Understanding the Ordinances
Prepared by Ptr. Doods Agravante
Jesus has left two picturesque activities for His church to observe. Until He returns He wants His church to baptize the believers and serve them the Lord Supper. Through these two important commands or ordinances, He enriches His relationship with the church.As commands of Christ (I Cor. 11:17 – 22, 26 – 29)
<!As commands of Christ 9I Cor. 11:17-22, 26-29)
a. Baptism and Lord supper were both initiated and taught by Christ
b. It is a command to be obeyed
<!2. As memorial to Christ and salvation (Rom. 6:3-7; I Cor. 11:24-25)
a. Baptism is a picture of death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
b. Through baptism our sins died and buried as Christ resurrected-we walk a new life.
c. Lord Suffer is a memorial of Christ, His death until He comes.
<!3. As expression of Christian hope (Rom. 6:4-5; I cor. 11:26)
a. Baptism speaks of His resurrection and our own victory over death for eternity.
b. Lord Supper proclaims Christ’s return and take His people to be with Him in heaven.
c. Our blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Baptism of every believer and the observance of the Lord Supper were ordered by Jesus Christ on the church. They serve as His personal souvenirs for His love and ministry. When we comprehend the true meaning, it deepens our relationship and fellowship with God. We should not take them for granted; we need to value them in our hearts. It may refresh our faith, love and commitment to Christ, and our hope in one true God.