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Sunday September 24th 2017
1). Mr 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
a). By comparing scripture with scripture, we would know that the Lord’s disciples had a primary commission to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and the Apostle Paul was commissioned to go to the Gentiles – Ga 2:7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter 8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), 9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
And although it would be true that Paul would have to first preach the gospel of grace to those dead in trespasses and sins, it cannot be this gospel that is referred to in Mark Chapter 16, in connection with baptism.
b). And we can see this by simply following the sequence – belief leading to baptism, producing salvation. This of course would place this salvation in the realm of works, something that cannot enter into salvation by grace through faith.
c). What we are dealing with here then is the gospel of the glory of Christ and the salvation of the soul – the very thing we would see through the re-offer of the Kingdom to an eternally saved generation of Jews following the Lord’s resurrection, and the central focus of Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles once they had passed from death to life.
d). And inevitably, the Word of the Kingdom and the salvation of the soul are inextricably linked to being a joint heir with Christ in His
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Millennial Kingdom – rulership is at the heart of that pictured through baptism.
2). Let’s go firstly to Genesis where we find our foundational type for that pictured through baptism - Ge 1:9 ¶ Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
a). It is the first day of the restoration of the earth when light shines into the darkness that forms the foundational picture for our eternal salvation – and it is only after the process of the earth’s restoration has begun on day one that we can come to the events of the third day showing the progressive nature of redemption.
b). So, what do we find here in Genesis on the 3rd day? The dry land is brought from beneath the waters, out of the place of death, by the power of the Spirit, in a sovereign act of God, in accordance with His word, and produces fruit.
c). So, our foundational type shows us that only that raised out of the place of death and separated from that associated with death, by the power of Spirit, can produce fruit.
d). Not only would this apply on an individual level with respect to ourselves as we would separate ourselves from the world and all associated with it, but this picture also provides a foundational type for the restoration of the nation of Israel – a nation that will be raised from the place of death on the 3rd Day, taken out of the Gentile nations, a restored Jewish people who will themselves, as with their land, become fruitful.
e). And all of this of course is with a view to Israel ruling with the Christ from Jerusalem at the head of the nations and Christians ruling with the Christ from the New Jerusalem, in that Day.
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3). Secondly, while considering Israel, we can go to another of the foundational types – the Red Sea crossing - Ex 14:21 ¶ Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
a). Now this event on the third day following the exodus from Egypt comes after the slaying of the Passover lambs and the application of the blood providing the substitutionary death for God’s firstborn son Israel; the means by which Israel’s redemption is sovereignly brought to pass, separating them from Egypt and all that Egypt pictures.
b). So, having died a vicarious death in Egypt on the night of the Passover, Israel was then buried in the Red Sea to be raised to newness of life to be led by the Spirit to the land that God had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to be established at the head of the nations within a Theocracy, to receive their inheritance and to be fruitful.
c). Both our foundational types then, from Genesis and Exodus, show an event that is subsequent to an initial sovereign act of God on behalf of His creation, and makes clear to us that coming up out of the water, out of the place of death by the power of the Spirit, has to do with newness of life, walking according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh, separated from the world, the flesh and the devil and is inextricably connected with a land and an inheritance in that land in order to fulfill God’s stated purpose for Man – ‘let them have dominion’.
4). Now to look at this with respect to ourselves, we know that -
1Co 5:7b…For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
Here is our eternal salvation - And we will remember that the free-gift of eternal life is the result of a sovereign act of God – the finished work of God the Son on the cross of Calvary, and is ours when we exercise faith in that finished work – God’s provision for sin through death and shed blood.
a). It involves nothing more than our faith, our belief in God’s provision - Ac 16:30 And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31 So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you
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will be saved, you and your household."32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
5). The actual physical process of baptism has no value of itself – it is neither magical, nor mystical, but is of paramount importance because of what the action of baptism teaches us.
a). And because it declares symbolically what our intentions are. It is a visual statement of our faith in that which God has said about His coming Kingdom, the timing of that Kingdom and the means of entry into it.
b). Let us look to Jesus for our example - Mt 3:13 ¶ Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 4:1 ¶ Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
c). Clearly Jesus did not need to be baptized as did all the others who came to John, for obvious reasons, but look at the order of events so as ‘to fulfill all righteousness’ – He came out of the water, declaration was made from on High concerning His Sonship, and therefore His right to rulership – 2Sa 7:12 "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 "He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 "I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.
d). The whole scene foreshadows the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection on the 3rd day with a view to rulership, just as is pictured in the foundational types in Genesis and Exodus – with a separation seen
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that places His Kingdom in the age to come, not the present age associated with death and darkness.
e). To go back to Jesus as our example, following His literal baptism, He is then led by the Spirit into the wilderness where His worthiness to take Satan’s crown is proven.
f). We have then, baptism – the leading of the Spirit – and testing, resulting in worthiness to receive the inheritance in the coming Kingdom, to be realized on the 3rd Day - Heb 1:1 ¶ God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 ¶ having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
g). And notice the fulfillment of this event as recorded in –
1Pe 3:18 ¶ For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 ¶ There is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
h). Let’s note firstly, that Christ died, having been put to death in the flesh, and is raised from the dead by the power of the Spirit on the 3rd day, to the position where ‘angels and authorities and powers have been made subject to Him’.
i). And although He is not yet exercising this authority, as He waits for the revealing of the many sons who are to be brought to glory, the clear outcome of His resurrection is rulership and inheritance in the 3rd Day.
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6). And we know what the scripture says with respect to ourselves with regards to this – 1Pe 1:3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 ¶ In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.
a). Our living hope, our inheritance reserved in heaven, the salvation of our soul, are all possible because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
b). So, let’s be clear as to the pattern that Christ has given us here in the scriptures through His example – we have suffering, death, burial and resurrection resulting in rulership.
7). Ro 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12
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Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
a). How will we be united together in the likeness of His death? Through our faithful obedience in taking up our cross daily, dying to self and choosing not to conform ourselves to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
b). And that which is dead needs to be buried.
Col 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
c). And here we have it – through baptism we are buried with Him in death, symbolizing the death of our flesh as we go under the water into the place of death – then we are raised from the dead, by the power of the Spirit through faith, as we come out of the water, to walk in newness of life to be led by the Spirit.
d). Our sin nature, the ‘old man’, that associated with death and darkness and the word ‘flesh’ is to remain in the place of death so that we no longer be slaves of sin, walking according to the flesh, but being led instead by the Spirit, so as to be fruitful in the antitype of the 3rd Day of Genesis 1:9-13 – as fruit worthy of the Kingdom can only be produced in the realm of the Spirit as a result of separation, never in the flesh – Joh 12:24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
Joh 15:8 "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Mt 13:23 "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word [of the Kingdom] and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
e). The Spirit’s leading, as with Israel out of Egypt, is for us in one direction – to the heavenly realm of the Kingdom promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants - Ro 4:13 For the promise that he
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would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
And it is our faith that is tested to prove our worthiness to rule –
1Pe 1:7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
8). Let’s return to Noah who we saw in – 1 Peter 1:20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 ¶ There is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
a). Now, look at God’s further commentary on this in –
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
b). Note what it was that brought about salvation of 8 souls for Noah and his household – it was his faith, his belief in what God had said concerning things ‘not yet seen’ that made the saving of 8 souls possible.
c). Knowing what God had said concerning those things not yet seen, Noah and his household organized their lives accordingly – the building of the ark – resulting in the saving of souls – Noah becoming through this the heir of righteousness which is according to faith.
d). And we see that the antitype of this, ‘which now saves us’ [the salvation of the soul] is baptism.
e). We have believed that which God has said concerning things not yet seen - Heb 11:1 ¶ Now faith[believing God to the saving of the soul] is the substance[the unshakable foundation] of things hoped for, the evidence[a bringing to light so that we have proof] of things not seen.
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Ro 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Heb 4:1 ¶ Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
f). We have not yet seen the coming Kingdom of Christ, the Day of Rest, our hope, realized, but we do believe that which God has said about it therefore we will organize our lives, building our ark if you will, that will prepare us to receive the salvation to be revealed in the last time. And this is seen through the antitype of baptism.
9). As we plunge beneath the waters of baptism and rise again we are declaring our intention to be dead to self and to walk according to the Spirit by faith, separated from the things of this world, as a continuous process.
a). We declare our intention to keep our old man in the place of death. We declare that we have believed what God has said about this in relation to entrance into the coming Kingdom. We declare our intention to be found worthy at the Judgment Seat of Christ. And we acknowledge our acceptance and understanding of the fact that we will be ‘raised up’ after the 2 days of this dispensation, on the 3rd Day, to be a joint heir with Christ following judgment – Col 3:1 ¶ If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. 5 ¶ Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
Through our experience of baptism, we find a present application of putting to death the deeds of the flesh, being separated from the things
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of this world that lead to salvation and the certainty of a future fulfillment of being raised to life on the 3rd Day, following the 2 days of this dispensation when this salvation will be realized.
10). To bring us full circle then back to Mark 16 – if we will believe – those things which God has said concerning things not yet seen, the hope which the Holy Spirit guarantees for us – and be baptized – keep our old man in the place of death to walk in newness of life, led by the Spirit through faith, with our focus on the 3rd Day – then we will be saved, at the Judgment Seat of Christ - We will receive the salvation of our soul; be adopted as a firstborn son, becoming a coheir with Christ and part of His Bride, resulting in our ruling with Him in the Kingdom which is to come.
As always, the choice is ours.