Water Baptism: When The Blood Is Applied Notes
Rev Gary L Evensen
@2006 NJUPC INC
The topic of this bible study is: Water Baptism: When The Blood Is Applied
This bible study looks into the relationship of New Testament water baptism in reference to the application of the blood of Christ to the believers life. This study does not attempt to discuss other questions concerning water baptism such as the method or the mode of baptism.
When we look into the Old Testament and refer to the 1st Passover we find the Lord made an interesting statement to Moses. A lamb was to be slain and its blood applied to the Lintel and doorposts of each believers home, and the lord said in Exodus 12:13 “when I see the blood, I will pass over you”.
They were to sprinkle the blood above the door, that’s what is referred to as the Lentil and on either side, or what is referred to as the doorposts. No blood was to be put on the threshold, for the blood was not to be trampled under the feet of people. When the death angel passed through the country, he would make no distinction between the good people and the bad people. It was the application of the blood that would make all the difference and cause the death angel to pass you by.
You see the question is not “Have you lived a good life?”, or are you a good person, but rather “Have you had the blood applied to your life?”, and this study is going to examine just when it is, that the blood is applied to your life.
In Romans 3:25 the scripture speaks about Christ being our propitiation by his blood
25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
That word propitiation in the Greek is the word hil-as-tay'-ree-on
Neuter of a derivative of G2433 ; an expiatory (place or thing), that is, (concretely) an atoning victim, or (specifically) the lid of the Ark (in the Temple):—mercyseat, propitiation.
Its speaks of Christ being an expiatory, or one who has the power to atone for sins. In this case he is able to atone for the sins of all mankind by the shedding of his blood on Calvary, and all it takes for a persons sins to be atoned for is to have the blood of that atoning victim, Jesus Christ, applied to there life.
At the time of his crucifixion, Peter tried to save Jesus by the sword but Jesus spoke to him about a cup that he must drink of
11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”
John 18:11 NKJV
That cup was the cup of sin, He was about to go to Calvary to atone for your sins, for my sins, for the sins of all mankind.
The application of the blood is so powerful that God gives us perfect standing when the blood is applied, because by the blood we are cleansed from all sin.
1 Corinthians 5:7 lets us know without a doubt that Christ was our Passover Lamb,
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
1 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
Matthew 26:28 lets us know that it was his blood that was shed for the remission of sins.
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Matthew 26:28 NKJV
Hebrews 9:22 lets us know that without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sins
And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
Hebrews 9:22 NKJV
And in Ephesians 1:7 the writer records
In Him (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Ephesians 1:7 NKJV
When Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist had his ability to speak restored, he began to prophesy by the Holy Spirit In Mark the 1 st Chapter he spoke these words
“To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God”
Luke 1:77-78 NKJV
So we find a Lamb would be offered, his blood shed, and by this shedding of blood his people could receive remission of sins.
But how does one take advantage of the shed blood of Christ on Calvary to atone for and remit there sins?
The answer is through the waters of Baptism!
You will find if you do a word search for remission, there are 10 matches in the English for remission in the New Testament and two of those refer directly to water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ being for the remission of sins.
The other 8 speak of the blood being for remission of sins, along with the baptism of John being for remission of sins
Now, concerning John’s baptism, John the Baptist called upon the people to repent that they might receive remission of sins through the rite of water baptism. Those who obeyed came "confessing their sins," thus acknowledging their unfitness to be in the Messiah's coming kingdom. And those who were baptized under John’s baptism were later commanded to be re-baptized in the name of Jesus Christ in Acts chapter 19.
Acts 10:43 speaks of remission of sins coming through Jesus name
“To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” Acts 10:43 NKJV
Again we find here remission of sins is tied to not only the blood, but also the name!
In Luke 24:46-47 Jesus spoke these words:
“Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”.
Luke 24:46-47 NKJV
Of course we understand that his name is Jesus, and without blood there could be no remission of sins.
Peter fulfilled the command to Christ to preach this message beginning at Jerusalem when he said in Acts 2:38
“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.”
Acts 2:38 NKJV
You see my friend it is through Water Baptism that you receive the remission of sins through faith in his name and if through the shedding of blood we receive remission of sins, it is at the moment of Water Baptism that the atoning blood of Christ is applied to the life and the sins of the believer.
If you have never been baptized in his name, your sins have not yet been remitted, and you are still waiting for the application of the blood that comes through faith in his name.
When you are baptized in Jesus name, you die to sin and symbolically like at the Passover, the blood of the lamb is applied to the lentil and doorposts of your heart, you are ready for the Holy Spirit to complete that resurrection covenant, and at that point when the new birth of the water and of the spirit are completed, the second death of Revelation 21:8 will have no claim on you because the blood of the lamb has been applied to your life through the waters of baptism and at the moment God fills you with the Holy Spirit, and as long as that spirit that raised Christ dwells in you, you are free from the second death.
If you have never had the blood applied through the waters of Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ I want to encourage you to find a man of God who will joyfully baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins.
I would be glad to baptize you and it would be my joy to see you repent of your sins, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and receive the promise of the father for yourself
If you are not in the Hudson, Bergen or Essex counties New Jersey or in the New York City area please feel free to contact me anyhow via e-mail and I will gladly assist you in finding a man of God who preaches and teaches this wonderful truth
My prayer is that you would grow in the Grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and we will walk the streets of glory together.