How can the Blood of Jesus Remove our Sins during Baptism?
The water during baptism has the presence and effect of blood of Jesus, by the testimony of the Holy Spirit, to cleanse the sins of the person being baptized. When Christ was being crucified, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water (Jn 19:34). Here, apostle John also bears witness that from Jesus’ side flowed blood and water. This was not coincidental. It is not to be slighted.
The joint effect of the flow of water and blood from Jesus
“This is the one that came by water and blood – Jesus Christ.” (1 Jn 5:6)
In 1 John 5:6, John explains that Jesus did not come by water only , but by water and blood, and that it is the Spirit who testifies. The blood is important, as is the water. “Water” features significantly in the salvation of the Lord. In the Old Testament, Moses sprinkled the people with the blood of calves and water (Heb 9:19). Both water and blood testify to the New Covenant (1 Jn 5:6). Since water flowed with blood from the body of Jesus, both are from the fountain that washes away sins. “Cleansing her by the washing with water through the word” (Eph 5:26) means that the church is cleansed with water. Noah and his family were saved through water, which now symbolises baptism that saves us (1 Pet 3:20-21). Water baptism can wash away men’s sins because it flows together with the blood of Jesus. Not only so, but the Holy Spirit works in water baptism so that men can be reborn (Jn 3:5-6). Paul said, “He saved us through the washing of rebirth.” (Tit 3:5)
The following is a list of the effects of water and blood in the biblical context:
|1. Forgiveness of sins||Heb 9:22 ; Mt 26:28||1. Forgiveness of sins||Acts 2:38; 22:16|
|2. Salvation||Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 1:18-19||2. Salvation||1 Pet 3:21; Tit 3:5; Mk 16:16|
|3. Cleansing||1 Jn 1:7; Rev 1:5;7:14;
|3. Cleansing||Acts 22:16; Eph 5:26;
1 Cor 6:11
|4. Justification||Rom 5:9; Heb 13:12||4. Justification||1 Cor 6:11; Eph 5:26; Tit 3:5,7|
|5. Reconciliation with God||Heb 10:19; Eph 2:13; Col 1:20||5. Reconciliation with God||Heb 10:22; 1 Pet 3:21|
|6. Drawing people to God||Rev 5:9||6. Drawing people to God||Mt 28:19; Gal 3:27; Rom 6:3|
|7. Revealing God’s righteousness||Rom 3:25||7. Revealing God’s righteousness||Mt 3:15|
|8. Becoming God’s people||Rev 1:6; 5:10; Acts 20:28||8. Becoming God’s people||Gal 3:28-29; Eph 5:26|
In other words, the effect of the blood of Jesus, by the testimony of the Holy Spirit, is present during baptism to cleanse the sin of the person being baptized. Although the candidate’s body is immersed in water physically, yet his spiritual being is cleansed by the blood of Jesus (Heb 10:22 “washed”=immersed).
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