May 13, 2007
by Michael Gilbert
“Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. Any many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (1 Cor. 18:8)
God’s plan for saving mankind from sin has always been simple: hear, believe, and obey Him.
In our text, Luke reveals to us that the Corinthians followed this simple plan of salvation. Consequently, they were saved by God’s marvelous grace.
The Corinthians heard Paul preach the gospel of Christ. His message was, “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve” (1 Cor. 15:3-5).
Upon hearing Paul’s message of salvation through Christ, they believed it. This is evident for they obeyed the apostle’s message by being baptized.
Saving faith has always been an obedient faith. James explained, “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only,” and, “…faith without works is dead” (James 2:24, 20).
Belief in Jesus’ atoning death, subsequent burial, and triumphant resurrection will prompt the sincere sinner to be baptized in order to receive the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
Do you have obedient faith toward your Savior (Heb. 5:8-9)? Have you been baptized into His church (1 Cor. 12:13)?