When asked the specific question, “What shall we do?”, Peter did not tell his listeners on Pentecost to pray to Jesus and ask Him into their hearts. He told them, “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38), before stating that this promise is not only for them and their children but also “for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself” (Acts 2:39).… Read More Are Sins Forgiven Before Baptism?
A lot of people say that Saul was converted and saved on that Damascus road when Jesus talked to him and he “saw the light.” However, a further examination of both Luke and Paul’s account of the event shows that not to be true.… Read More What Does It Mean To Wash Away Your Sins?
When you’re submerged in water, the water might cleanse the dirt from your body, but the water won’t cleanse your soul from sin. Only the blood of Jesus does that. Jesus said that his blood was “poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Christians “have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses” (Ephesians 1:7). With that in mind, remember that Paul was told that by being baptized he would “wash away your sins” (Acts 22:16). Thus, it is in baptism that one spiritually comes into contact with the blood of Christ which cleanses us from our sins. We are commanded to be baptized in water (Acts 10:47-48; cf. John 3:5), but the water itself doesn’t spiritually cleanse us. Rather, it brings us into contact with the blood of Christ which does cleanse us.… Read More Baptism and a Good Conscience
What “sprinkles” our hearts “clean” is the blood of Christ, which the Hebrew writer would later bring out when he writes of “the sprinkled blood” of Jesus (12:24). Peter would teach that Christians are “elect” (i.e., chosen) “for sprinkling with his blood” (1 Peter 1:1-2). It is the blood of Christ that redeems us and forgives us of our trespasses (Ephesians 1:7). In like manner, the mention of “our bodies washed with pure water” is a reference to baptism in water, which “washes away our sins” (Acts 22:16; cf. 8:38-39; 10:47). One comes into contact with the cleansing blood of Christ which sprinkles one’s heart clean from an evil conscience and brings redemption and forgiveness through baptism. … Read More Hebrews: How To Have Your Hearts Sprinkled Clean
Topics: baptism of John, Christ “shedding” his blood, suicide, fallen angels, same-sex marriage, 1 Peter 3:21’s baptism The latest Bible Questions & Answers session where I preach was held on Sunday night, October 26, 2014, at 6 pm. Here is a link to the recording of that session. Below are my written answers to each… Read More October Bible Questions & Answers
Want to be united with Christ? Don’t underestimate the importance of baptism. How Baptism Unites Us With Christ – Rob Albright.
All of us have heard the phrase, “stubborn as a mule.” This term was probably coined by frustrated farmers after they observed how difficult it was to get their donkeys to pull their assigned loads in the field…although a case could be made that the phrase was thought up as an observation made by frustrated… Read More Am I As Stubborn As A Mule?
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to… Read More Born Of Water And The Spirit