Essay about Life, Renewal, And Salvation

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When a person desires to follow Christ and to be reconciled to God, we know and understand that they must be baptized, they must be "born of water and the Spirit". Water baptism, for God 's own purpose and pleasure, is how one comes into contact with the blood of Jesus and that blood is what cleanses us from all our sins (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 1:7). But many don 't realize that God has used water and the Spirit throughout the Old Testament to bring about life, renewal, and salvation. Many Old Testament events are types or shadows of what was to come in Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is full of types and shadows that find their ultimate fulfillment in Christ and his church. Consider what Paul says about those who ate the manna and drank the water that came from the rock: "...and did all eat the same spiritual food; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them: and the rock was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:3–4). Paul is commenting on events found in Exodus 16:15 and Exodus 17:6 in which he states that those events, in a real way, point us to Jesus Christ. Jesus himself said that he was the bread (manna) from heaven (John 6:31–35). Again, the Old testament is full of types and shadows and one of those types has to do with water baptism. In Genesis one we see God creating the heavens and the earth. In verse two the Spirit is found hovering or brooding over the waters of the deep like a bird over its nest. On day three God…

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