Lesson: The Grace of God (Day 14) Let us continue our study about - TopicsExpress



          

Lesson: The Grace of God (Day 14) Let us continue our study about the grace of God using the word of God. Today, let us tackle Mark 16:15-16. The passage is as follows: “He said to them, ‘Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (NABRE) This passage of Scriptures also discusses the so-called The Great Commission. Before Jesus left for heaven, He instructed the eleven disciples to go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel or good news to every creature. This is the same idea as what Matthew recorded in Matthew 28:19 where Jesus said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations …” Then in Mark 16:16 Christ continued by saying, “Whoever BELIEVES and IS BAPTIZED will be SAVED; whoever does not believe will be condemned.” You may ask the question, “Believe in what?” Of course, one has to believe in the gospel that was proclaimed or preached. What is this gospel? This will be discussed in tomorrow’s posting. Let us now analyze Mark 16:16. Jesus said, “Whoever BELIEVES and IS BAPTIZED will be SAVED.” This means that we CANNOT be saved WITHOUT BAPTISM. The Logic Table for the logical operator “AND” is as follows: Faith AND Baptism = Salvation TRUE AND TRUE = TRUE TRUE AND FALSE = FALSE FALSE AND TRUE = FALSE FALSE AND FALSE = FALSE Clearly, only those who believe in the gospel and are baptized will be saved according to Jesus Christ. But why do people teach that you can be saved without baptism? Are they more authoritative than Christ? When I shared this verse to one person who believes that one is saved by faith only and you can be saved without baptism, he asked me, “Sir, what if I have a very very strong faith, can I not be saved?” I replied, “How can you claim to have faith in Christ, when in fact, you do not believe in what Jesus said in this verse. Christ said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” But you say, “Whoever believes is saved, no need for baptism.” So you have no faith in Christ because you do not believe in what He says. Way back in mid-1987, some missionaries came to the place where I stayed. We discussed Mark 16:15-16 also. One of them said, “Yes, Christ said, ‘He who believes and is baptized will be saved.’ But what did Jesus say if the person would not believe? Jesus said, ‘He who does not believe will be condemned.’ Therefore, only faith is necessary.” Then I said, “Well, you want Jesus to say, ‘He who does not believe and is not baptized will be condemned.’ That is absurd! How will man accept baptism if he does not believe? Even you, who claim to believe in Christ, you don’t even believe that baptism is necessary. How much more for those who do not believe? Since they do not believe, they won’t be baptized. If baptism is essential and they did not do it, then they will truly be condemned because they are not saved.” You know Jesus was very logical when He said, “Whoever does not believe will be condemned. Our logic tells us that if we have a two-argument “AND” conditional statement, the entire statement is FALSE, if one of arguments is FALSE. In fact, our computers will check the first argument whether or not it is TRUE. If it is TRUE, it will then check whether or not the second argument is TRUE. If the second argument is TRUE, then it will execute the block of statements under the IF statement. Otherwise the block of statements will not be executed. If the first argument is FALSE, it will not check the value of the second argument anymore because the entire statement can never be TRUE. This is called “short-circuit evaluation.” So Christ said very well the purpose of baptizing the ones that we are making as disciples. Again, WHO saves a sinner? ONLY JESUS CHRIST saves a sinner . But WHAT saves a sinner? ONLY CHRIST’S BLOOD saves a sinner? But WHEN is a sinner saved? According to Christ, a sinner is saved only AFTER he got baptized. So baptism tells us WHEN a person was saved. Without the “WHEN,” salvation has not taken place. We will have more discussions on this in the succeeding posts. So please keep on reading my posts in this series.
Posted on: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:39:04 +0000

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