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BAPTISM IS A "WORK OF GOD"

The following is a response I made to an email.

You stated; "Show me in the Bible that our works will take away all of our sin so we can enter
Heaven."

My answer is as follows.

I always wonder how much Scripture to give you. I am one of those persons that usually thinks if
one verse helps, then 50 is better. But, you know, if someone tells me a joke I might remember
it. However if they tell me 50 jokes, I will laugh alot but probably will not remember one joke. And
so, I will try to keep this short and simple.

I would start with something I said earlier about the power of God. Many who believe in 'once
saved', supposedly believe in the power of God, but not that He can make us holy if we
cooperate with His Grace. Of course, the Bible backs up the position of the Catholic Church on
that point.
So, I repeat to you what Christ has said; Jesus said to them, "Are you not misled because you
do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?" (Mk. 12:24)

2 Peter 1:3  "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4  by which he has
granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from
the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine
nature."

"partakers of the divine nature" - The Divine Nature is holiness - perfection - it is both the
beginning and the final goal of the Christian life. We take on the divine nature in Baptism and
are made holy. Then we "strive" to maintain or "follow" that "holiness" throughout our lives
[Hebrews 12:14].

"He saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:5).

"..in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were
saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now" (1 Peter 3:21.

I do not refer to The Sacrament of Baptism as a "work". That is an expression that someone
outside the Catholic Church may choose. I do nothing in Baptism but cooperate with God's
Saving Grace. God does it all. So, if Baptism is a "work", then it is a "work" of God [John 9:3].

However you asked for a "work" that takes away our sins. The Bible provides the answer.

Your brother in Christ;
Philip
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