Baptism does not make one a disciple of Christ. In John 4:1-3, we see that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John. Note that the verse does not say that Jesus made disciples by baptizing them.
In Matthew 28:19, we are commanded first to make disciples (KJV mistakenly translates this teach) and then we are commanded to baptize them. Who are the ‘them’ but “them disciples?” Luke 6:40 tells us we make disciples by converting them to want to be like the one Master—Jesus Christ.
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I’m often reminded of a hymn about the Dead Sea which congregations used to sing regularly, but because of 1 Corinthians 14:34 and 1 Timothy 2:11-12 they have been more careful about singing it in mixed groups. Even though women’t groups could still use it when they are gathered, they rarely do for some reason.
If you have studied about the Dead Sea, you know it is 1,401 feet below sea level—the lowest land elevation on earth. It receives water from the Sea of Galilee by way of the Jordan River, but because nothing around it is lower, it never passes on the water it receives. This hymn reveals such an obvous truth—a truth many today do not like.
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The Swallows of San Juan Capistrano
Not far from San Diego, where my parents shifted from the Texas plains to sunny California during WW2 because my daddy had to go for training at the Naval base there, a mission point known as San Juan Capistrano nested in the nearby hills.
A legend had grown out of the centuries long migrations of swallows who consistently returned to the Mission from Argentina. What spirit was stirred in their little breasts to make that trip twice a year?
The famous cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano that leave town every year in a swirling mass near the Day of San Juan (October 23), are returning from their winter vacation spot 6,000 miles south in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina.
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As you can see the word invisible is used five different times in four different books of the New Testament. It does not appear at all in the Old Testament. If we take another related term “unseen,” we come up with a few more examples.
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Rom. 1:20).
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” (Col. 1:15).
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” (Col. 1:16).
“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Titus 1:17).
“By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27).
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