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WHAT HINDERS YOU?
There is a fascinating account of the conversion of an Ethiopian nobleman recorded in Acts 8:26-40. It is remarkably clear in detail and explains the necessity and the mode of baptism, which scripturally follows when Christ is preached.
As directed by the Spirit, the evangelist Philip had come in contact with the eunuch, who had great authority in his country. He was reading from Old Testament scriptures (Isa. 53) but was having difficulty in understanding. He invited Philip up into his chariot to teach him. Philip began at the same scripture (Messianic prophecy} and preached unto him Jesus.
As they went on their way, they came to a certain water. The eunuch said, "See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?" After just having heard Jesus preached, he recognized the importance and the urgency of baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Upon his confession of his belief that Jesus Christ is God's Son, both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. They came up out of the water, fulfilling the scriptural mode as required in the meaning of the Greek "baptiso." Fortunately, there was no one around to persuade him that immersion in water had nothing to do with his salvation. Do you have some acquaintances who hinder you from obeying the gospel?
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