What is baptism and do you know there are some bible scriptures on baptism emphasizing the relationship between Jesus’ blood and forgiveness of sins?
There are many bible scriptures on baptism and by reading them we are able to understand how it relates to our salvation. Do you know what is the effect of water baptism? It is not just about us proclaiming that we are the children of God, but there is the effect of forgiving sins and this is because our Lord Jesus has shed His blood on the cross for us.
What is baptism?
The church baptises all who believe in Jesus (Acts 10:47). Baptism is symbolised by water (1 Pet 3:21).
It is an important way by which God enables men in return to Jesus and receive blessings (Rom 6:3-4;
Who commanded that we should be baptised?
Jesus said. “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Mt 28:19) “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved.” (Mk 16:15-16) Jesus gave the authority of baptism to His disciples and commanded those who believed in Him to be baptised.
What is the effect of baptism?
Baptism has the effect of forgiving sins. (Acts 2:38; 22:16). It is not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of good conscience towards God (1 Pet 3:21; Heb 10:22). Baptism is symbolised by water – God opens a fountain to cleanse men from sin and impurity (Zech 13:1).
Where are the bible scriptures on baptism that emphasize the relationship between Jesus’ blood and forgiveness of sins?
The Book of Hebrews says, “According to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Heb 9:22) In the Old Testament, according to God’s law, nearly everything was cleansed with blood. Priests used the blood of bulls and rams to atone for men’s sins before God. This practice foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross: “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Heb 9:12). Today, the blood of Jesus is present in the water during baptism by the power of the eternal Spirit, making it effective for the removal of sins once and for all. (Heb 9:14; 1 Jn 5:6-8).
Why is the shedding of blood a requirement for the forgiveness of sins?
This is God’s plan of redemption. God said, “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Lev 17:11) God is determined to struggle against sin to the point of shedding blood (Heb 12:4) so that sinners can be redeemed (Heb 9:11-28). Therefore, Christians must not eat the blood of animals or the meat of strangled animals because there is life in the blood (Gen 9:4; Lev 17:12-14; Acts 15:29).
Why is it that only Christ’s blood can wash away the sins of men?
It must be the blood of Jesus because He alone is holy, sinless and worthy. The blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanses our conscience from acts that lead to death (Heb 9:14). “You were redeemed… with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Pet 1:18-19) So, we are not to treat the blood of the covenant as an unholy thing (Heb 10:29).
In summary, through Christ’s blood:
- Bring about the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 1:7; Acts 3:19)
- Cleanse us and make us holy (Heb 13:12; 1 Jn 1:7)
- Justify us and save us from God’s wrath (Rom 5:9)
- Purchase us (Acts 20:28)
- Redeem us (Eph 1:7; Rev 5:9)
- Free us from the devil’s accusations (Rev 12:10-11)
- Bring us peace and reconciliation with God (Eph 2:13; Col 1:20-22)
- Forge an everlasting covenant between God and ourselves (Mt 26:28; Heb 13:20-21)
With the blood of Jesus, mankind is able to make peace with God (Col 1:20-23; Eph 2:13-14), God is able to establish an everlasting covenant with men (Mt 26:28; Heb 9:20, 13:20) and last but not least, God redeems men that they may return to Him (Rev 5:9-10; Acts 20:28).
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