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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
2) And would urge on to the gift of God which is eternal life.