Day 43/260: Read Acts 19
There are many false notions about baptism in the religious world. Some view the act as nothing more than a ritual, “an outward sign of an inward grace.” That phrase is found nowhere within inspiration.
The men in Ephesus had been baptized, but for the wrong reason. They were baptized into John’s baptism, which was “a baptism of repentance” that pointed to the coming Messiah. The problem is that when these men were baptized, Christ had already come, been crucified, resurrected, and ascended into heaven. John’s baptism was no longer valid.
The reason for baptism was important then, and it is important now. Why were you baptized?
What is the reason for baptism, according to the Scriptures?
- For salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21)
- For the remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
- To wash away sins (Acts 22:16)
- To reenact Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5)
- To get into Christ (Galatians 3:27)
Were you baptized for these reasons? If not, talk to a member of the church of Christ in your area. Study. Learn. Obey.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Acts 20:28. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the _______________, among which the Holy Spirit has made you _______________, to shepherd the _______________ of God which He purchased with His own blood.
Pray for the boldness to obey Christ’s commands for the right reasons.