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The Jordan River: A Story of Redemption

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May 26, 2020
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In this exciting episode of InGrace Jim Scudder; Jr. explains the significance of believer's baptism and if it is required for salvation. You will also hear the story of Edgar Mosquera and see him follow Jesus' example by getting baptized in the Jordan River.

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The Jordan River: A Story of Redemption

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jim Scudder, Jr.: I'm JimScudder.
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  • And today on "InGrace,"we're at the Jordan River.
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  • We're going to talk aboutbaptism.
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  • Jim: Ever since I was a boy,
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  • I've been fascinatedwith God's creation.
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  • I'm traveling the planet totell his story about his world.
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  • I'm Jim Scudder, Jr.,come with me
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  • on another excitingadventure.
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  • "InGrace."
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  • Jim: I love water.
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  • I love rivers.
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  • I love this river.
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  • This is the Jordan River.
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  • This is flowing out of the mostbeautiful lake in the world,
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  • the Sea of Galilee.
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  • There's so much in the Bibleabout the Jordan River and the
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  • Sea of Galilee andthe water of life.
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  • We're going to talk aboutall these things on a very
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  • specialist edition of"InGrace" on location in Israel.
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  • We're going to show youwhere Jesus was baptized.
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  • We're going totalk about baptism.
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  • "What is this?Why should I be baptized?
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  • Does baptism save me?
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  • Can water wash away my sin?
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  • What is Spirit baptism?"
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  • A lot of questions people ask,it's all found in the Word of
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  • God, and we're going to giveyou answers today on "InGrace".
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  • Jim: One of my greatestprivileges as a pastor is to
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  • baptize a new Christian.
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  • Please watch our entire showbecause near the end I will be
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  • baptizing my friend andprotector, Edgar Mosquera.
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  • Edgar served our country in thefirst Iraq war in the Air Force.
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  • And as a security expert, he'sbeen a big blessing to me and
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  • our ministry in ourincreasingly dangerous world.
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  • Edgar had a rough life, starting
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  • early as a child of immigrantsin Chicago.
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  • Edgar Mosquera: My biologicalfather was so abusive to myself
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  • and my mom, and it changedme and made me very brutally
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  • wicked, in a sense, where I madebad decisions my entire life and
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  • I paid the price and I--andthat's why I thought for sure I
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  • was going to go to hell.
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  • Jim: You also have an unusualstory in your life because
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  • you're really the only onesthat I know that was trained
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  • in martial arts by Chuck Norris.
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  • Edgar: Correct.
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  • Yeah.Yes.
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  • And he's the only guy thatgot away with calling me Ed.
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  • Jim: So I better not call you
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  • Ed 'cause I don't evenhave a white belt.
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  • Edgar: Thatsays--that's true.
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  • But your belt isperfect where it's at.
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  • Jim: Enough about my belt.
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  • We will share more of Edgar's
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  • journey to redemptionlater in the show.
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  • But now we arrive atthe traditional
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  • location ofJesus's baptism.
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  • Jim: Today we'regoing to talk about baptism.
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  • Water baptism doesn'tsave us, but what is it?
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  • Well, first let's talk aboutthe baptism of John the Baptist.
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  • He was a man thatministered in this area.
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  • We're here in Israel.
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  • We're standing on thelowest spot on the planet.
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  • We are hundreds of feetbelow sea level right now.
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  • This is the Jordan River.
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  • This used to be a mighty river.
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  • You remember when the childrenof Israel crossed from Jordan?
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  • And that's Jordan right there.
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  • When they crossed from Jordaninto Israel with Joshua to
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  • conquest the land, it was inspringtime and the water was
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  • very high and it was a flood andthere's no way they could have
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  • crossed and Godheld up the water?
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  • Well, that was right here.
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  • Jericho is right there.
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  • I'm telling you, friends, youcan't get closer to the Bible
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  • than right here in Israel.
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  • This is the place that allof these things happened.
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  • So let's read the storyin Matthew chapter 3.
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  • It says that; "In those dayscame John the Baptist, preaching
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  • in the wilderness of Judahand saying, 'Repent ye, for the
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  • kingdom of heaven is athand.'"
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  • He's talking to Israel.
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  • Israel had been notobeying the Lord.
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  • They needed to say, "Weare wrong nationally."
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  • And national repentance startswith individual repentance.
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  • "I am wrong.
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  • I am recognizing that."
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  • "For this is he that wasspoken of by the Prophet Isaiah,
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  • saying, 'The voice of one cryingin the wilderness, prepare ye
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  • the way the Lord.
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  • Make his path straight.'"
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  • And that's exactly what Johnwas here to do.
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  • "And they went out to him fromJerusalem, and all Judaea, and
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  • all the regionround about Jordan."
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  • So people were hearing aboutJohn the Baptist, this wild man
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  • that was out here preaching.
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  • "And were baptized of him inJordan, confessing their sins."
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  • Before anyone could be acceptedby God,
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  • we have to be honest with God.
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  • We have to say, "I am a sinner.
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  • I have sinned."
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  • And they came to himconfessing their sins.
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  • And that was part ofthe baptism of John.
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  • "But when he saw many of thePharisees and Sadducees come to
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  • his baptism, he said unto them,'O ye generation of vipers, who
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  • hath warned you to flee fromthe wrath to come?'"
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  • And this is what he wants ofthese religious people.
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  • He said, "Bring forth thereforefruits meet for repentance."
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  • "You're not real.You're fakes.
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  • You're coming down herefor the wrong reasons."
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  • "And think not," in verse 9, "tosay within yourselves,
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  • 'We have Abraham, our father.'
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  • For I say unto you thatGod is able for
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  • these stones to rise upchildren unto Abraham."
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  • In other words, he's tellingthese religious people that
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  • we're not sincere coming down tosay, "Look, don't count on your
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  • lineage or heritage for the factthat you think you're okay with
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  • God because you are adescendant of Abraham."
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  • They didn't know God.
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  • They didn't have afaith in a coming Messiah.
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  • They had a faith in theirworks,
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  • in their system,in their religion.
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  • And that will never save.
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  • "I indeed baptize youwith water unto repentance."
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  • Now, here's the big differencebetween the baptism of John and
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  • salvation that is offered byChrist; and this is how I know
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  • that water doesn't save you,baptism doesn't save you, and
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  • that your sins cannotbe washed away by water.
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  • Because John the Baptist baptismwas a baptism for the nation of
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  • Israel to come and say, "We havesinned, and we know the Messiah
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  • has come and we'repreparing ourselves for that."
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  • He says this: "I baptize youwith water unto repentance, but
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  • he that cometh afterme--" who is this?
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  • This is Jesus.
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  • "Is mightier than I, whose shoesI am not worthy to unlatch."
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  • "This one, this Jesus that Icame to predict and to prepare
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  • the way for, his baptism,he can wash away your sins."
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  • "He shall baptize you with notwater,
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  • but with the Holy Ghostand with fire."
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  • What is the baptism of theHoly Ghost that Jesus can do?
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  • The Spirit of God indwellsthe life of the believer.
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  • That is the baptism that saves.It's not by water.
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  • It's by faith in Jesus and
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  • baptism by theSpirit into the body.
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  • We are the bride of Christ.
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  • He has come as the bridegroom.
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  • That's the difference, and
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  • John's baptism is different thanChristian baptism.
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  • Now look at this.
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  • It says, "Whose fan is in hishand, and he will thoroughly
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  • purge his floor and gather hiswheat unto the garner, and he
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  • will burn up the chaffwith unquenchable fire."
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  • So we find here the baptism ofJohn the Baptist, and we can
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  • understand it as different than
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  • Christian baptism and differentthan salvation.
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  • Jim: Let's talk aboutthe baptism of Jesus by John.
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  • Now, this is aninteresting story.
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  • Jesus comes down to the JordanRiver, John is here baptizing,
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  • and Jesus ask John theBaptist to be baptized.
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  • John the Baptistsays, "Absolutely not.
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  • You have no reasonto be baptized."
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  • Remember John's baptism wasbecause people were confessing
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  • that they were sinners, andJesus--he said,
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  • "You aren't a sinner.
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  • You have no need to be baptized
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  • here in the Jordan River,especially by me.
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  • I should be baptized by you."
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  • And Jesus said these words inMatthew 3:15: "Jesus answering
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  • said unto him, 'Suffer it to beso now.'"
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  • In other words, "John,please do this.
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  • This isn't reallya request here.
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  • You're going to baptize me."Why?
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  • It says, "For thus it becometh
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  • us to fulfill allrighteousness."
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  • In other words, Jesuswasn't saying, "I'm a sinner."
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  • Jesus was saying, "Irepresent sinners."
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  • And so John acquiescedand baptized Jesus.
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  • Let's read about that.
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  • "And Jesus, when he wasbaptized, went up
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  • straightaway out of the water."
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  • Let me make a point here.
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  • You see some people baptizingby sprinkling, and usually it's
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  • because they'rebaptizing babies.
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  • The Bible never, ever,ever has any babies baptized.
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  • Baptism is a decisionthat we make after faith.
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  • And children that are young,
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  • they don't have thecapacity to faith.
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  • They're so innocent.
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  • And at a certain age, whateverthat age of accountability is,
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  • they need to receive by faiththe Savior Jesus and then they
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  • can make thatdecision to be baptized.
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  • Why is it so important to beimmersed, to be put under the
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  • water and come out of the water?
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  • Because it shows death,burial, and resurrection.
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  • It shows new life inJesus Christ.
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  • It shows that we belong toChrist, that we identify in his
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  • death and resurrection.
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  • Does baptism save us?Does water save us?
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  • Does water wash away sin?No.
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  • But what it does is it'sa picture to the world of
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  • something the worldcan't see, and that's faith.
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  • I want to shout to theworld that I belong to Jesus, I
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  • identify in his death, Iidentify in his resurrection, I
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  • am a new creature in Christ.
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  • And that's a beautiful picture,and that's a beautiful thing
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  • that water baptismby immersion does.
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  • Not to be saved, butbecause of salvation.
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  • So what happened when Jesus cameup out of the water right here
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  • on the Jordan River?
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  • Well, I'm glad you asked because
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  • it's right here in therest of the story.
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  • After Jesus went down into thewater, straightway out of the
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  • water, "And lo, the heavens wereopened unto him and he saw the
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  • Spirit of God descending like adove, and lightning upon him."
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  • Can you imagine the Spirit
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  • of God descending uponthe son of God?
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  • Oh, wouldn't it be great tohave here the complete Trinity?
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  • Well, the next verse does.
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  • "And lo, a voice from heaven,saying, 'This is my beloved son
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  • in whom I am well pleased.'"
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  • The Father, theSpirit, the Son all
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  • represented right here atthis beautiful act of Jesus
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  • identifying with sinners.
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  • This is the reasonthat Jesus came.
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  • This is the reasonthat God loved the world.
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  • He sent his son todie and rise again.
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  • And by faith in him, we'rebaptized by the Spirit of God
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  • into the body of Jesus Christ.
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  • We are saved at that verymoment for all eternity.
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  • My friends, I'mgetting chills here.
  • 00:12:42.546 --> 00:12:44.714
  • It's hot.I'm under the hot sun.
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  • We're in the lowest spoton the face of the planet.
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  • We're in the summertime.
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  • You see these beautiful flowers
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  • and plants and all of thesepilgrims around.
  • 00:12:51.321 --> 00:12:54.824
  • I'm excited about being in
  • 00:12:54.858 --> 00:12:56.793
  • the place where allof this happened.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jim: I thought it would bevery appropriate as we were
  • 00:13:16.279 --> 00:13:18.348
  • talking about baptism to tellyou the story of a man that
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  • I'm about to go and baptize.
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  • This is Edgar Mosquera.
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  • Edgar is a member of our church.
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  • Him and his wifeare wonderful people.
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  • He's here in Israel helpingus out on this filming trip.
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  • He's the security guy.
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  • And, you know, these days youhave to think about security.
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  • You have to thinkabout, you know,
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  • somebody coming into do something.
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  • And we have a largechurch and school.
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  • So you've been really helpful
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  • in training our staffand all of that.
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  • Edgar: Just like youfeel protected by me when I'm
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  • traveling with you anywhere,
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  • I feel protected bywhat you teach.
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  • And the more I learn the Bibleand what you've been teaching
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  • me, the stronger I become.
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  • So you're actuallyprotecting me as well.
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  • Jim: So I think it'sjust God bringing us together.
  • 00:14:04.461 --> 00:14:06.863
  • But I also remember you said,"Hey, I'd like to get with you."
  • 00:14:06.896 --> 00:14:09.633
  • And so we went out to lunch.
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  • Edgar: I guess what was veryimportant to me was the fact
  • 00:14:11.735 --> 00:14:14.804
  • that you asked me in the middleof our conversation,
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  • where would I goif I died today?
  • 00:14:18.575 --> 00:14:20.644
  • And I said, "Well, for sure I'mgoing to go to hell because I
  • 00:14:20.677 --> 00:14:25.415
  • know in my heart Iwas not--ungodly man."
  • 00:14:25.448 --> 00:14:29.052
  • It was a tough question,but it was easy to answer.
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  • Jim: Well, yeah.
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  • And most people answer, "Ihope I'm going to heaven."
  • 00:14:32.389 --> 00:14:35.158
  • So you're one of the few thathave ever said,
  • 00:14:35.191 --> 00:14:36.960
  • "No, I'm going to hell."
  • 00:14:36.993 --> 00:14:38.361
  • So that got us passed thefirst hurdle, am I a sinner?
  • 00:14:38.395 --> 00:14:41.298
  • You know, 'cause that's thefirst place we have to come.
  • 00:14:41.331 --> 00:14:43.333
  • If we need to be saved, we
  • 00:14:43.366 --> 00:14:44.901
  • have to first know weneed to be saved.
  • 00:14:44.934 --> 00:14:46.803
  • So you were there already.
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  • Edgar: Right.Right.
  • 00:14:48.171 --> 00:14:49.472
  • And then your responsewas a simple one.
  • 00:14:49.506 --> 00:14:51.107
  • It was so simple that I waswaiting for more to come and
  • 00:14:51.141 --> 00:14:55.545
  • there was nothing more.
  • 00:14:55.578 --> 00:14:56.880
  • All I had to do was believe thatJesus Christ died for our sins.
  • 00:14:56.913 --> 00:15:00.250
  • That was a game changer for mebecause I thought I had to start
  • 00:15:00.283 --> 00:15:03.887
  • my life over again.
  • 00:15:03.920 --> 00:15:05.522
  • Growing up as a Catholic, I hadto donate money all the time, a
  • 00:15:05.555 --> 00:15:08.391
  • certain percentage, and Ijust lost faith in the church.
  • 00:15:08.425 --> 00:15:13.830
  • Jim: And then at a certainpoint you just give up 'cause,
  • 00:15:13.863 --> 00:15:15.832
  • you know, we--if we're honestwith ourselves,
  • 00:15:15.865 --> 00:15:17.701
  • we cannot be good enough.
  • 00:15:17.734 --> 00:15:19.669
  • Edgar: That is correct.
  • 00:15:19.703 --> 00:15:21.004
  • And is--it was so hard for me to
  • 00:15:21.037 --> 00:15:23.239
  • find a place thatI could call home.
  • 00:15:23.273 --> 00:15:25.575
  • And then once I got to knowyou and once I got to meet the
  • 00:15:25.608 --> 00:15:28.545
  • people of the church, Iknew I found my home.
  • 00:15:28.578 --> 00:15:32.015
  • I was baptized as a child,but in the Bible it doesn't say
  • 00:15:32.048 --> 00:15:36.186
  • anywhere that I need to bebaptized as--you know, you don't
  • 00:15:36.219 --> 00:15:39.122
  • need to be baptized as a child.
  • 00:15:39.155 --> 00:15:41.858
  • You need to at least understandwhy you're being baptized.
  • 00:15:41.891 --> 00:15:44.661
  • And I've had many people try toexplain to me the importance of
  • 00:15:44.694 --> 00:15:48.231
  • why I should be baptized, butit was one specific night I was
  • 00:15:48.264 --> 00:15:53.002
  • sitting with my wife and shefinally just simply told me that
  • 00:15:53.036 --> 00:15:57.040
  • John--"Did you know Johnthe Baptist baptized Jesus?"
  • 00:15:57.073 --> 00:16:00.910
  • I said, "No."
  • 00:16:00.944 --> 00:16:02.912
  • And once I understood the nature
  • 00:16:02.946 --> 00:16:05.615
  • and the beauty of why peopleshould be baptized, I was in.
  • 00:16:05.648 --> 00:16:10.987
  • Jim: But, you know, it'sfunny because you said that once
  • 00:16:11.020 --> 00:16:13.189
  • you decided to be baptizedyou were really nervous.
  • 00:16:13.223 --> 00:16:15.925
  • A big strong guy like you couldbe dropped into a room full of
  • 00:16:15.959 --> 00:16:19.095
  • Isis with guns andyou're fine with that.
  • 00:16:19.129 --> 00:16:21.731
  • You're like, "Actually,bring it on."
  • 00:16:21.765 --> 00:16:23.767
  • But you want to stand in frontof a church of 1.000 people,
  • 00:16:23.800 --> 00:16:26.002
  • now that really scares you.
  • 00:16:26.035 --> 00:16:27.337
  • Edgar: Yes.
  • 00:16:27.370 --> 00:16:28.671
  • Jim: So you hesitated and youweren't baptized the last time
  • 00:16:28.705 --> 00:16:30.940
  • we did it, but here we arein Israel and it's just you.
  • 00:16:30.974 --> 00:16:34.310
  • You're the only one that wouldbe baptized today, but now we
  • 00:16:34.344 --> 00:16:36.913
  • have 100.000 or morepeople watching your baptism.
  • 00:16:36.946 --> 00:16:41.017
  • So I think God isgetting the glory.
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:43.119
  • You're afraid of 1.000, but nowhe's putting you before 100.000.
  • 00:16:43.153 --> 00:16:46.022
  • I hope it doesn'tmake you nervous.
  • 00:16:46.055 --> 00:16:47.357
  • Edgar: That's okay.That's okay.
  • 00:16:47.390 --> 00:16:48.691
  • I don't see 1.000people out here.
  • 00:16:48.725 --> 00:16:50.126
  • I just see us right now.
  • 00:16:50.160 --> 00:16:51.461
  • Jim: Just you and me.Edgar: That's perfect.
  • 00:16:51.494 --> 00:16:52.796
  • Jim: Yeah.
  • 00:16:52.829 --> 00:16:54.130
  • Well, hey, I'm excited aboutthis,
  • 00:16:54.164 --> 00:16:55.465
  • and you understand thesignificance of it.
  • 00:16:55.498 --> 00:16:57.834
  • This is something he did becausehe identified as a sinner.
  • 00:16:57.867 --> 00:17:01.171
  • He wasn't a sinner.
  • 00:17:01.204 --> 00:17:02.505
  • But he also asked us to go andmake disciples, baptize them in
  • 00:17:02.539 --> 00:17:06.976
  • the name of the Father, theSon, and the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:07.010 --> 00:17:09.245
  • So as a believer, as aChristian, this doesn't save you
  • 00:17:09.279 --> 00:17:12.148
  • or make you more saved, but itjust shows the world that you
  • 00:17:12.182 --> 00:17:16.453
  • belong to Christ, that you
  • 00:17:16.486 --> 00:17:17.854
  • identify in his death, burial,and resurrection.
  • 00:17:17.887 --> 00:17:20.290
  • Edgar: Correct.
  • 00:17:20.323 --> 00:17:21.624
  • Jim: God bless you.Edgar: Thank you.
  • 00:17:21.658 --> 00:17:23.460
  • Jim: It's exciting tobe able to baptize you.
  • 00:17:23.493 --> 00:17:24.961
  • Edgar: Lookingforward to it now.
  • 00:17:24.994 --> 00:17:26.296
  • Jim: Let's do it.
  • 00:17:26.329 --> 00:17:29.966
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:17:31.534 --> 00:17:38.541
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:17:42.412 --> 00:17:46.749
  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jim: Edgar Mosquera, based onyour profession of faith in the
  • 00:17:56.459 --> 00:17:58.895
  • Lord Jesus Christ, I now baptizeyou in the name of the Father,
  • 00:17:58.928 --> 00:18:02.932
  • Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:02.966 --> 00:18:09.105
  • Now walk in newness of life.Congratulations.
  • 00:18:11.207 --> 00:18:14.377
  • Edgar: Thank you.Jim: God bless you.
  • 00:18:14.410 --> 00:18:20.083
  • Jim: Jesus wasthe water of life.
  • 00:18:30.960 --> 00:18:33.296
  • If you drink one time ofChrist, you never thirst again.
  • 00:18:33.329 --> 00:18:37.433
  • Let me also tell you something
  • 00:18:37.467 --> 00:18:38.935
  • else John the Baptistsaid in John 3:33.
  • 00:18:38.968 --> 00:18:42.338
  • "He that hath received histestimony," in other words, that
  • 00:18:42.372 --> 00:18:45.942
  • person that has trusted in theLord Jesus Christ, "set to his
  • 00:18:45.975 --> 00:18:51.147
  • seal that God is true."
  • 00:18:51.180 --> 00:18:53.116
  • I love the idea of a seal, of astamp to say, "God is true,
  • 00:18:53.149 --> 00:18:57.654
  • and this is true for me.
  • 00:18:57.687 --> 00:18:59.522
  • I trust in Jesus Christ."
  • 00:18:59.556 --> 00:19:01.591
  • And that person haseverlasting life.
  • 00:19:01.624 --> 00:19:05.228
  • You're sealed by the Spirit ofGod until the day of redemption.
  • 00:19:05.261 --> 00:19:09.198
  • The last verse of John 3 saysthis, in verse 36:
  • 00:19:09.232 --> 00:19:12.902
  • "He that believeth onthe son hath life."
  • 00:19:12.936 --> 00:19:17.206
  • You know that word hath isan old English word that's a
  • 00:19:17.240 --> 00:19:19.709
  • present possessive word whichmeans,
  • 00:19:19.742 --> 00:19:22.045
  • "I have something right now."
  • 00:19:22.078 --> 00:19:24.414
  • That person that believes on himhas right now everlasting life.
  • 00:19:24.447 --> 00:19:30.119
  • You don't have to be baptizedby this church's water or that
  • 00:19:30.153 --> 00:19:33.456
  • church's water or some holywater or even the Jordan water.
  • 00:19:33.489 --> 00:19:36.559
  • This is water.
  • 00:19:36.593 --> 00:19:38.194
  • Water cannot wash away your sin.
  • 00:19:38.227 --> 00:19:40.530
  • Only the blood of Jesus can take
  • 00:19:40.563 --> 00:19:42.632
  • away the stain so ugly andso tarnished as sin.
  • 00:19:42.665 --> 00:19:47.670
  • So he that believeth on him hatheverlasting life, "And he that
  • 00:19:47.704 --> 00:19:51.908
  • believeth not the son shall notsee life,
  • 00:19:51.941 --> 00:19:56.546
  • but the wrath of Godabideth in him."
  • 00:19:56.579 --> 00:19:59.148
  • It's really cutand dry, my friend.
  • 00:19:59.182 --> 00:20:01.351
  • Do you believe on theLord Jesus Christ or not?
  • 00:20:01.384 --> 00:20:04.821
  • If you died today,where would you go?
  • 00:20:04.854 --> 00:20:06.656
  • The question I asked Edgar, thequestion I ask you; if you died
  • 00:20:06.689 --> 00:20:10.293
  • today right now,where would you go?
  • 00:20:10.326 --> 00:20:13.029
  • I think everyone deep downbelieves in a heaven and a hell.
  • 00:20:13.062 --> 00:20:16.065
  • I think God has created us withthat innate knowledge that
  • 00:20:16.099 --> 00:20:19.602
  • there is judgment coming.
  • 00:20:19.636 --> 00:20:22.438
  • Where will you spend eternity?
  • 00:20:22.472 --> 00:20:24.374
  • You say, "I'm apretty good person."
  • 00:20:24.407 --> 00:20:25.708
  • Not good enough.
  • 00:20:25.742 --> 00:20:27.043
  • Edgar said, "I'm apretty bad person."
  • 00:20:27.076 --> 00:20:28.945
  • We all are.We're all Edgar.
  • 00:20:28.978 --> 00:20:31.247
  • We've all fallen shortof the glory of God.
  • 00:20:31.280 --> 00:20:32.582
  • We've all sinned.
  • 00:20:32.615 --> 00:20:33.950
  • That's why he came to fulfill
  • 00:20:33.983 --> 00:20:36.319
  • righteousness that wecould never fulfill.
  • 00:20:36.352 --> 00:20:38.454
  • He did it perfectly.
  • 00:20:38.488 --> 00:20:40.356
  • Even if you committed one sin,now you're not righteous anymore
  • 00:20:40.390 --> 00:20:43.226
  • and you can't doanything about that.
  • 00:20:43.259 --> 00:20:44.694
  • You can be good from today on.You still have sin.
  • 00:20:44.727 --> 00:20:47.664
  • "What must I do to be saved?"said the jailer in Philippi.
  • 00:20:47.697 --> 00:20:51.901
  • The answer was really simple,the answer that I gave Edgar;
  • 00:20:51.934 --> 00:20:55.438
  • Believe on theLord Jesus Christ.
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