Get your bible and walk with me…
First of all, baptism is nothing without the death of Christ that it symbolizes. So turn to the book of Romans and we will start there. So that we won’t have to jump around all over the place, we will just stay in this book of the Bible. Now let us go to the text….
In Jesus’ death, we find:
Atonement: God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood
~ Romans 3:25
Atonement is what must happen for us to become “at one” with God. That could not have happened without the sacrifice of Christ. It is done “through faith” in his blood. In other words, you must believe this is true and possible.
Redemption: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ
~ Romans 3:23-24
When someone sold himself as a slave, the only way out of slavery was to be redeemed. Having sold ourselves as slaves to sin, the only way out of sin was to be redeemed, and only God could do that with the price of his son.
Justification: Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him
~ Romans 5:9
We have been made right.
Reconciliation: For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life
~ Romans 5:10
We have been brought close to him again.
We believe in all of this: that in Christ’ death our sins are “atoned for”, we are “redeemed” from their power, “made right: by God, and “reconciled” to him.
Do you believe this? If so, there is only one way to gain access into this grace. Note Paul again:
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God
~ Romans 5:1-2
But Faith is “trust” and trust, to be real trust, must be seen. How do you show that you trust that all this is true? You do it by entering the realm where all these things—atonement, redemption, reconciliation, and justification—are made possible. And how do you enter that death and show not only the world, but the heavens, that you really believe God has made this blessing possible?
Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life ~ Romans 6:3-4
We believe that God saved us by sacrificing his one son so that we could live. Without that sacrifice, salvation would have been impossible. But it is possible-through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And it is open to all who will make the decision to join him. Have you?
Baptism Class Audio Recordings
Baptism is a very simple word when we think about all of the big words used to discuss Christianity. Yet, it has caused more controversy within Christianity than perhaps any other subject. Theologians enjoy deep discussions over the meaning of baptism and its place in salvation. They debate questions such as, Who can be baptized?; How is baptism to be administered?; What is baptism with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11)?; Is baptism a sacrament?; Is baptism a work? etc.
On a personal note, there are moments when I ask myself, why should a class that I teach, study such a subject. Then I answer myself by saying we study baptism to learn God’s will about the subject. Does the Bible give a clear answer to the many questions that have arisen over baptism? What do we believe about baptism and are our beliefs supported by God’s words? Come to the class and “let us reason together” Isaiah 1:18.
~Kevin Ramsey (a longtime friend of Gary/Terry Davenport)
NOTE: Class #6 (Oct 12th) and Class #12 (Nov 23rd) were not recorded and only second half of Class #5 (Oct 5th) was recorded due to technical difficulties. Thank you for your understanding.