Apostles Preached Jesus Christ by water baptism



"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Apostles Preached Jesus Christ by water baptism

Jesus Christ took water baptism by immersing in River Jordan and called it fulfilling righteousness. God the Father and the Holy Ghost came down from heaven to bless this simple ceremony of the water baptism, the Holy Ghost baptized and did indwell on Jesus Christ, and God the Father called him beloved son, (Matthew 3:16-17, Luke 3:21-22). This simple ceremony of water baptism, became the very pre-requisite for the preaching of the commandments of Jesus Christ for eternal salvation. After Jesus Christ has become God, he says in Matthew 28: "18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." When 'God the Word' became man, he let down the Omni-Powers to no reputation. Now, after his life as a man, as he was resurrected and ascended to heaven, he has received the Omni-Powers back again, and became God. "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:" When he became God, his first commandment was to baptize the repented people and the second command was to teach them his commandments. "20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Jesus Christ also says that his omnipresence will be with them always, as they baptize them and teach his commandments for the people to obey. Then Jesus Christ confirms the preaching of his commandments as his gospel and he tells them to preach it to everybody. It is in Mark 16: "15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Again he tells them to baptize people. He says that those who believe him will receive the baptism and they will be saved. And those who do not believe him, will not be baptized and they will be damned. "16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." This is a very strong saying of the Lord Jesus Christ not only about baptism, but also about eternal salvation. Now, almost all church pastors say that we have to take baptism, but it is not required to be saved. They are not the servants of God. They are servants of the people, and they live in their offering money. So, what they say is a politically correct answer, which is the lie of the devil. According to the Lord Jesus Christ, we must take water baptism and if we rebel against it, we will not be saved, but be damned. This is the word of Jesus Christ. Luke 7:30 says: "But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him." Water baptism is the counsel of God the Father and the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. Water Baptism is one of the fundamental doctrines of the Bible. Water Baptism is required for salvation. Believers must take water baptism and obey God. Rebellious people disobey God in water baptism. They think that rejecting water baptism is a smart heroism, but they are rejecting it for their own eternal damnation.

1. Baptism is in Preaching the Word

Jesus Christ says in Mark 16: "15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." When Jesus Christ has commanded his disciples to preach the gospel, he has commanded them to baptize those who believe. Those who do not believe they will not take water baptism and they will be damned. They will not be saved. Water baptism is an integral part of the gospel.

Acts 16 says: "29) Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32) And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33) And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway." Paul and Silas spoke the word of the Lord so that those people may believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. They believed and took the water baptism for their salvation. By this, we know that Apostle Paul was teaching water baptism while he was speaking the word of the Lord and that is why those who heard the word of God took water baptism. So water baptism is the first step in the preaching the word of the Lord. Believers of the Lord Jesus Christ should obey in taking water baptism for their salvation.

2. Baptism is in Preaching Jesus and His Kingdom

Acts 8 says: "34) And the eunuch answered Philip --- 35) Then Philip --- preached unto him Jesus. 36) 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. 38) 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. 39) And when they were come up out of the water..." Philip was preaching Jesus Christ to the eunuch. As they saw a pool of water, the eunuch requested Philip to baptize him. By this, we know that the teaching of water baptism was included in the preachings of Jesus Christ. As Philip has done it, we must also teach water baptism as we preach Jesus Christ. Water baptism is part of the life of Jesus Christ as well as the part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Acts 8:12 says: "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Philip was preaching the kingdom of God to the people. Those who believed took water baptism. By this, we know that the teaching of water baptism was included in the preachings of the kingdom of God. Therefore, as we preach the kingdom of God, we must also teach water baptism because it is included in the kingdom message. According to the Bible and according to Jesus Christ, we cannot enter into the kingdom of God without taking water baptism.

3. Water Baptism is a marriage Ceremony

When Peter was called to the house of Cornelius, God baptized the Gentiles there with the Holy Ghost. So, Peter responds in Acts 10: "47) Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days." God told Peter to baptize them in water by pouring the Holy Ghost upon them. Water baptism is the right and privilege of a believer, who believe the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Apostle Peter commanded the gentile believers should be baptized, even though he knew that he would be confronted.

Romans 6 Says: "1) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?" Apostle Paul rebukes believers who took water baptism but still live in sin. He demands proof for their commitments. "4) 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. 5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:" Baptism has two elements, which have two symbolic meanings. (1) We immerse under water. Our going under water represents the death and burial of our body of sin. Symbolically we should bury this body of sin under the water and we should not bring it out of the water. (2) But we come out of water. Our coming out of water represents the resurrection of us in spirit body, which is in the likeness of Christ, which is newness of life. "6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Since this body is not the body of sin, it should not commit sin. Now, we are dead to sin and we live in righteousness. Symbolically, we are dead with Christ and if we are dead with him we also will live with him. "7) For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:" Water baptism is the ceremonial commitment of our life and the symbolic death of our sin body, and the resurrection and living of the spirit body. It will be supernatural and God will do it, if we are sincere to our commitment. Then the person who comes out of the water will be true newborn or born again person.

Water baptism is like a ceremony of marriage. As the bride commits her life to the groom to live for him and with him, as the bride of Christ, we should commit our life to Christ to live for him and with him by this ceremony. Most religious people think that they are living together with Christ without the ceremony of marriage, which is water baptism. They are deceiving themselves. If a woman live with a man without marriage, it is a life of adultery. Even the woman is willing to live in adultery without marriage, the Bride-groom, Jesus Christ will not live an adulterous life with her. So, it will not happen. So, Jesus will not live with those who will not obey Jesus Christ in the ceremony of water baptism, which is symbolic for the marriage. They are not true followers of Jesus Christ, even if they speak high sounding words.

4. Water Baptism is Circumcision by Christ

Colossians 2 says: "10) And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11) In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12) 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. 13) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses:" God’s word explains our immersion in water baptism to the burial of our body of sin or our sinning. That is, as we immerse or buried in baptism, Jesus Christ spiritually cuts off the body of our sin. It is also known as the spiritual circumcision of Christ. Again, God explains our coming out of the water as risen with him, not with the old body of sin, but with a new body of life with the presence of Christ. Though it is a ceremony, by faith through the operation of God, we have newness of life by the operation of God in us. The baptism will follow through forgiveness of all our sins and trespasses. And we should live a holy life like Jesus Christ because of the supernatural power of God that God has given to us.

5. Water Baptism is Required for Salvation

Jesus Christ says in Mark 16:16: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;---" Many preachers say that those who are saved shall be baptized. But the word of God says that he that he who is baptized shall be saved. Sure, baptism is one of the conditions to be saved. Without baptism, there is no salvation. It does not refer to the counterfeit baptisms of most churches. The true baptism is the one that Jesus Christ took under John the Baptist, by immersion in water. 1 Peter 3 says: "20) --- in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21) The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us..." Preachers say that baptism has nothing to do with our salvation, but the Bible says that baptism doth also now save us. Those who believe the word of God, will take water baptism. Acts 2:38 says: "--- Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, ---" Many preachers say that nobody have to be baptized for the remission of sins. But the word of God says that every one of you must be baptized for the remission of sins. Therefore be baptized, which is one of the conditions for the remission of your sins. Acts 22:16 says "--- now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Many preachers laugh at the principle that water baptism washing away sins. But, God will laugh at them in the end, because they are laughing at his word now.

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