Good Morning Lord

Today is August 15, 2018

Verse of the Day — Genesis 3:12

. . . the man said (in his defense), “The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There are no excuses allowed for the man as head of his home.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The man is ultimately responsible for his wife AND his wife’s actions—even if she has been deceived by Satan.

Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” —Genesis 3:13
     See also 2 Corinthians 11:3 and 1 Timothy 2:14.

Eve was the first to sin, but God held Adam accountable for her transgression. Adam tried to lay the blame on Eve, but God didn’t buy it.

Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife . . . Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life . . . . By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground . . . —Genesis 3:17-19

When a man stands before God on Judgment Day, he cannot defend himself by saying, “My wife had a mind of her own, Lord, what could I do?” Rather, he will be held accountable for:

  • His lack of leadership.

    For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. —Ephesians 5:23
  • Lack of love.

    Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her —Ephesians 5:25
  • Lack of patience.

    Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant —1 Corinthians 13:4
  • Lack of total devotion to the Lord.

    You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. —Deuteronomy 6:5
  • Lack of teaching his family biblical principles.

    You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. —Deuteronomy 6:7
So, if a wife is out of bounds, it’s usually the husband’s fault!

QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

I am a little confused about baptism. In our church we “dedicate” babies soon after birth. But I notice that other evangelical churches actually baptize them. Are there any verses we could use to help us determine what we should do with our children?


ANSWER:

Baptism is scripturally associated with several areas:

  • Forgiveness.

    Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. —Acts 2:38
         See also Acts 22:16.
  • Union with Christ.

    What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. —Romans 6:1-10
  • Repentance.

    Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. —Acts 2:38
  • Suffering with Christ.

    But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” —Mark 10:38
  • Making disciples.

    Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit —Matthew 28:19
When associated with salvation, the scriptural order is always to believe and then be baptized.

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,
     “THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
     ‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,
     MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'”
Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.
—Matthew 3:2-6
     See also Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:37-38, 16:14-15, 34.

There are arguments (weak) in favor of infant baptism. Colossians 2:11-12 ties circumcision and baptism—since infants were circumcised in the Old Testament/Old Covenant, they should be baptized in the New Testament/New Covenant.

Also, entire households were baptized in New Testament times. It is very likely that infants would have been included (Acts 11:14; 16:15, 31, 33; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 1:16).

     and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. —Colossians 2:11-12

     And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” . . . —Acts 16:15
     See also Acts 11:14; 16:31, 33; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 1:16.

Having said all that, we believe baptism is a non-issue for infants. Whether you are baptizing or dedicating your baby, what you are doing is telling the Lord that it is HIS child and you recognize that fact. Since it is His child, you are promising to raise it His way. When the child grows up, he/she must make a personal decision to trust Jesus and then be baptized as scripturally taught.

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