About Baptism…


THE BIBLE TEACHES…

Those who are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, who trust Him as Savior, and who have had their sins forgiven are to be baptized.

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

 Persons who have experienced this faith and repented of their sins, receive the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:16-17

On their arrival, they prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

While Jesus was on earth, believers were baptized in His name. After the resurrection and ascension Christ commanded we be baptized in the ‘name’ of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. After the resurrection, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in the hearts of believers. 

Acts 19:5
On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

Baptism is a beautiful picture of what happens in a person’s life during conversion. A person dies to self, is washed clean by Christ’s Blood and clothed in the righteousness of Christ. 

Galatians 3:27
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Paul wrote…

Romans‬ ‭6:1-4‬ ‭

…“What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:1-4‬ 

SCRIPTURAL BAPTISMS

The Bible commands us to be baptized. To fulfill all righteousness, Christ set the example and we are to follow. The scriptures teach that while we can follow Christ in water baptism, there is baptism that does not involve water, it isn’t man’s doing, and it happens to all who place their faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 3:11
I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Mark 1:8
I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 3:16
John answered all of them: “I baptize you with water, but One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Baptism

REQUIREMENTS FOR BAPTISM

A close look at scriptures reveals God’s requirements concerning baptism.

“The Spirit told Philip, “Go and join that chariot.” When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading? ” “How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me? ” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the Scripture passage he was reading was this: He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb is silent before its shearer, so He does not open His mouth. In His humiliation justice was denied Him. Who will describe His generation? For His life is taken from the earth. The eunuch replied to Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet saying this about — himself or another person? ” So Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture. As they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, “Look, there’s water! What would keep me from being baptized? ” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart you may.” And he replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭8:29-38‬ ‭HCSB‬‬ 

Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 3:11
I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Acts 8:37
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Acts 10:47
“Can anyone withhold the water to baptize these people? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have!”

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Do you see a difference?


For ever, O YHWH, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89

Do you see a difference in an error, and iniquity?

Error – a mistake. synonyms: mistake · fallacy · misconception · delusion · inaccuracy · miscalculation · · blunder · fault · flaw · oversight

Iniquity – Sin; wickedness; evil.

“If thou, Jehovah, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, That thou mayest be feared.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:3-4‬ ‭ASV‬‬

And

If errors were what you watch,  O Jah,*Then who, O Jehovah, could stand? For with you there is true forgiveness, So that you may be held in awe. Psalm 130:3-4 nwt 

There is a difference in committing a sin/iniquity and in making an error or blunder. The Holy Bible list sexual immorality, idolatry, greed, slander, Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth as sin.  “For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23

 There is no mention of errors as needing forgiveness, but sins must be forgiven. This is why Christ came to earth and died, so our sins may be forgiven.

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Do you see a difference in “I Am” and “I have been?”

I Am –  (eimí), and its counterparts, (properly) convey “straight-forward” being (existence, i.e. without explicit limits).

“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
‭‭John‬ ‭8:58‬ ‭KJV

‬‬(Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”)

Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, before Abraham came into existence, I have been.” John 8:58 NWT

Do you see a difference in “I Am” and “I have been?” YHWH used the Name, ‘I Am,’ when he  told Moses how to address Himself to Israel. Perhaps Watchtower knows why Jesus said “ I Am”, but it contradicts their doctrine, thus this “translation.”

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Do you see a difference in “His own blood” and “the blood of His Son?” Is there a difference?  Truly this verse shows that God’s blood is the blood of His Son, however, the best literal translation is from the Berean Literal which used “the blood.” Most translations use ‘His’ blood rather than ‘the’ blood.  So in truth, a reader must know God and be led by Holy Spirit to comprehend that Jesus’s blood IS the own blood with which God purchased His church.  See Greek Interlinear.

“Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has set you overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with the own blood.” Acts 20:28

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with His own blood.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Pay attention to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the holy spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the congregation of God, which he purchased with the blood of his own Son.” Acts 20:28

What this verse does not say in the original is that the “blood” used to purchase us was the Father’s blood. The word Son isn’t in the original either. What we are left with here is actually easily understood. God purchased the church with His own blood because of Who Jesus is – God in the form of the Son. The church, Christ’s body, belongs to God because He purchased it. 

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The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) was published by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS) in 1961. More than 220 million have been published by 2019 and distributed around the world. The WTBTS is also commonly known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible. See Errors Exposed, See Major Problems...

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Have you heard?


Jesus – Have you heard about Jesus and His Name?

Jesus – Demons are subject to the name Jesus…Luke 10:17, Acts 16:18

Jesus – Prayers are answered IF they are prayed in His name…John 14:13

Jesus – Sin is forgiven only in Jesus name..Acts 2:38

Jesus – Salvation is in His name alone…Acts 4:12

Jesus – We receive the Holy Spirit in His name…John 14:26

Jesus – Healing occurs in His name…Acts 3:6

Jesus – In His name we are washed, sanctified, and justified…1 Corinthians 6:11

Jesus – All things whatsoever we do are to be done in His name…Colossians 3:17

Jesus – The name of Jesus is above all names…Philippians 2:9

Jesus – At the name of Jesus EVERY knee in heaven and on earth will bow…Philippians 2:10

Jesus – Every tongue is going to confess the name of Jesus…Philippians 2:10

Jesus – We are to believe on the name of the Son…1 John 3:23

Jesus Name has power*…Mark 16:17, John 14:13, John 16:23, Acts 4:10-12, Philippians 2:11-13

Jesus – He will judge in heaven with the name ‘which no one except He Himself knows, and having been clothed with a garment having been dipped in blood. And His name is called The Word of God’….Revelation 19:11-13

Jesus alone provides eternal life…John 3:36, 1 John 5:12

Jesus –  by Him, all things were made…John 1:3, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1:10

Jesus is coming soon…Revelation 22

Jesus is THE resurrection…John 11:25

Jesus is going to judge the world…John 12:48; Romans 2:9-16

Jesus will have His reward with Him…Revelation 22:12

Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats…Matthew 25:33

Jesus will say to some, “Depart from Me I never knew you…”Matthew 7:23

Jesus has power over Satan…Luke 10:17, 1 Corinthians 5:3-5

Jesus will lead the armies at Armageddon…Revelation 16:15-16

Jesus sets captives free…Luke 4:17-19

Jesus calms storms…Mark 4:35-41

Jesus blood cleanses from all unrighteousness…1 John 1:7

Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man…1 Timothy 2:5

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The one believing in the Son has eternal life, but the one not obeying the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” Luke 10:17

And I saw heaven having been opened, and behold, a white horse, and the One sitting upon it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Now His eyes are like a flame of fire, and upon His head many diadems, having a name having been written, which no one except He Himself knows, and having been clothed with a garment having been dipped in blood. And His name is called The Word of God. Revelation 19:11-13

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

”And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you…”  John 14:26

But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene–walk!”Acts 3:6

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

Therefore God also highly exalted Him, and granted to Him the name above every name, That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in the heavens and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, To the glory of God the Father. Phillipians2:9-11

 

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The Anointed and Sealed


CHRISTIANS ARE ANOINTED

“But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth…And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him…If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:20-21, 25-27, 29‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 2 Corinthians 1:21

HISTORY OF 1 JOHN

To whom was John writing?

What we know about the short book of 1 John is that…

“The earliest confirmed use of 1 John was in the Roman province of Asia (in modern Turkey) where Ephesus was located. Clement of Alexandria indicates that John ministered in the various churches scattered throughout that province. It may be assumed, therefore, that 1 John was sent to the churches of the province of Asia.4 …This letter may have been a circular letter sent to Christians in that area.” Bible Hermeneutics 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ANOINTED?

Mashiach: anointed Original Word: מָשִׁיחַ Definition – having oil applied to in order to set apart. – To be anointed is to be set apart, empowered, or protected. In the Bible, anointing is of the LORD, YHWH.

In the Old Testament, men were anointed for a purpose and that purpose was always to serve God. Priests were anointed as was David. We learn in Isaiah that Christ is The Anointed One. Paul spoke of his own anointing.

Now the One establishing us with you unto Christ, and having anointed us, is God, the One also having sealed us and having given the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts. But I call God as witness upon my soul, that sparing you, I have not yet come to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but are fellow workers with you of joy; for in the faith you stand firm. 2 Corinthians 1:21-24

In the New Testament anointing is also from God in the form of God’s Holy Spirit Who abides in those who are in Christ. John speaks of what Jeremiah prophesied.

But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. 1 John 2:27

SEALED VERSUS ANOINTED

The Bible teaches all Christians are sealed. We see this in (2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30  Revelation 7:4) The Holy Spirit Seals us for our protection. Once sealed we are safe from the destruction sin brings. The 144,000 Jews we read about in the book of The Revelation were sealed before the Angel was allowed to harm the land or the sea. This protected them. While the Holy Spirit also anoints, anointing and sealing have different purposes. When a person receives forgiveness in Christ, the Holy Spirit baptizes and seals that person. 

FOR FURTHER STUDY

WHAT IS THE ANOINTING?

WHAT IS THE SEAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

 

 

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Praying as David Prayed


David, a shepherd boy, was made King of Israel by God. He was a king, but also a faithful servant of God and called “the apple of My eye” by the Almighty. 

DAVID PRAYED

“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations. He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭61:1-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

During these trying times as we shelter in place, Perhaps you will hear this short devotion by the Pastor of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church – SHELTER IN PLACE.

For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,
‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone. Acts 4:11

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The Crucifixion


Christ’s Voice

Our Savior made a short statement to his accusers. Just before He bore our sins, this conversation happened…

“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, ‘Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.’ ”‭‭ John‬ ‭18:37‬ ‭

Jesus said, “To this end am I come into the world…” He came to die knowing when and how it would happen. Here is a description of a Roman crucifixion…

In their research paper, Gualdi and her colleagues noted that the Romans had learned of crucifixion from the Carthaginians and used it as a form of capital punishment for almost a thousand years, until Emperor Constantine banned it in the fourth century A.D. Roman crucifixions were designed to cause maximum pain for a prolonged period — victims’ feet and wrists were usually nailed to a wooden cross, which would hold them upright while they suffered a slow and agonizing death, often taking several days, the researchers said.”

Knowingly, the Son of God came to be crucified.

Jesus Came As Both God and Man

Jesus, the Son of God, left heaven and came to earth.  Jesus was DECLARED the SON of GOD but as the seed of David He was born of Mary. Paul explained it this way in Romans One…

Paul, servant of Jesus Christ, a called apostle having been set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, having come of the seed of David according to flesh, having been declared the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness, … Romans 1:1-3

Jesus told His disciples three times that are recorded that He was going to Jerusalem and there He would die and be resurrected. They would not hear Him. They were taken by surprise on the day Jesus bore our sins and suffered for our transgressions. They did not believe the resurrection until they saw the risen Lord and the nail scars in His hands and the place the sword pierced His side. 

Christ Came to Suffer In My Place

Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:27-28

Isaiah was privileged to prophesy…

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

”It Is Finished”

Think of what those three words say. What Jesus came to do was accomplished when He died. His earthly suffering was finished, but what He came to do was completed. Our sin debt was paid and Jesus had made a way for whosoever will believe in HIM to be reconciled to God. While many refuse, the Way is now open to those who realize their lost condition and Christ’s position and Person. Even today the invitation is open…

“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:27-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Stop doubting and believe.” Jesus

 

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Why The Nineteenth Amendment?


The Nineteenth Amendment

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Women Are Given the Right to Vote

The 19th Amendment was passed by Congress June 4, 1919. Ratified August 18, 1920.

In America today it is difficult to comprehend that women were denied the vote until 1920. That is a long time. Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Susan B Anthony demanded this right men had enjoyed for centuries. 

Effects of the 19th Amendment 

In the beginning, women who entered politics and were more interested in voting tended to be liberal or ‘progressive.’ Only recently have Conservative women become an effective force in choosing leaders. 

SEE Future Female

SEE Why White Married Women are More Likely to Vote For Conservative Parties

SEE The 1924 Election: Suffrage and Elections Outcome

 

 

 

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