The Operation of God

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How great was the sin of Adam and Eve, the father and mother of all mankind. Their choice of disobeying the word of God caused the great separation between God and man. But when the fullness of time came to reveal the only way of reconciliation back to Himself, He sent word to His servant Zachariah by an angel, saying:

“…your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John…he will be great in the sight of the Lord… and he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him [the Messiah]… so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:13,15-17).

When the promised child was born, his father rejoiced with gladness, and prophesied saying:

“You, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways; to give His people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins” (Luke 1:76,77, emp. added).

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Water Baptism: Essential or Optional?

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One of the most contentious topics theists seem to be debating among themselves is whether or not it is essential for a lost soul who has decided to give their life to Christ to be baptized in water in order to receive salvation. In general, theists seem to accept and acknowledge the meaning of water baptism as a great thing. However, a lot of them doubt the necessity of it for various reasons. One of the most widely used argument in support of their belief: the thief on the cross. Thus, they conclude that one is saved by faith and faith alone. On the other side of the coin, others stress the significance of water baptism to obtain redemption and have all sins remitted.

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