Ever since the representative of our race was tried in Eden, and transgressed God’s commandment, the curse of that broken law has rested upon him and upon all whom he in trial represented –all the Adamic race.
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The Psalm which constitutes our lesson is supposed to have been composed by the Prophet after his heart had returned to peace with God through assurance of divine forgiveness of his sins. Its opening sentence takes this standpoint. David was the blessed man who had experienced divine forgiveness and covering of his transgression, his sin. He was the man to whom the Lord no longer imputed iniquity and in whose heart was no deception, no secret longing for sin, with merely the restraints of fear, but who had a heart and mind fully turned away from sin and in absolute accord with divine justice and all of its righteous requirements.
But also keep in mind: The Apostle Paul was breathing out threatenings and murder to the Son’s of God. He thought he was doing God a service. Apollos was teaching baptism incorrectly, because he didn’t know any better. If a brother’s heart is right with God, we want them to see the error of their ways and come back in harmony with God and with the brethren.
Many of the scriptures seem to be talking about the act of baptism, (immersion), but that is only where it begins. Jesus refers to his baptism beginning at Jordan but ending at Calvary. Just as baptism pictures the death of the “old man” our “old nature”, and that we are buried with Christ, elsewhere it talks about baptism into death, or the thought more being “unto death.”
When we give our lives to the Lord, that is a baptism of sorts, the death of the old man, we symbolize what was already done in the heart, but the baptism is over when we actually die, when the sacrifice is consumed on the altar.
The strain of sympathy for others is a trait we must carry to eternity. And, correspondingly, if a brother goes into sin and truly repents, we should rejoice. Hebrews 12:1 tells us that “a cloud of witnesses,” the holy angels, are watching the consecrated. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
Verses 11-32 cover the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The father, who pictures God, had two sons, one of whom was the “prodigal son.”
In the primary application, the elder son represents the scribes and Pharisees; the younger son, publicans and sinners. There are two secondary applications: (1) The older son pictures the Jews, the nation of Israel, while the younger son portrays the Gentiles. (2) The elder son represents nominal spiritual Israel; the younger son, true spiritual Israel.
John’s baptism is a baptism unto repentance only, but the Baptism of Jesus, which he instituted at the beginning of his ministry is a very comprehensive baptism. It’s the baptism: of repentance, of the holy Spirit, unto death, by the holy Spirit, of fire, for the dead. Here Br. Frank takes a look at Baptism in all its aspects. Its important for all Christians to understand baptism, as Jesus was baptized himself and had all his followers baptized into this new baptism. Over and over again the Apostles told believers to be baptized. Water immersion is only the beginning of our baptism. Jesus said to John and James are you able to be baptized with the baptisms that I am baptized with, showing it’s progressive.