To understand our justification, we have to understand our baptism and to understand our
baptism, first we have to understand our fallen spiritual position.
OUR FALLEN SPIRITUAL POSITION
a. We are under God’s CONDEMNATION. – Rom.5:18a; John 3:18b.
b. We are in BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION. – Rom.8:19-21.
c. We are residents of the KINGDOM OF SATAN. – Luke 4:5-7.
d. We are SPIRITUALLY DEAD in sins. – Eph.2:1b; Col.2:13a.
e. We “do NOT accept anything from the Spirit of God: we see it all as nonsense; it is
BEYOND our UNDERSTANDING because it CAN ONLY be understood by the Spirit of God.” – 1 Cor.2:14.
To be able to receive things from the Spirit of God, FIRST we need new spiritual life.
This is sometimes called “Born Again.”
“And you, BEING DEAD in your trespasses … He has made you alive, … having forgiven
you all trespasses.” – This resurrection/born again and forgiveness of sins/justification, takes place at baptism.
IN OUR BAPTISM, THERE IS GOD’S PART TO DO AND OUR PART TO DO
God’s part to do in our baptism ALWAYS PRECEDES our water baptism.
This is the point, sometimes confusion comes in to understand baptism.
GOD’S WORK IN OUR BAPTISM IN FINE DETAILS
The SEQUENCE of events in our baptism.
- GOD SANCTIFIED us. – At our sanctification God has completely washed us clean,
made us holy (our spirit + soul). – 1 Cor.6:11; 1 Pet.2:9; etc.
We may call it our first purgatory as God has completely washed us clean. – It was an INSTANT event.
God delivered us from the power of darkness and taken us (our spirit + soul) up to heaven, – Col. 1:13; Eph.2:6.
In heaven God baptized us into the body of Christ, – 1 Cor.12:13, 27.
In the Body of Christ God RE-CREATED us (from spiritual death, in Christ God made
us spiritually alive, – 1 Cor.15:22; Eph.2:1). – At our re-creation God MADE us SONS of
God and NEW CREATIONS/BORN AGAIN by given us a new heart, a new spirit and God
put His Spirit into us – Ez.36:26-27; 2 Cor.5:17; 1 Cor.3:16; 1 Cor.6:19.
- God JUSTIFIED us. – At our justification God has DECLARED us JUST and
DECLARED us to be sons of God. – Rom.3:24; Rom.8:15.
- God made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, –Eph.2:6.
“AUGUSTINE’S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT MEANS TO
BE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.
We are inserted into the Body of Christ by our baptism and become members united to
the Head, so that while our feet may be on earth we are already in heaven.” End quote.
The above quote taken from a letter of Paul Maloney OSA Written September 19th 2012
Because it is a mystery we may not yet fully understand the way it is possible that at the
same time our (spirit + soul) is in heaven and on the earth as well.
All of the above works of God is an instant event, we don’t even realize it and in this work
for three reasons we cannot even co-operated with the grace of God.
FIRST REASON: We are spiritually dead and we accept nothing from the Spirit of God.
- This is our spiritual resurrection from spiritual death.
SECOND REASON: Our initial justification and born again in our baptism is an instant event.
THIRD REASON: The above work of God taken us to the state of grace.
Until we are in the state of grace we cannot make supernatural decisions or do
Meaning man DOES NOTHING and COULD DO NOTHING, to enter the state of (initial)
justification. – Because spiritually dead at the beginning and the end initially justified, born
again and in the state of grace, the whole process is an instant event.
In the SEQUENCE of the events, first God does His part in our Baptism, as the results; we
are spiritually alive/born again, initially justified, and we are in the state of grace.
This is the point when God gives us His gift of faith and we are able to positively respond
to it. – Because we are spiritually alive, initially justified and we are in the state of grace.
As we see above the necessity of God’s works in our baptism is absolute.
Apart from God first does His part in our baptism we are spiritually dead and we “do NOT
accept anything from the Spirit of God.” – 1 Cor.2:14.
It is SOLELY God’s work and always PRECEDES our water baptism.
This is the point, sometimes confusion comes in, because at this point we are born again,
initially justified, we are in the state of grace and we are not yet water baptized.
Sometimes it is a great distance between God does his part in our baptism and we do our part in our water baptism.
If some reason we are not able to do our part of the baptism that doesn’t stop God to do
His part of our baptism which gives us initial justification, spiritual resurrection/born again
and puts us into the state of grace and if we die enable us to go to heaven. – And of
course God’s part to do in our baptism, always PRECEDES our water baptism.
If we die the next minute after our baptism we go INSTANTLY back home to heaven.