I often wonder why there are people in the world that would want to be defiant towards God. People that walk willfully after their own flesh and don’t care about God’s laws. These are the same people that regret there choices come death, for they now stand before the Lord Jesus, in judgment. My friends, God’s commandments are holy and if we love Him, then we will obey them also. Jesus even said, 2“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” (John 15:10) 3“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:14) 3“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) But how can we keep God’s commandments if the Holy Spirit is not in us? Surely, we cannot do this in our own flesh. That is why we need the comforter to be with us at all times. Even when Jesus mentions obedience to His commandments, he says, “and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18) Now, if you are a person that has been disobedient to God but wish to repent and come to Jesus, praise the Lord. There are some things you will want to do next, after confessing your sins in prayer, like repenting of your sins and being baptized. When you decide that you want to start living for God, this is where you also should be baptized in water, in order to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
It was directed by Peter to 4“repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38,39) There is a promise that the gift of the Holy Ghost or Spirit will come upon the person in baptism. You may have a portion of God’s Spirit now, but this is when it comes with full force. Now, to understand the importance of baptism, we will look at what Paul said here. 5“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:25,26) You see the difference now? Before baptism, Jesus was not in us, but in baptism He is. Isn’t this awesome? It is sure is. Now to put this all together, we will read what Jesus said about being born again. He said, 1“verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5,6) We came into the world through our mother’s womb, but when we are born again, we are reborn in the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that comes with Christ in us in baptism. We are therefore born again in the waters of baptism and are given new abilities to walk out our Christian life. We are even able to start doing things that we could not do before, like keeping God’s commandments. This is when God’s love sets in our hearts towards Him and our neighbor. Even our fleshly desires cease, in order to walk out our love for God. I pray that this all makes sense. And if you are not already baptized, please consider it.
Let us pray:
Lord, I pray that the importance of baptism will resonate in people’s hearts. Even every person that has had the chance to be baptized before and has passed it up, will consider it today. This also goes for people that were baptized as a child, and didn’t know any better than, to be re-baptized in Your mighty Name, Jesus. Surely, this is the time that we tell ourselves that we are now ready to have You live in us from here on out. Yes, Lord, we desire to honor You and to keep Your commandments holy, as we carry You forth in us. Surely, in baptism, we have put on Christ, so the Holy Spirit can be with us also to guide us. Thank You, God, for showing me these things in scripture and directing us all to be born again in the water and of the Spirit. And now I ask every person that has not been baptized to pray the rest of this prayer out loud, for it is for you. I admit that I have done wrong things and am sorry. Please forgive me God. As I go forth in being baptized, I also repent of all our sins. There is nothing in the flesh that I desire to continue doing unless You guide me in it. This day I humble myself and admit that You are my Savior and Lord of my life. I am ready, God, to go on this new journey, with You at the head of my new life. Take all my sins and forgive me now. May I never fall victim to such vile and wicked things again. I am ready to go forth into the waters now, where a person filled with the Holy Spirit will baptize me. What an awesome day this will be. Thank You Lord. I love You, God. Shine down Your light upon me, that I may be filled up with Holy Spirit. I wish to carry You forth all my days when my baptism is over. This I pray, in Your holy Name, Jesus. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.