1 Corinthians Commentary, Summary and Key Verses

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I Corinthians Commentary 

First Corinthians purpose seems to point to Jesus’ resurrection as a reality of history and is taken as to be indisputable and beyond questioning.  This is testified by Paul’s listing of eye witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection and as being pivotal to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul’s counsel regarding the resurrection was that it was an historical fact.  This may be why Paul concludes this letter with the certainty of the resurrection, particularly since some in the church at Corinth had denied it.  If the resurrection did not happen, Paul said the gospel was compromised.  Believing in the gospel by necessity meant believing in the resurrection.  Christ’s atoning sacrifice in death and His resurrection were inseparable.

Adding to the veracity of the resurrection, Paul mentions the 500 brothers who saw the empty tomb and many of these eye witnesses were still alive at the time of Paul’s writing this.  Paul tells the Corinthians that their salvation would be impossible unless the resurrection had occurred and that they could not be resurrected until after death. Anyone who teaches that Jesus was not resurrected or teaches that believers will not be resurrected are false teachers or false apostles

Paul also asserts that sanctification is positional and not socio-economic or philosophic.  God is no respecter of persons regardless of their social, economic, or academic standing in the world (Acts 10: 34, 35; Eph. 6: 9; Col. 3: 25; I Pet. 1: 17).

God’s grace should have been seen as something that God gave them apart from their own works. The Corinthians had a tendency to be filled up with themselves rather than being humble.  The only reason they composed the Corinth church was due to God’s effectual calling and His imparting to them His grace which was undeserved and unmerited by them.

Without God’s grace any unity and peace would have been humanly impossible but with the grace God gave them they displayed powerful gifts of prophecy, tongues, and of spiritual discernment’s.  The Corinthians, despite their tendencies toward divisiveness and esteeming their own gifts as supreme above the others member’s gifts, were nonetheless unified in peace and purpose.  Gifts are intended for service to the Lord and to benefit the church as a whole.  But these gifts are to be of service to the Lord in love and not with a haughty spirit.  This is a powerful testimony of the power of God’s Spirit, of God’s Word, and Paul’s message about Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians Summary

The church at Corinth was a church that was divided.  Part of the reasons for the division were that members were aligning themselves along personalities (e.g. Paul, Apollos, and Cephas) and not ascribing their salvation to Christ alone.

The Corinthians also had a self-centered and self-preservation mind set; esteeming of others more than self was next to impossible which caused further divisions among them. The praise of men seemed to be what certain leaders in the church were concerned about instead of seeking the praise of God since He is Who they were ultimately responsible to.

Above all else, it was pride that was the greatest cause of division.  Arrogance in some of the party leaders was the opposite of what is a necessity for the church; unity.  The opposite of love is not hate but it is pride.  Church members were having personal disputes too which was another cause for division.  Paul was disappointed that church members could not settle issues within the church and members had to resort to lawsuits which made them little different that those in the world.

One of the major problems of the Corinthian church was named by Paul as a failure to discipline a church member.  The Body of Christ is compromised when a member is openly sinning.  A failure to disfellowship this man would only serve to make the church more arrogant.  The analogy that Paul uses is that of yeast which permeates and affects the whole loaf.  The church misused Paul’s statement that “everything is permissible” as a license for all kinds of immorality.  Sexual immorality grieves the Holy Spirit and hurts the believer and their testimony, for their body is not their own; they were bought with a price.  Marriage is a holy union and when this is compromised it affects the believer and even Christ’s church.  The union of a man and woman changes them both. When Paul quoted Genesis 2:24, “the two will become one flesh” he was not giving an affirmation that a man and a prostitute become one or that sexual relations meant a man and a woman were married, but was indicative of the seriousness of the sin of sexual immorality.  It is impossible to experience sexual immorality without affecting the church.

Paul’s counsel regarding marriage was that danger lurks with any occurrence of sexual relationships outside of the marriage.  Neglect of marital duties is one of Paul’s concerns.  Some were refraining from sexual intercourse for improper reasons and abstinence in marriage could lead to immorality.  Paul counseled Christian spouses to not divorce their unbelieving spouses and that a believer should strive to maintain the marital relationship with a non-believer.  The believing spouse may possibly lead the unbelieving spouse into a saving relationship with Christ.  In Paul’s estimation, remaining single would be better.  The single Christian would be less encumbered in serving the Lord but this was not a command from the Lord but only what Paul thought best..

Love was Paul’s underlying theme regarding Christian liberty.  The Corinthian’s question about eating meat sacrificed to idols was not a huge problem to Paul since idols were man made objects and God is real and sovereign over all.  There were numerous idols but only One True God.  There is liberty for those Christians who feel no conscientious problems with eating meat sacrificed to idols but Paul said it should not be eaten in the presence of those Christians who feel that it was not right to do so or in front of those who would object to it because they might offend them or cause them to stumble.  Paul was saying to the Christians who do not object to this that this does not mean others would not object to it, therefore they should refrain from eating meat sacrificed to idols in front of Christians who object to this as an act of love and respect for fellow believer’s feelings.  This could infringe on the beliefs of those who are “weak” in the faith or in knowledge and on their ability to discern right from wrong.  Each believer is to respect the other for what they might feel is a sacrifice in their adoration or worship of Christ.  The same teaching that Paul spoke about meat sacrificed to idols was similar to that of a Christian’s freedom to be a vegetarian or to eat meat.  The underlying principle remained love.

Paul’s counsel regarding spiritual gifts was love as the underlying principle.  The Holy Spirit gives each believer different gifts but the purpose of gifts is to serve the Lord and the church.  Each member of a body was essential to the church’s service and none were more or less important in the body of Christ. Each part was critical to its functioning as a whole.

The church members were not the ones who choose the gifts but these gifts were God’s sovereign choice alone and were by His good pleasure and will.  Neither did the gifts belong to the possessor of them, but were for the church in general and for its edification and building up.  This lack of knowledge showed by the Corinthian’s preoccupation of the gift of tongues and by their esteeming it above all others gifts were a good example of their ignorance about the spiritual gifts.   Members having certain gifts were in no way intended to make them feel superior to those whom they deemed as having lesser gifts.

Baptism of the Spirit occurs immediately after the moment that someone believes in Jesus Christ as Savior.  It is apparent that the baptism of the Spirit and the receiving of the Holy Spirit are synonymous.  It also does not appear that being filled with the Spirit and being baptized with the Holy Spirit are two different things but one and the same.  For example in I Cor. 12:13 it says, “For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body.” I like what Michael Green says of the meaning of the two metaphors of being filled with the Spirit and receiving the Holy Spirit, “All alike have been immersed in the sea of the Spirit; all alike have had His living water irrigating their parched lives.(1)

The last thing that Paul wanted to do was to create more division in the Corinthian church and the way that Paul spoke of the Holy Spirit’s being received, “For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body“ would hardly allow for such distinction between being filled with the Spirit and receiving the Holy Spirit.  You either have the Holy Spirit or you do not.  You can not have more of it or have less of it.  Paul stated in 1:13, “In whom also, after ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise“.  The Holy Spirit seals the believer for eternity. It is not possible that you can not be more or less sealed by Him.  This seems clear in Colossians 2:10 where it’s stated that “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law…that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  Since we can not redeem ourselves and the Spirit is given as a free gift and we are saved through faith, it is not the measure of the Spirit that we receive but the fact that we do receive it that seals us permanently.

The conclusion is that all believers equally share the reality of being baptized by the Spirit at the moment that they believe the message of the gospel, the message that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He alone saves.  When anyone believes in Jesus Christ, he or she is saved and receives the Holy Spirit at that time (Acts 4:12). At the very moment that you believe in Jesus Christ, you immediately receive the Holy Spirit (are baptized in) and become a Christian.

1 Corinthians Key Verses

I Corinthians 1:21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”

I Corinthians 6:9-11Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit thekingdomofGod? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit thekingdomofGod. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

I Corinthians 10:4They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”

I Corinthians 10:17Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.”

I Corinthians 13:1-3If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

I Corinthians 15:3-6For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.”

I Corinthians 15:22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

What is your favorite Bible verse from 1 Corinthians? Share it in the comments!



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Mike July 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

IS it posssible for a Christian to commit The unforgivable sin?
If so how is it commited through are words or by some evil actiion? (matthew 12 as may have been the case of the phairsees in attributing Jesus miracles to the devil.)
Or can it be done by constant disobiedience to the Fathers will and one looses his sonship?

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Jack Wellman July 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Mike, I am overjoyed you came here and what a great question. Just the fact that you are concerned shows me that you have not committed this sin. You are right about the Pharisees…because they saw Jesus, saw the miracles, and knew the Scriptures and still attributed this work of God to Satan.

Today, the only unforgivable sin is rejecting Jesus Christ and denying the Holy Spirit’s revealing of Who Jesus is. Please know that we are all sinners and if we say we’re not, we’re lying (1 John 1:8) but we also can be forgiven each and every time we ask (1 John 1:9).

We actually have an article about this subject called: “What is the Unforgivable Sin? A Biblical Analysis” that might give a more full, biblical explanation than I can give here. Please read it and tell me if this satisfies your answer sir. God bless and please come back and thank you for visiting us today.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-the-unforgivable-sin-a-biblical-analysis/

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pr.Bose Ponkara October 15, 2012 at 4:06 am

it is very nice way to memoraize the bibile,we will pray for u and your ministry.

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Udeme April 25, 2013 at 5:18 am

Hi it’s a wonderful effort you have made here in the analogy of the book of Corinthians but there is something you said that is not concurrent with the scriptures. You said “baptism of the spirit occurs immediately one accepts Jesus Christ as their lord and saviour”, there are examples such as Acts 2:38

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Or even looking at the baptism of Jesus Christ, it was after he had risen from the water that the Holy Spirit descended on him.

Or the Ethipoian Eunoch who looked for a body of water to be baptised by Philip.

Also in John 3 we see Jesus telling Nicodemus that unless you are baptised by water and spirit you shall not inherit the Kingdom.

I’d like your thoughts on this and also if you could show me a place in the bible where someone was baptised and received the Holy Spirit without going under water.

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Jack Wellman April 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

Hello Udeme. I am not sure what you are asking my friend. Which comes first? Birth and rebirth. Both are the result of the operation of the Holy Spirit. Just as nothing can live biologically apart from the power of the Holy Spirit, so no man can come alive to God apart from the Spirit’s work

In His discourse with Nicodemus, Jesus said this about the Holy Spirit: Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3) Spiritually dead persons are incapable of seeing the kingdom of God. It is invisible to them, not because the kingdom itself is invisible, but because the spiritually dead are also spiritually blind.

When Jesus uses the word unless in speaking to Nicodemus, He is stating what we call a necessary condition. A necessary condition is an absolute prerequisite for a desired result to take place. We cannot have fire without the presence of oxygen because oxygen is a necessary condition for fire.

In the jargon of Christianity people speak of “born again” Christians. Technically speaking, this phrase is redundant. If a person is not born again, if he is not regenerate, then he is not a Christian. He may be a member of a Christian church. He may profess to be a Christian. But unless a person is regenerate, he is not in Christ, and Christ is not in him.

In his Letter to the Ephesians the apostle Paul speaks of the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit:

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). (Ephesians 2:1-5)

It is probably true that the majority of professing Christians in the world today believe that the order of our salvation is this: Faith precedes regeneration. We are exhorted to choose to be born again. But telling a man to choose rebirth is like exhorting a corpse to choose resurrection. The exhortation falls upon deaf ears. As soon as the doctrine of election comes to the fore, there is a mad scramble to find a way to get faith in there before regeneration. In spite of all these attending difficulties, we meet the Apostle’s teaching headon:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Which comes first? Regeneration or baptism?

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Udeme April 26, 2013 at 7:55 am

Hi Jack,

My question is “Can a person be saved without being baptised (submerged under water)?

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Jack Wellman April 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

Like the thief on the cross? Or are you making exceptions for him? And also, do you believe that Jesus is not enough to save but you must add baptism too? I believe that every person that is saved should get baptized but Jesus alone saves but being saved alone without baptism is wrong.

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Udeme April 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I believe, and it says in his word as shown previously that “unless you are baptised by water and the spirit you shall not inherit his kingdom”, if you study the book of acts which I’m sure you must have done, when asked what they must do to be “saved” what where their actions?. I don’t mean to be argumentative but I see no biblical basis to make statements saying one can be saved by just believing or accepting Jesus, the bible gives clear directives on what a person must do to be saved.

There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (1 Peter 3:21 NKJV)

We can discuss from now till the cows come home but the bible has given a clear directives, I pray that you have been baptised and you encourage those who follow you to get baptised as well because not doing so is an unnecessary risk to yours and their salvation.

Concerning the thief in the cross, consider the following facts:

1) Jesus had the ability to forgive sins whilst on earth (Matt 9:2-7)

2) the new covenant/law had not yet been established, this was done by the death of Jesus as you know. The thief was living under the old covenant (old testament law). Also look at Hebrews 9:15-16

3) Third and final point, none of us today has seen and spoken to Jesus face-to-face.

So based on these facts is safe to say that the thief on the cross was a one-off situation. How could he have been baptised and resurrected a new man when Jesus himself had not yet died and resurrected?

You have clearly said above that “but being saved alone without baptism is wrong”, why would you then go on to say that a person can be saved by just believing?

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Jack Wellman April 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I am saddened that you believe that Jesus alone is not enough. I pray you see that taking a few Scriptures and making it a doctrine that we are not saved by Jesus but by Jesus AND baptism makes the cross of Christ not enough. What of the many deathbed conversions who were too weak to be lifted into water to be submerged…what of the many wartime conversions who had no access to water baptism? Are you saying that they are doomed to hell for eternity simply because they are not baptized? God forbid.

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Jack Wellman April 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

First, please notice that verse 38 isn’t the only verse in Acts 2. In Peter’s message, a great deal was said before verse 38 came out of his mouth. In fact, he even told his listeners how to be saved before verse 38! In Acts 2:21, Peter quotes from Joel 2 and says, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” His words preceding verse 38 were so convicting that his listeners were “pricked in their heart” in verse 37. So, to use verse 38 out of its context causes a misrepresentation of God’s word. The verse does not stand alone, and, in fact, a totally different meaning is conveyed when one makes it stand alone.

Another error that many make with Acts 2:38 is the error of assumption. It is assumed that the word “for” must mean “in order to get.” That is, being baptized “for” the remission of sins supposedly means to be baptized “in order to get” remission of sins. However, a closer look at the scriptures will reveal that this isn’t the case at all.

Notice Luke 5:12-14: “And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.” Jesus made this man clean in verse 13, yet in the next verse, verse 14, Jesus tells him to go offer a sacrifice “for thy cleansing” as a “testimony.” Here the word “for” cannot mean “in order to get” because he had already gotten his cleansing in verse 13! It obviously meant “because of” his cleansing. If a man goes to jail “for stealing,” then he goes there “because of” the stealing that he’s already done, not “in order to get” a chance to steal again.

Some like to argue that the Greek word “eis” means “in order to,” but this isn’t always the case. Jesus said in Matthew 12:41, “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at (eis) the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” The Greek word for “at” is “eis.” Does this mean that the men of Nineveh repented “in order to get” the preaching of Jonah? No, they repented “because of” the preaching of Jonah. So, even “the Greek” doesn’t demand the popular interpretation of Acts 2:38. The word “for” can be used different ways, not just one, so it is wrong to assume that it must mean “in order to get” in Acts 2:38.

This is clear from what follows Acts 7. In Acts 8, an individual from Africa is saved (before baptism). In Acts 9, an individual from Asia is saved (before baptism). In Acts 10, an individual from Europe is saved (before baptism). Why didn’t these individual conversions occur before Acts 7? Because the first seven chapter of Acts deal with Israel (1:6-8; 2:36; 3:12; 4:8-10; 5:31; 6:7-14; 7:1-60). The question of INDIVIDUAL salvation is asked and answered in Acts 16:30-31: “. . . Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Those who fail to make this distinction are guilty of violating II Timothy 2:15 where we are told to RIGHTLY DIVIDE the word of truth.

The fact is that Acts 2:38 is NOT the “model” plan of salvation, nor are any of the other “water verses” which the cultists use. Only by taking such verses out of their context can one teach such heresy. All of the Bible is true, not just the favorite “proof texts” of the cults. Baptism saves no one. It only serves as a testimonial picture of the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ AFTER one has believed on Christ (Acts 8:36-38). Paul said in I Corinthians 1:17 that “. . . Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”

Friend, if you have fallen for the water gospel, why not repent of your sin and trust Jesus Christ alone? Acts 10:43 says, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Why not believe on Christ 100% right now and quit trusting something you DO for salvation? “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 5:1) Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Romans 10:9-13 says,”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” not, “For whosoever shall call upon the name AND get baptized.”

Ephesians 2:4-9 testifies to salvation is in Christ alone, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.”

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Udeme April 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I can see you will go through all lengths to explain your position.

If from the prophecy of Jeol that “people would call on his name and be saved”, it was clear that it was only that action that was needed to be saved, why did the people then ask “what shall we do?”, if they were saved why did they still need instruction.

In Acts 8 I can see you conveniently ignored verses 9-11 where the people believed in the word and were baptised. If hearing and believing the word was enough then why did they feel the need to be baptised?. You then mentioned that the Ethiopian Eunoch was saved before baptism, that could not be further from the truth, we see him stopping by the water (why did he sense the need to get to the nearest body of water?) he then wants to be baptised but Philip makes sure that he confesses Jesus to be the son of God first. If confessing or believing in Jesus was enough to be saved, why did the Ethiopian Eunoch stop by the body of water.

In Acts 2:38 we see them being told to repent and let “all” of you be baptised for remission of sins, is baptism then for only a select few?, the passage then says “and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. As I have said previously, please show me a reference to someone receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit without being baptised.

I am sure I have mentioned previously that we are saved by his grace, and I have showed you scriptures of the bible saying that it is only those who obey his commandments who will inherit the kingdom.

I have also asked you a simple question, John 3 says that, u less you are baptised of water and spirit you shall not inherit my kingdom”, so is Jesus Christ lying there or did he change his mind afterwards.

If you deem it “cultism” to be baptised for remission of sins then it’s a dangerous risk you’re taking.

I also showed you the verse that said faith without works is dead, if you have faith in Jesus Christ you will do what he has instructed. That is why the people in Acts 2:38 got baptised, in Acts 8, that is why the Ethiopian Eunoch stopped by a body of water to be baptised by Philip.

So the question to you Jack is : in John 3 when Jesus said “unless you are baptised of water and the spirit you shall not inherit my kingdom”, what is the context of that passage?

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Jack Wellman April 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Jesus does not say this my friend. What version do you have. John 3 says ” Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

A favorite device of the Devil is to have men look to their works for their salvation instead of looking to Christ. He leads some to trust in their morality, some to depend upon lodge membership, some to depend upon confessions to priests; some he leads to trust in baptism. That is a fatal mistake. The unanimous voice of all the Scriptures is that people are saved by simple faith in Christ, without any act of righteousness, and baptism is never mentioned as a part of the plan of salvation. Baptism is an act of righteousness, for Jesus said in Matthew 3:15, “Thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” Titus 3:5 says that such acts of righteousness do not save us:

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

Baptism is certainly a good work, but Ephesians 2:8,9 likewise says plainly that salvation is altogether a matter of God’s mercy and not of our works :

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.”

Do you not believe Eph 2:8-9? What is the context of this passage? It is salvation! “Born of water and of the Spirit” in John 3:5 is often quoted as if it referred to baptism. It most certainly does NOT, however. That passage says nothing about baptism, and in the same conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus repeatedly told just what it took to get this new birth. Read verses 14 to 18 and you will see that it is simply believing in Christ. “Born of water and of the Spirit” in John 3:5, is the same as “the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost” in Titus 3:5. That verse plainly says that this is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us,” by this birth of water and the Spirit, or cleansing of regeneration and being made alive by the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:26 tells us how Christ gave Himself for the church “that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” But this washing takes place inside. James 1:18 tells us that “of his own will begat he us with the word … ,” and I Peter 1:23 says that we are “born again … by the word of God.” These Scriptures seem to mean that when one is saved, he is inwardly washed, cleansed, led to repentance and faith, by the Word of God, and made alive, spiritually, by the Holy Spirit. That, I believe, is the plain meaning of John 3:5, “born of water and the Spirit.”

“Born of water and of the Spirit” in John 3:5 is often quoted as if it referred to baptism. It most certainly does NOT, however. That passage says nothing about baptism, and in the same conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus repeatedly told just what it took to get this new birth. Read verses 14 to 18 and you will see that it is simply believing in Christ. “Born of water and of the Spirit” in John 3:5, is the same as “the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost” in Titus 3:5. That verse plainly says that this is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us,” by this birth of water and the Spirit, or cleansing of regeneration and being made alive by the Holy Spirit. All of that happens on the inside of every sinner who is born of God. It is not on the outside, and is not baptism. Ananias said:

“Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

Notice the words again in John 3:5, “born of water and of the Spirit.” The second “of” is in italics, which shows that it was not in the original Greek. Jesus said one must be “born of water and the Spirit,” one birth. Jesus was only talking about one new birth, which happens on the inside. He did not say one needed to be born of the Spirit inside and of baptism outside, and did not mean so. John 3:5 does not refer to baptism.

I am finished with you friend. I stand on the Bible. Are you trying to convince yourself? You will never convince me that Jesus + Baptism = Eternal life. No way! Jesus saves! You rob God of His glory by denying Jesus is enough. Take care and I pray God opens your eyes.

A elderly man who was saved on his death bed, our church’s elder I shared the gospel with, was too weak to be baptized. Was he condemn to hell because he wasn’t baptized? You never answered my other questions…what of the thousands of WW 1, WW 2, and other wars where men confessed Christ and trusted in him without having access to water. Are they in hell today just because they had no water?

There was a man who had the gospel given and he trusted in Christ and was scheduled to be baptized at church the next day but was killed in a freak accident in Chicago in 1937. Is this man in hell? By your own “doctrine” you would have all of these in hell today in firery torment.

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Udeme April 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I retract my statement on John 3, it does not say “unless you are baptised” it says born of water and the spirit”, we have one bible and one truth, we are saved by his grace, I have also pointed you to 1 Peter 3:21 where it talks of baptism being the anti-type that saves us, I can see that comment also didn’t make your list, what message are you portraying to onlookers by selecting which of my messages are published?.

You preach a doctrine which says “call on his name and you shall be saved, what of repentance?, changing ones ways, and as it says in Acts 2:38, I am not God and I have no right to say who goes to hell or not, woe betide me if I ever make such a statement.

In your analogy on Paul I can see that you have conveniently ignored the following verse that says after he received his sight he arose and was baptised. There is no record of someone being filled with the Holy Spirit without being baptised.

John 3: Except one is born of water and the spirit he shall not inherit the kingdom, you saying this “water” is not the physical water that we see and touch is surprising, we all have one bible, one truth, we are saved by his grace, the bible says faith without works is dead, those who do not obey my word will not inherit my kingdom.

The same bible says

New International Version (©2011)
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

How does this tie in with your statement saying those who believe and call on The Lord shall be saved?

The bible shows that everyone who received the word and believed in Jesus was baptised, why should we be any different?

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Jack Wellman April 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I will answer your question if you do mine. Again, we are going nowhere fast my brother. I am finished with you friend. I stand on the Bible. Are you trying to convince yourself? You will never convince me that Jesus + Baptism = Eternal life. No way! Jesus saves! If so, you rob God of His glory by denying Jesus is enough.

A elderly man who was saved on his death bed, our church’s elder I shared the gospel with, was too weak to be baptized. Was he condemn to hell because he wasn’t baptized? You never answered my other questions…what of the thousands of WW 1, WW 2, and other wars where men confessed Christ and trusted in him without having access to water. Are they in hell today just because they had no water?

There was a man who had the gospel given and he trusted in Christ and was scheduled to be baptized at church the next day but was killed in a freak accident in Chicago in 1937. Is this man in hell? By your own “doctrine” you would have all of these in hell today in firery torment?

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Jack Wellman April 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Sorry my friend. You are about to be blocked because you are only a one-way street and will not answer my responses. Take care and may God richly bless you. Perhaps you can find another website somewhere else to teach Christ + Baptism = Salvation….but not here friend.

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