Rick O'Connor
The Things Of The Kingdom And The Things Of The Name
Exceeding Great And Precious Promises


What is Baptism?

  1. an act of obedience for remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
  2. complete immersion in water (Acts 8:36-38; John 3:23)
  3. an act essential for salvation (Mark 16:16; John 3:3-5)

The Word ‘Baptise’

  1. The Greek word ‘BAPTO’ means “to dip or plunge”. It never means to sprinkle or to pour. The Greek word signifies not just immersion, but also a dyeing - the changing of the colour of a garment.
  2. The first essential to a true baptism is an acceptance of the first principles of God’s revelation. (cp. Acts 8:36-37; John 3:16; 11:25; 17:3)

Baptism – A Symbol of Sacrifice

The Lord Jesus Christ was himself baptised. (Matthew 3:13-15) His baptism prefigured His coming sacrifice on the cross, which he described as ‘a baptism’ (Luke 12:50)


6:3 Baptised into Jesus Christ
6:3 Baptised into his death
6:6 Crucified with Him
6:6 Body of sin destroyed
6:4 Christ raised from dead
6:4 Walk in newness of life
6:5 In the likeness of His death
6:5 In the likeness of his resurrection
6:11 Dead unto sin
6:11 Alive unto God


2:12 Buried with him in baptism
2:12 Risen with him

Baptism – an Outward Symbol of Inward Washing

Ephesians 5:26


  1. Constitutes us as being ‘in Christ’ (Galatians 3:26-27)
  2. Provides for the covering of our sins in Christ (Galatians 3:27)
  3. Constitutes us as “Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29)
  4. Is a symbolic sacrificial death (Romans 6:6)

An Unbaptised Person

Is not in Christ (Ephesians 2:12-13; John 3:3-5)

Steps to Salvation

The commission of Christ to his disciples in Matthew 28:19-20 was

  1. Teach the people
  2. Baptise them
  3. Ensure obedience to the commandments

The Christadelphian and the State

“Christianity was in its earliest days entirely unpolitical. The best representatives of the primitive tradition in our times are the Christadelphians, who believe the end of the world to be imminent and refuse to have any part or lot in secular affairs.”

(Bertrand Russell: ‘POWER, a New Social Analysis’ 1938)

Christadelpians are Pilgrims here - Hebrews 11:13

Disciples of Christ are Harmless as Doves - Matthew 10:16

Christ’s Example - 1 Peter 2:21-23

Hence Christadelphians, because of conscience toward God, abstain from occupation as:

soldiers, non-combatant auxiliaries to military forces, civil defence, judges, magistrates, justices of the peace, jurors, prison warders, police, lawyers; and employment in munitions manufacture or military-related occupations.

Life in Christ

We exist for God’s pleasure - Revelation 4:11

Because God is love - 1 John 4:8

Reflecting God’s love commends us to God - 1 John 4:16

By Christ we receive authority to become sons of God - John 1:12-13

Born of incorruptible seed to reflect God’s virtues - 1 Peter 1:22 - 2:10

Remade in God’s moral image – Colossians 3:9-17

By dwelling on God’s virtues - Philippians 4:8-9

So we imitate God’s ways - Ephesians 5:1-16

God has given us the means to keep Him at the forefront of our minds

His Name of Purpose - Exodus 3:13-15

Our probation carried on amid trouble - Acts 14:22

To develop perseverance - Romans 5:3, and hope - Romans 8:16-25
God brings us close to Himself in prayer for encouragement - Hebrews 10:14-23

God Himself strengthens us to overcome sin - Ephesians 3:14-21
And to do His will and proclaim His Truth - Philippians 2:12-16
Being not forgetful hearers - James 1:22-25

Being constant preachers of the Word - 2 Timothy 4:1-5

And walking in the Truth till Christ comes - 3 John 1-4

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