June 23, 2020
1 Corinthians 12:13 (KJB) For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Sadly, many people and congregant groups hold to the necessity of physical baptism for possessing the genuine salvation of the soul. Still, baptism is an essential public act for regenerated hearts to participate in soon after their choice to accept the gift of salvation.
All one needs to do is consider the thief on the cross who accepted salvation just before his death and realize that Jesus told him he would see him in paradise. This man was not baptized before his death but was to enter into the body of Christ just the same as one who followed his genuine salvation with the act of baptism.
Spiritual baptism places a regenerated soul in the body of Christ as a child and heir of the promises of God. An eternal position in Christ does not depend on works, acts, or anything to do with an individual or church, but solely relies upon a spiritual work of God inside a softened heart.
Every child, despite skin color, ethnicity, or church affiliation is with God in Spirit upon the sincere salvation of his or her soul operating spiritually joined as the body of Christ as they sojourn in this world and forever in eternity.
Physical baptism is a vital spiritual act; however, it has nothing to do with proving or sealing the salvation of a soul. Baptism is an outer practice a sincerely regenerated soul does in illustrating to others about his or her new position in Christ.
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