Can anyone keep these people from….

I was led to this passage in Acts 10 this morning…

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

Who cares where you’re from, what school you’ve went to, what shade of skin you’ve got, or how much money you make. When God’s working in a person, we can either join in or or reject it. I vote for joining in.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Good thoughts! Along those lines though, note the importance of Water Baptism in the NT. EVERYTIME someone became a believer, they were immediately doused. Not so in the church today.

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  2. great point. your comment invokes the thought of Philip baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch. I wander why that was? also, what might be today’s equivalant?

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  3. Posted by nostawetan on June 9, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I almost through Ethiopian Eunuch in my first comment! Mark 16:16 says to his disciples before sending them out, “whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” I assume they regarded baptism as important or nearly as important as belief in Christ. I have always thought of baptism as something that is a nice comfortable public statement of belief that the Christian may or may not choose to do. I am starting to think a little differently.

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  4. yeah. the thing i wander is this: Why is baptism seen as so important? Is it the public confession (for surely a baptism can be done in private), or the symbolism (for surely there could be some other symbolic gesture), or is it something deep and mysterious? I’m not sure, but I think getting to the bottom of these questions would lead us to a greater understanding of why baptism seems so critical in the scriptures.

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