The city of Nain goes by Nin today. There is just this one mention of Nain in the Gospel. It is found in the witness of Mark and Luke. Something in this story tells us that water baptism does not save a soul.
Here is a historical event in Nain. It is mentioned only once in the Bible. Nein — also Nain or Naim in English — is an Arab village in northern Israel. Located in the Lower Galilee, 14 kilometers south of Nazareth, Nein covers a land area of approximately 1,000 dunums and falls under the jurisdiction of Bustan al-Marj Regional Council, whose headquarters it hosts.
Luke 7:11 It happened soon afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain. Many of his disciples went with him, along with a great multitude.
A great multitude here were said by Luke later that we’re all water baptized by John in person.
Jesus raised a dead boy.
Luke 7:15 He who was dead sat up, and began to speak. He gave him to his mother.
Raising the dead 💀 is simply not an ordinary prophet’s work. The Galileans understand that this was the One prophesied by Moses in Deuteronomy 19, who is called The Prophet. And all people must listen to The Prophet.
That is why the people said He was sent from God and “God has visited His people”.
Luke 7:16 Fear took hold on all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited his people!”
Luke 7:21 In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and to many who were blind he gave sight.
Jesus was completely fulfilling the messianic prophecies by trucking His Mobile General Hospital.
Remember these people were all water baptized but none had the power to heal diseases and none cast out evil spirits. Not even when Jesus came to visit them in town. It is because none had received the baptism of the Spirit that only Jesus can administer.
It is because water baptism does not save. It is the Spirit baptism that is a requirement for salvation. No one may go to the Father except through the Son as the Lord declares in John 14.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
There is no one that will be found in eternal life that has not met Jesus. It is not by works, deeds, fame, office, wealth, means nor by doctrines that one is justified but by faith in Christ. He then will baptize the believer in the Holy Spirit as a seal for salvation.
Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.
Mark 16:17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages;
Mark 16:18 they will take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:20 They went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and 👉🏼confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen.