#Today MON 12 MAR 2018 Baptism: The Light and the Darkness Greetings in the love of God the Eternal Spirit our Father and His only begotten son Jesus our Lord whom was born to destroy the works of darkness. Baptism: The Light God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. God sent forth the promised holy spirit on the day of Pentecost. All on that day whom confessed Jesus is Lord received holy spirit within them. Since that day of reformation in our spiritual relationship with God, each of us whom believe God raised His son Jesus from the dead and confess Jesus is Lord are baptized with holy spirit by Jesus our Lord. The Apostle Paul expounded in The Church Epistles the light of The Faith since the day of Pentecost. He has taught us this baptism of holy spirit makes each one of us a member in particular of The Church of His Body – Jesus our Lord. The gift of holy spirit within us and being a member of the Body of Christ was not available until the day of Pentecost. That was the day that God our Father sent the promised spirit. Adam & Eve were the first humans to have holy spirit within them. God formed Adam of the earth and God made him a living breathing being. He created within Adam and Eve His holy spirit within them which was given them upon condition of obedience. On the very day they disobeyed God they lost their gift of holy spirit. They also lost their home in the Garden of Eden. We since the day of Pentecost receive the gift of holy spirit within us by grace and have it within us until the day we die. When we receive the baptism of holy spirit by Jesus our Lord we have physical life and spiritual life until the day we die. We are literally born-again not by physical means but spiritually born by the baptism of holy spirit by Jesus our Lord. The Apostle Paul makes it clear we receive baptism of holy spirit by Jesus the moment we believe God raised His only begotten son Jesus from the dead and we confess Jesus is Lord. Jesus has been duly appointed both the Messiah and Lord of the Cosmos by God his Father. Ephesians 1:13 God has set Jesus our Lord as the cornerstone of The Faith. We are members in particular of The Church of His Body and are spiritually united as one by the habitation of God through the gift of holy spirit. Ephesians 2:18-22 This gift of holy spirit is sealed within us – we cannot lose it. We have within us the divine nature of God – II Peter 1:3 This holy spirit within us allows us to do the same works as Jesus our Lord. God our Father and Jesus our Lord are with us in spiritual fellowship because we have the gift of holy spirit within us which allows them to communicate with us. John17:21. This gift of holy spirit we have within us has 9 manifestations and 9 fruit.
The Apostle Paul commands us to walk in the spirit.
Baptism: The Darkness The 21st Century Church that still practices water baptism do not understand that water baptism was of the Mosaic Law and people were baptized into Moses. They fail to understand that since the day of Pentecost we are baptized by Jesus with holy spirit into Jesus. The Apostle Paul clearly states that since the day of Pentecost there is only ONE baptism. Ephesians 4:5 He teaches us in The Church Epistles that this ONE Baptism is baptism with the gift of holy spirit by Jesus our Lord. The fellowships in The Church of His Body – Jesus our Lord that practice water baptism quote Matthew 28: 19 Here is how they promote water baptism: Before ascending to heaven, Jesus commanded His followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19 NIV). And all throughout the Book of Acts, we see the apostles do just that.
The truth is just before Jesus our Lord ascended into heaven he told his disciples to not depart from Jerusalem. but wait for the promise of The Father. For John truly baptized with water but YOU shall be baptized with holy spirit not many days from now. Acts 1: 4&5 The truth is that on the day of Pentecost all believers since that day have been baptized with holy spirit. Also, the apostles baptized people in the name of Jesus.
We are baptized with the gift of holy spirit into Jesus – We are not baptized by water into Moses. The fellowships whom promote water baptism further state: We believe that baptism by full immersion in water is the next step in the Christian walk after a person has decided to follow Jesus Christ. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It is the opportunity to publicly identify ourselves with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. First of all, The Apostle Paul teaches us that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus our Lord is connected with our spiritual birth of holy spirit. Fellowships whom promote water baptism are taking verses specifically about our baptism of holy spirit and applying these verses to water baptism. This is error. This is the darkness of our Adversary.
The statement that by being water baptized we show people our faith in Jesus our Lord belies the fact that the gift of holy spirit within us is the witness to the reality of the resurrection of Jesus our Lord. We are to be a witness day to day. We are to walk in the spirit which no one can see except by the light of the 9 manifestations and 9 fruit of holy spirit within us. Jesus commanded his disciples to not leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. Jesus told them: For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with holy spirit. They were literally baptized with the gift of holy spirit by Jesus our Lord. Jesus told them this holy spirit is power from on high. Luke 24:49 Water baptism has no power to change our human heart. The baptism of holy spirit empowers us to live a godly life. The holy spirit was poured out like water on the day of Pentecost. The Apostle Peter plainly told the Jews present that God has raised His son Jesus from the dead, whereof we all are witnesses. God has exalted him by placing him at his own right hand and has now shed forth the promised holy spirit, which you now see and hear. There were cloven tongues of fire upon the disciples. They spoke in tongues in the language of the varied tongues of people present. They heard the disciples speak the wonderful works of God in their own language. This was indisputable proof of God sending the gift of the promised holy spirit. John the Baptist himself said that he baptized people with water but Jesus would baptize with holy spirit and with fire. The Apostle Paul says we worship God by the circumcision of the spirit. We are the circumcision made without hands in putting off the body of sins of the flesh, by the circumcision by Jesus our Lord. This is a spiritual baptism of holy spirit administered by Jesus our Lord. This is definitely not water baptism administered by men. The Apostle Paul informs us we are all baptized by Jesus with the gift of holy spirit into ONE Body which is the Body of Christ of which we are members in particular. The Apostle Paul states in Jesus we are circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with the circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Jesus, we are buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised His son Jesus from the dead. We are not baptized with water by Jesus. We are baptized with holy spirit by Jesus. The Apostle Paul clearly states we are all baptized by one spirit – not water – into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we are all given of the one spirit to drink. This is the living water within us. This living water is the gift of holy spirit. It has nothing to do with water baptism. Fellowships that promote water baptism misinterpret 1 Peter 3:21. First of all, why would Peter promote water baptism? Was not Peter there on the day of Pentecost? Did he not receive the gift of holy spirit by baptism by Jesus our Lord when the promised spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost? Did not Peter speak in tongues along with the other disciples?
Peter was the first Apostle to see Gentiles receive the baptism of holy spirit and speak in tongues. Acts 10:44,45&46 and Acts 11:16
Peter is not talking about being water baptized. He is talking about the baptism of holy spirit in 1 Peter 3:21.
Peter states and baptism now does save us by the resurrection of Jesus our Lord from the dead. This baptism is the baptism of holy spirit that saves you – rescues you from darkness – gives you spiritual fellowship – gives you everlasting life – not by the removal of dirt from the body by water but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. When we are saved we are baptized with holy spirit by Jesus our Lord. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead now makes us the righteousness of God. This righteousness is the gift of holy spirit within us which we receive by being baptized by the living Jesus our Lord whom has been resurrected from the dead by God His Father.
Peter says we are born of incorruptible seed. This incorruptible seed is the divine nature of God. Peter on the day of Pentecost equated being baptized with receiving the gift of holy spirit. Acts 2:38 Water baptism was baptism under the law and baptized people into Moses. We have received the holy spirit by grace by spiritual baptism by Jesus our Lord and we are baptized into Jesus. We are made a member in particular of The Church of His Body Jesus our Lord.
God plainly states to us that there is only ONE baptism since the day of Pentecost. The Apostle Paul has us to understand we are ONE Body – just as we are called to ONE Hope, ONE Lord whom is Jesus who was duly appointed by God His Father both the Messiah & Lord, ONE Faith, ONE BAPTISM, ONE God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all and in all. God is within us by baptism of holy spirit by Jesus our Lord. Who do you believe: Do YOU believe fellowships the ONE baptism is by water administered by man OR Do YOU believe God whom kept His promise to send the promised spirit on the day of Pentecost that the ONE baptism for all believers is the baptism of holy spirit by Jesus our Lord. Do YOU choose to be transformed by the renewing of your mind to the truth and walk in the spirit?