Is baptism the will of God?

Luke Bible Background

New Testament: Luke 7.29–30

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 7.1–30 on March 30, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

There have been many arguments about baptism over the centuries, including whether it is necessary for salvation. However, notice what Luke said about the baptism of John:

And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.

– Luke 7.29–30

Even a group of people such as the hated tax collectors justified God by submitting to John’s baptism, whereas the Pharisees and lawyers rejected God’s will by not submitting to John’s baptism.

Is the baptism of Christ less than the baptism of John? No, in fact, the baptism of Christ is greater than the baptism of John, although both are of God, but Christ is the Son of God, whereas, John was the forerunner of Christ.

If then someone argues against baptism, is that person failing to justify God and rejecting God’s will? Who rejects God’s will as being necessary for us and is saved?

Questions:

  • Have you been baptized?
  • If yes, were you immersed in water?

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