Thursday, January 30, 2014

Magic Water?

As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?"  (Acts 8:36 NASB)
Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--through the resurrection of Jesus Christ  (1 Peter 3:21 NASB)

Perhaps you've seen "special" water that is used for religious ceremonies in churches.  Sometimes the water is referred to as being blessed or Holy water.  These waters are often used for baptism ceremonies.  It may lead you to ask, "Do I need Holy water to be baptized?"

Other groups will work hard to make a case that baptism was never a part of God's plan of salvation.  Jesus, they will say, did the only work necessary.  Since baptism is a work, we obviously don't need to do it.  Often times the statement is made, "Do you think there's some kind of magic in the water?"

It doesn't take long to see the answer to either of the questions above.  The water doesn't need to be holy.  The water isn't magic.  It doesn't even need to be particularly clean.  Baptism isn't about taking a bath and it's not about saying prayers over it.  It's about you, God, and following His plan.

The Scriptures above show us that people used whatever water was available.  "Look, there's water" was the statement...then they went down into it.  Baptism in water - any water - was a part of His plan from the very beginning.  So...find some water!  (Any water will do.)