And by the way DaveJanuary 31 2012 at 12:47 PM
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Response to Re: The Water of the New Birth???
I am not saying what I wrote there for my benefit at all. But for others that might wake up and see finally what God does want to do within us at when we are baptized.
It is not for an outward show of an inward confession made when we repented at all. It is for the Spirit to do the work promised to us when we do go in faith, believing for Him to do so. And that is the part that is so important we do understand what HE desires to do then.
I could just as well skip saying anything at all. Because I did receive this happening over 25 years ago after I had repented finally, my seeing what the Word was saying despite what my peers had been teaching me all along. So for me to share it, is only because God has told me to do so. Because the purpose for baptism in water is not understood by many today. I believe at one time, the church you attend did understand it. I used to have an old old antique family Catholic Bible given to me by someone from Al's family some years ago. Until the Lord told us to give it to another family member that was Catholic. So we did. But I still had it after we were baptized again, this time for the right reason, instead of the wrong one. And after reading what was written in it about baptism, I began to understand why they did at one time begin to baptize babies. Not that I agree with it. as IMO repentance needs to come first. But I also saw the reason why that perhaps they eventually did do so. Because it is important. The problem is a baby cannot make a decision to follow Christ at all. And IMO the person doing the following must make that decision.
Meaning I share this for others, not for myself.
If you do not begin right in the Lord, neither will you be able to continue on ending right either.
Some use scripture whenever it serves to prove what they have chosen to believe. But then reject or ignore others whenever it doesn't, but instead is contradictory to what they have chosen to believe. Instead of finding out why some do contradict others dealing with the same subjects.
Love in Christ,