To hear the Word and never let attention drop,
To change in heart, and leave all damning sins behind,
In faith, immersed and born anew, that saving step;
Do special good to God’s people of spiritual mind,
Let blessings in Christ — and sharing the news — never stop.
Joab put an unnamed woman up to appearing before King David with a bogus plea to have her only son restored to her and protected from being executed for killing her other son. Eventually, David sees through the rouse. But in the midst of the dialog the woman speaks powerful words of wisdom. Continue reading “The banished can be restored”
But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves by refusing to be immersed by John.
The Jewish leaders’ refusal to be immersed by John signaled their rejection of God’s purpose for them.
John had been “sent from God” (John 1:6) to prepare the way for Jesus. His message included a change a life and immersion in water so that sins might be forgiven. Although his baptism was preparatory and temporary (see Acts 19:1ff), during that period it was part of God’s purpose as a concrete sign of repentance and to bring about God’s forgiveness. Continue reading “Baptism as God’s purpose”