3/18/2018 ~ Baptism For You?
BaptismAM1.mp3 (28m 50s)
Darkness has no depth of distance.
Our Lord God calls for the return of His children.
... all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 10:1-4
There are various types of baptism. The baptism of Moses through
the Red Sea. Johnís baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
The baptism of suffering Christ and His apostles endured. The great
commission water baptism remains and has come as a command of God.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit, as God finalized His anointing upon
the earth where men live, has blessed us all in the knowledge of Him.
A fire baptism cleansing the evils of creation is yet to occur as all rise
back to His Spirit. There can be no substitute for an individuals
accountability directly to God, and the dead rise no more,
making it impossible for choices, made or not made, to be
altered or changed once mortal death has occurred.
God desires our immersion into Him
It is the truth of Christ that washes us clean.
John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism
of repentance for the remission of sins. ~ Mark 1:4
John prepared the way for Christís arrival.
... all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were
all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. ~ Mark 1:5
Many took heed to the truth John announced
being baptized in the Jordan river.
... all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were
baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. ~ Matthew 3:5-6
Countless disciples came to the call of John.
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching
a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, ... ~ Luke 3:3
John traveled throughout the region to preach
the message he was ordained to present.
... when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism,
he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you ..." ~ Matthew 3:7
There were those elite who wanted forgiveness in secret or privately
where John rebuked them. Many were angered and turned from
repentance enraged in their own scorn. Standing in the light
of God is not something done reclusely.
... "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ,
nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" ... ~ John 1:25-26
The pride of the Jewish elite refused to believe John had the authority
to cause such a uproarish happening that he had created. John humbly
and boastfully proclaimed the coming of the Great One was at hand.
"I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me,
'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him,
this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'" ~ John 1:33
John, as many who have followed, are obedient servants
of God Almighty, though not directly seeing Him, obey His call.
... "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
~ John 1:27-29
It came that John saw Jesus for who He truly was.
... And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized
by You, and are You coming to me?" ~ Matthew 3:13-14
John fell before his Great God and Savior pleading for mercy.
... baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold,
the heavens were opened to Him, ... ~ Matthew 3:16
John was witness to the blessing God Himself wrought upon the earth.
... And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending
from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him." ~ John 1:30-32
John proclaimed Jesusí superiority, to his preaching,
as Jesus was set to establish what God had planned
before time began, in the plan of salvation for man.
It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth
of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. ~ Mark 1:9
It has occurred as it is.
After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea,
and there He remained with them and baptized. ... ~ John 3:22-24
After the baptism of Jesus, the advance of baptisms overtook the land.
... the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples
than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),
He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. ~ John 4:1-3
The Pharisees, seeing the loss of influence and power, sought
to belittle this baptism movement, seeking for Jesus Himself.
"From this man's seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel
a Savior -- Jesus -- after John had first preached, before His coming, the
baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel." ~ Acts 13:23-24
Through Johnís ministry, Jesus rose to prominence.
Our faith is all about the life, death, and resurrection
of Christ and how God wants us to know Him.
... Apollos ... fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things
of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. ~ Acts 18:24-25
As the church of Christ settled, the baptism of John was only meant
to be a prelude, to introduce our now famous baptism into Jesus.
... When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and
explained to him the way of God more accurately. ~ Acts 18:26
The early church made it clear Jesus was our Savior, and
Johnís baptism was replaced by baptism into Jesus Himself.
... "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the
people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is,
on Christ Jesus." When they heard this, they were baptized ..." ~ Acts 19:4-5
In Christ is the fulfilment of all things God would have us to know.
"... began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God
anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went
about doing good and healing all who were oppressed ..." ~ Acts 10:37-38
It is in fact that God takes precedence.
Baptism reveals immersion into His Salvation
Baptism is a cleansing of a soul
from all previous sin.
Darkness has only the clarity of nothing.
BaptismAM2.mp3 (41m 16s)
Baptism is the answer of a good conscience to His call.
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your
doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, ..." ~ Isaiah 1:16
It is God who calls us to cease from evil and
wash ourselves in the truth of His light.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside
of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
..." ~ Matthew 23:25-26
One can only find spiritual cleanness from the inside
where the heart dwells. The outside mask more often
conceals hidden agendas of self seeking.
... But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the
name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. ~ 1st Corinthians 6:11
It is a call to be transparent purging the hypocrisy that blinds a soul in lies.
Obedience Creates Relationship
"I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you
with the Holy Spirit." ~ Mark 1:8
It is through Jesus that we received the blessings,
showered upon us all, by the Holy Spirit. To be immersed in
the Holy Spirt is to be open to the very truth of God Himself.
"... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." ~ Matthew 3:11
It is through Jesus that salvation is offered
with the definite expectation of judgment.
... "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." ~ Acts 1:5
Jesus Himself told the Apostles of the coming
of His kingdom through the Holy Spirit of truth.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in
one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, ... ~ Acts 2:1-2
On the Day of Pentecost, Jesus ascended and the Holy Spirit descended
upon those present as they became immersed in Him, His Spirit.
The truth of God touches all
... And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. ~ Acts 2:3-4
Miraculous happens occurred as
the Holy Spirit moved the mere flesh of man.
... astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the
Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. ~ Acts 10:44-45
The Holy Spirit continued to be poured out upon the Gentiles,
as Godís call to all is now abundantly clear.
... "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who
have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" ~ Acts 10:46-47
God refuses none who come asking for His mercy
and grace, if in accordance with His will.
"And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them,
as upon us at the beginning." ~ Acts 11:15
The blessing of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the power in truth.
"... He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in
His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His
wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
~ Matthew 3:11-12
In view of the Holy Spirit of truth now being upon us all,
judgment is a warning call to all as well.
"'... "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them,
but gather the wheat into my barn."'" ~ Matthew 13:30
God has a plan and those that do not abide in His ways will be discarded.
... each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it
will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test ... ~ 1st Corinthians 3:13-14
It will be the brightness of God Himself that will burn away all
pretentiousness revealing the naked soul. Our works will divulge
our character either be they godly or demonic.
If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved,
yet so as through fire. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 3:15-17
Only through assimilating in His Spirit, and the calling of His ways, will
bring a spirit into the presence and fullness of His commanding light.
... that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious
than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise,
honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, ... ~ 1st Peter 1:7
Each one will either awake in glory or dread upon His coming.
There is no inbetween.
... the day of the Lord will come ... the elements will melt with fervent heat;
both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. ~ 2nd Peter 3:10
A washing of all material is coming whereby
only the spirits of goodness will survive.
... in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:8
God has declared for all to know, and for those that refuse to hear
the significance of His coming, and announced commands,
only damnation awaits for the disobedient.
... cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found
written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. ~ Revelation 20:14-15
The lake of fire is synonymous with destruction. It is again
where the fire burns all evil away from His presence.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. ... ~ Hebrews 9:27-28
Reincarnation is not part of Godís eternal plan. Reincarnation is a
cowardís excuse for giving sin precedence over obedience to God. Once
dead, and then resurrection to final judgment is what He has announced.
... who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all?
Why then are they baptized for the dead? ~ 1st Corinthians 15:29
One cannot substitute for the real thing. No one can be baptized
for another. The dead who await judgment are sealed in the fate
of their own works, and by His fiery breath, of truth, all will bare all.
... leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on
to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works
and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, ... ~ Hebrews 6:1-2
Contention has no place where love takes precedence.
For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving
various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, ... ~ Titus 3:3-4
To rise past our sin we must first acknowledge our sin.
In view of our sin, we can then be humbled by the mercy of His love.
... He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the
Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ ...
~ Titus 3:5-7
Be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for those obedient to
the faith, once delivered. One cannot argue with what God has done.
Acceptance is part of salvation.
Baptism is elementary to a higher conduct call
Beyond the tangible God remains eternal.
Darkness hides in the emptiness of itself.
BaptismAM3.mp3 (35m 08s)
Baptism is to be immersed in all that one is.
"... and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized
with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!" ~ Luke 12:49-50
Jesus ignited a battle of wills between that of God,
and the arrogance of man.
They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand
and the other on Your left, in Your glory." ~ Mark 10:37
It is by the will of God who He chooses to remain and where.
... "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink,
and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" ... ~ Mark 10:38-39
Jesus knew the pain He was to suffer and He felt it prior
to it actually occurring. The Apostles could hardly know what
was to befall them in such a wicked world where the venomous
nature of man rules over the smallest of compassion.
Baptism is surely an immersion into that which is total.
"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he
who does not believe will be condemned." ~ Mark 16:16
The Power of God is retrieving souls
There should be no doubt as to what Jesus Himself has said. Arguing
semantics will not absolve one from the simple command He demands.
Simplicity is best found in compliance.
Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born
of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." ~ John 3:5
Again, Jesus undeniably states the importance of obedience
as well as a fervent spirit to achieve final salvation.
... all baptized into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free
- and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. ~ 1st Corinthians 12:13
There is no division in God, and He calls for unity in Him.
His is not a Spirit that can be divided as He calls for us
to be in the oneness of His proclaimed faith.
... one Lord, one faith, one baptism; ... ~ Ephesians 4:5
Currently, there is only the Great Water Baptism
that God waits on souls to embrace.
... an antitype which now saves us - baptism (not the removal of the filth
of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God),
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, ... ~ 1st Peter 3:21
It is written that baptism is a requirement unto salvation.
It is an essential ingredient of a heart's continuing commitment to God.
Clear Instructions Given
... with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:9-10
And it is by wholehearted open confession in belief that salvation is had.
... brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by
a new and living way which He consecrated for us, ... ~ Hebrews 10:19-21
We now have a direct connection to God through Christ Jesus our Savior.
... let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, ... our bodies
washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope ...
~ Hebrews 10:22-23
Baptism is just a beginning of plunging into God.
Growth in all aspects of improvement, learning and loving, reaching for,
and honing spiritual discernment, climbs the ladder to heaven.
It is recognizing the removal of the veil between man and God.
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
~ Galatians 3:27
It is rising into the character of Christ that we are made whole.
... buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him
through faith in the working of God, who raised Him ... ~ Colossians 2:12-13
The symbolism is undeniable that
through baptism we rise to be alive in Him. It is written that it is
a working of God, as per His promise, to bring salvation to man.
Godís plan entreats the return of souls
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ..." ~ Matthew 28:19
As instructed, God calls for His children to take part
in the great retrieval of souls, in returning to His truth, in Spirit.
... "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
It can be made no clearer than in Acts 2:38. The gift is the promise
of eternal life to all those remaining faithful until the end.
... those who gladly received his word were baptized; ... ~ Acts 2:41
The church of Christ began as many were baptized
upon hearing the command.
... when they believed ... the things concerning the kingdom of God and the
name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. ~ Acts 8:12-13
The message went out and touched the curious of heart,
seekers in the ways of God. One can only wonder of the
amazements witnessed by those first century Christians.
... And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being
baptized?" Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." ...
~ Acts 8:35-37
In full knowledge of Godís plan of salvation, a rational decision can be
made. It is to either want God with oneís all or not. To hesitate is to hold
doubt in oneís heart with other possible extraneous agendas.
... And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water,
and he baptized him. ... ~ Acts 8:38-39
Surely, only rejoicing comes in total submission to God.
'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and
wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' ~ Acts 22:16
Only a fool denies what God has requested and commanded.
... many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. ~ Acts 18:8
Upon believing what has been told to us by God Himself, no other
decision can be made but to obey. It is a choice each of us has
to make, or deny. Our actions in accordance to His word
will declare where our motives lie.
... we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ
was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so
we also should walk in newness of life. ~ Romans 6:3-4
Baptism is not a casual or flippant event. To treat it as such nullifies the
significance of its importance. Many have suggested that infant baptism
is a valid means of salvation. This does not hold up as infants do not have
the cognitive power to realize the magnitude of the event itself. As the
living can not be baptized for the dead, so infant baptism cannot sooth
the conscience of any parent or family member fooled into its worthiness.
Baptism is a refreshing of the spiritís cleansing
Salvation calls from the rising waters of baptism.
Darkness has no place where something is.
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