Monday, February 15, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2015 February 15

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
(Exodus 14:21-22)

Today’s Morsel: When the apostle Paul was relating today's passage to the church at Corinth, he told them, “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:1-4).  Paul called their passing over the Red Sea a type of baptism.  He said that they were baptized by Moses in the cloud and in the sea.  The cloud was a spiritual baptism and the Red Sea was a water baptism.  As Jesus told Nicodemus, you must be born again of the water and the spirit.  Moses said that the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.  You see, when you are baptized by immersion in the name of Jesus, the waters cover you.  They become as a wall around you.  Noah was admonished by God to seal the Ark within and without.  Peter, speaking of Noah’s Ark as a type of salvation said, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him” (1 Peter 3:18-22).  Notice, baptism doth now save us.  The same way the waters saved Noah and his family inside the Ark, and the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea, they now save us by the same instructions.  “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:38-39).  Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16).  A few drops of water on your head is not baptism.  You must be immersed in water in Jesus name.  

Sing:  I know I’m saved, and I'm so glad about it. I found the joy my spirit craved.  It is so real that I could never doubt it, oh praise the Lord I know I’m saved.

Thought For Today:  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved (Mark 16:16). 

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