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Apr 23, 2017
Passage: Acts 8:36-37 & Romans 6:3-4

Do you believe with all your heart?

…as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

(ACTS 8:36-37)

Baptism is an essential part of our public profession of the faith of the gospel. By baptism we confess our union with Christ, and confidence in him as our representative before God - “As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” In baptism we acknowledge our sin and its just punishment, and we testify of our faith in Christ’s substitutionary death to put away sin — “Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” And we confess our faith in the resurrection of Christ, and our spiritual resurrection by his power in our baptism — “We were buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” “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 the newness of life.” [ROMANS 6:3, COLOSSIANS 2:12, ROMANS 6:4]

Do you believe with all your heart? If so, then you ought to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. Secret disciples, like Joseph and Nicodemus, must always be suspect disciples. Children of God, let us remind ourselves continually of our public profession in baptism. Are we indeed crucified with Christ? Let us, then, count the world as a dead thing to us. Are we indeed risen with Christ? Let us, then, walk in the newness of life.

Excerpt taken from the article Who Should Be Baptized?

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