Understanding water Baptism

Get a chart! Get a life! I will probably saythat again because the administration chart is critical to understanding what parts ofthe Bible are written to whom, but Jesus said it! Jesus did say a lot of wonderful things.To whom was he speaking? By the way, any time you read Paul’s epistles Jesus said that too.Because in Galatians 1:11 Paul says I got it by revelation from Jesus Christ. Now rememberthe chart we had a few sessions ago? Changes at Pentecost and those changes were specificallyregarding salvation, the gift of holy spirit. but there are others things that also changedat Pentecost and I will be citing some of those as we go forward. This session is called,What is True Baptism, because that is another thing that changed at Pentecost and very fewChristians got with the program as we will see. So we are going to turn to Acts 10. It’llgoing to be a few minutes before we read there, but you will be all set when the time comes.Statement of the Problem: Who cares, what’s the point of teaching this, what’s the problem?The problem is #1: Most Christians are taught that water baptism is pertinent. As a matterof fact, most Christians, when they hear the word baptism immediately think of H2O. Theword baptism or baptize has nothing to do with water. Nothing. It means to dip or toimmerse. Millions of donuts are baptized daily. Alright.

So, the second point is that Christiansthrough the centuries, you can look up these things for yourself. They have argued aboutbaptism, what mode, and sometimes even come to blows or killed one another. These arepeople in the body of Christ fighting over whether you should be sprinkled as an infantor dunked as an adult or dipped and some say, let’s just dry clean them and imagine thatwe are getting baptized. A dear friend of ours in our home church before she met usshe went to three different churches. Guess what? She had to be baptized three times becauseeach of the churches had a totally different idea about it. Now some said in the name ofthe father, son, holy spirit, some said in the name of Jesus, some were sprinkling, dipping,dunking. I don’t know, but she was, they weren’t accept her previous baptism. Well. Thebiggest problem with all of this is…that anyone who is arguing for water baptism isarguing for a lesser possibility. You don’t want to do that! You want it all! You don’twant to argue for a lesser possibility. So, as I said, baptism means to dip or to dunk.It is understandable that most people when they hear the word baptize or baptism thinkof water because water baptism was a part of the Mosaic Law.

I’m going to read you that.Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist and for years the early Christians,especially those who had been Jewish, continued to practice water baptism despite what wehave read in Acts chapter 1:4 and 5 that Jesus told them, John baptized with water, but,B U T, it’s a contrasting conjunction. What’s on one side of the but is the opposite ofwhat’s on the other side of the but. Sure. John baptized with water, but you will bebaptized with holy spirit. Those are two different baptisms. So we are going to see which ofthose is relevant to Christians today. The question is, remember: Get a chart, get a life! What do the church Epistles say? We know the Old Testament said baptize in water. We know in the four gospels Jesus was baptized in water, but those parts of scripture are not written to or about anyone who couldbe born again of God’s spirit and receive the baptism of holy spirit. The greater internalcleansing to which the old, external water baptism pointed. It’s really great to learnthese things. So the question is then, well, why did the early Christians baptize and whydo the vast majority, I keep saying that about the vast majority. The vast majority of Christianstoday still baptize. The reason in the book of Acts is because the vast majority of theearly Christians had been Jews. Now, I cannot identify with how steeped in their traditionsthey were. I was raised in a rigid religious system. I went to a protestant church. Itwas like, whatever. That kind of thing and so I can’t get there mentally to understandthe fervor and so if that’s you about water baptism or about other things that I am talkingabout in this class, where I am going show you that the Bible really doesn’t say that,what you currently believe, I understand that it might be a challenge for you. It was achallenge for me. Remember I told you lots of these things that I am teaching I heardonce and they contradicted what I believed. I will tell you one in this teaching. Thefirst church epistles written were Thessalonians and they were not written for about 20 yearsafter Pentecost.

Ephesians was not penned by Paul in the jail cell until about 30 yearsafter Pentecost and so the Jewish tradition, that’s what they started off in, they wereall used to water baptism and they were so steeped in it that some of the things thatJesus had said to them just went right over their head, like go out and witness to everybody.It took them years before they did that. As a matter of fact, when we get to Acts chapter10 right now we will see really the first record of Gentiles getting born again. It is a reallywonderful record in Acts chapter 10. We are going to pick it up in verse 44, but thisis the record of Cornelius, a Roman military man, and he loved God. Who knows how he gotto that place and God gave him a vision and God gave Peter a vision. See God’s working.God knows where hungry people are and he is trying to connect. God is into networking.That is what he is all about, trying to connect hungry people with food people. He is runninga feeding program and He is trying to connect people and in this case He did some supernaturalstuff so that Gentiles could get in on the action. Well, when God gave Peter the visionto even go to the Gentiles, Peters like, hey, no way. I’m a Jew, I ain’t goin’ over therewith those dogs. And God said, wake up and he convinced him to go. He showed him, hesaid don’t say what I call clean is unclean and so forth. And so Peter, God gave him revelation.I want you to take six other Jewish brethren, now Christians, so they’re not Jews any more.No. No. Because remember when you get born again you were a Jew or a Gentile, I don’tknow your bloodline, whatever, it doesn’t matter because now in this administration,the sacred secret, when you get born-again of God’s spirit you are neither Jew nor Gentile.

That’s Galatians 3:28. So you become a Christian, alright, so why did God tell Peter to takesix other Jewish guys with him? Let’s see. So Peter is speaking the Word to them andlook what happens. Verse 44, you can read the whole record. Take time when you can.While Peter yet spoke those words holy spirit, no article “the”, small “h”, small “s” not the giver. The giver didn’t just go whomp and fall on them. No. No. It’s his gift. So why does it say it fell on them. It’s a usagethat indicates that there was a manifest evidence, a result of them receiving the spirit. Let’ssee what the evidence was. And they of the circumcision, verse 45, the Jews that camewith Peter were astonished. We just see a little group of letter, astonished, ya theywere astonished…no.no..they considered the Gentiles as dogs. Do you have a dog? Littledog, big dog? I don’t want a dog I have to bend over to pet. I want the head right there,okay? Otherwise, he has to keep jumping, hitting your hand like that, but suppose your dogspoke in tongues? He’s over there sitting. All of a sudden (JOHN SPEAKS IN TONGUES).That’s exactly how astonished they were in this record right here. As many as came withPeter because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of, you got it: no article “the”, small “h”, small “s” spirit, never ghost. Why? How did these Jews know? 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then answered Peter. Now, I am going to propose that Peter was so freaked out that he forgot what Jesus had said in Acts I about John baptized with water, but there’s a new deal. Peter answered, can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized which have receivedholy spirit as well as we? They were poodles and now they are speaking in tongues. Verse48 He commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Well, look over in Chapter11.

They get back to Jerusalem and that’s why God told them to take six witnesses becausethey never would have convinced the Jews, the headquarters over there at Jerusalem thatGentiles could get in on the action even though Jesus already told them that. 15 – Peter isrecounting the incident. As I began to speak holy spirit fell on them, just like it didon us on Pentecost. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how he said, Oh John baptizedwith water, but you will be baptized with holy spirit. For as much then as God gavethem the light gift as he did unto us who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ who wasI that I could withstand God. Personally, I think he said, oops, forget it, wait a minute,I remember, got it. Either way it’s a great record. Let’s go to Hebrews chapter 7 andlet’s see what the scripture says about the water baptism under the law. So we have Hebrews7. This 7, 8, 9, 10 great section to see the difference between the old and the new. Specifically,the book of Hebrews is written to former Jews early on in the writing of what we call theNew Testament. So very 18 says: There is verily a disannulling of the commandment going beforefor the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect. But, thebringing in of a better hope did by which we draw near unto God. Under the law onlyone guy got to go anywhere near God and that was once a year. But remember, Ephesians 2that we read? We can go in and sit in the very lap of God. We are the habitation ofGod, the body of Christ, the church. That’s where God and Christ dwell in you. That’scool. Chapter 9 verse 9 says: That it was a figure, the holy of holies so forth wasa figure, a type just a foreshadowing back there for the time then present in which we’reoffered both gifts and sacrifices that could not make him that did the service perfectas pertaining to the what? The conscience, the inside of him, the water just kept runningoff, running off. It never went in and did anything to his heart, his mind, his conscience.

Look, verse 10: Which stood only in meats and drinks and divers many (baptizmos) washings,baptisms and carnal ordinances imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ…andit goes on…and in verse 14, we read it before, how much more shall the blood of Christ whothrough the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God purge your consciencefrom dead works. Look at I Peter, just a little bit to the right. Here are a couple verses.Look at this, now if we are contradicting what you currently believe, ahh, just letthe scripture speak to you because I promise you, it will, because look, wait a minute.If it’s the Word of God it cannot contradict itself. If we say that water baptism is necessaryfor Christians today, we will never be able to put together a whole lot of verses relativeto the topic. So here’s I Peter chapter 3 versus 20 and 21. This is talking about afterJesus got up from the dead, verse 19, he went Saturday afternoon 3 o’clock he got up andone of his first stops was where demons who corrupted the earth in the time of Noah andmade it so that God had to flood the place they are locked up wherever and Jesus stoppedby to say sorry, I’m up from the dead and when I come back you’ll be dead. And so itsays, which sometimes we are disobedient, the spirits, in the day of Noah and so forth,wherein the ark was preparing so that eight souls were saved by water, 21. The like figurewere unto even baptism also now saves us -parenthesis, NOT, the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good consciences toward God and it’s the resurrection of Jesus followedby his ascension and pouring out holy spirit on Pentecost that made it possible. Here isa great record in Acts chapter 18. You are going to love this one. Acts chapter 18 verse24: The scripture is a fathomless treasure trove. Acts 18:24 are you there? Ready to go! A certainJew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures,came to Ephesus. This guy was smokin! This man was instructed in the way of theLord, he was fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord.What’s the next clause say? Knowing only the baptism of Johnny be Good and that was H2O. Why doesit say this? Well, let’s keep reading. Well, he was cranked. Verse 26.

He began to speakboldly in the synagogue. He preached what he knew. How could he preach what he didn’tknow. He couldn’t and he didn’t and that’s why Aquilla and Priscilla, a wonderful Christiancouple, they were there and they heard what he was teaching and they jumped up, interruptedhim and said, you’re a moron. Nooo. They took him unto them and how do you think they didit? Hi, I’m Aquilla, this is my wife, Priscilla. That was really awesome. I could see yourheart for God. It is awesome. Man, oh man, you are a powerful guy. Would you be opento us sharing a few things with you that might help you? You know what a lot of people inApollos’ camp, well I’m the big this, I’m that, I’m on TV, I’m, I’m that, who in theheck are you to tell me anything? This guy was awesome. They expounded unto him the wayof God more perfectly. What’s it talking about? He only knew water baptism and nobody getssaved by water baptism. Verse 27: So, they taught him. When he was disposed to pass intoAchaia (Greece) the brethren wrote exhorting the disciples to receive him who when he wascome helped them much who had believed through grace for he mightily convinced the Jews andthat publicly showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. This guy was a wonderfulman. He and God saw his heart. Listen! If you care. If you want to love God. If you wantto be the best you can, God will provide people to help you. I hope I’m one of them. I hopethat you will take this and go farther than I’ve gone. I hope that you will turn yourcity upside down with the truth. Wait a minute. Big giant 19 might stop you. Don’t let it.And it came to pass while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper coastscame to Ephesus.

Excuse me, where had Apollos just been? Ephesus, right. Finding certaindisciples he said to them, yo, did you receive holy spirit when you believed? And the wordreceive means to receive into manifestation. To receive it in a way that it made a difference..you knew you received it or something like that. And they said, huh? Yep, look, that’s exactly what they said.We never heard of any holy spirit. He said to them, well then huh, into, not unto, itcan be translated either way, but it should be into what then were you baptized? Hello!That’s a good question isn’t it? Hello little donut. Coffee, that’s disgusting, I hate coffee.But why ruin a donut, but maybe its milk, whatever, motor oil. Baptize means to dipor dunk. The element into which is the question? It could be any liquid, alright? While I justspot this little book right here. This is a little book I wrote called What is TrueBaptism? We have it on our website and this is a hard copy of it and it contains everythingI’m teaching plus more so I would encourage you to go on the website and read this. So,now watch, he says into what then were you baptized and they said, well, John’s baptism. Paulsaid, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people thatthey should believe on him which come after him this is on Christ. Now he may have saidmore than this, but look at verse 5. When they heard this, they were baptized (it’snot the word in, it’s the same word into) they were baptized into the name of JesusChrist. What does that mean? It means they were immersed in everything the name representsand it’s the name above all names. He is Lord. It means they were dipped into Jesus and theycame up Jesus-y. Have you ever whipped up a batch of purple dye.

You take a whiteshirt and then you dunk it in there and you let it soak and you pull it out. Now to sayit is purple is true, but it’s not the whole story. To say that it is a shirt is true,but it’s not the whole story. It’s a purple shirt and it’s not going to change becausethe dye is throughout. That’s why your salvation is permanent in Christ. You’ve been dippedin Christ. And how do we know that? Well, and in verse 6, we better read verse 6, watch.And when Paul laid his hands on them holy spirit came on them just like the fall onthing, which means there was some visible evidence or manifestation. They spoke in tongues.Whoa, that’s three times so far we’ve seen when people got born-again because you can’tget born again by John’s baptism. They weren’t born-again. They got born-again and they spokein tongues. WOW! Now, let’s go to Ephesians chapter 4. Let’s go to Ephesians. If you dopass by 1 Corinthians 12 you could grab it. There’s one verse in each of these places.Throughout the Bible water is a symbol of the holy spirit. Remember the woman at thewell? Jesus said I will give you living water. He was talking about holy spirit. John 7:37-39same thing. He stood up on the great day of the feast and said if any man’s thirsty lethim come to me. This spoke he of the spirit which had not yet been given as Jesus hadnot yet been glorified. And then remember Acts 2:32 & 33 we read it just a little whileago. Having received of the father that holy spirit Jesus poured out on Pentecost. Petersaid he poured out the liquid analogy, very cool. So here’s Ephesians 4:5, Acts chapter1 verses 4&5 Jesus said John baptized with water, but you’ll be baptized with holy spirit.That’s two right? Let’s see what Ephesians 4:5 for Christians. Verse 4 There’s one body,one spirit, even as you are called and one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith,two baptisms. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Cool! Alright? Hey, I can spin. So thequestion is, what do you want? Water or holy spirit? Outside? Inside?1 Corinthians 12:13 and here is something I will share with you that I was taught whenI first got into the Word and it was not what the Bible says, but verse 13. I had to unlearna lot of things. That’s why it’s sometimes easier to share the Word with people who are atheistor agnostics, I mean they have to quit trying to be God, but ah, that really is not so hardbecause they know it’s not working so verse 13: For by one spirit, you know it’s a small “s” don’t you! Good! For by one spirit, are we all baptized into one body, whether we were Jews or Gentiles, bond or free, we’ve all been made to drinkinto one spirit. I’m very thankful for some people in my life.

When I was in my mid 20’sin the Army because they helped me a lot spiritually. But one thing they told me was that I hadreceived the baptism of the spirit. That teaching is still rampant in charismatic circles ormaybe Pentecostal. What I mean by that is, anybody that believes that speaking in tongues,interpretation of tongues, prophesy and the other manifestations we are going to readabout in great detail are relevant. And so what is the teaching? It’s really divisive.The teaching is that after you get born-again now you can get baptized with the spirit.You know what that does? Then I spoke in tongues back then, way back and they said you’ve gotit. You’ve got the baptism and then I began to feel sorry for other people that didn’thave it and just a little better than they those poor saps. Thank you God that I’m notthose other men. That’s sick! Excuse me, I know you don’t remember your birth, but ifyou have children and they were healthy the way God designed them look, two arms, twolegs, everything. They don’t get another arm at age four or something like that. No, no.They are whole at birth, then they can grow. That’s exactly how it is with Christians.Now why do people teach because they don’t know what parts are written to whom and theydon’t understand that the baptism in holy spirit is synonymous with new birth, anointing,sealed, etc. Synonyms. So, we are going to Colossians chapter 2. Here’s a good one. Colossians2, watch how God reasons this and makes it very clear that external baptism is totallyirrelevant to Christians today. Alright, so we are in Colossians chapter 2 verse 11. Oh,we’ve got to read verse 10 and you (pronoun, you’re getting that know, right, when yougo you) ya, alright. And you are complete in Him who is the head of all principalityand power. You are complete, hey, that’s pretty good with what I just said that you’ve got two arms. You got everything you need to smoke. Verse 11: In whom also you were circumcised. Now wait, is it talking about actual circumcision? I don’t think so…watch, with the circumcision made without hands in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of, the word the preposition thereof, means doneby that which Christ did. And so it talks about the circumcision of the heart in theword.

Verse 11 In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision, not the Old Testamentphysical circumcision to put off some of the flesh, so to speak, a ceremonial act thatGod prescribed for those believers, but a circumcision made without hands. Meaning a figurative circumcision. In putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, meaning thatwe put off the old man, we’re going to read much more about that. by the circumcision of, means, done by Christ. So Christ has figurativelycircumcised our hearts. It says that, the circumcision of the heart elsewhere in scripture.One more verse. Look what..here’s our friend baptizmos, buried with him in baptism.Our identification with Christ. When he was buried we were buried. When he arose, we arose. When he ascended, We ascended…this is all figurative because we are in Christ and we have total identification with him in his righteousness. And so it says buried with him in baptism wherein also, you arerisen with him through the faith of the operation of God who raised him from the dead. And sowe see that neither this circumcision or the baptism is literal, but it is figurative.I Corinthians Chapter 10, watch this one. 1 Corinthians 10:1, we’re in the home stretch.I Corinthians 10:1: Moreover brethren I don’t want you to be ignorant. It says that maybeseven times in the Bible. I don’t want you to be ignorant, so especially I mean all ofit, we don’t want to be ignorant, but especially these parts we want to listen. How all ourfathers, talking about Israel, were under the cloud. In the Old Testament when theycame out of Egypt they had a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day that led themand protected them and so forth. Now look, verse 2, and they were all baptized intocan be into or unto. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea andthey all ate the same spiritual meat. What does it mean baptized into Moses. Each ofthem got whatever Moses, the leader, got. It was as if they were one with him. WhateverGod did for Moses he did for all the Israelites following them. His protection and provisionwas upon them when they followed Moses. Ha. Could that be a foreshadowing, probably.

Let’skeep reading. And they all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual rock that followed. See the word them in italics? Please get rid of it because it doesn’t meanJesus was following them through the wilderness. Jesus hadn’t even been born. The spiritualrock that followed in time. It was a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah and that Rock was theMessiah. Awesome. Let’s go to I Corinthians chapter 1. Back to the left here and thenwe are going to close in Titus chapter 3. I Corinthians chapter one: So baptized intowhat? Not coffee, not water, not milk, Christ. You have been soaked in Christ and his spiritlives in you through and through. That is a wonderful truth. So Christ is the elementinto which we are baptized. All it means is dipped. I Corinthians 1:13 Look what Paulsays: Is Christ divided? The Corinthian church was whacked and Paul reproves them for 16chapters basically. He says, they were fighting among themselves and all. Is Christ divided?Was Paul crucified for you? We were baptized into the name of Paul? I thank God that Ididn’t baptize anybody, but Crispus and Gaius lest any should say that I had baptized inmy own name. Oh ya, I baptized also the house of Stephanas, beside that I don’t even rememberif I baptized anybody else. 17. Here it is. For Christ sent me not to baptize. Hey, what’sthe next word? You new friend, but, right? He sent me not to baptize, but to preach thegospel. Words have meanings. Well, what does that mean?

That means that water baptism wasnot part of the gospel that Paul preached. Now look, I know that ritual is very importantto people and many people raised in church or religious outfit where they had certainrituals that maybe gave you a sense of comfort, that’s okay, but the Bible does not prescribewater baptism. Is it a sin to be baptized in water? Oh course not. It is a sin to teachpeople that water baptism is a prerequisite for salvation. There are Christians todaywho teach that. God doesn’t like that doctrine in any way, shape or form. Let’s close in Titus Chapter 3. Timothy, Titus, Philemon, they’re all in there. Titus Chapter 3, verse 3. Wonderful verses about the awesome internaltransformation in Christ that we have received. Verse 3: For we ourselves also were once upon a timefoolish, disobedient, deceived, serving many lusts and pleasures, living in malice andenvy, hateful and hating one another. Other than that we’ve been doing alright. Verse4: But when, not after that, WHEN- the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works by righteousness that we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the baptizmos,the washing of regeneration, new birth, and renewing of holy spirit which he poured outon us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior so that being justified by his gracewe should be made heirs according to the hope of everlasting life. What a fabulous truth.God has saved you. Jesus has cleansed you through and through and you have the righteousnessof God.

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