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Baptism

Baptism is for the remission of our sins, Acts 2:38, there is a difference between repentance and  remission. 

Example

Lets say I owe the Sears Company twenty five dollars. I go to the credit manager and tell him that I don't have the money on the date that it is due, but I will have it in thirty days. The credit manager makes a note of it, that I will pay in thirty days. The credit manager is merely forgiving me for thirty days. Then after the thirty day period when I go in and pay the debt off, it is struck off the record, or remitted. I am no longer responsible because the debt is paid. This is also the case of baptism.   Repentance = forgiveness. Baptism = remission Acts 2:38. Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Baptism is for remission of sin. The blood is applied at baptism. 

Is Baptism Necessary?
Wash Away Thy Sins

  1. Mark 16:16 - He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.
  2. Exodus 30:18-21 - Wash that they die not.  John 13:8.
  3. Matt. 26:28 - Jesus shed his blood for the remission of sins.
  4. Hebrews 9:22 - without the shedding of blood, is no remission. The blood is what washes our sins away. They are remitted at baptism. Acts 2:38. 
  5. Luke 24:44-47 - That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name.
  6. Mark 1:1-11 - John preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. This looks like a contradiction it looks like Johns baptism is both repentance and remission, Evidently the for means instead of. The different writers of the gospels used different wording to say the same thing.
    1. Matt. 3:5-12 - Baptism unto repentance - See Acts 19:5,6, Paul explains Johns baptism.
    2. John 1:26 - John merely says I baptism with water, then he said there is one coming that is mighty than I.  Example - Acts 19:5,6 - where it looked like there is a contradiction there is always an answer.   Example Acts 19:5,6.
    3. The Matthew Henry Commentary puts it this way. He said John preached repentance in order to remission of sins. John = repentance, Jesus = remission, Acts 2:38 - Acts 19:5,6.
  7. Baptism in Jesus Name is imperative.

EXAMPLE 

    1. There are three classes of people referred to in the Book of Acts. 
      1. Acts 2:36-38 These were sinners, Jews that had just crucified Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. They asked Peter, what shall we do. Peter told them to repent, to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins, and they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    2. Then in the tenth chapter of Acts we find a different kind of people. The Gentiles of the house of Cornelius. Cornelius had an experience with God.
      1. He was devout.
      2. He feared God with all his house.
      3. He gave much Alms.
      4. He prayed to God always.

We have no record of any church affiliation, but in Acts 10:22 we find that he was of a good report among all nations of the Jews. He was a friend of the Jews. In Luke 7:5 we find another Centurion that was a friend of the Jews. Cornelius had all these good traits, and God even gave him the
Holy Ghost before baptism, but even though he had all these things in his favor, Peter still commanded him to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, Acts 10:48. 

If this man had to be baptized in Jesus Name, then anyone has to be baptized in Jesus Name to be in the Rapture.

In Acts 19:3 these people had already been baptized by John the Baptist unto repentance. They had been forgiven of their sins, but their sins had not been remitted. These people were good people. Paul didn't know if they had the Holy Ghost or not. They received a blessing from God when they were baptized unto repentance, but they had to be baptized in Jesus Name, Acts 19:5.

There is only one way to be baptized for the remission of sins, and this is Acts 2:38. 

No one in the new testament was ever actually baptized any other way than in Jesus Name. Acts 4:12 Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven, given among men where by we must be saved. I Peter 3:18-21 - Verse 21 the like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  1. Acts 2:38 - Not a baptismal service. You can't understand Matt, 28:19, without appreciating Matt. 28:18 - this explains Matt. 28:19 - Jesus said all power is given unto me, in heaven and in earth.
  2. Acts 2:38 was not an actual baptismal service, but Acts 2:41 was. 
  3. Acts 8:16 was a baptismal service.
  4. Acts 10:48 was a baptismal service.
  5. Acts 19:5 was an actual baptism service.
  6. Ephesians 2:20, we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets,     Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.
  7. I Corin. 3:11, no foundation can be laid that the one that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
  8. Romans 6:1-23, we are baptized unto his death. Buried with Him in baptism Romans     6:3,4. When we plant a seed it must be planted right. We also must be planted right Romans 6:5.  
  9. Ephesians 4:5, One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
  10. I Peter 3:17-22 - verse 21 the like figure whereunto baptism doth now save us. 
  11. Col. 2:12 - buried with Him in baptism. So there is more to salvation than just repeating a few words. To believe is to obey. Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matt. 4:4, from Genesis to Revelation.
  12. John 7:37-39, believe on Him as the Scripture hath said. Luke 24:44-47, all things  spoken of him in the Law, the prophets, and the Psalms concerning Jesus.
  13. John 5:39, search the scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life, and they are they that testify of me.
  14. II Peter 3:16, the unlearned wrest or twist the scriptures to their own destruction.
  15. John 15:13,14, if the blind lead the blind both shall fall in the ditch. Luke 6:39,40.
  16. Matt. 15:9, Mark 7:7, Col. 2:22 doctrines of men or commandments of men for the doctrines of God.
  17. I Peter 1:19-21, I Peter 2:1-22 false prophets and false teachers, bringing in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them. We need to study Gods word.
    II Tim. 2:15-19. God knows them that are his.
  18. II Timothy 3:1-17 ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth. Deceiving and being deceived. II Tim. 4:1-5 the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine - Heap to  themselves teachers, having itching ears; and turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
    All the signs tell us that Jesus coming is even at the door. We must have on the wedding garment Matt. 22:1-14. We must have oil in our lamps Matt. 25:1-13.
  19. Col.. 3:17, whatever you do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.

THERE ARE CERTAIN SCRIPTURES THAT SOME PEOPLE USE TO TRY TO PROVE THAT YOU DON'T NEED THE HOLY GHOST OR BAPTISM

Example:

Ephesians 2:8, I Corin. 12:30, I John 3:14, I John 5:1 and Ephesians 5:26.

These scriptures are written to born again Christians, already filled with the Holy Ghost. Well established churches. These are Epistles, written to churches, people that had already obeyed the plan of salvation. They were never intended to be a substitute for the plan of salvation. 

Also in Acts the sixteenth chapter, Paul speaking to the Phillippian jailer, Acts 16:31,32 - Paul acted quick to save the mans life. Then in verse 32 they spake unto him the word of the Lord and to all that were in his house. Paul explained to him and his household the word of God. And in verse 33, he took them the same hour at midnight, and washed their stripes, and was baptized. 

We know what Paul told him, because in Acts 19:1-6, he asked the Ephesians if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed. Then he wanted to know how they were baptized. Paul would not tell the Ephesians one thing and then tell the Phillippian jailer something else.

Isaiah 28:9-18, precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little. The overall picture.

NOTICE

Almost any encyclopedia tells us that baptism was only in Jesus Name in the early church. All of the Apostles baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, until the second century. 

Baptism using father, son, and Holy Ghost was instituted in 325A.D. under Constantine, or the Roman Catholic church, at the council of Nicea .  Matt. 15:9 - doctines of men, "tradition" .

This is when the doctrine of the Holy Trinity was formed. Until then Baptism had been in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus did say in Matt. 28:19, go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. But he had said in Matt. 28:18 all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Then he said, go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name, singular of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Father is not a name, Son is not a name, Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost is not a name. 

These are titles, or offices. I am a father, but that is not my name. I am a son, but that is not my name. Matt. 28:18 explains Matt. 28:19. Peter understood this when he said, repent, and be baptized every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38. 

Does It Really Matter?

John 8:19 the Pharisees asked Jesus, where is your father? And in verse 21, Jesus said I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and ye shall die in your sins. In verse 24 he said, I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins; for if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.

The question was asked, where is your father? The answer was, if you believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. This was a very strong statement. Col. 1:12-22, Col. 2:8,9. Romans 6:4,5, we are buried with Him by baptism. Col. 2:12, Acts 2:38- repent = death to sin.

Baptism = burial. Holy Ghost = resurrection.

Hebrews 9:22 without the shedding of blood there is no remission. Acts 2:38 baptism in Jesus Name for the remission of sin.

We pray for our food in His name, we pray for the sick in his name and we should be baptized in his name. Col. 3:17, and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Zechariah 14:9 One Lord, and His Name One.

Galations 1:8 but though we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you then that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

 

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