Meditation

03/08/2022

They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—-you and your household.’ Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds then immediately he and all his family were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—-he and his whole family.” (Acts 16:31-34)

Beloved the candidate, or person being baptized, was required to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. This requirement is stated three different times; 1) you and anyone in your house who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved; 2) they preached the “word of the Lord” to all who were in his house; 3) the jailer and everyone in his family came to believe in God. It is certain that other family members were not saved because the jailer believed, since that would contradict the explicit preaching of the word of God to each one and the believing of each one in the home.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, today we lift up the belief in the Lord Jesus Christ prior to baptism for it is not merely for anyone who says they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, they must have heard the Word preached and then made this auditory commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. The purpose is to make an outward statement of an inward belief and commitment to serve Christ. Our Father loves us all; Christ loves us all, and we love each other with the Holy Spirit within us along with our Creator and Savior. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Every Crises in life makes us bitter or better. It’s our choice which one!”

KNOWING GOD:

Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, ‘Why then do your baptize if your are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?’ ‘I baptize with water,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’ This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sine of the world! This the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I cam baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.’ Then John gave this testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’” (John 1:24-33)

One of the main elements in John’s message was the announcement of the Messiah (Anointed One) who was coming after him and would be anointed with the Holy Spirit. This great distinction was further emphasized by the difference in their baptism: John was baptizing in water, but the coming One would baptize with the Holy Spirit. Two additional thing are made clear in these verses: 1) John came baptizing in water so that the Messiah might be revealed to Israel; and 2) John recognized the Messiah because the Holy Spirit came down like a dove and remained on Him. This the plainest statement we has as to why John baptized. He was and is a powerful witness to the messiahship of Jesus as the Son of God.

I AM:

After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. This was before John was put in prison. An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew (referring to John the Baptist) over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi,’ that man who was with you on he other side of the Jordan—-the one you testified about—-well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him. To this John replied, ‘A man can received only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’” (John 3:22-27)

Only John’s Gospel gives an account of Jesus’ ministry in Judea, paralleling the ministry of John the Baptist. Jesus’ ministry brought two areas of conflict: 1) one with the Jews who wanted to interpret John’s baptism as some kind of ceremonial washing like they practiced; 2) and one with John’s disciples who were jealous of the response to Jesus. John was true to his witness in John 1:26-34), rejoicing that Christ the “bridegroom” had come and must become greater. John’s baptism was very different from the Levitical rituals of washing. It was the sign of the Messianic Age, which Jesus was ushering in to fulfillment in and through His ministry.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

On one occasion when he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have hear me speak of. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)

Jesus was speaking with His followers, reminding hem that the Father will send the Holy Spirit upon them, and not to leave Jerusalem until the promise was fulfilled. This might lead people to the conclusion there are three Gods if we do not keep the unity of the three in mind through the doctrine of the Trinity! The distinctions let us know God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each working for our salvation. Still we must not forget that the three are but one God and are not separable from one another.

Therefore the baptism of the Spirit, which John the Baptist had prophesied (John 1:33), was about to come. It was a “gift” from the “Father.” Both Jesus and John had delivered that promise. It would bring the power to witness. The “gift” and the “power” are the Holy Himself, not something else. He would come upon them and empower not something else. He would come upon them and empower them to be witnesses to Jesus, exactly as described. This gift was delivered at Pentecost and is given to each new believer in Jesus Christ as Lord, upon their declaration of their belief in Him.

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