Saturday, April 17, 2021

Gwatkin: a definitive entry

Saturday, April 17, 2021
    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
    —Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV)
    Christian life properly began with Baptism, for Baptism was the convert’s confession before men, the soldier’s oath (sacramentum) which enlisted him in the service of Christ. Till that decisive step was taken, he could not be more than a friendly heathen.
    ... Henry M. Gwatkin (1844-1916), Early Church History to A.D. 312, v. I, London: Macmillan, 1912, p. 248 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 3:26-27; Mark 1:8; 16:16; Acts 2:38-41; 8:36-38; 10:47-48; Rom. 6:3-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your baptized servants stand ready.
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Anonymous Tim Warlick said...

I know this is well intended, but it doesn't effectively help Christian unity of all believers. This is actually an incorrect overstatement of Jesus' command of baptism, that denies the Spirit could come before water, which was proven in Acts 10:47. We need to become as little children to one another, and make that littlest, most ignorant child among us as precious to us as that child is to God. We speak against Christian unity in God's Spirit when we agree that "repent and believe the good news" only makes you a friendly heathen. God wants that little one He paid His blood for, no matter how much we want to promote our own selves for obeying one more command of Jesus than the littlest, repentant believer who begins by only obeying the first in time, two commands, Jesus gave to all His Father's sheep, so we can receive Jesus, too, in the name of Jesus.
“3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” (Mt 18:3-5 NKJV)

April 17, 2021 at 9:49 AM  

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