The right order is crucial

The cart before the horse. It may be dated, but it still gets the message across. It could be updated to say, “Don’t put the caboose in the front of the train.” But now trains don’t even have cabooses anymore. What’s the world coming to!?

We have a ton of sayings that are concerned with putting things in the right order. You have to walk before you can run. That’s one.

And cooking! How many recipes tell us to mix some things first, then add other ingredients. The wrong order of the steps will ruin the recipe.

Does it matter if you type in the right sequence of letters and numbers for your passwords? You know it!

In so many areas of the spiritual realm, proper sequence or order is also necessary. Here’s an important example.

Jesus Christ himself said in Mark 16:16, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (ESV).

The religious world gets the order terribly wrong.

Some say, “Whoever believes will be saved, and sometime in the future ought to be baptized.”

Others say, “Whoever is baptized will be saved, and later ought to come to faith.”

Both are wrong because, among other problems, they get the sequence wrong. That error, and the teachings that lie behind it, will result in condemnation.

This may sound to some like old doctrinal baggage we’ve gotten past in today’s postmodernist world.

But it’s still true. There is still right and wrong. People have to get it right. Getting it right doesn’t cancel grace, but accesses it. Nothing meritorious about that, it’s just downright plain teaching of the Scriptures. The Lord Jesus told the Sardis church that, if they didn’t get it right, they would get judgment from him (Revelation 3:2, 3). They weren’t “meeting His requirements” (AMP).

God is very clear about what to do when. The Bible is understandable. It takes work to miss what it says. (And the old devil is working hard at helping people miss it.) We can know what the Lord is offering to us, in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. And we can also know what we ought to do to be saved.

It ain’t rocket science, folks. And since I’m not a rocket scientist, I’m thankful for that.

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