By Chris Layton
December 24, 2019
Thus saith the Lord: “My people, repent. Come and be baptized again.”
Though your sins be grievous, by His death you are freed from the law which brings death. Rather, if you will be made new and whole, you are invited to come once again to the waters of baptism. What do you have against it? The law of your husband forbidding it holding you accountable while he was yet alive no longer prevents it. This is the compassion He has for His bride.
“For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulterous if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulterous.” (Romans 7:2-3)
By His law no man can marry a woman
who has been put away for adultery.
By His law He can re-marry she whom He put away for the cause of fornication by the merits of His death and resurrection.
“If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 3:1)
He calls to you to come once again and be re-baptized in His name so that He can wash you clean so that He can receive you.
“For I will take you from among
the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your
Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh…
(This is a reference to what His God did for David)
And I will put my Spirit within you,
and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do
And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I (Joseph) will be your God.
I will also save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the corn (as I did in Egypt), and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. (I will not destroy you)
And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
Then shall ye remember your own evil
ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your
own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord God, be it known unto you (I’m not doing this for your sakes if you must know).
Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel…
As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men; and they shall know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 36:24-38)
“As they traveled along the road and
came to some water, the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is there to
prevent me from being baptized?
And Philip said, if you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe the Son of God to be Jesus Christ.” (Acts 8:36-37)