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NOTES ON ISAAC, ISHMAEL, JESUS AND MOHAMED

Pretty much all that we know about Mohamed, is that he was a descendant of Ishmael, who was half brother to Isaac. Both being sons of Abraham. His story is outlined in Genesis chapter 16.

Genesis 16:2….And Abraham hearkened unto the voice of Sarai..(his wife)…Note: He failed to wait upon the Lord. Note of interest: Adam and Eve, Genesis 3:17 …..Because thou has hearkened unto the voice of thy wife….* Devastating things happen when men do this; and fail to obey God. Nevertheless they can be saved if they will believe God.

Genesis 16:12 And he (Ishmael) will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

The story of Isaac begins in Chapter 21 of Genesis.  Chap. 22:  God tries Abraham’s faith.  In 22:6  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering as Christ bore the wooden cross.  Moses wrote the book of Genesis 1,500 yrs. before Christ.

There are 115 prophesies of the Christ, the coming Messiah in Old Testament Scripture, which correlate directly to events which took place in the life of Jesus.  “Everyone” from his birth till his death.  All 115!  I will try to list these a little later.

John 4:34  “My food”, said Jesus; is to do the will of him who sent me and to “finish” his work.

John 5:36  I have testimony weightier than that of John.  For the very work that the Father has given me to “finish” and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me.

John 19:30  When he had received the drink, Jesus said, It is “finished.”  With that he bowed his head, and gave up his Spirit.

The work was “finished” when Jesus died on the Cross.  Only the Apostles were thereafter ordained to write Scripture.  And by them we have the Gospels, the letters to the Churches, and of course the Book of Revelation, written by John, the last of the Apostles.  There was no more Scripture thereafter which was inspired of God.

Isaac was the son of the free woman, and it was by him that Abraham’s faith was tried.  Isaac was the true Ascendant of the promised Messiah, The Lord Jesus Christ.  All men are free in Christ.  No man is free without him.

All we know about Ishmael is that he was the son of the bond woman, and was cast out, because said Sarah:  The son of the bond woman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.  She herself had no true understanding of the nature of the inheritance spoken of.  Christ Jesus made it clear when he said;  John 18:36  “My Kingdom is not of the world”….  Jesus spoke of a heavenly Kingdom.  Only his believers will be inherited.  Scripture says; “we are joint heirs with Christ to the Kingdom of heaven.

Mohamed of the sixth century A.D. was apparently desperate to try to cut himself and his people into an inheritance that he felt that his ancestors had been cut out of.  The Koran was not inspired by the God of the Bible, but by the God of this world.  Very few Jews have ever even believed the Gospel.  While the Jews and the Muslims are out fighting each other over the world; a Christian wouldn’t have it if you tried to give it to them.  There inheritance is in Jesus.  It’s not in the world.

There’s all this arguing, strife and friction about who Jerusalem and Israel belongs to:  I’ll tell you who it belongs to.  It belongs to the Lord Jesus.  He’s going to take Jerusalem and all of Israel and everything else when it comes time.  And there won’t be one thing that anyone can do to stop it.

 

There’s a split second between any believer and heaven.  There’s a split second between any non-believer and hell.  Please put your faith in the blood of the lamb (JESUS) and come into God’s house while there is time.

It’s hard for most people to believe that they could have been misled or taught wrongly as youths.  The vast majority were.  One must evaluate things for themselves when they are older.  The Lord has made it perfectly clear that there will be no excuse for not believing him.

 

Jeff Brown Water Baptism Part 3 8-31-13

In Acts chapter 3  Peter and John enter the temple at the hour of prayer.   In verse 6 & 7 Peter heals the lame man.  In verse 11  All the people ran together unto them in the poarch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.   In verses 12-18  Peter preaches Jesus to them.  In verse 19 Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:    Now we will analyze 19 & 20, but first:  Peter continues to preach from vs. 21-26.  In Chap. 4 vs. 1-3 They’re taken into custody and put in jail.  In 4:4 Five thousand men believed.  From 4:5 to 4:22 being the next day they are questioned and warned not to teach in the name of Jesus.  In 4: 23 They went to their own company and reported all that was said unto them.  In 4:24-30  They prayed and praised God.  In 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

In verse 3:19 Peter used the words; repent and be converted: (not; repent and be baptized) , that your sins may be blotted out.  So to have our sins blotted out, we must repent and be converted. When?  When are our sins blotted out?  When the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.  This happened in 4:31when they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.  In 3:20 Peter confirms how the refreshing would come. “And he will send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:”  So our sins are blotted out, when we receive Jesus Christ.  Or when we are baptized in the Holy Ghost.

All of this took place and not one word was ever said about water baptism.

In Acts 4:32  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  It goes on in vs. 33-37 explaining how properties were redistributed.   The point being here that water baptism was not a primary concern at all.  We know of course that these people were baptized in water in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins, but this baptism did not remiss their sins.  Their sins were remised; (blotted out) as it says, when the times of refreshing came from the presence of the Lord:  When they were filled with the Holy Ghost.

The scripture does not say when these people were actually baptized in water.  It probably took place within a week after they were saved.  They probably heard a lot of teaching from Peter and John during that week as well.  Water baptism wasn’t a pressing issue at all.

Now if Mr. COC had been there he’d try to hurry these people up to get baptized.  He’d say:  “You need to hurry up and get baptized in water.  If anything happens to you, so that you die first, you’ll still go to hell if you’re not baptized in water, in the name of Jesus.”  And they go; “aw shucks; I was happy till you said that.  You mean I’ve had my sins blotted out and have been baptized in the Holy Ghost, and i’m still going to go to hell if i’m not baptized in water?”  People new in the Lord can actually fall for this, and when they do they fall from grace.  Galatians 5:4  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.  5:7  Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 5:8  This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

Now the circumcision of the law is not the same thing as the water baptism of Jesus; but if you make a law out of it, the same principle applies.  If you’re saying; “I have to do this or go to hell,” then it is law with you, and you have fallen from grace.  The fact is you never had any grace, because you believed the law of baptism before you were given a chance to believe in the name of Jesus.  If you have not repented of that belief, then you are dead in your sins.

We know all of these people got baptized in the name of Jesus, but they did it in obedience to the spirit of grace, not in obedience to the letter of the law.  It was in their heart to obey God.  They were just as saved whether they lived long enough to make it to the water hole or not.

THE PHILIPIAN JAILER    Acts 16: 30  ….Sirs what must I do to be saved?  :31 And they said; believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thine house.  32,33 The house then heard them speak, and were all baptized straightway.  Only to point out here that the emphasis was on belief.  Like Paul says in Romans 10:9 & 10  Belief and confession are made unto salvation.

PAULS CONVERSION AND BAPTISM:  Acts 9:17  And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightiest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 9: 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose and was baptized.     Only to demonstrate that Paul was actually saved before he was baptized in water.  He receive his sight and the Holy Ghost when Ananias laid hands on him.  Then he was baptized.    Paul recounts this occurrence in Acts 22:13-16  :16….And now why tarryest thou?  arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.  Paul used this wording to demonstrate the simplicity of salvation in Christ Jesus.  In other words; “just do it.  Have faith.  You’re welcome!”  Though this wasn’t exactly the way it happened to him in Acts 9:17 & 18.    The cults use Acts 22: 16 in the literal sense to argue that water baptism actually washes away your sins.  Paul was using figurative speech here:  “Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins.”  This is the only verse in the bible worded to this effect, with the exception of 1 Peter 3:21 “Baptism doth now save us.”  He goes on there to explain that he was using figurative speech.  I don’t think that anyone has ever actually been baptized in the Holy Spirit while they were actually under the water.      (The cults teach that you actually go down a sinner, and come up a saint.  This is not right, though it would be possible for this to happen.)  The act of water baptism would not hurry up, nor delay the Spirits coming.  Of all of the examples given in the New Testament the subject or subjects received the Holy Ghost either previous to or subsequent to the act of water baptism.   Pauls’ case was very unique in that he received the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and previous to the act of water baptism.  There are two more cases given, whereby the subjects received the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands.  In both cases the subjects had already been baptized in the name of Jesus.  We will recount them:

Acts 19: 1-6 And it came to pass, that while Apollos was at Corenth, Paul having passed through the upper coast came to Ephesus:  And finding certain disciples, :2 He said unto them,  Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? (This was the chiefest concern.  Have ye received the Holy Ghost?  Not; have you been baptized?)  And they said unto him, We have not heard so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  :3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?  And they said, Unto Johns baptism.  :4  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.  :5When they heard this they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  :6  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came upon them; and they spake with toungs and prophesied.

These people were not saved when they came up out of the water.  They were saved when they received the Holy Ghost.  Referring to Acts 4:19 …that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.    No doubt; the Holy Ghost would have come to these people shortly anyway, but it could have been days.  Why wait?  Paul had the faith and the power of prayer to hurry him up, so to speak.

Acts 8: 14  Now when the Apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:  :15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:  :16  (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them:  only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) :17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Ghost.  Only to point out here that these people had received the word, they believed and confessed, and were baptized; but still were not saved until they received the Holy Ghost.

1 Corinthians 4: 20 For the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power.    Receiving the Holy Ghost puts us in Gods house.  Not merely receiving the word and being baptized in water.

There are some (cults) which teach that the gifts have passed away.  That the Spirit doesn’t work in the miraculous anymore.  This is not true.  I’ll discuss that in a later study.

SIMON THE SORCERER  Acts 8: 13  Then Simon himself believed also:  and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.  : 18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the Apostles hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, :19 saying, Give me this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.    Simon was still in the bond of iniquity.  He’d believed, confessed and was baptized; yet he was far from God.  Peter told him to pray that he might be forgiven.  He did not tell him to start all over and get baptized again.  I don’t know if he ever found repentance or not.  If he did then the one baptism would still have been sufficient.    However if a person gets converted from a cult to Gods living Church, then I feel that he should be baptized again.  Why??  Because when he was baptized, he did not understand the Spirit of grace.  His baptism was in obedience to the letter of the law.

John 3 3-7  :3….Verily verily, I say unto thee,  Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.  (The cults teach that here Jesus is speaking of water baptism.  It is not true.  Nowhere was it ever said in scripture that water baptism was a new birth.)  He is clearly speaking of the Spirit, as we will show.  :5….Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.  (Here again the cults say that he is speaking of water baptism, when he said “be born of water” )  He is not.  He is comparing the natural birth to the Spiritual birth.  As the next verse will show. :6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.  :7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

There is absolutely nothing to indicate that water baptism was any part of this conversation.

Matt 3:11  John the Baptist:  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance:  but he that cometh after me is mightier than I , whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:  He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.  Some argue here that the fire spoken of is hell fire.  In other words you’re going to get saved, or you’re going to get burnt.  This isn’t the fire spoken of.  John said and, not or.  Fire is one characteristic of the Holy Spirit.  i.e. Hebrews 12:29  Our God is a consuming fire.  This scripture was given to point out that it is indeed the Holy Ghost baptism that does save us.  Not water baptism.  The water baptism of Jesus isn’t even mentioned here.  John didn’t say “I indeed baptize you with water and he will baptize you with water too.)  He does of course baptize us with water, but it is the Holy Ghost baptism that saves us.  Ans as we have shown profusely it can happen to people before they know amything about water baptism.

THE  GREAT COMMISSION:  Mark 16: 15 …..Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. :16 He who believeth and is baptized will be saved, but he who believeth not shall be dammed.  Here again the cults teach that he is referring to water baptism here.  He is not!  He said you must be born of the Spirit.  It is the Spirit baptism that he is speaking of here. Reference Acts 10:44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  These people obeyed the gospel.  They believed and were baptized in the Spirit.  :17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new toungs; :18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Continuation of discussion on Christian water baptism Prt. 2 8-29-13

Romans 10: 8  But what saith it?  The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:  that is the word of faith, which we preach;    :9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  :10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Paul shows clearly here that salvation is attained through believing and confession.  Not one word about water baptism.

Acts 8: 36 (Philip and the eunuch) And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water:  and the eunuch said, See , here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?  :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.

Now the eunuch really wanted to be baptized, didn’t he?  Sure he did.  Anyone that comes to know the Lord Jesus wants to be baptized.  The Spirit compels us to be baptized.  The condition here was that he believe with all his heart.  Belief and confession was made unto salvation.  We showed that earlier in Romans 10:8,9,10.  Philip used the word mayest here.      Now just to reflect briefly on a previous discussion:  Acts 10: 43-48  In :47 Peter asked:  Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?    He wasn’t waiting for an answer from anyone, it was his deduction from the events which had occurred, that they should be permitted (not forbidden) to baptized in the name of Jesus, sense they had become the children of God.  Romans 8: 16 The Spirit its self beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.    Now a person cannot have Gods Holy Spirit and not be a child of God and be saved.   If anyone thinks otherwise then he got his theology out of a cracker jack box.  If God could dwell with a sinner, there would have been no reason for Christ to die.  He’d just accept the whole world as is.  He can’t do that.  That sin has to go before God can know a person.  How do I do that?  Acts 10:43  we have remission of sins through belief in the name of Jesus.  This is a gift from God outright, no strings attached.    Now Acts 10: 48  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.  Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.     I’ve reflected on this verse to explain just how the word “commanded” is used.  Peter was declaring simply that they were to be permitted (not forbidden) as he said in :47  to be baptized in the name of the Lord.  This parallels the statement in Romans 8:37 from Phillip to the eunuch when he said, “thou mayest.”  The word command stems from the Latin word “mandar” meaning to order, send, or command.  Peter simply meant that it was in order for them to be baptized.  He wasn’t bossing them, or ramrodding them into it.  He simply permitted them to be because it was in order for them to be baptized.

I most recently had a young lady from the Church of Christ send me a video expressing the COC teaching on water baptism.  She reflected on Peters “command” statement, as though he were a D.I. drilling foot troops.  “I command!!!! you!! to be baptized!! in the name of Jesus!!   In a very legalistic and bossy way.  This teaching is just hideous.  This is not the spirit of salvation.  The statement by the young lady as though their salvation was still contingent on being  baptized in water.  Clearly we have shown here that it was not.    Submission to water baptism is in obedience to the Spirit.  It’s not in obedience to verbal commands from a humanoid.  I want to note here before going on that in nether of the last two examples given was repentance an issue at all.  In most cases of course it tends to be an issue but it is not universal.

Acts 2:38 is used by the COC universally when proselytizing others to “be added to their church.”  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Anyone that needs to repent of course must repent to serve God.  There is nothing wrong with teaching this universally, but it is not universally applicable.  These were Peters instructions in this particular case.  There sins were to apparent to ignore.  In his statement he was assuring them of their standing with God if they obeyed the gospel.  In vs. :37 “They were pricked in their heart….” The process of repentance had begun here.  Peter would not that they be overcome with sorrow.  He quickly summarized for them what to do, in order to assure them that they hadn’t committed the unforgiveable, and that they were welcome with God, them having believed in the name of Jesus.   He was permitting them!!!

In other words:  “This is what you need to do for your self.”  i.e. be added to the church.  You’re welcome.  Like Philip told the eunuch in Acts 8:37 “thou mayest.”  They had already believed and confessed; in that; “they were pricked in their heart, and asked; men and brethren, what shall we do??”  They’d already met the conditions for salvation according to Acts 10:9.  Peters speech was to assure them that they had, and to welcome them.  Then Acts 2: 41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:….

The COC doctrine is to take Acts 2:38 most legalistically, and to apply it universally to every person on the planet.  It also contains the phrase; “every one of you.”  Peter was speaking to this group in particular.  He wasn’t speaking to every person on the planet.  I believe that this is the only verse of scripture in the bible that contains the words repentance and baptism in the same phrase.  Out of the many sermons that were preached, and the many examples of ones being saved.  The COC teaches this like a ritual:  You must repent, you must be baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  And in that order!!  Every one of you!!  Repentance of course (where it is needful) always precedes salvation; but water baptism can precede either or both, or secede either or both.  It’s just in order because it is proper.  It’s not law.  If a person truly believes that he’s going to go to hell if he isn’t baptized in water then he cannot be saved.  He cannot repent of his sin.  The law does not grant repentance!!  Grace grants repentance.   Galatians 5:4  You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.  You can have nothing with God, but by grace.

1 Peter 3:21  …..The like figure whereunto even baptism doth save us (Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a clear conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

This is another COC favorite.  They use this to prove that you will  go to hell if your not baptized in water.  I want to break this verse down and explain it.  The first phrase:  “The like figure.”  Peter is telling us here that he is speaking figuratively; in that it is not literal when he says: “baptism doth now save us.”  He is comparing water baptism to the great flood, wherein he says eight souls were saved by water.  This is also figurative speech.  Were they actually saved by water??  They were saved by Gods grace.  Rev. 6: 8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  God taught him to build an Ark that saved them from the water.  The water was actually the threat to him.  So this was figurative speech.  Not literal.  Then in parenthesis Peter continues (Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh (the filth of the flesh being sin.  My note here) , but the answer of a clear conscience toward God,)  by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Peter was very careful here to point out that water baptism does not wash away ones sins.  It is the answer of a clear conscience toward God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  To answer a clear conscience a person must first have one.  Jesus already suffered the damnation for the sins of humanity.  God cannot dam a believing soul.  So he that truly believes will repent and be converted. Certainly he will have a clear conscience.    Romans 10:10 Belief and confession are made unto salvation.    The act of being baptized, I compare to a wedding ring.  Here’s some more figurative speech:  “With this ring I thee wed.”  Do you actually wed someone with a wedding ring??  Is this your life together??  No!!  It is symbolic of your life together.  It is not your life together.  The rings do not marry you.

This completes part two of the discussion on water baptism.  Please look for part three in the very near future.

Greetings to the world out there and water Baptizm Pt. (1) one

I guess the only way to start this is just start, so i’ll just start.  I’d like to begin by saying that I wish everyone out there the very best of all.  While the issues of the day can get us in a tizzy at times, and we can get a bit miffed with forces we feel that are causing the turmoil and confusion; the fact is, in the end we just care about peoples souls.  More especially if your like me.  I’m Christian, conservative and so far right wing that they had to build a new wing just for me alone.  We’ve been called extremist.  This isn’t true.  The Founding Fathers have been called extremist as well.  That’s not true either.   The lord Jesus has been called an extremist.  He was not extreme.  He was just right.  He was the word of the living God.  He was the messiah; promised from the beginning.  He did come to Earth to save souls, and has saved hundreds of millions during the 2,000 years sense the departure of his body from the Earth.  Otherwise know as the assention.  How does he do this??  Acts 10:43 teaches that we have remission of sins through belief in his name.  1 John 2:2  He (Jesus) is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.    Well why am I teaching on this?  Because nothing else matters.  Truly; nothing compares to knowing God.  Nothing you can do, be or have in this life even rates on the ladder with knowing Christ Jesus as lord and savior.  Ones salvation (eternal life) is everything.  When death comes for a believer; regardless of when or how, he knows that he’s going home to God.  In lite of this all else is trivial.

So how do you want your blog to change the world; I was asked.  I want you to believe.  Not only believe, but believe rightly.  Well what do I mean by that?  Christians are saved by grace.  Every believer will admit to this when asked, but at the same time, truly in their heart they are allowing certain legalisms to hinder them from entering Gods house.  Unknowingly they are seeking to be justified by the law.  Many many Christian sects fall into this.  Anything that you accept in your heart as law, is law to you.  Galatians 5:4   NIV You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace.  So many church goers are not saved because of this.  As a general rule people belong to their church because their parents did.  This seems to be the most sensitive territory with people.  Thinking that their parents could be wrong about anything.  I have news for you:  Parents can be just as wrong, and just as easy as anyone else.  More especially when they were taught the same thing by their parents.  Well who do we follow as Christians?  Do we follow Jesus, or our parents?  Christ said:  “He that loves Father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me.  Also:  John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:…….    Is the Spirit of truth on you??  If not you should reevaluate your avenue to God.  What do you base your salvation on.  Acts 10:43,44 give the perfect example of just how easily a person can be saved.  “To him gave all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.”  These people were saved right here at this point.  They didn’t do anything.  They didn’t say anything.  They believed in the name of Jesus, and “Through his name” had remission of sins.

There be many that teach, that these people were not saved at this point.  That they were not saved until they were baptized in water.  This is not true.  God fell on them here.  God does not dwell in unsaved people.  Romans 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.    Paul is here in effect saying:  “If any man does have the Spirit he is his.”       1 Cor. 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.                               We are baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit; not by water baptism.    It is extremely important of course for Christians to be baptized in water, in the name of the lord Jesus; but it must be appreciated in the right lite.  It does not effect ones salvation.

Before going on with the discussion on water baptism, I want to enumerate some adverse teachings that are hindering many, reflect on how they most likely came about in the individual, and how they’re hurting them, and how to most easily deal with them.    First; just to enumerate some that I intend to discuss in the future:  1:  Water Baptism being essential to salvation.  2: The keeping of the Sabbath.  3:  Tithing.  4: Calling ones on Earth Father, and all that other stuff they do.  5:  That the spiritual gifts have passed away:  That God doesn’t work in the miraculous any more.  6: That Jesus wasn’t actually the Son of God.  7: That extra biblical writings are needful for the present day.       How do people get into this stuff??  Earlier we said; “like father, like Son, or “Like parents, like child.  People are sensitive here, and very defensive of anything that they’re taught by they’re taught by their parents.  More especially where it concerns their soul.  The Jews demonstrated this defensiveness when they crucified Christ, and persecuted the early church.  The’re couldn’t possibly be anything wrong with the way they believed.  Here they were waiting for the messiah who had been prophesied from the very beginning, and when he came on the scene, they wouldn’t have anything to do with him.  They wanted someone to confirm them as they were.  It wasn’t going to happen.  God says we have to be changed up.     Anyway; what happens in the cults is this:  You see the natural man has a very legalistic mind, and he is also fearful by nature.  From this he has an overwhelming tendancy to make a law book out of the New Testament.  He mistakes this as a certain type of reverence for God.  He feels that he must bind himself to a certain creed, or a topical doctrine in order to please God.  He has to just make his self do stuff to please God.  And he just has to be right; and not only that, he has to be righter than anybody else.  This is a false nobility.  So he takes this doctrine (most of these center on a half dozen, to a dozen verses) that support his “chosen” belief system.  And he develops a doctrine to swear by.  These doctrines get worked on people while they’re young:  Before they’re old enough to understand the gospel, or understand their need to know Jesus.  They’re taught:  “If you don’t believe just this way, your going to be lost.  You can’t go to heaven, if you don’t believe just this way.”  When just the opposite is true.  So then binding themselves to this law, supersedes their heart felt needs.  So they hard in their doctrine, so much that they can’t be crowbarred out of it, to know their maker personally if they will just dispense with their doctrine.  These people have to be enlightened.  Galatians 5:6  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision   has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith working its self in love.  NIV.  If ones faith is in Jesus to forgive his sins, then love is the only law that he should know.

So; we will pick up here tomorrow, and continue the discussion on water baptism.