What Hath God Joined Together?

IN HIS WORD, GOD HAS JOINED:

Christ and the Church

  • Christ is the head of the body (Col. 1:18, Eph. 1:22-23).
  • The Lord adds to His body (Acts 2:41,47) all who are baptized into Him (Rom. 6:3, Gal. 3:27, I Cor. 12:13).

Doctrine and Worship

  • When acts of worship become separated from God's instruction:
    • Vain and corrupted worship results (Mark 7:7-8, I Cor. 11:22, 29)
    • God will punish (Lev. 10:1-2)
  • The only actions acceptable to God are those He has revealed (John 4:24, John 17:17, II John 1:9 NASB)

Faith and Obedience

  • Faith is essential (Heb. 11:6a), but faith must take action (Heb. 11:6b).
  • Abraham's faith justified him (Gal. 3:6) only when he took action (Heb. 11:8, Heb. 11:17, 19; James 2:21).
  • Rahab's faith saved her only because of the actions she took toward the spies (Heb. 11:31, James 2:25).
  • Faith must produce obedient actions/works (James 2:14, 17, 24; Gal. 5:6, I Pet. 1:22, Heb. 5:9, Luke 6:46).

Baptism and Salvation

  • Baptism provides entrance into Christ (Rom. 6:3, Gal. 3:27, I Cor. 12:13) where salvation is (I Cor. 15:22, II Cor. 5:17, Rom. 8:1, II Tim. 2:10).
  • Three key witnesses testify that baptism is linked with salvation.
    • Christ (Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16)
    • Peter (Acts 2:38, 10:48; I Pet. 3:21)
    • Paul (Acts 22:16)

"Therefore what God has joined together,
let not man separate." (Mark 10:9)

 

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