Hvaa the hva me a? ur skrn?

 

one Herra, einn tr, einn skrn

-- Ephesians 45:

 

Hvers vegna a staur ur skrn? Hvers vegna ekki ur st, ea samband, bn, ea the nttran af Gu? There ert egar teljandi staur essir atrii fyrir the Kristinn maur og fleiri. En fleiri mikilvgur the svar fyrir minn sta bak vi skriftir this staur geta vera bestur myndskreyttur fr the saga af Rsrautt Ruizthe Boston Maraonhlaup svikari 1980.

 

Fyrir essir af hver aldrei heyra the saga, ea hvar of ungur, ea rttltur hlutlaus, a gerast eins og this: Aprl 21, 1980 Rsrautt Ruiz, a 23- r- gamall Nr Jrvk, var the fyrstur kona til kross the ljka vi lna the Boston Maraonhlaup. Hn had framkvma the riji festa tmi hljmplata fyrir a kvenmaur hlaupari, hver var allur the fleiri furulegur vi the stareynd essi hn myndarleg manneskja furulega sviti- frjls og slaka eins og hn fjallgngumaur the sigurvegari pallur til iggja the sigurvegari sveigur. Hvernig sem, kapp opinber starfsmaur nstum egar sta began til spurning hana sigur.

The vandaml var essi enginn ) muna having seen hana mean the kapp. Bekkjarumsjn the msir kapp eftirlitsst mynda af had not seen hana, n had allir af the annar hlaupari. Kappngur ljsmynd taka mean the kapp mislukkaur til innihalda allir skilti af hana. Hana fjarvera var yfiryrmandi. A lokum, feinir flagsaiid af the mannfjldi lfaldi fram til ljstra upp essi eir had seen hana stkk inn the kapp mean ess a sem kemur sas helmingur- mla. Ausilega hn einfaldlega spretthlaupari til the ljka vi lna.

 

The Bibla einnig tala af hlaupandi a kapp:

Gera ekki vita essi a kapp allur the hlaupari hlaupa, en eini einn gets the verlaun? Tilkeyra svo sem a vegur eins og til f the verlaun. Allir hver keppa the leikur goes inn strangur jlfun eir hafa samfarir til f a krna essi vilja ekki sastur; en vi hafa samfarir til ferast um krna essi vilja sastur a eilfu. ess vegna G gera ekki hlaupa eins og a maur hlaupandi stefnulaust; G gera ekki bardagi eins og a maur hgg the loft. Neitun, G sl minn lkami og spjara sig minn rll svo essi eftir G hafa prdikari til annar, G g sjlfur vilja ekki vera disqualified fyrir the verlaun. 1Corinthians 924:-27 (Niv)

The rules fyrir the race af sluhjlp ert stofna einn placethe Ritningargrein af the Heilagur Bibla.

Klski hefur svo augnblaka merg essi svo margir ert ekki af settu ri ea viljandi cheating, eir ert engu a sur ekki hpur stuningsmanna the regla eins og sna the Or gus Godthe Bibla. eir ert afvitandi ffrur af hvaa Gu urfa og hafa gotten burt til a false byrjun Hlaupari frjlsrttir atburur koma me the kapp til a skrandi stans ef eir gera ekki allur leggja af sta til a rttur byrjun t af the hsar. Til allrar hamingju, vi hafa Gods Or til lta til sj ef vi got out af the byrjun hsar rttur Ef the vinur geta blekkja inn essi rsir the kapp rttur ( en hli), hann hefur bati a hrikalegt kostur v fir alltaf tlit bak og spurning eirra samband me Gu ea eirra ummyndun. eir rttltur hald undan ), vitandi eir hafa been fflalti. Klsett vara vi okkur ur this:

Einhver hver runs undan ) og hjartarskinn ekki halda fram the kennsla af Kristur hjartarskinn ekki hafa Gu; hver s sem halda fram the kennsla hefur bir the Fair og the Sonur. 2John 19:

Hvar er the teaching af Kristur stofna? the Bibla.

Fir framkvmanlegur there er a heilbrigur- tskra tlun af sluhjlp essi vera flginn af fleiri en rttltur tr the Gussonurinn. Ef hafa been taught essi allur rf til gera er tra the Sonur af GodJesus Kristur, og essi skrn hefur merkingur til komast af me sluhjlp, this staur er srstaklega fyrir . Muna Mannsnafn 219even: the pki believeand skjlfa!

Jess Sjlfur vara vi af tilvera disqualified the endHe told af a maur hver, eins og Rsrautt Ruiz, had ekki fylgismaur the regla:

Jess setja rim til aftur dmisaga, oratiltki: "The konungsrki af himinn er eins og a konungur hver tilbinn a gifting strveisla fyrir hans sonur. Hann mlsgrein hans jnn til essir hver had been bja til the strveisla til segja til koma, en eir neita til koma.

   " hann mlsgrein sumir fleiri jnn og , 'Tell essir hver hafa been bja essi g hafa tilbinn minn midegisverur: Minn oxen og fita nautgripir hafa been sltrari, og allt er tilbinn. Koma til the gifting strveisla

   en" eir greiddur neitun eftirtekt og went offone til hans akur, annar til hans viskipti. The hvla grpa hans jnn, fara illa me og virkur . The konungur var sa upp Hann mlsgrein hans her og skemmdarvargur essir moringi og brennari eirra borg.

   " hann til hans jnn, 'The gifting strveisla er tilbinn, en essir G bja did ekki verskulda til koma. Htta the strti hornsteinn og bja til the strveisla einhver finna Svo the jnn went t inn the strti og mr skilst) allur the flk eir ) finna, bir gur og slmur, og the gifting forstofa var fiskflak me gestur

   en" hvenr the konungur lfaldi til sj the gestur, hann taka eftir a maur there hver var ekki reytandi gifting ft. 'Friend,' hann skhallur, 'how did vera kosinn hr n gifting ft?' The maur var mllaus.

   " the konungur told the fylgdarmaur, 'Tie hann hnd og ftur, og kasta hann ti, inn the dimma, hvar there vilja vera grtur og gnsta tnnum af taka tennur

   fyrir" margir ert bja, en fir ert tvalinn" -Mattur 221:-14

This dmisaga tala af a maur hver raunverulega got the tidyr til the gifting strveisla. En essi var ekki ngur. loka skoun fr the Konungur, hann var stofna t til ekki hafa the rttur fatnaur og var kasta t.

Margir ert eins og this maur. Hvenr eir vera kosinn essi dyr, eir vilja vera stofna til vera n the rttur gifting ft. Svo hvar gera vi f the gifting ft essi Gu lngun okkur til hafa? Gu jafnvel afla . The svar er stofna Galatians 326:-27:

ert allur a a vera sonur af Gu gegnum tr Kristur Jess, fyrir ekki minna en hver varlfur skra inn Kristur hafa kla sjlfir me Kristur.

N ef ert essi lestur og nema a staur ur skrn er ekki fyrir , this staur er kvei fyrir . Tkifri ert, hafa ekki been hpur stuningsmanna the regla essi Gu hefur okkur. This er lklegur ekki v hafa this viljandi en v the vinur, the djfull, er mikill fleiri reyndur this en ert vi dauleg vera mannlegur syndari- blindur til Gu. Hann vita the regla betri en einhver og hann stsjkur til brag flk inn eir ert hla Gu hvenr eir ert ekki. Hann er the hsbndi svikari og langt fleiri undirfrull en vi mynda sr. geta ekki hafa efni til hunsa this staur. Hvaa Gu urfa er ekki erfiur til skilja. Hann hefur ekki skhallur okkur til byggja a rocketship til the tungl. Hann gefa okkur einfaldur stjrn til hla essi allir einstaklingur geta fylgja to get to heaven.

Many people become alarmed when someone suggests that the Scriptures reveal a very specific plan of salvation for mankind. In an age of fast food, fast cars, fast women, microwaves, instant coffee, instant tea, instant gratification, and speed dating, to suggest that someone may have to do something other than come to an intellectual belief in Christ to be saved, borders on what they think of as blasphemy. Yet the Scriptures warn us that there is a very specific plan of salvation and encourage us to follow it. The problem arises when someone is introduced to this plan and it conflicts with what they have been taught previously, or when it does not coincide with their own experience of being saved. Instead of conforming to the teachings of Gods infallible Word, they stick their head in the sand in denial and insist that although the way they came to salvation does not match the pattern in Scripture, that they are still saved. The reason God gave us His Word in the sacred writings was so that we would have a written record to go by to make sure we are saved. That way, if we have done something in error, we can correct the problem with the blueprint He has given in His Wordthe Bible (2Tim 3:14-17). Simply ignoring the problem will not make God change what He has said.

Imagine a man going through his house opening doors until he finds the door to a closet he opens and finds a skeleton inside. He quickly slams the doors shut and never opens it again, all the time believing as long as he doesnt open that door and look inside the skeleton isnt there. And thats the dirty little secret of Christendomthat a large part really are not saved after allsimply because they have failed to follow the plan of salvation as taught in the Scriptures. And it is not a problem that cannot be remedied quickly enough. In fact, if a person posses faith in Jesus Christ and has a repentant heart as prerequisites to baptism, it takes only a few moments to be immersed. Fortunately for us, Gods plan of salvation does not involve something difficult like building a rocketship to the moon!

For many, faith in Christ as the only way to God is a difficult thing. But even more difficult for even more is having a change of heart and a genuine turning away from sin (as the bible defines sin). A complete submission to Gods Word and these two prerequisites (faith and repentance) make baptism the easy part. And it must be emphasized; it is not merely baptism. It is baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

Many people believe that as long as they are worshiping God in whatever form they believe to be correct, everything is ok. After all, its the thought that counts, isnt it? But the Bible teaches us that God does not want us to worship Him in any form we feel is ok, but according to His will, according to His Word. Indeed, it is quite possible to worship Godbut in vain. Jesus warned us against worshiping God in vain:

They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men." Mark 7:7-8

This site is designed to dispel one of the biggest deceits Satan has come up with yet: namely that baptism is not a required component of Gods plan of salvation as revealed in the Scriptures.

It will also illustrate who is a qualified candidate for baptism and answer the most common objections to baptism being required for salvation.

There are those who will be critical of this work, even in the churches of Christ. But what these critics fail to realize is that if the devil can eliminate baptism from the gospel, he can effectively render the whole gospel powerless to save. There are those who will be blind to this message, not seeing that John, who was named the baptizer, and whom Christ said there is none greater born among women than he, preached a baptism for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3). This should illustrate the importance of this site . To those that say we emphasize baptism too much I say, we do not emphasize it nearly enough. For if we had, there would be more people in heaven and fewer souls deceived by false teaching and false doctrine on their way to the eternal fires of hell. When one truly understands the far reaching implications and application of baptism as it is taught in the New Testament Scriptures-- in its completeness and entirety--with all the things associated with it such as faith, repentance, sin, judgment, and the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, one will see the depth of the whole gospel message all wrapped up in this one event. (Romans 6:3-8) It is only then can one truly understand and appreciate the phrase, baptism is the gospel. It is the good news that caused Martin Luther to pen the following:

 

Therefore every Christian has enough in Baptism to learn and to practice all his life; for he has always enough to do to believe firmly what it promises and brings: victory over death and the devil, forgiveness of sin, the grace of God, the entire Christ, and the Holy Ghost with His gifts. In short, it is so transcendent that if timid nature could realize it, it might well doubt whether it could be true. For consider, if there were somewhere a physician who understood the art of saving men from dying, or, even though they died, of restoring them speedily to life, so that they would thereafter live forever, how the world would pour in money like snow and rain, so that because of the throng of the rich no one could find access! But here in Baptism there is brought free to every one's door such a treasure and medicine as utterly destroys death and preserves all men alive. Thus we must regard Baptism and make it profitable to ourselves.

Let us never forget that only in baptism can we find the power of the gospel. It is my hope and prayer that your study of this site will ultimately result in your being in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity.