Naaman, a Cleansed Man

In II Kings 5:1-14 we read about a man named Naaman. Naaman was a great and honorable man. But he was a leper. When a messenger from God told Naaman he could be cleansed of his leprosy by dipping in the Jordan River seven times, he became angry. Naaman had expected some great thing to happen, thus cleansing him of his leprosy. Eventually, however, Naaman did as he was told and was cleansed of his leprosy. He was cleansed by the power of God. I know of no one who would claim that Naaman was cleansed by the power of the water. Yet this incident in Naaman’s life clearly teaches Naaman was not cleansed of his leprosy until he obeyed God! Likewise, we are not cleansed of the filth of our sin until we obey God by being baptized in water (Acts 22:16). Sadly, many people claim to have the right to their own belief concerning how they can be saved from their sin.