THE PURPOSE OF THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS? THE PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM? BY STEVE FINNELL
According to Matthew 26:28 what was the purpose of of Jesus shedding His Blood?
According to Acts 2:38 what was the purpose of being immersed in water?
Matthew 26:28 "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (NKJV)
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)
The same Greek word "eis" is translated as for in Matthew 26:28 and Acts 2:38.
What does for the remission of sins not mean?
For the remission of sins does not mean Jesus shed His blood because men already had been forgiven of their sins.
For the remission of sins does not mean that men should be baptized because they had already had their sins forgiven.
Jesus did not shed His blood simply as an act of obedience.
Men are not baptized in water simply an an act of obedience.
Jesus did not shed His blood as a testimony of faith.
Men are not baptized as a testimony of their faith to the community.
Jesus shed His blood for the remission of sins.
Men are immersed in water for the remission of sins.
For does not mean because of, it means in order to.
It takes a skilled professional to convince men that baptism is not essential for the forgiveness of their sins.