Jesus nailed Old Ceremonies on the Cross, Established the New.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will be made born of God with his seed abiding in us, and we will overcome all sins.

Please find the transcript of this message below.

 

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1. Jesus Christ gives one Ceremony and three Rituals to Us.

Jesus Christ, Peter, and Paul, all of them tell us to take water baptism to be saved. It is a ceremony of a covenant relationship that we enter with Jesus Christ. Jesus gives us observances of Communion, Lord's Supper, and foot washing. Communion is a sacred ritual, and it must be taken worthily. Lord's Supper is fellowship meal among believers. Foot washing is symbolic ritual to correct each other. So, Jesus Christ gives us one Ceremony and three Rituals.

2. Jesus began water baptism that we must take it to be Saved.

Matthew 3:16 says, "Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water:" It shows that John immersed Jesus Christ in the water, and he came out of the water in baptism. Then Jesus Christ began his ministry, and he called out disciples for him. John 3:22 says, that Jesus baptized his disciples and others. Verse 26&27 says that all men went to Jesus Christ to be baptized, and it was given to Jesus Christ by God the Father. After his resurrection, Jesus Christ came to his disciples and told them in "Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: In Mark 16:16 Jesus said "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Jesus Christ says that those who do not believe him, will not take baptism and they will be damned. If you like to study the details please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."

3. Apostles and Preachers continued to give Water Baptism.

Even though it is a ceremony, water baptism has eternal value. Many of our preachers claim that water baptism is not needed for salvation. They say it because they want to be politically or religiously correct. Acts 2:38, Acts 22:12-16, and 1 Peter 3:20-21, say that we need to take water baptism for the remission of sins, that is to be saved. Acts 8:35-38 says that Philip preached and baptized; in Acts 16:30-33, the jailor and family took water baptism by Paul and Silas; and Acts 18:8 says, "Crispus, the chief ruler ... and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized." The first thing in conversion is that people must be given water baptism to be saved. If you like to study the details please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."

4. Why are Preachers oppose the Ceremony of Water Baptism?

Jesus Christ says in Luke 7:30 "Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him." So, Jesus Christ says water baptism is the counsel of God.  Infant baptism is not water baptism; it is a child dedication ceremony. A child cannot repent, and a child cannot be baptized. False preachers oppose water baptism. Water baptism is a ceremony, like marriage. Marriage will not stop at the ceremony; it will continue throughout life. So also, we must take water baptism, and continue the life with Jesus Christ. It will take us to heaven to be with the Lord forever.  That is why, Satan hates this ceremony and stirs up his preachers against it, and that is why so many preachers are against water baptism.

5. Communion is Passover; Unleavened Bread with Blood of Jesus.

In the Old Testament we see passover feast. Christians always preach that the blood of the passover lamb is on the door post and we are safe inside the house. Let us see 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. "6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." The new testament passover is not only a ritual, but it must be applied in our life. Jesus is the Lamb that is sacrificed. We are the unleavened bread. Both must be eaten together, and that is how we become one with the Lamb Jesus. If we are not unleavened, we will not be united with him as one. Christians have learned to say that we are in Christ. It is just a meaningless cliché. We cannot be in him if we have sin in us. Sin is the leaven or yeast in the bread, and it can never be mixed with the passover Lamb. It must be applied in life.

6. Jesus Christ void all Old Ceremonies and established all New.

If we took water baptism, we are buried with him and are raised with him. "Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him,... 14 Blotting out .. ordinances .., took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; ...16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:" So, Jesus Christ, by his death on the cross, abolished all the old testament ceremonies, rituals, celebrations, feasts, Sabbaths, including circumcision. And he has established new ceremonies; water baptism, communion, which is the breaking of bread, and the Lord's Supper; that is it, and no more. The communion is a holy sacred ritual. The Lord's supper is kind of potluck or a fellowship meal. If you like to study details please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."

7. Baptism is bath. Can we go to Heaven without Water Baptism?

If a good, God loving, church going, person, did not take water baptism, will he go to heaven or not? Answer is: If he is a good God loving person, he will obey Jesus Christ, and he will take water baptism. If he did not take it, he is a rebel and he is of the devil. The word baptism means taking bath in water. Jesus told us to take water baptism as a ceremony, and we take it in obedience to Jesus Christ. Repentance with proof is prerequisite to water baptism. If we do not have proof, it is not repentance, but it is just sorrow. The meaning and life application of water baptism is in Romans 6:1-12. Symbolically it is to unite us with Jesus in his death and to raise with Christ in resurrection. If we live the baptized life, we will be with Jesus Christ throughout eternity in his kingdom. If you like to study the details please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."

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