Two kinds of people witness the creative intelligence surrounding them everyday (i.e. human beings, animals, nature, galaxies). A believer, and a non-believer. The believer knows all the intricacies and complex intelligence is not a product of random accident, but rather pattern of divine and creative power. The non-believer sees but carnal and physical evolution, the result of godlessness within things holding no hope or evidence. What is the difference between the two? FAITH. The believer has trust (faith) that all this intelligence was created for a purpose and therefore seeks to know the will of God for mankind while on this earth. The non-believer remains lost, a blind fool wondering endless desert of confusion and iniquity.
The same two kind of people, believer & non-believer, look at the Bible. The believer recognizes the immense, irrefutable, reliable, fact founded truth of inspired Words (2 Tim. 3:16-17). The non-believer rather trust in things which have no hope, no evidence.
Two kinds of people witness a repentant believer confessing Christ being immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins. A believer, and a non-believer. The believer knows his sins are washed away by Jesus Christ in the watery grave and so proceeds to obey (Acts 22:16, Rom. 6:3-4). The non-believer sees a man get wet and refuses the gospel call (Mk. 16:16b). What is the difference between the two? FAITH. The believer has trust (faith) in Christ that if he goes in that watery grave as commanded, he will be saved/forgiven and added to the Kingdom of GOD/church of Christ (Acts 2:36-47, 8:36-39). The non-believer remains defiant to this "assurance hoped for," and so he remains lost eternally (2 Thess. 1:8-9).
One cannot see, physically, of the flesh, sins being washed by the blood of Christ in water immersion (baptism), "of things not seen," for it is a spiritual operation (Col. 2:12). So how do we know it happens? Again, FAITH. It is the necessary tool required to make the evidence of the gospel obeyed by mankind. No obedience, no faith.
"And being made perfect, he (Christ) became the author of eternal salvation (forgiveness of sins) unto all them that obey him;" - Hebrews 5:9
"whoever believes AND is immersed shall be saved." - Christ (Mk. 16:16a)
"water immersion now saves us" - 1 Pt. 3:21. How? Yet again, FAITH.
Two kinds of people on earth. The unforgiven headed to hell. The forgiven headed to heaven.
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." - Matthew 7:13-14
Which of the two are you? your FAITH will determine that answer.
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