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'WATER' THE SOURCE OF LIFE (SALVATION)
Fordjour Eric       ( Ghana ) 2017-11-04     Views : 19     Touched : 3
‘WATER’ - THE SOURCE OF LIFE (SALVATION)

Our study today is going to be based solely WATER and is essence in human life both fleshly and spiritually.

In the fleshly terms, water is a natural resource vital for the survival of humanity and all species on earth. As a good of creation, water is destined for all human beings and their communities. Human beings cannot do without water since it corresponds to their primary needs and constitutes a basic condition of their existence. Water is a giver of life and an essential element for life. Water plays a central and critical role in all aspects of life, analyzed as a social good, an economic good, an environmental good and a spiritual good. Many people are dead due to the lack of access to safe water. This is just to mention few benefits, since we all know how important water is to our daily living.

These importance of water are not only physical. In the spiritual reams, life is given through water. When we look at the chronicles of spiritual life (eternal life), water was the source. Starting from the Book of Genesis, water was used to save Noah and his family (Gen. 8).

Also, water was the first point of contact to salvation to the Israelites. In Ex 14:16 the children of Israel were saved by water, when been pursued by the Egyptians. God commanded Moses to stretch his rod on the sea and it was divided for the Israelites to walk on the bare land to be saved.

When the Israelites crossed the sea, God gave them the Law and added the Sacrifice system of Atonement. But before one could lead the sacrifice, he should be clean. So in Lev. 8:5-7 Moses said unto the congregation, this is the thing which the LORD commanded to be done. And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and WASHED THEM WITH WATER. And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith.

So without being washed with water, Aaron and his children wouldn’t have been able to put on the garment of Priesthood. Neither will they be talking of been eligible to serve in the Tabernacle of God. The children of Israel’s sacrifices were accepted after God washed the one leading them on their behalf. This means that before one can be clean, he must bath by using water.

We could see that the explanations above are directing to things that were recorded with visible evidence. But to the new generation whose time God want to reveal the spiritual salvation by water, He spoke to the Prophets. Isaiah said (Isa 12:2-3) Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall we draw water out of the wells of salvation.

And in Isa 41:18 God said, I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. This was a prophecy about how God want to save our thirsty souls from death by using water.

Isaiah added in chapter 27:2-3 that we are a vineyard of red wine which the Lord do keep and water it every to keep us from any hurt day and night.

Zacharias (13:1) also prophecy that, in that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. As for Zacharias, he has made is clear that God will use water to wash us from all our sins, just as Isaiah was also talking about salvation being a relief as water relief a thirsty man.

In John 4:10 Jesus said unto the woman of Samaria, if thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee LIVING WATER.

It is therefore clear that, water is the source of our salvation. That is why Peter said (1 Peter 3:20-21) when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

Peter was referring the salvation of Noah and his family to our salvation and said that, the salvation in the time of Noah is like unto Baptism which now saves us. He added that, this baptism is our own baptisms in churches (the washing away of bodily dirt) but the baptism of Jesus Christ saves us.

Therefore, if we believe that Jesus was baptized to take ours sins (which was a replica of the salvation of Noah and his family), our dried souls will be cleared of the thirst caused by sin. The water of salvation, when taken, clears thirst eternally (John 4:10). That is why John wrote that Jesus came to save us by Water (Baptism), Death (Blood) and Resurrection (Spirit) (1 John 5:6)

The baptism of Jesus is the water that gives eternal life which the Prophets spoke about (Heb. 10:7). When this water baptism is accepted, it washes sins away thoroughly, and there will be no thirst of sin anymore. This is the reason why those who truly believe in Jesus don’t beg for forgiveness of sin, because they have drink water from the well of salvation and thirst no more (Isa 12:3).

Those who are thirsty in the spirit are those that have sins to beg for. They have not seen the fountain opened in the house of David to clean them from sins once and for all (Zach. 13:1). Jesus is the fountain opened in the house of David, so anyone who believes in Him is washed by this fountain. This fountain was established when Jesus was baptized.

It is important to note that without the baptism of Jesus no one would be saved. Jesus was condemned to death because he took our sins in His baptism. So if some theologians say that the baptism of Jesus was to introduce Him to the world and not to take sins and that our sins were taken on the cross, I will say that idea is a total fallacy.

This is to the contrary as far as salvation is concern. Why was Jesus condemned to if He was not carrying sins? Please don’t be deceived by any religious leader, because the Water Baptism of Jesus has washed us of all sins (past, present and future). That is why the next day after the baptism of Jesus, John saw Jesus coming unto him, and (John) said to his disciples; behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Why do you think John made that declaration if Jesus has not taken our sins in his baptism?

Without the linkage of water (Jesus Baptism) to salvation no one will be saved. Am not saying we should link this to our church baptism (Peter said church baptism is washing of bodily dirt but that of Jesus washed our soul from the sins we inherited from Adam (1 Peter 3:21-22)). That was why when Jesus was baptized Heaven opened and God said this is my beloved Son in whom am well pleased (Mtth. 13:17).

Apart from Jesus, has God told someone that He is pleased with that person’s baptism? We refer to baptism as being born again as Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3. So if we are washed with water in our various churches and we still remain sinners, then we are not born again and our church baptism of water is therefore not perfect. It was not what Peter is referring to. Peter knowing how man will misinterpret his statement sharply added that baptism is the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:21c)

This means that those who believe in the baptism of Jesus (water) has washed their conscience with all sins and are saved. So if you have guilt of sin in your mind, it means your conscience is not washes with the baptism of Jesus.

Therefore we must have faith in Jesus that He was baptized to take away our sins to clear our conscience of the guilt of sin that makes us beg for forgiveness every moment. Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor. 5:7 we should do away with the old mindset that we are sinner, which we are not because of Christ.

The water as the source of salvation has been fulfilled in the baptism of Jesus Christ. God has fulfilled His promise made to Abraham and revealed to the Prophets to declare to the new generation (us). Therefore if we believe in the water which stands the baptism of Jesus, it will clear our heart of every bit of sin and we will not feel thirst of condemnation of sins anymore.

Bless are those who are hungry for righteousness for they drink from the well of salvation and shall not thirst. AMEN.

 

 
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