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Originally posted by jmdewey60
reply to post by SeeingBlue
Baptism is not a magic ritual to bestow upon the participant feelings of ecstasy. It is the sign that God can connect to you through the Spirit, on account that you are made acceptable for communion with God by being joined to Christ, who is acceptable himself by his holy life. Jesus' death on the cross earned him the right to be your intercessor before the Father. Jesus uses his own blood to blot out the writing of your sins in the record books in heaven. Being cleared in a way that is accessible through faith, you are given abilities to do things in your life that avoids doing more sins. What you should feel after being saved is a determination to complete your salvation by being sinless. Rapturous feelings should be reserved for when you are actually raptured.
I thought jesus died on the cross to forgive ALL our sins, past present and future. This would eliminate the need for baptism and even a hell.
The water of baptism is testimony of the repentance of the one seeking forgiveness, the blood is the testimony of the sin being payed for, and the spirit gives the penitent sinner faith that the blood of Jesus has cleansed the sin from his account of debt to the Law.
This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith. Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? Jesus Christ is the one who came by water and blood – not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify, the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three are in agreement.
31 “When the Son of man arrives in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit down on his glorious throne.
32 And all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 And he will put the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.
34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, YOU who have been blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for YOU from the founding of the world.
35 For I became hungry and YOU gave me something to eat; I got thirsty and YOU gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and YOU received me hospitably;
36 naked, and YOU clothed me. I fell sick and YOU looked after me. I was in prison and YOU came to me.’
37 Then the righteous ones will answer him with the words, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty, and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and receive you hospitably, or naked, and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to you?’
40 And in reply the king will say to them, ‘Truly I say to YOU, To the extent that YOU did it to one of the least of these my brothers, YOU did it to me.’
41 “Then he will say, in turn, to those on his left, ‘Be on YOUR way from me, YOU who have been cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.
42 For I became hungry, but YOU gave me nothing to eat, and I got thirsty, but YOU gave me nothing to drink.
43 I was a stranger, but YOU did not receive me hospitably; naked, but YOU did not clothe me; sick and in prison, but YOU did not look after me.’
44 Then they also will answer with the words, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to you?’
45 Then he will answer them with the words, ‘Truly I say to YOU, To the extent that YOU did not do it to one of these least ones, YOU did not do it to me.’
46 And these will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life.”