Water Baptism - Old Testament Shadows
O ld Testament Shadows
1. Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
The baptismal waters of judgment, the Spirit moved, God spoke.
2. Genesis 6-8 The Flood of Noah.
The baptism of the world in water. The purpose was the destruction of all ungodly flesh.
Water Baptism is not an optional extra for Christians. It is an express commandment of the Lord Jesus
1 Peter 3:20,21 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Eight (resurrection life) people were raised to new life in the triune ark.
3. Genesis 17:5,10-12,24 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin-, and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not thy seed. And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
(a)Cutting Off Flesh
Romans 2:28,29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew. which is one inwardly-, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
(b) Receiving the God Given Name
- The Number Eight