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THE BIBLICAL COMMISSION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:

Mt. 28:19-20, ‘Go therefore and make disciples of ALL the nations, baptizing [these disciples not unbelieving babies] in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I [Jesus, and not a church hierarchy,] have commanded you; and lo, I Am with you always, even to the end of this world.’

 

THE PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION OF JESUS’ COMMISSION

Acts 8:30-40, ‘So Philip ran to [the eunuch,] and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, ‘Do you UNDERSTAND what you are reading?’  And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’  And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him…  Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.  Now as they went down the road, they came to water.  And the eunuch said, ‘See, there is water.  What hinders me from being baptized? [Seeing that I now understand the Scriptures, accepted Jesus as my Christ, and was born again?]’ 

Then Philip said, [THIS VERSE WAS OMITTED FROM NEW VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE!] ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’  And he answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’  So he commanded the chariot to stand still.  And both Philip and the eunuch WENT DOWN INTO the water, and he baptized him.’

 

THIS IS THE EXAMPLE JESUS GAVE HIS DISCIPLES

Mt. 3:16, ‘When Jesus had been baptized, He CAME UP immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and ABIDING UPON Him.  And a voice came from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.’

 

 

Paul taught Scripturally born again believers in Col. 2:8-15: “See to it that no one carries you off as a spoil or makes you captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism, following human tradition, (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world)… disregarding the teachings of Christ… In Him you [born again believers] were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a spiritual circumcision by stripping off the body of the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts.  Thus you were circumcised when you were buried with Him in your baptism [by submersion], in which you were also raised with Him to a new life through your [personal] faith in Christ…” 

 

 

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TRULY SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM AND REPENTANCE — WHAT DO THIS MEAN?

 Renette Vermeulen

 

Foreword 

Jesus said in Jn. 12:47-48, “…He who rejects Me and does not receive My Words, [or obey My truly Scriptural commandments,] has that which judges him – the Word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” 

Dearly believers in Christ, we can never say we belong to Jesus, if we do not “accept His words.”  When we ‘receive’ Jesus’ words, we accept Him.  Should we reject His words, we reject Him!  Therefore, hear the words of the Lord Jesus Christ concerning Scriptural water baptism!  Not my words, (God forbid!) not your words, not the next man’s words, but Jesus’ own words! 

It is a grave SIN to push Bible verses out of context to insert a false doctrine and ultimately, an entire church system, which deviates from the truth of God’s Word.  This is exactly how all the different denominations of, and affiliations to Christianity came into being.  One can ‘prove’ anything from the Bible.  For instance, using this abominable type of ‘interpretation of Scripture,’ I can ‘prove’ from the Bible, “there is no God,” (Ps. 14:1.)   Consequently, as “there is no God,” we can burn all our Bibles and start stealing and fornicating, for if there is no God, there is no hell, and thus, there is no point to any type of faith or religion.  Ah, but let us read that verse in CONTEXT!  Ps. 1:14 actually pronounces, “The fool has said in his heart ‘There is no God.’  They are corrupt.  They have done abominable works...” 

For the sake of our eternal souls, we must hide ourselves in God’s Truth!  As Jesus God’s Son Himself IS TRUTH, there is only one mark of a sincere believing disciple of Jesus – a desire for God’s Scriptural truth, to be able to understand His will and obey God from the heart!  God’s Scriptural truth will always remain the only “lamp for our feet” in this dark, deceitful dimension.  I am not talking about a few verses or passages from the Bible to ‘prove’ a church doctrine of some kind.  I am referring to the entire, contextual truth of God’s Word, (Ps. 119:160.) 

The opposite of truth are lies and deception.  Accordingly, 2 Ths. 2:9-10 explains, “The coming of the lawless one, [who makes his own doctrines and church systems, etc.,] is according to the working of Satan… and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved.” 

The devil and all his disciples hate the truth.  Therefore, they deliberately choose lies and deception to pacify their consciences.  Additionally, they do not want to be alone in the lake of fire for all eternity.  They are after your soul and my soul, and our eternal life in heaven. 

I tell you the truth because I love you.  The false doctrines of church systems will lead us to eternal hell.  However, Jesus came to bring salvation and spiritual freedom to all those who choose to follow Him in the contextual truth of His Word. 

 

Contents 

· THE BAPTISM OF JESUS, PETER AT PENTECOST, JOHN THE BAPTIST, OR PAUL? 

· The repentance, which Peter called for at Pentecost 

· Did Peter actually command everyone to repent from all sin before accepting Christ personally?

· The Baptism, which Peter commanded at Pentecost 

· Renewal of our mind has to follow 

· BAPTISM, THE ‘SAVING’ SACRAMENT FOR A DENOMINATIONAL ‘ELITE’? 

· ADULT BAPTISM? BABY BAPTISM?  RE-BAPTISM? ‘CIRCUMCISION FOR COVENANT CHILDREN?’ 

· Lydia, the prison guard, “and all the ‘babies’ in their households?” 

· Why did Jesus insist on being baptized as an adult, as He was already circumcised as a Baby? 

· THE VERSES, WHICH ‘SUPPORT’ THE CIRCUMCISION AS THE SPRINKLING OF BABIES 

· WHAT IS THE TRULY SCRIPTURAL METHOD AND MEANING OF WATER BAPTISM JESUS’ WAY? 

· SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS A COMMANDMENT (NOT A COVENANT) OF JESUS 

· SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS THE WILL OR ‘COUNSEL’ OF GOD

· SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS A SPIRITUAL FUNERAL AND RESURRECTION FROM SPIRITUAL DEATH 

· SCRIPTURAL WATER BAPTISM IS THE SPIRIT’S CIRCUMCISION OR CUTTING AWAY OF THE ‘OLD MAN’ OR OLD BODY OF SIN FROM THE BORN AGAIN HUMAN SPIRIT OF THE BELIEVER 

· The dreadful danger of not ‘burying the old man, or sinful nature’ in the baptism of believers, thus, not experiencing spiritual circumcision 

· SHOULD WE BE BAPTISED IN THE “NAME OF JESUS” OR IN THE  “NAME OF THE FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT?” 

· Should we be dunked three times in baptism or once only? 

· THE LITTLE CHILDREN – WHAT IS SCRIPTURAL? 

· THOSE WHO BAPTIZE THEMSELVES SCRIPTURALLY, HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THE HATRED OF SATAN AND HIS DISCIPLES 

 

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS, PETER AT PENTECOST, JOHN THE BAPTIST, OR PAUL? 

All Jesus’ real disciples know, only the full atonement of Jesus in their place makes for forgiveness of sin.  Therefore, Jesus, Peter, John the Baptist, Paul, and all Jesus’ true disciples preached the same baptism, which was administered in exactly the SAME way as Jesus Himself had demonstrated in Mt. 3, and which Jesus Himself commanded in Mt. 28:19-20. 

Peter, John, and Paul all referred to Jesus’ baptism, which they merely dispensed in different periods or dispensations. 

JESUS’ baptism has never, can never, and will never ‘change’ in God’s Book!  There exists not a single Bible verse that suggests that God has, or will ever annul, ‘change,’ or minimize the water baptism of Jesus here on earth.  The writer of Mt. 3:13-17 described exactly what happened when Jesus baptized Himself as an example for His disciples.  “Then Jesus came… to John at the river Jordan, to be baptized by him…  When He had been baptized, JESUS CAME UP IMMEDIATELY FROM THE WATER, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.  And a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” 

A closer look at what Peter commanded at Pentecost, illustrates this effectively.  Peter commanded in Acts 2:38, “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” Acts 2:38.  [Peter was NOT referring to the supernatural GIFTS or supernatural SIGNS of tongues or prophecy, etc.  He was speaking of the indwelling Holy Spirit Himself as the completely free, indwelling Gift from God.]”

In Acts 2, Peter connects JESUS’ water baptism of believers directly with God’s forgiveness.  Probably, Peter assumed all believers would know what he was saying.  Thus, Peter did not take the time to explain, water baptism is a declaration and a symbol of believers’ conscious and complete, spiritual and mental immersion or submersion into Christ Himself, into His full atonement in their place, and into the truth of His Word. 

This is what Peter meant by “being baptized for the remission of sin:” 

God’s Word is always the Scriptural symbol of “water.”  Sincere believers are ‘made holy’ or sanctified, not by church sacraments or rituals, but “by the [spiritual] washing of the water by the Word,” (Eph 5:26.)  Therefore, Scriptural water baptism testifies that Jesus Christ, (The Word, according to Jn. 1:1-3,) had bought the complete forgiveness of His disciples at Calvary, and had thus BECOME forgiveness for His disciples. 

Water baptism cannot accomplish anything in itself.  Without the believer’s personal and sincere acceptance of Christ, water baptism remains a dead, lifeless (and actually, and occult) ritual.  However, as a symbol of believers’ immersion into the full atonement of Christ, water baptism points directly to Jesus Christ, the Savior of Golgotha. 

In fact, at Pentecost, Peter was referring to the so-called ‘obsolete’ ‘baptism of John the Baptist.’  John the Baptist, in a time before Jesus’ suffering and death in our place became a reality, baptized the Old Hebrew nation as a sign ‘of the remission of sins,’ which WAS TO COME through “The Lamb of God, Who [still had to die and live again, to] take away the sin of the world,” (Mt. 3:11.) 

Thus, John was looking ahead to the complete atonement of Christ in our place. 

Paul, on the other hand, defined the SAME baptism from the New Testament dispensation after Calvary.  From Paul’s standpoint, he was looking BACK at the cross, resurrection, ascension, and Pentecost, and defined the Scriptural water baptism accordingly.

The Spirit Filled Bible explains, “Baptism ‘in the Name of Jesus’ is a public, [NEW TESTAMENT] acknowledgement that we have personally accepted Jesus as Christ and Lord.  The ‘Name’ of Jesus, [“Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,”] suggests [His] nature or character; to confess Him to be all that His Name denotes.  Baptism in and of itself is NOT a means of forgiveness and salvation…’ and John’s baptism, just as ‘Paul’s’ baptism, only has power as a type or symbol of Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection onto eternal life in heaven. 

 

The repentance, which Peter called for at Pentecost  Peter called for at Pentecost

On the Day of Pentecost, with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the accompanying SIGNS that He is present in Jesus’ disciples, (wind, flames as of fire, and the manifestation of the gift of tongues,) the Spirit of God came to live inside Jesus’ born again believers for the first time in all of history, (Acts 1:1-4; 2:38; Mark 16:16-18.) 

During the Old Testament dispensation, or before Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Spirit never indwelt believers, but only ‘came upon’ them.  There can never be a ‘second Pentecost,’ or a so-called ‘second outpouring’ of the Holy Spirit as Pentecostals and Charismatic preachers teach.  [Scroll down on the WebPage.]  In the context of the New Testament, and according to the one and only blood-covenant God cut in Christ, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, as described in the Book of Acts, was and always will be the only ‘outpouring’ of the constantly indwelling Holy Spirit.  It is impossible that the Holy Spirit could have ‘left’ His born again temples of real believers to ‘indwell’ them at a later stage.  That is why Jesus promised His born again, Scripturally baptized disciples, who go forth to preach His true Gospel to the world, He “IS with them, even to the end of this world,” (Mt. 28:19-20.) 

Therefore, on that Day of Pentecost, Peter, ‘filled,’ possessed, or baptized with the Holy Spirit, commanded his Hebrew audience, “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 2:38.) 

Peter was NOT referring to the Holy Spirit’s GIFTS or SIGNS of tongues or prophecy, etc.  He was speaking of the indwelling Holy Spirit Himself as the completely free, inhabiting Gift from God.  However, in this verse, Peter’s commandment, weighed against the contextual truth of the New Testament, sounds confusing, and is the basis of many false interpretations of God’s Word.

 

Did Peter actually command everyone to repent from all sin before accepting Christ personally? 

Is it possible to repent from sin until one is ‘completely holy,’ and then to be baptized by immersion in water because water baptism forgives sin?  Moreover, is it possible to receive the indwelling Holy Spirit only after water baptism? 

Let us look at what type of repentance Peter was commanding.   

While it is true that every believer must repent from personal sin, in Acts 2, Peter was not referring to sin such as stealing or lying.  Peter referred to Jesus’ statement in Mark 1:15, ‘The time is fulfilled, [for the New Testament Covenant or dispensation to be established,] and the Kingdom of God, [which will be IN you since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost,] is at hand, (Acts 1:5-8.)  Therefore, repent [FROM JUDAISM AND ALL OTHER RELIGIOSITY WITHOUT CHRIST,] and believe the [New Testament] GOSPEL.”

The Spirit Filled Bible explains, “In Mark 1:15, Jesus announced the inauguration of a NEW [dispensation or Covenant, the New Testament] salvation, of which repentance [from worldly, spiritually dead religion] and belief in the Gospel were prerequisites….” 

In effect, Peter was calling the Hebrews, (and surely all other religionists — as anything can be a religion without the truth of Christ; Satanism and Christianity too,) to change their preset opinion of, and attitude toward Christ.  At Pentecost, Peter insisted that Hebrews and people from other nations all turn from Judaism, other religions and church denominations, to believe and accept the True Gospel of the Lord Jesus, or in reality, Jesus Christ Himself. 

As Paul affirmed, essentially, we all have to “die” to our state or spiritual position of sin, centered in vain religiosity, to “live” in Christ, (Gal. 2:20.)  Jesus does not share His blood-bought temples, (or genuine believers,) with manmade temples, a fake priesthood, and other gods. 

We come to Jesus just as the sinners that we are without Christ.  By ourselves, we only have to turn consciously from the god of religion to believe in, and accept the true God of the universe.  

Once we have repented from all our own, manmade ideas and beliefs, and, by personal faith, have really accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit indwells us to live in us constantly, according to all God’s promises in both the Old and the New Testament. 

 

The Baptism, which Peter commanded at Pentecost 

Then, Peter commanded, ‘and let every one of you be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…’  Contrary to what Peter preached on Pentecost, Paul, who came to explain the Gospel more clearly, could write that ‘the blood of Jesus forgives sin,’ not water baptism.  – [Eph. 1:7-14.] 

Nonetheless, some preachers interpret Peter’s call to repentance as a ‘qualification’ for water baptism.  They mean, every believer have to repent from all personal sin before they can experience salvation, or be “baptized for remission [or forgiveness] of sin.”  In the context of Scriptural truth, this is impossible, as Jesus saves WILLING SINNERS PERSONALLY from their state of sin, cursedness, and lostness without God at the moment they personally believe and decide to make Jesus the Lord and Christ of their lives, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.) 

This means, we cannot save ourselves from any form of sin.  Neither can water baptism, church attendance, good works, nor anything else save us from sin.

 

Renewal of our minds have to follow

The “renewing our minds,” (Rom. 12:1-2,) can only happen once Jesus has cleansed us through His blood, (God’s forgiveness is always seated in Jesus’ blood-atonement in our place and our personal acceptance of what Jesus had done for us.) When saved from our state of sin without God, the changing, “salvation,” or “renewal” of our minds (or souls, which seats our will, intellect, and emotions,) has to follow. 

Real “transformation,” (not conformation, which means ‘to join any church or religion without real Scriptural knowledge,’) happens only through Holy Spirit taught knowledge of the truth of God’s Word.  Renewal of our minds leads Jesus’ sincere believers through a constant process of growing closer to God by understanding His Scriptural will, and accordingly, repenting from personal sin, false doctrine, and selfish behavior, (Jn. 1:12-13; Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Pt. 1:13-15; Jam. 2:21-22.) 

This lifelong process of ‘making our minds holy through knowledge of, and obedience to God’s true Word,’ is called ‘sanctification.’  This type of Scriptural ‘sanctification’ is not the same as instant, ritual ‘sanctification,’ supposedly obtainable through church membership and unbiblical church sacraments. 

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