Summary: a sermon on baptism
Is it the water or the witness?
John 1: 29-36
Baptism points back to the work of God, and forward to the life of faith.
1. It was Public
19 And this is the record of John,
John was baptizing in the river Jordan and addressing the crowds
that gathered there.
Matt 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him
will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Luke 12:8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before
men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the
angels of God:
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture
saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God,
God dwelleth in him, and he in God
Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white
raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of
life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and
before his angels.
2. It was Powerful
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Jesus was All Man and All God at the same time.
John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
John 20:31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is
the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might
have life through his name.
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he
hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the
worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the
express image of his person, and upholding all things by the
word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the
Son to be the Saviour of the world.
3. It was Permanent
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water,
the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit
descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which
baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
sealed unto the day of redemption.
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of
truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that
ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption
of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Baptism is a lot like a wedding ring. Baptism is symbolic of the
washing away of our sins. It is also symbolic of a new way of life.
It has been said that Baptism is to the Christian faith what the
wedding ring is to a marriage. It is a symbol. "Like the wedding
ring, baptism draws a mark on the ground between the past and the
future. Like the wedding ring, it says, "From this day forward,
I stand with God."
The poet William Blake wrote a poem about Pentecost. Part of the poem
says: Unless the eye catch fire, God will not be seen. Unless the ear
catch fire, God will not be heard. Unless the tongue catch fire, God
will not be named. Unless the Heart catch fire, God will not be loved.
Unless the mind catch fire, God will not be known.