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This can be seen in the following verses:

The Cleansing Act of 2Pe 2:5


And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth
Romans 6 :1-5 What shall we say then? Shall we continue person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood
in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. We who died to upon the world of the ungodly;
sin, how shall we any longer live therein? Or are ye ignorant

Baptism
that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized So Noah was saved by the hand of God. But how is that
into his death? We were buried therefore with him through anything to do with the ordinance of baptism? The Apostle
baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the gives the answer:
dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in
newness of life. For if we have become united with him in the
likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his 1 Peter 3:18 – 21 GNB
resurrection For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on
behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to
death physically, but made alive spiritually, and in his spiritual
Baptism is an "act of purification and initiation"? Is this existence he went and preached to the imprisoned
a principle found in the Old Testament Scriptures? If we look spirits. These were the spirits of those who had not obeyed
for examples of purification, we may find the origins of the God when he waited patiently during the days that Noah was
ordinance of baptism. building his boat. The few people in the boat---eight in all---
were saved by the water, which was a symbol pointing to
John the Baptist was a son of a Levite Priest, Zacharias, who baptism, which now saves you. It is not the washing off of
had a Levite wife, Elizabeth. John would no doubt have been bodily dirt, but the promise made to God from a good
familiar with the practice long before he began his ministry. conscience. It saves you through the resurrection of Jesus
Christ,

John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to


baptize in water, he said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou Peter is saying here that the saving of Noah and his family in
shalt see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon him, the the flood points to the ordinance of baptism, and is the means
same is he that baptizeth in the Holy Spirit. of our salvation, not in the physical sense, but in the spiritual,
through the resurrection of Jesus. At baptism, we promise to
give our life over to Christ, and He promises to save us by a
Let’s see two examples where baptism is anti-typed in the resurrection into his Kingdom. The Apostle Paul alludes to
Old Testament. this event as a baptism.
There are many references to baptism in the New Testament.
But what about the Old Testament? You can search by way Noah Another Old Testament example of the principle of baptism is
of a Concordance and you won’t see any references to shown in the story of Moses and the Israelites.
baptism. Many think of the rite of baptism as a New We're all familiar with the story of Noah being saved with his
Testament phenomenon only. Where did the ordinance family in an ark. Moses
originate? Why isn't there a mention of it in the Old
Testament? Did God think of the idea after His Son came
into the world? Gen 7:16 When Moses led the children of Israel across the Red Sea,
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as with the waters rising up on either side, they were
God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. And experiencing a type of baptism or immersion.
The ordinance of BAPTISM follows the pattern:
the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters
1. Repentance increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the
2. Burial earth. Exo 14:13; 21 -22
3. Resurrection Gen 8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the
and all the cattle that was with him in the ark…..
LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all Repentance verses 3 -6; John the Baptist spoke about the Judgment to come, by an
that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were Baptism: verse 7; analogy:
divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the Holy Spirit: verses 10 - 12
sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto
them on their right hand, and on their left. Luke 3: 16-17.
So we see there are many examples of “cleansing to atone John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you
And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the for sins” in the Old Testament.
midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of
his horsemen. whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you
Atonement Rituals with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand,
and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat
The Apostle Paul alludes to this event as a baptism: On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest went into the Holy into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire
of Holies to make an atonement for the people. unquenchable.
1Co 10:1,2
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, Lev 16: 30
how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to
through the sea;and were all baptized unto Moses in then cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before Cleansing of the Church
cloud and in the sea. the LORD.

Ephesians 5: 25 -27
So we see two examples of how the principle of baptism can The Levites needed to be cleansed before doing the service Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the
be seen throughout the O.T and in fact is extant throughout for the Lord. Moses’ sprinkling of the water of purification church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and
the whole Bible. upon them is an act of cleansing, signifying the application by cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he
faith in the shed blood of Christ upon us for our service to might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot,
The principle is that of being spiritually cleansed. That’s what Him. or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and
God has always wanted ever since Adam. He wants us to be without blemish.
free of, to be washed of sin. David said in his repentant Another type of Baptism
Psalm 51:
Throughout the Bible God has given instructions for that
But let’s see that other type of baptism John the Baptist cleansing. We saw it in the Old Testament examples:
Psalm 51: 3 – 12 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and referred to: a baptism of the Holy Spirit to be performed by
my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I Christ Himself, referring no doubt to the Day of Pentecost in
Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples as a • Noah and Moses in symbolic enactments;
sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be
justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. promise of the Father:
• Atonement rituals;
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother
conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: Acts 1: 4 - 7
and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know • Consecration of the Levites for the Temple service;
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them
wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the
me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Create in me a clean promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized We see it in the New Testament with all the many familiar
away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they examples of baptism.
me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying,
with thy free spirit. Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to The principle is clear. God wants a clean people, not
Israel? cleansed by having a bath in water to wash the physical
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or grime, but a spiritual cleansing of the soul.
Note the progression:
the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
God wants a clean world, a clean society, a clean church; He In the meantime, we have to continually ask Him to wash us
always did! And He will have it!! of sin as we miss the mark throughout our daily walk in this
present evil world.
All of us who have been baptized would have come to a state
of seeing ourselves as God sees us. We counted the cost of By H. Robertson
what we were getting in to, and said OK.
It was so easy to say OK in the office of the minister; there
was no immediate demand to put our life on the line, no gun Distributed free by:
being held at our head. That may come later, but at the
time, we thought: let’s get this baptism done.

At the very least we repented of our wrong ways of living and


determined to follow the ways God has outlined.

But what should we be doing now on a daily basis? We


should be in a constant state of repentance!! Mustard Seed Evangelistic Work
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As we ask for our daily bread…. For Inquiries, email: mseedwork@yahoo.com
As we ask for forgiveness of our sins, we should define them
a little more.

Rev 8 : 3, ..talks about another angel who offered up “much


incense” with the prayers of all the saints,

Like incense cut up very fine, instead of asking God to


“forgive our many sins”, we should be more definitive,
detailing some specific sins and striving to be spiritually
cleansed.

In other words, throughout the day, when we see we have


missed the mark of God’s perfect standards, we should
acknowledge that in our prayers and ask for forgiveness.

We already have the Holy Spirit within us to help us.

Our baptism started the process;


Passover renewed the covenant we made at our baptism;
In between times, on a daily basis, let’s strive to be spiritually
cleansed. That is what God is what God is looking for in his
people.

But that will only be fully accomplished in us when we are


changed from our fleshly form into a perfect spiritual form at
Christ’s return.