Naaman And Baptism
Naaman and Baptism
2 Kings 5
Old time preachers used this story on a regular basis. Many modern people have complained about using this story. They prefer 'faith only' and 'you don't need to be baptized' to be saved. I think we need to preach the story more - not less.
While it is an Old Testament story it does teach by way of example how one ought to respond the word of God. It doesn't teach baptism in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins, but it does show how one should respond to a command to be baptized.
Leprosy - needed to be cleansed / healed
Sought the word of God
Was told to
In the Jordan river
He argued against it -
from human reasoning.
He went - dipped seven times
In the Jordan
According to the Word of the man of God
And he was clean.
Sin - need spiritual cleansing
We have the word of God
We are told to be
'dipped' (baptized, immersed)
Many today argue against it
from human reasoning.
We go and are dipped
According to the Word of God
We are cleansed / forgiven.
There are some obvious differences such as dipping 7 times and specifically in the Jordan river and it was about physical disease rather than sin. There are some obvious parallels.
Acts 2:41 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Acts 8:12 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 8:36-38 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” … 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
WHY did these things happen? Because God told them to do so.
Matthew 28:18-19 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…
The question is will they, like Naaman, have enough faith to do what God says, did?