Redemption Basics

06 Mar 2016

Basic discussion of the topic in Christianity

What follows is a dialogue of what Jesus provided for us in His death, burial, and resurrection, as well as, the victory that is ours in life through faith in Him.

I.                   The Fall of Man

  1. When God first created man, God gave him authority over all the earth. He was to be God’s “Under-ruler;” the world was in his control.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Genesis 1:26 NKJV

  1. God delegated His authority over the earth to Adam.
  2. Adam had no knowledge of need, sin, sickness, or death. God provided everything he needed. Adam lived in constant fellowship with God. Life was rich, and full of good things.

Adam was given one test: obey or disobey?

  1. When Adam sinned by disobeying God, several things happened.
    1. He died spiritually. but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” – Genesis 2:17 NKJV
    2. Spiritual death is separation from God.
    3. He did not die physically until hundreds of years later.
    4. God did not originally create man to suffer physical death. It is the result of sin.

The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26;

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

  1. Adam lost the authority God had given the human race.

You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.” – Hebrews 2:8

  1. When Adam obeyed Satan, Satan gained the authority God had delegated to man.
  2. Satan has the authority over the earth that Adam once had.

Luke 4:5-8 NET “Then the devil led him up to a high place and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “To you I will grant this whole realm—and the glory that goes along with it, for it has been relinquished to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. So then, if you will worship me, all this will be yours.”Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”

  1. Satan is called the “god” of this world. Satan legally obtained man’s authority on the earth by Adam’s sin. in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” – 2 Corinthians 4:4 NASB
  2. The reason for sin, sickness, poverty, disease, death, hatred, murder, war, etc. dominating the earth is because of Satan’s reign here.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10 NASB

“We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” – 1 John 5:19 NASB

  1. All Men are sinful because of Adam’s sin.

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” – Romans 5:12 NKJV

II.               God’s Master Plan of Redemption

Redemption – To gain or regain possession of something in exchange for a payment. In other words, “buy back.” It is a deliverance by the payment of a price or ransom. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45 NKJV

  1. Because of God’s great love for man, He did not leave him in a fallen state with no hope of redemption.
  2. God no longer owned the dust of the ground; the authority on earth had been given to Satan by Adam.
    1. God could not create another man.
    2. Man could not redeem himself, he had lost his relationship with God.
  3. God worked out a plan for man’s redemption.
    1. Jesus, the second member of the trinity, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) was to come to earth and live as a man.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14 NKJV

  1. Jesus would be the only human after Adam’s sin, who would be born with a relationship with God. He is called the last Adam. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 15:45 NKJV
  2. Jesus had no earthly father. Mary, his mother, conceived a child from the Holy Spirit. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us).” – Isaiah 7:14 NKJV Also see Luke 1:26-38.
    1. Jesus, because he is God, and because he is also a man, is the only person who is able to bring mankind back into relationship and fellowship with God.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6

  1. Jesus lived a perfect sinless life, and yet, faced all the temptations that mankind must face. and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24 NASB “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” – Hebrews 4:15 ESV
  2. When Jesus died on the cross, He did not die for His own sin, but for the sin of the human race. “but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone.” – Hebrews 2:9 NET “He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 NET “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 NKJV “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB
  3. Jesus suffered and paid the penalty of sin that we should have paid. He took our place. He went to hell for us. “Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.” – Ephesians 4:9-10 NASB See also Acts 2:25-32

III.            Jesus’ Resurrection – Our Deliverance & Dominion

  1. Jesus rose from the dead three days after He died. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 20 NKJV But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” – Romans 8:11 NKJV
  2. Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection delivered us from sin, sickness, and poverty. It restored our relationship with God, and gave us back the dominion that once belonged to man. “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.” – Hebrews 2:14-15 NET “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” – Hebrews 10:12, 14 NKJV
    1. Jesus delegated His authority to His believers (His Body).
    2. As the head, (Jesus) has authority, so does the body have authority, because they are inseparable. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:18-19 NKJV
  3. When we were born again, Satan lost his dominion in our life, and we regained our dominion over him. “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” – Colossians 1:13 NASB “This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and he gave him to the church as head over all things. Now the church is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” – Ephesians 1:20-23 NET “and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2:6 NET “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” – Luke 10:19 NASB
  4. Because of Jesus, we can now walk free from sin, free from poverty, free from sickness and disease, and enjoy life.
  5. God sent His son, Jesus, to restore to the human race all that was lost when Adam sinned. “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:17 NKJV
  6. We receive personally all that Jesus has done for us by using our faith.

IV.             The Future: The Blessed Hope

“looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” – Titus 2:13 NKJV “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” – 1 John 3:2 NASB

  1. Jesus is coming again to gather all His saints to heaven. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 NASB
    1. At that time, we will receive a new body, an immortal one that will live forever. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:53-54 NET “But our citizenship is in heaven—and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself.” – Philippians 3:20-21 NET
  2. Judgment Seat of Christ – Jesus will review our deeds and works. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” – 2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17 NKJV
  3. The Millennial Reign of Jesus:
    1. Jesus will return with His saints from heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on the earth as the scripture has promised. “and to reward with rest you who are afflicted, along with us. This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:7 HCSB See also Revelation 20:1-7
    2. After this there will be a new heaven and a new earth. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea no longer existed.” – Revelation 21:1 HCSB

V.                Ordinances of Our Redemption

  1. Water baptism:
    1. Water baptism is an outward sign (to the world) of an inward change that has already been accomplished by faith in Jesus Christ.
    2. It is a declaration to the world that we have died with Christ and that we have been raised with Him to walk in the newness of life. Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4 NKJV
    3. Water baptism says to the world publicly, “I declare to you that I have;”
      1. Died with Christ (lowering into the water).
      2. Was buried with Christ (under the water).
      3. And was raised again with Christ (raised out of the water).
    4. Communion:
      1. Communion has two elements, bread and wine. “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV
        1. The bread represents Jesus’ body that was sacrificed to set us free from sickness. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 NKJV “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” – Matthew 8:17 NKJV “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV
        2. The wine represents Jesus’ blood which removed our sins. “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9 NKJV “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:18a-19 NKJVRedemption BasicsBasic discussion of the topic in Christianity

          What follows is a dialogue of what Jesus provided for us in His death, burial, and resurrection, as well as, the victory that is ours in life through faith in Him.

          I.                   The Fall of Man

          1. When God first created man, God gave him authority over all the earth. He was to be God’s “Under-ruler;” the world was in his control.

          Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Genesis 1:26 NKJV

          1. God delegated His authority over the earth to Adam.
          2. Adam had no knowledge of need, sin, sickness, or death. God provided everything he needed. Adam lived in constant fellowship with God. Life was rich, and full of good things.

          Adam was given one test: obey or disobey?

          1. When Adam sinned by disobeying God, several things happened.
            1. He died spiritually. but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” – Genesis 2:17 NKJV
            2. Spiritual death is separation from God.
            3. He did not die physically until hundreds of years later.
            4. God did not originally create man to suffer physical death. It is the result of sin.

          The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26;

          “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

          1. Adam lost the authority God had given the human race.

          You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.” – Hebrews 2:8

          1. When Adam obeyed Satan, Satan gained the authority God had delegated to man.
          2. Satan has the authority over the earth that Adam once had.

          Luke 4:5-8 NET “Then the devil led him up to a high place and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “To you I will grant this whole realm—and the glory that goes along with it, for it has been relinquished to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. So then, if you will worship me, all this will be yours.”Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”

          1. Satan is called the “god” of this world. Satan legally obtained man’s authority on the earth by Adam’s sin. in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” – 2 Corinthians 4:4 NASB
          2. The reason for sin, sickness, poverty, disease, death, hatred, murder, war, etc. dominating the earth is because of Satan’s reign here.

          “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10 NASB

          “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” – 1 John 5:19 NASB

          1. All Men are sinful because of Adam’s sin.

          “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” – Romans 5:12 NKJV

          II.               God’s Master Plan of Redemption

          Redemption – To gain or regain possession of something in exchange for a payment. In other words, “buy back.” It is a deliverance by the payment of a price or ransom. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45 NKJV

          1. Because of God’s great love for man, He did not leave him in a fallen state with no hope of redemption.
          2. God no longer owned the dust of the ground; the authority on earth had been given to Satan by Adam.
            1. God could not create another man.
            2. Man could not redeem himself, he had lost his relationship with God.
          3. God worked out a plan for man’s redemption.
            1. Jesus, the second member of the trinity, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) was to come to earth and live as a man.

          “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14 NKJV

          1. Jesus would be the only human after Adam’s sin, who would be born with a relationship with God. He is called the last Adam. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 15:45 NKJV
          2. Jesus had no earthly father. Mary, his mother, conceived a child from the Holy Spirit. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us).” – Isaiah 7:14 NKJV Also see Luke 1:26-38.
            1. Jesus, because he is God, and because he is also a man, is the only person who is able to bring mankind back into relationship and fellowship with God.

          For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5

          “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6

          1. Jesus lived a perfect sinless life, and yet, faced all the temptations that mankind must face. and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24 NASB “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” – Hebrews 4:15 ESV
          2. When Jesus died on the cross, He did not die for His own sin, but for the sin of the human race. “but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone.” – Hebrews 2:9 NET “He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 NET “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 NKJV “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB
          3. Jesus suffered and paid the penalty of sin that we should have paid. He took our place. He went to hell for us. “Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.” – Ephesians 4:9-10 NASB See also Acts 2:25-32

          III.            Jesus’ Resurrection – Our Deliverance & Dominion

          1. Jesus rose from the dead three days after He died. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 20 NKJV But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” – Romans 8:11 NKJV
          2. Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection delivered us from sin, sickness, and poverty. It restored our relationship with God, and gave us back the dominion that once belonged to man. “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.” – Hebrews 2:14-15 NET “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” – Hebrews 10:12, 14 NKJV
            1. Jesus delegated His authority to His believers (His Body).
            2. As the head, (Jesus) has authority, so does the body have authority, because they are inseparable. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:18-19 NKJV
          3. When we were born again, Satan lost his dominion in our life, and we regained our dominion over him. “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” – Colossians 1:13 NASB “This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and he gave him to the church as head over all things. Now the church is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” – Ephesians 1:20-23 NET “and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2:6 NET “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” – Luke 10:19 NASB
          4. Because of Jesus, we can now walk free from sin, free from poverty, free from sickness and disease, and enjoy life.
          5. God sent His son, Jesus, to restore to the human race all that was lost when Adam sinned. “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:17 NKJV
          6. We receive personally all that Jesus has done for us by using our faith.

          IV.             The Future: The Blessed Hope

          “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” – Titus 2:13 NKJV “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” – 1 John 3:2 NASB

          1. Jesus is coming again to gather all His saints to heaven. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 NASB
            1. At that time, we will receive a new body, an immortal one that will live forever. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:53-54 NET “But our citizenship is in heaven—and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself.” – Philippians 3:20-21 NET
          2. Judgment Seat of Christ – Jesus will review our deeds and works. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” – 2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17 NKJV
          3. The Millennial Reign of Jesus:
            1. Jesus will return with His saints from heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on the earth as the scripture has promised. “and to reward with rest you who are afflicted, along with us. This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:7 HCSB See also Revelation 20:1-7
            2. After this there will be a new heaven and a new earth. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea no longer existed.” – Revelation 21:1 HCSB

          V.                Ordinances of Our Redemption

          1. Water baptism:
            1. Water baptism is an outward sign (to the world) of an inward change that has already been accomplished by faith in Jesus Christ.
            2. It is a declaration to the world that we have died with Christ and that we have been raised with Him to walk in the newness of life. Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4 NKJV
            3. Water baptism says to the world publicly, “I declare to you that I have;”
              1. Died with Christ (lowering into the water).
              2. Was buried with Christ (under the water).
              3. And was raised again with Christ (raised out of the water).
            4. Communion:
              1. Communion has two elements, bread and wine. “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV
                1. The bread represents Jesus’ body that was sacrificed to set us free from sickness. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 NKJV “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” – Matthew 8:17 NKJV “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV
                2. The wine represents Jesus’ blood which removed our sins. “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9 NKJV “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:18a-19 NKJV
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