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The Gospel Story in Pictures

by  Lien of OZ


Illustrated in the Sacraments of Communion and Baptism.

Visible symbols of Divine Acts. Instituted and commanded by Jesus Christ.

How is it possible for God to communicate the Gospel {Good News} without the written word? In ages passed history was often conveyed by village story tellers and in symbolic dances and tribal ceremonies.

We are privileged now to possess a written record of the Gospel of Jesus Christ- HIS STORY. The history and significance of

  •  His Life,

  •  His sacrificial Death,

  • His burial,

  • His resurrection and ascension, and also

  • letters describing the meaning of these events.

We find this in the New Testament. BUT How was the message communicated before there was any written record?

Communion and Baptism.

Two basic Christian sacraments.

Communion speaking of His sacrificial death and Baptism speaking of Burial and His resurrection.

Communion.....Common Union.......Fellowship..........A Family meal.

Do this in remembrance of Me!

Called to remember.

  • His - Jesus- life showing us the nature of God as Father.

  • That in His death He suffered as a righteous man.......both Son of Man & Son of God.

Remember He died as Sin for our sin. To provide forgiveness. Giving to us in His righteousness.

He died righteous - lifted up on a cruel cross,- that our ungodliness could be removed.

He became a curse for us---(cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree)

Mat 26:27,28. This is My blood of the covenant poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Likewise Mar 14:24 and now also in 1Co 11:25 we read "This cup (of wine) is the new covenant in My Blood. Drink it and remember me! The next verse reads, " take the bread and the cup and shew,

[ proclaim, shout, declare] the Lord's death till He come.

Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of Me!

This is like a re-enactment of the reading of a will..............from which we receive an inheritance..... RICH REWARD.

Heb 9:15 Jesus was mediator of a new:
 covenant..... testament.....agreement ......or will.

It is recorded that we are to receive a promised eternal inheritance. Lasting forever..

When a will is read we usually know that a death has occurred. Moreover for the will to be valid that death has to be recorded or established.

Hence, take the bread and drink the cup. Thereby Proclaim, shew and declare a death has occurred. Proclaim or register that a death has occurred.

  • A will takes effect only after the death of the one who made it. It is not in force while this one is still alive. We now enjoy all the benefits of

  • a new inheritance.................

  • rich everlasting rewards....

  • exciting new life now and

  • guaranteed everlasting life.

Baptism.

The Gospel in baptism is Christ crucified, Christ buried, Christ raised.

Baptism in Holy Spirit= Jesus Glorified= Holy spirit could not be given until Jesus ascended and exalted at Godís right hand. {the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. John 7:39}& Acts 2:33 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.

"Know you not, that so many of you were (or are) baptised into Jesus Christ (do put on Christ) for you were (are) baptised into His death". Rom 6:3)

"If you have been 'planted' together in the likeness of His death in like manner you shall also be raised in His resurrection".(Rom 6:5)

Water baptism is a public 'advertisement' of a believer's faith; an acknowledgment that Jesus is Lord--by this one essential act of obedience and of personal identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.--------"the presentation of a good conscience----an appeal to God" (1Pe 3:21); that as you put to death the flesh, in symbolic burial, He (God), through and by your appeal to Jesus, will make you alive in the Spirit. The physical and spiritual meet to produce the super-natural.

In baptism we identify ourselves with the fact of Jesus' death, already accomplished on our behalf at Calvary. We are thus, symbolically immersed (buried) into His death. Baptism does not cause death.

  • Rather, we consider ourselves as dead.

  • Dead to self and

  • dead to sin.

For our normal human state is in a condition of death,[in trespasses and sin] insensitive to the things of the Spirit. Sin is like a terminal disease. Thus, baptism is in some sense is firstly a funeral, and secondly, a resurrection.

"Put to death all that which is earthly in you". Col 3:5 Putting away the old human nature is emphasised in baptism. No man by choice is buried before he is dead and furthermore, there can be no more ceremonial washing (as in the Old Testament) for a corpse.

In water baptism the objective is to identify with and enter into Christ's death, anticipating that He, in return, will also enter into us. In order that we might 'KNOW' resurrection power. To rise in 'newness' of life. For, if Jesus rose again, so do we by the same Spirit that raised Him.

"Know this", says Paul, "that when you are/were baptised you are/were baptised INTO His death."

Knowing this; your old man - your old sin nature, is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed. (Rom 6:6). Then bury it!. ie. The body in which the sin disease feeds. Baptism is a burial service.

Be confident that as Jesus also was raised from death to life, likewise see yourself dying to sin and rising again in expectation of new life through the working of God. " ----- raised with Him through faith in the working of God." (Col 2:12). " ----- to put on Christ." (Gal 3:27).

∑ Water baptism is usually the first act of obedient submission; of any individual's own ratification and agreement with what Jesus achieved on Calvary on his/her behalf.

Thus, the identification of which Paul speaks in Col 2:12 becomes a reality --- "if you were buried with Him (Jesus) in (water) baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead".

The same "working" Spirit which raised Jesus is now able to "Work" in each baptised 're-born' child of God. The mighty working of God's power demonstrated in the resurrection of Jesus is our confidence.

After water baptism the physical body, limbs, eyes and even the mind, of the old nature human frame, remains the same. It is still the target of temptation, but is now open to become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Co 3:16; 6:19) in Spirit Baptism, yieldedness to temptation is no longer an irresistible urge. For this body is capable of being possessed with the authority and power of the Spirit. Able to rebuke the 'tempter', knowing that he must flee. The old "sense" knowledge of the body (of flesh) no longer has the same irreversible level of control. These functions should now come under the 'command' of the new inner or spiritual man.

The putting away of the old, yielding (SIN) nature, is emphasised in baptism. That nature which previously persisted in responding to the commands (and demands) of the flesh. This is the nature that is buried (in water of baptism) into Jesus' death, and able to rise to new life through the impartation of the "Spirit of Life". Thus, when Christ who now is your life appears, you shall be like Him. (see Col 3:4,5). "Put to death what is earthly in you".

What's in a Name?

Baptising into the name speaks of relationship and the name identifies with whom the relationship is established. The action of immersion into, and emersion out of, the water speaks of union with Christ in burial and resurrection.

To be baptised into the name is to become submitted to the leadership of the one whose name has been invoked. This excludes any supreme religious loyalty to any Paul or Apollos, as Paul so directed the Corinthian Church.(1Co 1:12,13)

By faith we then become united to Christ. We share in the nature of His death, burial and resurrection.

If anyone has not been so united, and your own personal spiritual experience does not express that the Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, has become:-

  • your God,

  • your Father,

  • your Saviour,

then how can you then claim to be in Christ or claim the name Christian?

The significance of burial in baptism is clearly acknowledged by the Orthodox Jew. For, when any Jew is baptised into Christ he thus throws off the yoke of Judaism. His family then conducts a traditional burial service. To them he is now considered as dead. This same behaviour is exemplified by families of High Caste Hindus when any of their family accepts salvation in Christ Jesus and identifies to this, by submitting to believers baptism.