Understanding Salvation from Job
Jehovah’s words to Job…the only way that salvation could be earned…if man could do this.
Job 40.9-14: “Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor. Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on everyone who is proud and abase him. Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked where they stand. Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below. Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.”
Obviously, none of these things can be performed by man. Does baptism in water qualify as an “un-performable” act? If so, how were able to be baptized?
Seems as if preachers who reject the Lord’s teaching to the apostles have convinced their audiences that it is impossible to be baptized for remission of sins, but possible to be baptized for other reasons. Seems that they are powerful enough to perform the baptizing on someone, but not for remission. That is an impossibility according to their rationale.
The Lord commanded the apostles to preach these words: “He that believers and is baptized shall be saved. He that believers not, shall be damned” (Mark 16.16; cf. Matthew 28.19-20; Luke 24.47). Philip preached Jesus to the eunuch, and he asked, “See here is water, what doth hinder me from being baptized?” (Acts 8.35-38). What prompted this eunuch to ask about being immersed in water when Jesus was preached?
There is only one conclusion: Phillip preached, “If you believe and are baptized, you shall be saved” (Mark 16.16) when he preached Jesus to the eunuch.