As most of you know, my two daughters live in an apartment in Searcy while they are attending Harding. They have a meal plan for the cafeteria, but pretty well only eat lunch on campus...since they have an actual kitchen in their apartment.
So the other day one of them calls us (I promised I wouldn’t say which one) as they are preparing a wonderful dinner of hotdogs. She called and said, “Did you know that water boils better if you put it in the pot?”
She had, inadvertently, set the pot on the stove without water, then turned on the burner. Fortunately she noticed her mistake fairly quickly and started over...this time with water in the pot.
If you’re going to boil hotdogs, you have to have enough water in the pot to cover them! The same would be true of boiling anything...you have to have water!
There are many people in the “religious pot” who have removed water from salvation. They see baptism as a “work” and, as such, as unnecessary for salvation. They will say that faith and grace are all you need to be saved.
The Bible, though, says you have to have enough water to totally be covered in order to contact the blood of Jesus. “Baptism” is a transliteration of the Greek word that means “immerse.”
Yes, it is by God’s grace through faith that we are saved and this is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). But the faith mentioned implies and involves obedience.
Acts 2:38 and many other passages tell us that baptism is essential to salvation. Galatians 3:27 tells us that baptism clothes us in Christ. Clearly water is involved in God’s plan for saving man.
God could have chosen to tell us to do anything He wanted in order to become His child. He could have told us to fight a giant, to be thrown into a fiery furnace or a den of lions, or to show our faith by leaping off of a building, or, well, you get the idea.
But instead He chose the fairly simple act of being immersed in water to have our sins washed away (Acts 22:16) so that we could become His child (1 John 2:28-3:2).
If we will simply obey Him, He will work in our lives to forgive us of our sins and bring us into His family.
So if you want to boil hotdogs or become a New Testament Christian...don’t forget the water!