Many sermons on the Shield of Faith (Eph 6.16) spend most of the time talking about the physical description of a 2,000-yr-old Roman shield.
- How big was it?
- What color was it?
- Did everyone have the same kind of shield?
- Could they link them together for more protection?
- On and on the descriptions go…
While I’m a history buff who finds that kind of stuff interesting, I’m often left asking, “So what? Why does this matter to me?”
Paul seems convinced that we’re in the midst of a dangerous battle (cf. Eph 6.11-12), so I want to do more than just read about a shield and hear people talk about weapons.
I want to carry some myself. And, I want to know how to use them at a moment’s notice.
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I often receive questions about salvation, faith, baptism, ministry, and how they’re all connected. During our 2017 Pilgrimage to Israel, I had the amazing opportunity of baptizing 11 people in the Jordan River! [see the embedded video just below]
So, I thought I’d update a previous blog post about baptism that addresses the Bible’s teaching in this area.
Christian Baptism was established as the entrance into God’s New Testament (NT) Christian Church. That New Testament church was built on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Until those events occurred in their entirety, the world was living under the Old Covenant; aka: the Old Testament/Old agreement/Old “will” (see Gal 4.4 and Heb 9.16-17).
In other words, baptism is completely Christian in nature. We should not attempt to force it through an Old Testament event or counterpart. When God started something entirely new in His Church, He also created a new way for us to respond to Him spiritually.