objective - the glory of God and the exaltation of Jesus Christ. This pureness of heart is manifested in a life in which motives are unmixed, thoughts are holy and conscience is clear.

The heart, biblically speaking, is the center of the personality and embraces the total man. It includes the emotions, the intellect, and the will. The soul is the seat of my emotional nature—the seat of my natural instincts. The spirit is the highest part of my being to which God makes Himself known. The body is the vehicle through which I express my emotions, whether soulish or spiritual. Those who in totality of being are "pure" - that is cleansed, purged, and emptied of all sin – they, and they only, see God. 

 

Godliness

Chapter 8

Here is an infant, born but yesterday, and yet so frail and sickly that its young life may flicker out at any moment. The question arises, If it should die, what is to be its future? If it dies in its present condition, we are told it must be lost, heaven it cannot enter. But, we plead, the poor creature does not know its right hand from its left ; it is absolutely innocent. Why should it be thus punished? Personally innocent, yes, we are answered; but by natural generation it belongs to the fa...

Chapter 8 - Baptism

Reasons of My Faith as to Baptism (Chapters 8-12)   The scripture that bids me be ready to give an answer to every man that asks a reason of the hope that is in me (i Pet. 15), may, in the spirit of it, if not the letter, be the justification of the present paper. Among many of those with whom I have the fullest sympathy and fellowship in spiritual things it is plain that there is more and more question of such views as I must acknowledge mine,- branded even as heresy by some; by others,...

Chapter 9 - The Baptism of John and of the Lord by Him

9. THE BAPTISM OF JOHN AND OF THE LORD BY HIM A slight difference in the form of the word distinguishes the Jewish baptisms from those of the New Testament. The Jewish baptism is baptismos, that of the New Testament, baptism. The difference in meaning is, that, while baptismos speaks of the transient act only, baphisma speaks of the result of the act, a state induced. The Jewish ones were transient and might be repeated; the Christian introduces into a permanent condition. And this wa...

Chapter 10 - Household Baptism

21. HOUSEHOLD BAPTISM We enter now upon another inquiry, namely, as to the subjects of baptism. There is question really only as to one point. We have seen that in the Christian form of the kingdom, as distinct from the Jewish, the national birthright title has failed with Israel's being (for the time) Lo-Ammi. The scanty proselyte entrance of those days is become now the rule,-discipling to the kingdom. But this raises immediate question: if in the old form, the children of proselytes were cir...

Chapter 11 - Household Baptism - A Review of Objections

"Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the rest judge," contains a principle of great value for us all. Judgment must be exercised as to whatever is put forth for truth; and for this the means of judgment must be in our hands. Scripture, of course, is the one only standard of appeal, the measure of all truth such as we have now before us; but we cannot afford to be independent of one another's help in searching it, and especially to enable us to get rid of those merely personal influence...

Chapter 12 - Baptism in Relation to Children

We have learnt, then, four things as to baptism which are in direct opposition to our brethren's contention:- First, that it is to Christ's death, not to show that one was dead with Christ before.Secondly, that (as a figure) it saves, not expresses the thought of having been saved before.Thirdly, it is the demand for a good conscience, not the answer of one already good. Fourthly, that it is for the remission of sins, not the sign of their having been remitted. All this is in clear consistency...

Ordained of God

THE PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS The seventh and final truth concerning the Church which we listed at the outset was that all believers are priests of God. Every local assembly should witness to this truth practically by refusing any other priesthood and by encouraging every believer to exercise the privileges and responsibilities of this sacred office, both individually and collectively. 1. A Contrast In the old Testament, the law of Moses set aside the tribe of Levi and...

From Gaza to Glory (Acts 8)

 “From Gaza to Glory”

 

Acts 8:26-40

 

Here is an exciting account of the salvation of a man who while traveling on the road to Gaza became a traveler on the road to Glory.

1.  The Worth of A Soul (v.26)

God sent His servant Philip into the desert for the sake of one individual whose heart had been prepared by the Lord.

 

2. The Witness of A Servant  (vv. 27-30)

Philip unlike Jonah “arose and went” in prompt obedience to the Lord. Leaving the success of a fruitful ministry in the north, Philip ventured into the isolated wilderness and quickly drew near the eunuch, unconcerned about this man’s great authority and aware of the brief window of opportunity to reach this man with the Gospel. Unashamedly, he engaged the eunuch in spiritual conversation asking him a question that exposed his ignorance and opened the door of opportunity to witness. Not silent, Philip preached Jesus to him as he done to the crowds in Samaria. (v. 5) Philip — good in personal and mass evangelism alike.

 

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