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Pastor Brant Seacrist

September 2, 2018

"CONDITION FOR BAPTISM"

TEXT: ACTS 8: 37 Read 8: 29-39
READING:  MATTHEW 3 1:17

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SUBJ: The essential condition for Baptism is seen as that faith which embraces Jesus Christ as the Son of God and God the Son and commitment on the part of the candidate to submit and obey the Gospel.

AIM: That we might all be reminded of precedent, example and the teaching of Baptism and that we understand an essential desire to follow the Lord in Baptism.

INTR: Baptism is the ultimate testimony to faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus in that it clearly pictures both what was required of the Lord to save and what is effected in the life of those who are saved.
1. He by His own example set forth His death, burial and resurrection from the beginning.
2. The Scripture follows with the teaching that Baptism always follows the profession of faith with believers – no Baptism implies the lack of obedience and question as to genuine faith.
3. The defense of the Scriptures with regard to Baptism has long separated Baptists from others and yet this must not be sectarian as to its authenticity.

THESIS: Baptism, followed by the manifestation of a resurrected life remains the greatest testimony that a work of grace and regeneration have truly occurred. It begins and continues with “believest with all thine heart.”

I. The incident briefly described
1. The miraculous, Spiritual and providential operations as to Philip being brought together with the Ethiopian man speak to us of more than mere ritual in the matter of Baptism.
1) How Philip was brought
2) What the man was reading
3) What moved in the man’s heart and
4) The life that followed.
2. The water was there and the Spirit led them both.

II. Jesus was preached and believed
1. From Isaiah 53
1) The references to the submitted Lamb of God are unmistakable as to the implications of the doctrine of Substitution – He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. Isaiah 53:7
2) Completely cut off: He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. Isaiah 53:8
3) The hand of divine judgment upon Him, and the promise that came with it –is Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10
4) The satisfaction of Christ in that we are the result of the travail of His soul – He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:11
2. He had obviously heard of the Baptism of others and so it was that he quickly made the connection and asked to be baptized.

III. Believing with all the heart (v. 37)
1. The very words embrace to things emphatically:
1) That this is more than superficial belief but rather something that is effectually impressed eternally upon the heart and
2) That this sacrifice was for me in particular (not as part of a wholesale subscription)
3) That a commitment is made to Jesus and to life with Him forevermore.
2. We consider again: Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4.
1) Paul would continue in this chapter to declare the “old man” to be dead
2) And would urge on to the gift of God which is eternal life.