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Understanding the Command “Be Baptized”

Understanding the Command “Be Baptized”
Acts 2:38, Acts 2:41Acts 2:38–39. Peter’s answer was forthright. First they were to repent. This verb (metanoēsate) means “change your outlook,” or “have a change of heart; reverse the direction of your life.”This obviously results in a change of conduct, but the emphasis is on the mind or outlook. The Jews had rejected Jesus; now they were to trust in Him. Repentance was repeatedly part of the apostles’ message in Acts (v. Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 5:31; Acts  8:22; Acts 11:18; Acts 13:24; Acts 17:30; Acts 19:4; Acts 20:21; Acts 26:20).
A problem revolves around the command “be baptized” and its connection with the remainder of Acts 2:38. There are several views: (1) One is that both repentance and baptism result in remission of sins. In this view, baptism is essential for salvation. The problem with this interpretation is that elsewhere in Scripture forgiveness of sins is based on faith alone (John 3:16, John 3:36; Rom. 4:1–17; Rom. 11:6; Gal…

Winnowing with the wind

Winnowing with the wind

Ezekiel’s Temple Vision

Ezekiel’s Temple Vision

Temple Tour
Reference Explanation 1 Eze. 40:6 The eastern (main) gate begins the tour; the E–W axis of the temple should be noted; if a line is drawn from the east gate to the Most Holy Place, there is a sequence of three elevations, as the space in the inner temple becomes increasingly constricted. 2 Eze. 40:17 From this vantage point in the outer court, Ezekiel is shown the main features of this “plaza” area. 3 Eze. 40:20 The northern-facing gate. 4 Eze. 40:24 En route to the southern-facing gate, no details are given of the outer facade of the inner court; the architectural details of this area must remain speculative. 5 Eze. 40:28 Ezekiel’s entry to the inner court is by way of its south gate … 6 Eze. 40:32 … then to the east gate (past the imposing altar, not yet described) … 7 Eze. 40:35 … and on to the north gate, which includes areas for handling sacrificial animals. 8 Eze. 40:48; Eze. 41:1 Ezekiel approaches the inner temple structure itself, first describing its entra…

Nineveh Marbles

Nineveh Marbles
‎Assyrian Queen. Assyrian King.


‎Lystra was a city in Lycaonia, in what is now modern Turkey. The city was visited a few times by Paul. The picture shows a view over the ruins of the city toward the Mediterranean Sea. ‎Acts 14:6, Acts 14:8, Acts 14:21; Acts 16:1–2; 2 Tim 3:11

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 19
  They shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel
Zech. 4:10
It is joy to the Christian to know that the plummet is now in the hands of our great Zerubbabel, and that when He comes forth, the world’s misrule shall be over. The false standards and false estimates of men shall be swept away. The standards of “expediency,” of “conscience,” of “every man thinking as he likes, if he is only sincere”—these, and all similar refuges of lies shall be like a spider’s web. The measure of all things will be Christ, and Christ the Measurer of all things.

How everything will be reversed! What a turning upside down of all that now exists!

Blessed day, and longed for—the world’s great jubilee, the earth’s long-looked-for Sabbath, groaning creation’s joy, and nature’s calm repose! Who would not cry, “Come, Lord Jesus, and end this troubled dream! Shatter the shadows of the long, dark night of sin and sorrow, sighing and tears, despair and death!”

F. Whitfield


Connect the Testaments

November 19: Pain, Anguish, and Resurrection
2 Kings 4:18–5:27;Mark 14:51–15:15; Proverbs 6:12–19

Pain and anguish resound in the narrative of the Shunammite’s son and Elisha (2 Kgs 4:18–37). Reading the story, we can’t help but feel empathy for the Shunammite woman whose son has died. Yet Elisha seems so cavalier. What would prompt him to act this way? What is Elisha teaching us in this series of events?

Even those who have experienced miracles struggle to accept that God can handle anything. The Shunammite woman remarks to Elisha, “Did I ask for a son from my lord? Did I not say that you must not mislead me?” (2 Kgs 4:28). Elisha seems to recognize God’s capability, however, even when his colleague, Gehazi, and the Shunammite woman fail to see it. Elisha is so confident in God’s work that he remarks to Gehazi, “Gird up your loins [meaning ‘get ready’] and take my staff in your hand and go. If you meet anyone, you must not greet them; if anyone greets you, you must not answer them. Yo…

My Utmost for His Highest

November 19th
When He is come

And when He is come, He will convict the world of sin.… John 16:8 (R.V.).

Very few of us know anything about conviction of sin; we know the experience of being disturbed because of having done wrong things; but conviction of sin by the Holy Ghost blots out every relationship on earth and leaves one relationship only—“Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned.” When a man is convicted of sin in this way, he knows with every power of his conscience that God dare not forgive him; if God did forgive him, the man would have a stronger sense of justice than God. God does forgive, but it cost the rending of His heart in the death of Christ to enable Him to do so. The great miracle of the grace of God is that He forgives sin, and it is the death of Jesus Christ alone that enables the Divine nature to forgive and to remain true to itself in doing so. It is shallow nonsense to say that God forgives us because He is love. When we have been convicted of sin we will nev…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings.

Morning, November 19      Go To Evening Reading
     “Avoid foolish questions.”  — Titus 3:9
Our days are few, and are far better spent in doing good, than in disputing over matters which are, at best, of minor importance. The old school-men did a world of mischief by their incessant discussion of subjects of no practical importance; and our Churches suffer much from petty wars over abstruse points and unimportant questions. After everything has been said that can be said, neither party is any the wiser, and therefore the discussion no more promotes knowledge than love, and it is foolish to sow in so barren a field. Questions upon points wherein Scripture is silent; upon mysteries which belong to God alone; upon prophecies of doubtful interpretation; and upon mere modes of observing human ceremonials, are all foolish, and wise men avoid them. Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether; and if we observe the apostle’s precept (Titus 3:8) to…