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“But You Were Washed, but You Were Sanctified”

1 CORINTHIANS 6:11


Pages 4–7 compare a doctor and a pastor. Additional line draw­ings show the significant differences that exist today between churches and denominations. These differences are most noticeable in the official teaching in each denomination regarding infant Baptism.

SCRIPTURE—INSTEAD OF THE CONTROVERSY OF HUMAN OPINION!

Multiple thousands of books have been written trying to prove or disprove God’s miracle of Baptism. The Spirit condemns all who are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Co­rin­thi­ans 2:14–15). Good News sweeps aside human reason and opinion and simply sets forth the key sections of Scripture that deal with God’s teaching regarding His miracle of Baptism, including infant Baptism.

The picture on this page is a visualization of 1 Corinthians 6:11, where, after referencing condemned sinners, the Holy Spirit teaches: “Such were some of you; but you were WASHED, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

WHAT IS THIS PICTURE SAYING?

First, the top part of the picture shows a hand along with Noah’s Ark, by which God saved Noah and his family, using water and His Word. In 1 Peter 3:20–21, the Holy Spirit shows how God com­pares Noah’s Ark to God’s miracle of Baptism. In both cases, God uses water and His Word of power and promise—in a miraculous way—to save people. This comparison, set forth by the Holy Spirit, dare never be made light of nor ignored!

Second, at the center left is a visualization of John 15, where the Holy Spirit explains that your life of sanctification can be com­pared to a vineyard. Jesus is the Vine and you are the branch. God plants His Seed/Word of faith in your heart—a Seed through which your are born again (1 Peter 1:3, 23). As your faith sprouts and develops—after either your miraculous infant or adult Baptism—your heavenly Father is still completely in charge (1 Corinthians 3:7). The Holy Spirit explains this in detail in John 15. Next, your blessed Father cultivates and prunes you so that your faith—which He has given you as a gift (Ephesians 2:8–9)—will bear much fruit, not for you, BUT FOR HIM! (John 15:8; Ephesians 2:10).

Third, at the center right is a visualization of Christ’s crucifixion. In Romans 6:3–5 the Holy Spirit explains again: Through God’s miracle of Baptism, you are “united” to Christ. Through this miracle of being “united” to Christ, you receive Christ’s sin-atoning death and His life-guaranteeing resurrection.

JESUS SAYS: BRING YOUR Tiniest BABIES TO ME!

Fourth, at the bottom is the newborn infant. In Luke 18:15–16, Jesus says, “Permit the little children to come to Me, do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Some people try to argue that the “little children” in verse 16 does not include newborns. Wrong! The full context shows otherwise. In verse 15, the Holy Spirit uses the Greek word brephos, which ori­ginally means “embryo” and comes to mean tiny infant. Thus, in the context (Luke 18:15–17), Jesus is saying to all parents today: “Bring to Me your tiniest babies!” Then Jesus adds this sobering statement: “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all” (Luke 18:17).

The point of this picture is this: When you discuss God’s gift of Baptism—both for infants and adults—set aside all reason and human opinions. Let the discussion be guided solely by the teaching of the Holy Spirit through the Word: Scripture alone! Then, in the greater context of all His Scriptural teaching, the Spirit will lead into all Truth, especially about God’s miracle of Baptism (John 16:13).

O, Holy Spirit, especially regarding the highly controversial issue of Baptism, lead me to “lean not on [my] own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5); rather, “Give me understanding according to Your Word” (Psalm 119:169). Amen.

For further study, turn to the Bible Study on page 37, questions 39–­42.

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