THE SAME HOUR
Yesterday we looked at the story in Acts 10 of Cornelius and the wonderful response to the gospel which led to faith in Christ and immediate baptism. That is not the only example we have in Acts.
“Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family” (Acts 16:30–33).
There is no question from both of these examples that the conviction of the gospel does more than bring about repentance for sin and forgiveness through Christ’s death in our place. As the new believer, we see ourselves identified with Jesus in His death, buried and raised, which baptism pictures. The Spirit causes the new believer to want to publicly identify with Jesus in “newness of life.” Here is the whole verse.
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3–4). What a beautiful expression to others that this is the new life we are going to walk from now on. A further evidence of this new life is that we “live by the Spirit” and “keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
Have you been baptized? Who do you identify with in all of life?
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