Cliff Ellison 

"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12–13 (ESV)

Last Sunday, our church was blessed with the baptism of sixteen people. Prior to the date of baptism, each one of them individually professed to have welcomed Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. Spiritually, they were reborn just the way Jesus told Nicodemus.

"Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (ESV)

"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time." 1 Timothy 2:5–6 (ESV)

Before the sixteen were baptized, they came to the realization that they were sinners and needed a Savior. They believed that Jesus died on the cross to atone for their sins and that He was buried, and resurrected to assure their salvation. Individually, each turned to Jesus asking Him for forgiveness of their sins and to be their Lord and Savior. The moment that was done, each one was born again spiritually, their eternal salvation was guaranteed, and they began to die to themselves and live for Christ.

Being born of God made them spiritually alive and put them in God’s family. Now they have a mediator Jesus who bridges the chasm of sin separating them from God.

The baptism did not save them, but it can save others. It encourages others to seek Jesus and become part of God’s family. Jesus commanded it, and Jesus did it. Have you been baptized yet?

"And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV)

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