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O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Here is a recent sermon from Covenant Community Church:

Baptism as Covenant Creation

This is the place to further discuss the material. I won't be able to interact very much due to my current work schedule, but I will keep an eye on how the discussion develops and jump in when I can.

You can find more related material at TruthinLiving.org.

Blessings,

Tim Martin

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Comment by Eohn Rhodes on June 30, 2013 at 9:33am
This is a great exposition by Tim on a very difficult subject. The truth always inspires me. Baptism and new land to some is death and destruction for others. Genesis 6:12-13 And God looked upon the land and she was ruined for all flesh had ruined his way in the land. And God is saying to Noah, the end of all flesh to faces of me because the land is full of wrong from faces of them, watch me ruin them with the land.

Al Pearson speaks about how churches or Christians are often the target by the warmongers. But don't we give up our strength when we intermarry our truth with their 'truth'? Does God not still 'submerge' his 'land' when it has hopelessly ruined his way?

A lot of Christians and non- Christians are into 'boat building' in preparation for whatever it is that seems imminent to them. And I'm not saying that's wrong. But unless we find grace in the eyes of God we can't escape his judgement. The best way to find grace may be by unwravelling the twisted mess of cultures, traditions and translations that we have embraced in God's 'land'.

Evidently Noah didn't buy into their eschatology. Their world was about to end but for Noah the possibilities were definitely wide open. Still I don't think he rejoiced to see the rain and he did work hard to take cover. And of course he was not encouraged by the majority.
Comment by Eohn Rhodes on July 1, 2013 at 8:57am
Tim, did you see this?

Tying unclean spirits to baptism; Mathew 12:43 Whenever the still unclean spirit may be coming out of a man he is passing through waterless places seeking rest and not finding it. 12:44 So he says I will go back to the home I came out of and it finds leisuring ( not true rest) having been swept and systemed ( the word cosmos is here as in the cosmos the Jews were supposed to leave for the new land of Christ).

12:45 Then he is going and taking with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself and they enter and dwell there and the last state of the human becomes worse than the first. So it shall be with this generation.

Matthew 12:47-50 Then Jesus defines his new household as those who do his will and not his house of origin. Jesus has a baptism to undergo and his spirit will not return to the house he came out of.

Hebrews 6:4 Those who have tasted the Holy Spirit ( I can not write Holy Spirit without it automatically getting capitalized even though it may refer to meeting the holy human spirit of Jesus in the flesh. Even my computer is into translating for me) went through waterless places seeking rest. They were not born again into the new spiritual house so they returned to the old house (OC) and became more wicked than ever. In 12:47-50 Jesus makes it clear that the human spirits of his blood relatives do not define his true house.
Comment by Tim Martin on July 1, 2013 at 9:13pm

Eohn,

I'm going to look at that very closely. Very intriguing observation...

Thanks for pointing that out.


Blessings,

Tim Martin

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