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THE BIBLICAL COMMISSION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:
Mt. 28:19-20, ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing [these disciples, not unbelieving babies] in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I [Jesus, and not a church hierarchy,] have commanded you; and lo, I Am with you always, even to the end of this world.’
THE PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION OF JESUS’ COMMISSION:
Acts 8:30-40, ‘So Philip ran to [the eunuch,] and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him… Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to water. And the eunuch said, ‘See, there is water. What hinders me from being baptized? [Seeing that I now understand the Scriptures, accepted Jesus as my Christ, and was born again?]’
Then Philip said, [This verse was omitted from new versions of the Bible!] ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ And he answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.’
THIS IS THE EXAMPLE JESUS GAVE HIS DISCIPLES:
Mt. 3:16, ‘When Jesus had been baptized, He came up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and abiding upon Him. And a voice came from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.’
Paul taught Scripturally born again believers in Col. 2:8-15: “See to it that no one carries you off as a spoil or makes you captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism, following human tradition, (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world)… disregarding the teachings of Christ… In Him you [born again believers] were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a spiritual circumcision by stripping off the body of the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts. Thus you were circumcised when you were buried with Him in your baptism [by submersion], in which you were also raised with Him to a new life through your [personal] faith in Christ…”
Jesus Christ is the Creator God
TRULY SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM AND REPENTANCE — WHAT DO THIS MEAN?
To understand the Scriptural water baptism, which Jesus demonstrated for us and commanded all His disciples to follow, one must understand Who Jesus Is, what He really did for us, and that obedience to the true context of His Word, the Bible, is not an option, (Mt. 3:13-17; 28:19-20.) Jesus said in Jn. 12:47-48, “…He who rejects Me and does not receive My [true] Words, has that which judges him – the Word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” We can never say we belong to Jesus, if we do not “accept His words.” When we ‘receive’ Jesus’ words, we accept Him. Jesus Himself Is The Word of God, (Jn. 1:1-5.) Jesus Himself Is God, (Col. 2:9; Jn. 1:1-5; Heb. 1:1-14; Rev. 1:8!) Should we reject His words, we reject Him! Therefore, hear the words of the Lord Jesus Christ concerning Scriptural water baptism! Not my words; (God forbid!) not the next man’s words or church clergies’ words, but Jesus’ own words!
It is a grave sin to push Bible verses out of context to insert a false doctrine and ultimately, an entire church system, which deviates from the truth of God’s Word. This is exactly how all the different denominations of, and affiliations to Christianity came into being. One can ‘prove’ anything from the Bible. For instance, using this abominable type of ‘interpretation of Scripture,’ I can ‘prove’ from the Bible “there is no God,” (Ps. 14:1.) Consequently, because “there is no God,” we can burn all our Bibles and start stealing and fornicating, for if there is no God, there is no heaven or hell, and thus, there is no point to any type of faith or religion. Ah, but let us read that verse in context! Ps. 1:14 actually proclaims, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt. They have done abominable works...”
For the sake of our eternal souls, we must hide ourselves in God’s Truth! As Jesus God’s Son Himself Is Truth, there is only one mark of a sincere believing disciple of Jesus: a sincere desire for God’s Scriptural truth, to be able to understand His will and obey God from the heart! God’s Scriptural truth will always remain the only “lamp for our feet” in this dark, deceitful dimension. I am not talking about a few verses or passages from the Bible to ‘prove’ a church doctrine of some kind. I am referring to the entire truth of God’s Word, (Ps. 119:160.)
The opposite of truth are lies and deception. Accordingly, 2 Ths. 2:9-10 explains, “The coming of the lawless one, [who makes his own doctrines and church systems, etc.,] is according to the working of Satan… and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
I tell you the truth because I love you. The false doctrines of church systems will lead us to eternal hell. However, Jesus came to bring spiritual life, salvation and freedom to all those who choose to follow Him in the contextual truth of His Word.
· THE BAPTISM OF JESUS, PETER AT PENTECOST, JOHN THE BAPTIST, OR OF PAUL?
· Renewal of our mind must follow the rebirth and Scriptural water baptism
· BAPTISM, THE ‘SAVING’ SACRAMENT FOR A DENOMINATIONAL ‘ELITE’?
· ADULT BAPTISM? BABY BAPTISM? RE-BAPTISM? ‘CIRCUMCISION FOR COVENANT CHILDREN?’
· SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS A COMMANDMENT (NOT A COVENANT) OF JESUS
· SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS THE WILL OR ‘COUNSEL’ OF GOD
· SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS THE HOLY SPIRIT’S CIRCUMCISION OR CUTTING AWAY OF THE ‘OLD MAN,’ (THE OLD BODY OF SIN FROM THE BORN AGAIN HUMAN SPIRIT OF THE BELIEVER
· Should we be dunked three times in baptism or only once?
· THE LITTLE CHILDREN – WHAT IS SCRIPTURAL?
· THOSE WHO OBEY JESUS MUST CONTEND WITH THE HATRED OF SATAN AND HIS DISCIPLES
· “BAPTIZED FOR THE DEAD;” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
THE BAPTISM OF JESUS, PETER AT PENTECOST, JOHN THE BAPTIST, OR OF PAUL?
All Jesus’ real disciples know, only the full atonement of Jesus in their place makes for forgiveness of sin. Therefore, Jesus, Peter, John the Baptist, Paul, and all Jesus’ true disciples preached the same baptism, which was administered in exactly the same way as Jesus Himself had demonstrated in Mt. 3:13-17, and which Jesus Himself commanded in Mt. 28:19-20.
John the Baptist, Peter and Paul all referred to Jesus’ baptism, which they merely dispensed in different periods or dispensations. (I.e., before Jesus’ full atonement in our place through His death, and after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, when He sent the Holy Spirit to Personally indwell all His true disciple-believers.) Jesus’ baptism has never, can never, and will never ‘change’ in God’s Book! There exists not a single Bible verse that suggests that God has, or will ever annul, ‘change,’ or minimize the water baptism of Jesus here on earth.
The writer of Mt. 3:13-17 described exactly what happened when Jesus baptized Himself as an example for all His sincerely believing disciples. “Then Jesus came… to John at the river Jordan, to be baptized by him… When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water, [because He was completely submerged in water,] and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.”
A closer look at what Peter commanded at Pentecost, illustrates this effectively. Peter commanded in Acts 2:38, “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” Acts 2:38. [Peter was not referring to the supernatural gifts or supernatural signs of tongues or prophecy, etc. He was speaking of the indwelling Holy Spirit Himself as the completely free, indwelling Gift from God.]” In Acts 2, Peter connects Jesus’ water baptism of believers directly with God’s forgiveness. Probably, Peter assumed all believers would know what he was saying. Thus, Peter did not take the time to explain that water baptism is a declaration and a symbol of believers’ conscious and complete, spiritual and mental immersion or submersion into Christ Himself, (personal acceptance of Christ, Jn. 1:12-13;) into His full atonement in their place, and into the truth of His Word.
This is what Peter meant by “being baptized for the remission of sin:” God’s Word is always the Scriptural symbol of “water.” Sincere believers are ‘made holy’ or sanctified, not by church sacraments or rituals, but “by the [spiritual] washing of the water by the Word,” (Eph 5:26.) Therefore, Scriptural water baptism testifies that Jesus Christ, (The Word, according to Jn. 1:1-3,) bought the complete forgiveness of His disciples at Calvary, and through their acceptance of this Truth of His Word, He had become complete and full forgiveness for all His personal believing disciples, (Rom. 3:21-26.)
Water baptism cannot accomplish anything in or by itself. Without the believer’s personal and sincere acceptance of Christ, water baptism remains a dead, lifeless (and actually, and occult) ritual. However, as a symbol of believers’ immersion into His full atonement in their place, water baptism points directly to risen Christ, the Savior of Golgotha. In fact, at Pentecost, Peter was referring to the so-called “obsolete” ‘baptism of John the Baptist.’ John the Baptist, in a time before Jesus’ suffering and death in our place became a reality, baptized the Old Hebrew nation as a sign ‘of the remission of sins,’ which was to come through “The Lamb of God, Who [still had to die and live again, to] take away the sin of the [whole truly believing world,]” (Mt. 3:11; Jn. 3:16-17.)
Thus, John the Baptist was preaching the same water baptism of Peter and Paul — but he was looking ahead to the coming atonement of Christ in our place.
Paul, on the other hand, defined the same baptism of John the Baptist from the New Testament/Covenant dispensation after Calvary. From Paul’s standpoint, he was looking back at the completed atonement of Jesus: His cross, resurrection, ascension, and Pentecost, when He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell blood-cleansed believers for the first time in all of history, and defined the Scriptural water baptism accordingly.
The Spirit Filled Bible explains, “Baptism ‘in the Name of Jesus’ is a public, [New Testament/Covenant] acknowledgement that we have personally accepted Jesus as Christ and Lord. The ‘Name’ of Jesus, [“Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,”] suggests [His] nature or character; to confess Him to be all that His Name denotes. Baptism in and of itself is not a means of forgiveness and salvation…’ and John’s baptism, just as ‘Peter’ or ‘Paul’s’ baptism, only has power as a type or symbol of Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection onto eternal life in heaven for all those who personally choose to accept and follow Him, (Jn. 3:16-17; 1:12-13.)
The repentance, which Peter called for at Pentecost Peter called for at Pentecost
On the Day of Pentecost, for the first time under the New Covenant of Christ, with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and some of the accompanying signs that He is present in Jesus’ disciples, (wind, flames as of fire, and the manifestation of the gift of tongues,) the Spirit of God came to live inside Jesus’ born again believers for the first time in all of history, (Acts 1:1-4; 2:38; Mark 16:16-18.) Before Jesus’ death and resurrection, while the old Hebrews were still living under the Old Testament Covenant or dispensation, the Spirit never indwelt believers, but only ‘came upon’ them, because Jesus’ blood-atonement in their place was not done yet, (Jn. 7:39.) Because all true believers will live under Jesus’ New Testament Covenant until He returns, there can never be a ‘second Pentecost,’ or a so-called ‘second rain or outpouring’ of the Holy Spirit as Pentecostal Charismatic preachers teach. In the context of the New Testament, and according to the one and only blood-covenant that God cut with all sincere believers in Christ, the indwelling of the Spirit at Pentecost, as described in the Book of Acts, was and always will be the only ‘outpouring’ of the constantly indwelling Holy Spirit, (Acts 1:8.) It is impossible that the Holy Spirit could have ‘left’ His born again temples of real believers to ‘indwell’ them again at a later stage. That is why Jesus promised His born again, Scripturally water baptized disciples, who go forth and preach His true Gospel to the world, He will be “with them, even to the end of this world,” (Mt. 28:19-20.)
Therefore, at Pentecost, Peter, (with “the baptism of John” still in his mind, but) ‘filled,’ or baptized with the Holy Spirit, commanded his Hebrew audience, “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 2:38.)
Peter was not referring to the Holy Spirit’s gifts or signs of tongues or prophecy, etc. (1 Cor. 12; 14.)
Peter was speaking of the indwelling Holy Spirit Himself as the completely free, inhabiting Gift from God, (Ef. 3:1-17; Gal. 4:4-7.)
While it is true that every believer must repent from personal sin, in Acts 2, Peter was not referring to sin such as stealing or lying. Peter referred to Jesus’ statement in Mark 1:15, ‘The time is fulfilled, [for the New Testament Covenant or dispensation to be established,] and the Kingdom of God, [which will be inside all true believers since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost,] is at hand, (Acts 1:5-8.) Therefore, repent [from Judaism and all other religiosity or temple/church religion without the truth of Christ,] and believe the [New Testament] Gospel.” The Spirit Filled Bible explains, “In Mark 1:15, Jesus announced salvation through the inauguration of a New Testament, of which repentance [from spiritually dead religion] and belief in the Gospel were prerequisites….”
In effect, Peter was calling the Hebrews, (and surely all other religionists — as anything can be a religion without the truth of Christ; Satanism and Christianity too,) to change their preset opinion of, and attitude toward Christ. At Pentecost, Peter insisted that Hebrews and people from all other nations must believe and accept the True Gospel of Jesus, or in reality, Jesus Christ Himself. Paul said essentially, we must all “die” to our state or spiritual position of sin, which centers on vain religiosity, to “live” in Christ, (Gal. 2:20.) Jesus does not share His blood-bought Holy-Sprit temples, (of genuine believers,) with manmade temples, lies of any kind, and other gods.
Did Peter say that Water Baptism ‘Saves’ us because it is a “Remission of sin”?
Can water baptism “save” church members and even true believers, because the water ‘forgives all sin?’ Or must we perhaps repent from all personal sin until we are ‘completely holy,’ before we can be baptized?
While there is never an excuse to continue unrepentantly in sin, 1 Jn. 1:8-10 states, “If we say we have no sin, [or never sin,] we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Peter, his thoughts still pivoting on John’s baptism in the Old Testament dispensation prior to Calvary, commanded, ‘And let every one of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…’ However, Paul, who came to explain the same Gospel of John the Baptist and Jesus more clearly, wrote that “the blood of Jesus forgives sin,” not water baptism, (Eph. 1:7-14; 1 Jn. 1:7.)
Sadly, some preachers interpret Peter’s call to repentance as a ‘qualification’ for water baptism. They teach that every believer must repent from all personal sin before they can experience salvation through water baptism.
In the context of Scriptural truth this is impossible, as Jesus saves sinners from their fallen state of sin, cursedness, and lostness without God at the moment they personally believe and decide to make Jesus the Lord of their lives, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; 1 Pt. 2:9-10.) Only then, can Scriptural water baptism be administered on request of the new disciple of Christ, (Rom. 6:1-14.) This means, we cannot save ourselves from any form of sin. Neither can water baptism, [which is not a baptism in ‘magic’ water, or in the occult ‘water god,’ but in ordinary water;] church attendance, or good works save us from sin. Jesus Himself is the Only Mediator and Savior of personally believing humanity, (Jn. 3:16-17.)
Is it possible to receive the indwelling of the Spirit after or during water baptism?
In the New Testament dispensation, which began at Calvary, and became a reality for Jesus’ disciples after His resurrection and ascension, believers cannot receive the Holy Spirit during or through baptism. We must already be born again (Jn. 3:3-5,) through faith in Christ (Jn. 1:12-13,) to receive water baptism. Consequently, the Spirit indwells us from the moment of our rebirth to the end of our time on earth, (Mt. 28:19-20.)
Renewal of our minds must follow the personal rebirth and Scriptural water baptism
While our human spirits are born again instantly through personal acceptance of Christ, the “renewal of our minds,” (Rom. 12:1-2,) can only start once Jesus has removed us spiritually from the kingdom of darkness and brought us into His Kingdom of Light through the cleansing with His blood, (Col. 1:13-14.) Forgiveness is always seated in Jesus’ blood-atonement in our place and our personal acceptance of what He had done for us. Once saved from our state of sin or spiritual position without God, the “salvation,” or “renewal” of our minds (or souls, where our will, intellect, and emotions are seated,) must follow, (1 Ths. 5:23.) Real “transformation,” (not conformation, which means to simply join a church without real Scriptural knowledge of God,) happens only through Holy-Spirit taught knowledge of the truth of God’s Word. So, the renewal of our minds leads Jesus’ sincere believers through a constant process of growing closer to God by understanding His Scriptural will, and accordingly, repenting from personal sin, false doctrine, and selfish behavior, (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Pt. 1:13-15; Jam. 2:21-22.) This is a lifelong process of ‘making our minds holy’ through real obedience to God’s true Word, and it is called ‘sanctification.’ This type of Scriptural ‘sanctification’ is not the same as church ‘sanctification,’ supposedly obtainable through church membership, church doctrines, and “saving” church sacraments.