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                                                                      Christian Baptism

Biblical Baptism Testimonies.

Only the Bible can answer to all our questions related to the baptism, and the way it is supposed to be practiced. The baptism is connected to the obedience of the Gospel. Its result is well expressed in the commission given by Jesus to His apostles < <  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned > >, Marc 16: 15-16. It is clear to whoever that the true faith is followed by the obedience to the will of God. Referring to the Old Testament, the Apostle Peter explains < < while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 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 Peter 3: 21

The impotance of Faith before the Baptism and The Baptism of Children

The fact that the apostle Peter mentions the baptism as < the answer of a good conscience toward God > challenges us immediately with the baptism of baby, because a baby does not have conscience, and cannot understand to believe as  it is written: <<... the faith comes from what one hears, and what one hears of the word of Christ > > , Romans 10:17.  That is why  children who were brought to Jesus were not baptized, it is written, < < But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.  And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them > > , Marc 10: 14-16.

The Lord did not baptize children but puts hand upon them and blessed them. The blessing of the children is also a biblical practice that the Lord Himself had to fulfill in His childhood. The children of believers, up to now, must be brought to the temple (Church)  and  blessed by a man anointed with Holy Spirit. The Lord is our example in every thing, it is written about Him that : < < And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.  And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,  Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,  Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.  And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.  And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against > >, Luke 2: 25-34. When ever a baby or child is well mentioned in the Bible, it has never been a baptism but a blessing and laying-on hands which  we must also do, and it is the  only  biblical model.  

The Name to use in Christian Baptism

The name and the manner of being baptized  have a direct relationship with the fulfillment  of promises of God in us. It is obvious  through the behavior of Paul: < < He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied > >, Acts 19: 2-6. Saint Paul knew how the name and the manner is so significant that even these people who were baptized by John the Baptist  had to be baptized in the name that God has revealed in the New Testament. If this was so highly important for the apostles,  how come nowadays  some preachers dare to say < it does not matter >?  Who do they want to please when they don't want to stand for the Truth? What kind of spirit do they have? Surly not the same spirit that was upon  saint Paul. We are short of preachers like Paul because many believers received the baptism of their organizations instead of the only biblical model baptism. Many do not have the Holy Spirit.  Many are not even waiting for the coming of the Lord because they never heard there is such a promise! 

The same commission of the baptism can be read in Matthew 28: 19 < < Go, make of all the nations of the disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, of the Son and the Holy Spirit ? > >. Before doing anything, we must know the name in question. The name which corresponds to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Not names (plural) but the Name (singular). The apostles knew that name and they did everything in it. The Holy Spirit led the apostles in all the truth to teach and practice the baptism as they did, Jean 16: 13. The name of Jesus in Hebrew is Yashuah. It means God Savior. The man named Jesus bore the name of God as He said: < < I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world...  > > Jean 17: 6. < < ... Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are > > Jean 17: 11 < < I made known to them your name > > Jean 17: 26. < < 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 > >, Colossians 3: 17. < < To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. > > Acts 10: 43. The apostles did all on his name including the baptism; The passages of the scriptures in which the name called upon at the time of the baptism is not clarified must lead us to make an honest investigation to see how those who were approved of God were baptized, which name was called upon on them etc. As soon as we obtain the result of this neutral investigation, the Bible says: < < ... If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them > > Jean 13: 17. Knowledge without practice is useless. It is a damnation when we don't practice what we know to please Lord.

Etymology of the word BAPTISM

Etymologically the word BAPTISM is from Greek BATIZEIN. It means:TO IMMERSE, PLUNGE IN. John the Baptist is literally called: JOHN the IMMERSER. The water of baptism must be deep enough to be < buried > baptized. Jesus-Christ humbled himself to be  baptized: < < And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.  And straightway coming up out of the water... > >, Marc 1:9-and not to be sprinkled. If the Lord Himself obeyed the justice of God; who are we to find the loopholes not to obey the order that all saint people have followed without discussion? Sprinkling is completely antibiblical, and is a baptism that no apostle nor any biblical believer had ever have. Nobody can be buried upright, in the air... Jesus Christ in whom we must be identified was buried in the tomb. Water typifies the tomb, Romans 6:3-4.

The following passages show clearly the way the apostles and all true believers were baptized:

  • < < ..Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life > > Romans 6: 3-4
  • < <  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ > >, Galatians 3: 27.
  • < < Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead  > >, Colossians 2: 12
  • < < Peter says to them: Repent and that each one of you be baptized 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
  • < < He ordered to baptize them in the name of Jesus-Christ? > > Acts 10: 48.
  • < < And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord  > >, Acts 22: 16
  • < < 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.  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him > >, Acts 8: 37-38.

The Disappearence of the True Practice of Baptism and its Restauration in our Time.

All the above testimonies on the name called upon at the time of the baptism, as well as the manner of administering it got molten into 325 council of Nicée. Why is it so difficult for some people to see the big difference existing between an intellectual meeting, (the case of Nicée), and a meeting upon common agreement by the Holy Spirit, (the case of the apostles)?

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus-Christ, dear friends Net surfers, the message of God that we have received in this perverse generation has only one objective: To bring people back to the faith and practices of apostles and, it includes biblical baptism. Irenee, Martin (315-399), Colomban, Martin Luther, John Wesley etc. were true men from God that were used to gradually bring back biblical truths destroyed in  different Councils.. But, we need to pay attention that if  something is not revealed yet by God, it remains not-revealed even for His prophets (Deuteronomy 29: 28), thus these men of God, on some points, like the baptism, have continued  baptizing in the titles, which is a catholic baptism and not a biblical baptism. Now, those who have followed the teaching of  these great men of God did not follow their intention, instead of grasping to the biblical truth  that the Lord restores progressively  to His  Church; They got organized mixing politics with religion, becoming Wesleyans, Lutherans, protestants and so on. It is really sad to se nowadays many believers not fighting for the truth, but for the defense of their organizations!  It is sad  brothers and sisters! What a damage? That is  why, we are not to be of Branham nor Franck etc. but of Christ Jesus! Amen. Paul clearly speaks against such spirit in 1 Corinthians 3: 3-6, he says: < < Indeed, since there are among you jealousy and discord, aren't you carnal and do not walk you in a very human way? When one known as: Me, I am of Paul! and the other: Me, of Apollos! aren't you men? What is this thus that Apollos, and what Paul? Servants, by the means of which you believed, according to whether the Lord gave to each one. I planted, Apollos sprinkled, but God made grow > > . On the other hand, (according to 2 Corinthians 6: 14-17) we are not supposed to remain in the denominations or preach without giving testimony of those who were used by God for our edification. The apostle  is against that. Here is his  advises : < <  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God...> >, 2 Timothy 1: 7-8.

Therefore, the true children of God are those who are not ashamed to receive a man sent from God. They will suffer with him, and carry with him the opprobrium of Christ that he carries because of the biblical truths that he brings back on the candlestick. Amen.  Brothers and sisters don't you be ashamed of those who are sent from God in our time! God will discern  between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not, Malachi 3: 6-18. The lord emphasized it and said: << Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. >> John 13 :20. << Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. >> Mark 8: 38.

Wherever you are, don't you be late!  If you believe, this is the time to start fighting for the Truth. Repent and get baptized  in the name of the Lord Jesus-Christ.

Fraternal greetings in the name of Jesus-Christ our Lord, amen.

Fellow worker with God.

 

     
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