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Romans 8:11

"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,

he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken

 your mortal bodies by his Spirit

that dwelleth in you."

- The Great Commission -

 

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name

 of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19)

 

 

                             

                                            Baptism

 

                                  -The 1st account of the Disciples baptizing-

 

38 Then Peter said unto them, 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.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children,

and to all that are afar off, even as many as the

Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:38-39)

 

 

 Jesus said this:

The Disciples  did this:

Matthew 28:19 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 Ghost

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized, everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins . . .

 

 

Did you ever wonder why Jesus said be baptized in the name of the Father,

and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost & the disciples baptized

in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins ?????????

 

Let's look at Matthew 28:19 again:

 

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 Ghost….

 

Now let's see if there is another scripture

similar to this one in the word of God.

 

In Luke 24:47 Jesus says,

 

And that repentance and remission of sins

should be preached in his name among

 all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

 

                 -We will go ahead and look at verse 45 to 49-

 

45 Then opened he their understanding,

that they might understand the scriptures,

46 And said unto them, Thus it is written,

and thus it behoved Christ to suffer,

and to rise from the dead the third day:

47 And that repentance and remission of sins

 should be preached in his name among all nations,

beginning at Jerusalem.

48. And ye are witnesses of these things.

49. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you:

 but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem,

until ye be endued with power

 from on high. (Luke 24:45-49)

 

1st Jesus said,

 "be baptized in the name of the Father,

 and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost"

 

 2nd He said,

"And that repentance and remission of sins

 should be preached in his name

among all nations, beginning

at Jerusalem."

 

What could this mean?????

Why did he say two different things???

 Is there anything common about these verses????

 And Are they truly different??????

 

 

Let's dig a little deeper

& see if we can find out!!!!

 

Matthew 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

 

Luke 24:47

 

And that repentance and remission of sins

should be preached in his name

 among all nations,

beginning at

 Jerusalem

 

 

Acts 2:38-39

 

Then Peter said unto them, 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.

39 For the promise is unto you,

 and to your children, and to all

that are afar off, even as many

 as the Lord our God shall call.

 

(a)   What are the common things about Matthew 28:19 & Luke 24:47????

 

1.      Both say all nations

2.      in the name & in his name are both used in the singular not plural form

 

 

(b)   What is common with Matthew 28:19, Luke 24:47, and Acts 2:38-39????

1.      Repentance & Remission of sins

2.       The singular usage of the name Jesus Christ

                3.    It states nations of people= you, and to your children,

and to all  that are afar off,

even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

 

 

(c)   Are these verses truly different from what the disciples did????

         

1.    Why the singular forms -

in his name instead of their name & in the name

instead of in the names???? Could there be a

 singular name for Father, Son,

 and Holy Ghost?????

 

What Does the Bible say that the Name of the son is?

 

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:

for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)

 

What Does the Bible say that the Name of the Father is?

 

I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not:

if another shall come in his own name,

him ye will receive. (John 5:43)

 

What Does the Bible say that the Name of the Holy Ghost is?

 

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,

 whom the Father will send in my name,

 he shall teach you all things, and bring

all things to your remembrance,

whatsoever I have said

unto you. (John 14:26)

 

·        Jesus name was of course none other than JESUS

·        If Jesus came in his Father’s name

then his Father's name must have been JESUS

·        Jesus said- the Holy Ghost would be sent in my name-

 So the Holy Ghost name must have been JESUS

 

 

2.    Why did the Disciples baptize in the singular name –

"In the name of Jesus Christ"

 

Notice in Luke 24:45 it says, "Then opened he their understanding,

 that they might understand the scriptures,

Then in verse 47 it states- And that repentance and remission of sins

should be preached in his name among all nations,

 beginning at Jerusalem."

 

             

 

45 Then opened he their understanding,

that they might understand the scriptures,

46 And said unto them, Thus it is written,

and thus it behoved Christ to suffer,

and to rise from the dead the third day:

47 And that repentance and remission of sins should

 be preached in his name among all nations,

 beginning at Jerusalem.

48. And ye are witnesses of these things.

49. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father

 upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem,

until ye be endued with power from on high.

 (Luke 24:45-49)

 

·        He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures

 

3.    Why did Peter do the talking

at the first baptism & all the rest???

 

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter,

 and upon this rock I will build my church;

and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give unto the keys of the kingdom of heaven:

and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:

 and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth s

shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:18-19)

 

·        Jesus said upon this rock I will build

 my church & He gave Peter the keys

of the kingdom of heaven.

 

4. Where did Peter need to use the Keys????   

 

  • (1) JEWS ("Jerusalem and Judea")
  • (2) SAMARITANS ("Samaria")
  • (3) GENTILES ("uttermost part of the earth")         

In time, each group was given the opportunity to enter God's kingdom.

 And each, in turn, had its door opened by the man whom God had anointed to do so - Peter.

 According to the wise plan of God, the Jews would be the first to hear the gospel (Acts 13:45-46).

 With a powerful sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter opened the door to his fellow Jews:

 "Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them [the Jews],

 Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem,

be this known unto you, and hearken to my words. . . ."

As a result of Peter's anointed preaching, many Jews that day believed in Jesus,

 repented of their sins, and entered into the kingdom of God.

 On that day, for the first time, Peter used one of his keys to the kingdom of God,

 the key for the Jews, and many Jews entered the open door to receive the righteousness,

 peace, and joy of the holy Ghost. Of course, after Peter opened the Jews' door,

 other anointed men could lead other Jews into the kingdom;

but Peter had to be the first to do so because he had the keys.

 Samaritans and Gentiles, too, would be given the opportunity

 to repent and receive the Spirit, but Jews had to be first

(Acts 13:46; Rom.1:16).

Next in line to receive the holy Ghost, or to enter into the kingdom of God,

were the Samaritans, who were a bridge between Jews and Gentiles.

The first preaching to the Samaritans was done by the Apostle Philip.

He performed mighty miracles, cast out demons, healed the sick,

told them about Jesus, and baptized in water those who believed the gospel,

"and there was great joy in that city" (Acts 8:5-8).

But none of the Samaritans received the holy Ghost yet!

 Philip was anointed with power from God, but he could not yet lead the Samaritans

 into the kingdom because the Samaritans' door had not yet been opened.

The Samaritans believed the word of God that Philip preached,

 but that's as far as they could go. They could only stand at the door of the kingdom

until Peter came from Jerusalem with his anointing,

 his spiritual key to open their door to the kingdom.

In Jerusalem, upon hearing of the wonderful results of Philip's preaching in Samaria,

 the assembly of apostles "sent unto them Peter and John,

who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive

the holy Ghost (for as yet he was fallen upon none of them,

 only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus).

Then laid they their hands on them, and they received

the Holy Ghost" (Acts 8:14-16).

The Samaritan door was now open.

As in the case of the Jews, now that Peter had opened the Samaritan door,

 other Samaritans could receive the Holy Ghost by hearing

other men preach the gospel. Their door was open;

 whosoever among the Samaritans who desired the waters

 of life could freely drink. Peter did not have to be present

for every Samaritan or Jewish conversion.

 He merely had to open their doors.

                                                                       

 

Peter's last key was one which God had to coerce him to use,

for Peter did not even think that such a key existed.

 No one in the church knew that there was a door through which

even Gentiles could enter into God's kingdom. In the days of Cornelius there

 were many religious groups that openly exhibited religious prejudice

against other nationalities & the Jews and Gentiles were such groups.

Peter & the rest of the disciples couldn't imagine that the Gentiles

could receive the same spirit they did.

The opening of the Gentiles' door (Acts 10) is an incredible story

of faith and obedience, beginning with

 "a certain [Gentile] in Caesarea called Cornelius,

a centurion of the band called the Italian band,

a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house,

 which gave much alms to the [Jewish] people,

 and prayed to God always." As this man Cornelius prayed,

 an angel appeared to him, speaking a few words of encouragement

 and giving him a directive from God. "Send men to Joppa, and call

 for one Simon, whose surname is Peter.

He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side.

 He shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do." 

 "While Peter spake these words, the holy Ghost fell on them which heard the word.

 And they of the circumcision [Jews] which believed were astonished,

 as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured

out the gift of the holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues,

and magnify God..." (Acts 10:44-46)

Meanwhile, in Joppa, God was dealing with Peter's heart

 so that he would be willing to enter a Gentiles' house.

 By means of a remarkable vision, God compelled Peter to accept Cornelius's invitation,

 and, having arrived in Caesarea, Peter began to proclaim the gospel to Cornelius,

 and to his family and friends who had gathered in the house.

 Unlike Philip with the Samaritans, Peter did not have to wait until someone

from Jerusalem came to pray for these people to receive the Holy Ghost;

 he had the keys to the Kingdom." God gave the gift of salvation to the Gentiles -

 Peter and the rest of Jesus' disciples learned God has no prejudice in salvation.

Peter's work with the keys was now complete.

All three doors to God's kingdom had been opened. 1st to the Jews,

 2nd to the Samaritans, and finally to the Gentiles. Since that time,

"whosoever will" has been allowed to drink of the Spirit of life freely.

While the door of God's kingdom is still open, my friend, strive to enter in.

And above all Study the Word of God. "Seek the Lord while He may be found.

 Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way,

and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to the Lord,

and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God,

for he will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)

 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God,

a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

 

 

What Peter told the Jews at Pentecost, the Samarians and Gentiles

 in Caesarea were keys to the kingdom (Acts 2:38; 10:47, 48).

 The kingdom was "opened" to them, and they were free to enter it.

 

Jesus gave Peter the keys of the kingdom;

he used them on Pentecost, in Samaria,

and at the house of Cornelius.

 

                

 

 

Jews on Pentecost were told they were to "repent and be baptized

unto the remission of their sins" (Acts 2:38).

Jesus had placed baptism as something to be done that one might be saved;

Peter was only "echoing" what Jesus had commanded him and the other apostles

to preach (Mark 16:15-16). In Samaria they were baptized in the name

of the Lord Jesus & received the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:16-17).

 Gentiles were commanded to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus and,

 because God is no respector of persons, conditions of pardon both

to Jew and Gentile were (are) identical (Acts 10:48, 34).

Years later, Peter wrote to Gentile Christians and told them

 "Baptism doth also now save you" (1 Peter. 3:10, 21).

Since Peter's "keys" allowed men to enter the kingdom of heaven,

 the instructions "repent and be baptized" are equivalent to the New Birth;

for by being born again one "enters the kingdom of God" (John 3:3-5).

 

Joel had prophesied, "Whosoever shall call upon the name

 of the Lord shall be saved" (Joel 2:32).

Peter said, "Repent and be baptized ... in the name of Jesus Christ

 unto the remission of your sins" (Acts 2:38). When one is baptized,

he is "calling on the name of the Lord" and is saved,

 just as Paul was promised he would be, for Ananais was

 sent to tell him what he must do. "And now, why tarriest thou?

 Arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins,

calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 9:6; 22:16).

Despite all efforts on the part of men to deny that baptism has anything

 to do with salvation, the Holy Ghost says it does.

Through baptism we are buried into the death of Christ (Rom. 6:3-4).

 Through baptism we are baptized into Christ, and thereby put Him on (Gal. 3:26-27).

Through baptism we become a part of His one body, the church (1 Cor. 12:13).

 

1st We must repent of all our Sins

 

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 3:2)

Sin is the transgression of the law, or commandments of God (I John 3:4).

 The guilt of sin has fallen upon all humanity from Adam until now (Romans3:23).

 The wages of sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14)

to all those who refuse to accept salvation as set forth in the Word of God.

 

2nd We must be baptised

The Importance of Water Baptism

Some try to say that Water Baptism isn’t necessary for salvation & that it isn’t important.

 If it is not important in the plan of God, why did Jesus command it in Matthew 28:19?

 And why did Peter follow up by saying, "Be baptized every one of you,"

and by commanding the Gentiles to be baptized (Acts 2:38; 10:48)? 

We need to realize that Christian water baptism was instituted by Jesus Christ.

We must remember two points about the importance of water baptism.

 First, whatever Christ definitely established and ordained cannot be unimportant,

whether we understand its significance or not. Second, Christ and the apostles

showed the importance of this ordinance by observing it. Jesus walked many miles

 to be baptized, though He was without sin, saying, "For thus it becometh

us to fulfill all righteousness" (See Matthew 3:13-16.)

God has chosen to include water baptism in His plan of salvation.

 Peter explained, "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 Peter 3:21). 

 According to Luke 7:30,"the Pharisees and lawyers rejected 

 the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized."

The Mode of Baptism

According to the Scriptures, the proper mode of baptism is immersion.

 "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water" (Matthew  3:16).

"And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him" (Acts 8:38).

 “And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there:

and they came and were baptized.” (John 3:23).

"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death" (Romans 6:4).

 A corpse is not buried by placing it on top of the ground

and sprinkling a little soil on it,

 but by covering it completely.

According to the World Book Encyclopedia,

 "At first all baptism was by complete immersion" (vol. 1, p.651).

 And the Catholic Encyclopedia states, "In the early centuries,

all were baptized by immersion in streams, pools, and baptisteries" (vol. 2, p.263).

 Immersion was not convenient after the Catholic church instituted infant baptism;

 thus the mode was changed to sprinkling.

 (See Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed., vol.3, pp.365-66.)

Repentance identifies us with the death of Christ,

 and baptism identifies us with His burial. Coming forth from the

watery grave of baptism and receiving new life in the Holy Spirit

identifies us with His resurrection.

The Formula for Water Baptism

Jesus commanded His disciples to "teach all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19).

He did not command them to use these words as a formula,

but He commanded them to baptize in "the name."

The word name is used here in the singular,

 and it is the focal point of the baptismal command.

The titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost describe God's relationships

to humanity and are not the supreme, saving name described here,

which is Jesus. "Neither is there salvation in any other;

 for there is none other name under heaven given among men,

whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). 

Jesus is the name in which the roles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are revealed.

 The angel of the Lord instructed Joseph, "She shall bring forth a son,

and thou shalt call his name JESUS:

 for he shall save his people from their sins"(Matthew 1:21).

 Jesus said, "I am come in my Father's name," and, "The Comforter,

which is the Holy Ghost,...the Father will send in my name" (John 5:43; 14:26).

 Thus by baptizing in the name of Jesus, we honor the Godhead.

 "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the

Godhead bodily" (Colossians 2:9).

                 

 

 

We must receive the      

Baptism of the Holy Ghost

 

 

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.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old?

 Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:3-7)

 

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter,

 that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive,

because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him;

 for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless:

I will come to you. (John 14:16-18)

 

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,

 I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons

and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men

shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out

in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: (Acts 2:17)

 

The sign of receiving the Holy ghost is speaking in an Unknown Tongue

  1. Speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance

 is the manifestation God has given as the definite, indisputable,

supernatural witness or sign of the baptism of the

Holy Ghost (Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6).
It was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah as the rest and the refreshing (Isaiah 28:11-12),

 foretold by Jesus as a sign that would follow believers of the gospel (Mark 16:17),

and experienced by Jews and Gentiles alike.

 

2.  The gift of "divers kinds of tongues,"

mentioned by Paul in I Corinthians 12:1-12 and concerning

 which he gave regulations in I Corinthians 14:1-40,

is given by both for self-edification (I Corinthians 14:4)

 and for the edification of the church (I Corinthians 14:27-28).
In church meetings the gift of tongues is used to give a public message,

and it is to be interpreted. Since this gift can be misused in public,

it needs proper regulation (I Corinthians 14:23-28).

Not all believers exercise the gift of tongues,

which is different in function from tongues given

by God as the initial witness of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Paul said, "Forbid not to speak with tongues"

 (I Corinthians 14:39) and "I thank my God,

I speak with tongues more than ye all" (I Corinthians 14:8).

 Who dares to teach or preach to the contrary?

Speaking in tongues means speaking miraculously in a language

 unknown to the speaker, as the Spirit gives utterance.

Tongues can be classified in two ways, according to function:

(1)speaking in other tongues as the initial evidence

of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and

(2)the gift of tongues as mentioned in I Corinthians

 

                                  We must live a life of Holiness

 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (I Peter I:16)

After we are saved from sin, we are commanded,

"Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11).
We are commanded to live soberly, righteously,

and godly in this present world (Titus 2:12)

and warned that without holiness no one shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
We must present ourselves as holy unto God (Romans 12:1),

cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II Corinthians 7:1),

and separate ourselves from all worldliness (James 4:4).
If the righteous scarcely be saved,

where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

 (I Peter 4:18).
No one can live a holy life by his own power,

but only through the Holy Spirit.

"Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost

 is come upon you" (Acts 1:8).

                                                                

 

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