Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1–4
A. We have seen the importance of sanctification, but we also need to understand when this vital process takes place.
B. When one compares the Scriptures it becomes apparent that sanctification occurs when one is baptized (1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:26–27; Titus 3:5–7; John 3:5; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Galatians 3:26–27).
C. If we have difficulty with this, the Old Testament can help (Romans 15:4).
I. We learn about NT baptism when we read about the flood.
A. We learn that God can use water to save (1 Peter 3:21).
B. We learn that few will be saved (Genesis 7:23).
C. We learn that salvation requires hard work and sacrifice.
II. We learn about NT baptism in Israel’s crossing of the Red Sea.
A. We learn that salvation requires a walk of faith.
B. We learn that liberty demands more than repentance.
C. We learn that salvation is the work of the Lord (Exodus 14:13–14, 30–31; cf. Colossians 2:10–13).
D. We learn that the saved can go astray (1 Corinthians 10:3–12).
III. We learn about NT baptism in the cleansing of Naaman the leper.
A. We learn that cleansing requires obedience (2 Kings 5:10–14).
B. We learn that some people will not readily receive God’s commandments (vv 11, 15–16).
C. We learn that cleansing requires an operation of God (v 15; cf. Colossians 2:10–13).
A. If God required immersion for Israel and for Naaman, why should we think it strange when he requires the same from us?
B. Will you obey heaven’s command or reject it (Luke 7:30)?