1 Corinthians 10- Baptism of Faith

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 1 Corinthians 10:1-5

There is a popular preacher who was instructing people to “unhitch from the Old Testament”, of course his name is Andy Stanley and he made himself famous for making this statement. Well , if we did disregard the Old Testament, we would have no idea or context of what Paul is teaching us here . The Apostle Paul is referencing the Israelites in the Wilderness going though the Red Sea, eating the qual , and Moses striking the Rock that provided them continuous water.

So the first point we should make, the entire Bible is relevant and important for all of us to know and study. Secondly Paul makes alot of references here, and we could preach a sermon on all of them, so let me try to briefly describe my thoughts on these scriptures.

Paul first says “How that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the seas” Now obviously this is a reference to Moses leading the Israelites through the Wilderness and the Red Sea. Most Christians might say “This has nothing to do with me today” But your wrong, this was a foreshadow of the baptism of faith we have today in Christ.

Water Baptism, which was introduced by the prophet John the Baptist, hence the name, is an outward confession of our faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, The Lord himself went through water baptism to give us an example. The Apostle Paul is saying here when the Israelites by faith went through the Red Sea, it was a spiritual baptism of their own

Think about the event of the Red Sea, what did the Israelites have to do to save their lives? DId they fight the Egyptians? No, Did they persuade the Egyptians to leave?no, they simply trusted what God told them and did it. Their obedience to God , which we call faith, is what saved them

How are we saved? We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8) This is exactly what the sign of baptism is, its an act of faith, profession, and declaration I trust The Lord Jesus Christ to save my soul. Period, we can’t earn it 

Now I know we can argue , how can I get my faith? We know we are called or elected by God, we know the cleansing of the blood of Christ, and we know the regeneration work of the Holy Spirit, is all essential to us having faith. Simply put, Faith in Christ alone is all you need for your salvation , Amen!

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