THE ORDER IS IMPORTANT
When a lady picks up a recipe, and begins to follow it to make a cake, a certain order is given. Is it Important to follow the order? Certain ingredients of
specific measure are supposed to be mixed together, others are folded in later, until at last all of the mixture is put in a greased pan, arid cooked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. What if the order is not followed, or is confused? An empty pan in the oven will not produce a cake. Trying to put the baking powder in after the baking will not work. The order is Important. The steps must be followed.
The order is important in salvation, too. Jesus said that one must believe and then be baptized in order to be saved (Mark ). Many confuse the Order and try to baptize first. They baptize unbelieving infants, a practice not found anywhere in the Bible, and then later have to teach them to believe. This is backwards and unbiblical. In another place, Jesus teaches us how men come to Him He said, “It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God‘ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me” (John 6:45). They must hear before they can come. He did not tell his disciples to go forth and baptize and later inform them by teaching as to why had been baptized. He instructed them that the first step was to “go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark ). The second step in saving men was to baptize those who had believed the message “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” The order is important.
In morals, the order is important,
too. Recently, it was prominently
reported in the news that
God has given us the proper order of things. His way is the only way which saves. In order to live happy, honorable lives we must follow His order—His plan. Doing things our own way results in spiritual death (Proverbs ).