The real meaning behind baptism is that in the cross we were ‘baptized’ into the historic death of Christ, so that His death became ours. Our death and His became then so closely identified that it is impossible to divide between them. It is to this historic ‘baptism’ – this God-wrought union with him – that we assent when we go down into the water. Our public testimony in baptism today is our admission that the death of Christ two thousand years ago was a mighty enough and all inclusive enough to carry away in it and bring to an end everything in us that is not of God.
I am ‘baptized into his death’ but I do not enter in quite the same way into his resurrection, for, Praise the Lord! His resurrection enters into me, imparting to me new life. In the death of the Lord the emphasis is solely upon ‘I in Christ’. With the resurrection, while the same thing is true, there is now a new emphasis upon ‘Christ in me.’
C J Mahaney is taking a leave of absence. His letter to the congregation and the wider Christian community should give pause for thought for ALL leaders. His letter begins:
Over the last few years some former pastors and leaders in Sovereign Grace have made charges against me and informed me about offenses they have with me as well as other leaders in Sovereign Grace. These charges are serious and they have been very grieving to read. These charges are not related to any immorality or financial impropriety, but this doesn’t minimize their serious nature, which include various expressions of pride, unentreatability, deceit, sinful judgment, and hypocrisy.
Read his statement HERE
“Never should we try to answer Satan with our good conduct but always with the Blood. Yes, we are sinful, but, praise God! the Blood cleanses us from every sin. God looks upon the Blood whereby His Son has met the charge, and Satan has no more ground of attack. Our faith in the precious Blood and our refusal to be moved from that position can alone silence his charges and put him to flight (Romans 8:33,34);
“The blood can wash away my sins but it cannot wash away my ‘old man’. It needs the cross to crucify me. The blood deals with the sins but the cross must deal with the sinner.”
I have, over the past few days, been reading one chapter a day in the morning of Watchman Nee’s book A Normal Christian Life. I have really been enjoying it and getting blessed by his insights and wisdom. I will pop a few of the quotes I have underlined in the coming days. Here is the first one:
“No matter how many sins I commit, it is always the one sin principle that leads to them. I need forgiveness for my sins, but I need also deliverance from the power of sin. The former touches my conscience, the latter my life. I may receive forgiveness for all my sins, but because of my sin I have, even then, no abiding peace of mind”