Film ID:
YFA 2926

A NEW CREATURE

1958

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Description

This film highlights the importance of a true baptism, and what that means to one man, as he converts his wife to a specific view of Christianity through together reading the Bible. Ultimately she is baptised, being fully immersed in a bath. The film is narrated by the main character, Tom Parker.

Titles:
"Christian Adelphoi"
"Truth Films Presents"
"A new creature"

Commentary - Did the title convey something like this to your mind? Or maybe this? Or perhaps this? Now we're getting nearer the subject because this film has to do with a birth but a birth of a different kind.

There is a small baby mouse, a chicken, then a baby. A man dressed in a long raincoat enters a house, and he calls to his wife who is in the kitchen. The narrator reveals himself to be the man, called 'Tom Parker' and his wife is called 'Mary'.

Commentary - My name is Tom Parker, and for two years now I have been a Christian. That is a Christian in the full meaning of the word a baptised believer in Christ. Mary, my wife, like the majority of people today showed little interest in religion and could not understand what had made such a change in my life.

He sits at the table, and his wife hands him mail. The address reads "Kingston, Yorks." His wife shows him an invitation to a christening.

Commentary - My story begins one evening when I had just come home from work. I was looking at the post when Mary showed me an invitation we had received to the christening of her sister's baby daughter. Now I had strong convictions that christening is a man-made ritual and in no way resembles true Christian baptism. This I believe can only be carried out by the total immersion in water of people old enough to know what they are doing. Although I was naturally very fond of the baby I felt I couldn't approve of the ceremony and therefore ought not to attend. Mary protested and we had quite an argument about it. I must say, in view of Mary's normal indifference to matters religious, I found her attitude somewhat illogical.

Tom sits in the front room reading a paper. His wife is opposite him knitting, and the narrator informs us there is "much unease" about a disagreement over attending the christening.

Commentary - Since the christening our relationship had been a little strained. But I suspected that Mary had been thinking a lot more about the matter. She had remarked that hardly anything from the Bible had been mentioned at the service apart from such passages as "suffer little children to come unto me." She realised that this and other quotations had been taken out of their context and had no connection whatever with a baptism described in the New Testament. This uneasy atmosphere in our home prevailed for some considerable time.

Narrator informs it is now, "many months later." They walk outside along a road and still further discuss baptism. They continue to walk until they reach a river bank.

Commentary - One evening a few months later as we were out walking in the country, Mary was in a talkative mood and strangely enough seemed eager to know something more about my beliefs. She said that if I were able to explain anything to her she was willing to listen. So I reasoned with her and told her that according to the Bible when a person or nation becomes associated with God they had always been given a sign of the government made as for example with Noah, Abraham and Mosses and how these things pointed forward to the new government of which the sign is baptism - a symbolic cutting off of one's wayward activities and a turning from a purely selfish way of life to a life of service to God. I pointed out also that the Old Testament figures of salvation are made clear to us in the New Testament. The Ark in which Noah and his family were saved, and the deliverance from death of the children of Israel in passing through the waters of the Red Sea, are both typical of baptism with its saving power today. As we were on the banks of the river I tried to describe to her how in the first place the Jordan and other rivers and lakes baptism as commanded was carried out openly. But that man for his own convenience and satisfaction had gradually drifted away from the teaching of the Bible ignoring emersion in water until in many cases a mere splash or sprinkle was thought to be adequate.

Sitting down, Mary throws a rock into the river. The ripples created link this scene to another. Now at the River Jordan, many people are dressed in robes on the side of the bank. Two men get into the river, and one is immersed fully, or "properly baptised."

Commentary - Had we been sitting on the banks of the Jordan in its fertile valley about nine teen hundred years ago we might well have witnessed a Christian baptism. Believers would often gather together and go to the river to carry out the will of God, promising in this act of obedience to give their lives to him becoming as it were new creatures in service to the Lord Jesus.

Tom and Mary still sit on the bank. They then get up and continue their walk.

Commentary - Mary's questions and her answers to mine gave me much delight and I shall always remember that lovely evenings walk. Now at last I felt that we were beginning to see eye to eye.

Outside a hall a sign reads: Christadelphian Hall. Another sign: The meaning of Christian Baptism, Speaker T Gosney. A man speaks at the front of a hall. The service finishes, and many congregate and talk outside the hall.

Commentary - A few weeks later we went together to my place of worship for the first time in our four years of married life. The speaker dealt with his subject mainly form Romans chapter 6, Collations' chapter 2 and Second Corinthians chapter 5. Denoting a need for a change of heart which is repentance and how baptism is a figure of the death and burial and resurrection of Jesus. A baptised believer shows that he is willing to die with Jesus to an old way of life, that is going under the water and rise out of the water to a greater literal resurrection of the body from the grave after the pattern of Jesus' resurrection. After the meeting, Mary met many of my friends.

Tom and Mary are home again. Tom takes the Bible from a shelf and goes through it with Mary. 'John 3:3' is highlighted as a title. They continue to go through the Bible.

Commentary - At home I had the opportunity to explain further a few of the verses and quotations which deal with this very important subject, especially those referring to the new birth in Jesus.

John 3 verse 3

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Verse 5

Except a man be born of water and of spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

From John I turn to the apostle to the Galatians and then to Matthew 3 where we read of the baptism of Jesus himself a sinless man.

Verse 13

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him, but John forebad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.

It was at this very time the life of the lord Jesus that God declared This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.
Commentary - And I too was very pleased to know that Mary was ready to take the all-important step.

Mary and Tom now enter a hall, and the congregation stand. A red curtain opens to reveal Mary sitting in large white bath with a man stood next to her. The man then tips her back and immerses her fully in the bath.

A page from the Bible with the words "A New Creature" is underlined.

Titles:
"Christian Adelphoi"
"The End".