Who is Jesus/God?
God is a Spirit---> There is just
One God----> Jesus is that one true God (Spirit) manifested or revealed in the
flesh! Jesus is
NOT a GOD Jr. or a second person in a trinity of persons.
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three manifestations of our One True GOD.
Jesus is the "Visible" image of our "Invisible" GOD. He is our Everlasting Father manifested in the flesh! Jesus is 100%
GOD and 100% human. Jesus is the Mighty GOD of the O.T.,
revealed to mankind in the N.T.! The Holy Spirit is simply His
Spirit that indwells the believer. Here are some Scriptures that show that
Jesus and GOD are the same:
the Father (Eph 4:6)
the Holy Ghost (Rom 8:9-11) Creator
the Redeemer and Savior
the I AM and The I AM
First and Last
the Father (Isa 9:6, John
the Holy Ghost
the Redeemer and Savior
the I AM and the I AM HE
First and Last
The following Scriptures are used as references,
showing there to be One GOD, and that Jesus was fully that One True GOD, at
the same time was fully humanity. Also, that the Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost are 3 manifestations of our One GOD.
is But One God
Isa 45:2-6, 21-23
I Cor 8:4-6
I Timothy 2:5
John 1:1, 14
John 8:24, 58-59
II Cor 5:19
I Timothy 3:16
John 8:40, 10:33
I Timothy 2:5
is the Holy Spirit
Jesus is the Father
The Way We Worship
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WE PRAY TOGETHER ALOUD
because in the Bible we read, "They lifted up their voice to God with one
accord." -Acts 4:24
WE LIFT OUR HANDS IN PRAISE
because in the Bible we read, "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless
the Lord."-Psalm 134:2
WE SING WITH ALL OUR HEARTS
because in the Bible we read, "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the
earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise."-Psalm 98:4
WE PLAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
because in the Bible we read, "And all the house of Israel played before the
LORD on all manner of instruments."-II Samuel 6:5
WE CLAP AND SHOUT UNTO GOD
because in the Bible we read, "O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto
God with the voice of triumph."-Psalm 47:1
WE DANCE BEFORE THE LORD
because in the bible we read, "Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise
him with stringed instruments and organs."-Psalm 150:4
WE TESTIFY PUBLICLY
because in the bible we read, "I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in
the midst of the congregation will I praise thee."-Psalm 22:22
WE ANOINT WITH OIL FOR DIVINE
HEALING because in the Bible we read, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the
elder of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the
name of the Lord."-James 5:14
WE ALLOW THE OPERATION OF THE
SPIRITUAL GIFTS because
in the Bible we read, "When ye come together, every one of you hath a
psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an
interpretation."-I Corinthians 14:26
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We repent by turning away from sin and
surrendering our lives to God. Repentance begins with God's
calling—His opening our minds to correctly understand His Word. Then
we must pray for His help and begin studying the Scriptures to find
out what we need to change. We do this by comparing our beliefs,
behavior, customs, traditions and thoughts to the Holy Bible. God's
Word is the only trustworthy standard by which we can measure our
attitudes and behavior.
This thorough self-examination process is
essential if our repentance is to be genuine, and it will require
not only an outward change, but a change of heart and mind as well.
It is an "about face" or an "180 Degree" change in the direction we
were living, to now living according to the Word of GOD. Now let's see what the Bible says about real
repentance and its importance to our relationship with God.
Did Jesus stress the importance of repentance?
"I have not come to call the righteous,
but sinners, to repentance" (Luke 5:32).
"Now after John was put in prison,
Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at
hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel'" (Mark 1:14-15;
compare Matthew 4:17).
Jesus taught that our most important
priority should be to enter the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). From
the beginning of His public ministry He stressed that repentance is
an integral part of reaching that goal.
Did God's prophets of old preach repentance?
"And the LORD has sent to you all His
servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but you have
not listened nor inclined your ear to hear. They said, 'Repent now
everyone of his evil way and his evil doings ...'" (Jeremiah
Must this same message
continue to be preached to the whole world?
"Then [Jesus] said to them, '... All
things must be fulfilled which were written ... concerning Me ...
Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to
suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance
and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations,
beginning at Jerusalem" (Luke 24:44-47).
The Scriptures show God is consistent. From
the beginning He has sent His servants with the same message:
"Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity
will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions
which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new
spirit" (Ezekiel 18:30-31).
Must everyone repent?
"I tell you ... unless you repent you
will all ... perish" (Luke 13:3; compare Acts 17:30; 2 Peter
Eternal life in the Kingdom of God is
available only to those who repent of their sins! There are no
exceptions, because "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God" (Romans 3:23).
Water Baptism in Jesus' Name
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The Importance of Water Baptism
Christian water baptism is an ordinance
instituted by Jesus Christ. If it is not important in the plan of
God, why did Jesus command it in Matthew 28:19? And why did Peter
follow up by saying, "Be baptized every one of you," and by
commanding the Gentiles to be baptized (Acts 2:38; 10:48)? We must
remember two points about the importance of water baptism. First,
whatever Christ definitely established and ordained cannot be
unimportant, whether we understand its significance or not.
Second, Christ and the apostles showed the importance of this
ordinance by observing it. Jesus walked many miles to be baptized,
though He was without sin, saying, "For thus it becometh us to
fulfill all righteousness" (See Matthew 3:13-16.)
It is true that water itself does not contain any
saving virtue, but God has chosen to include it in His plan of salvation. Peter
explained, "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" (I Peter 3:21). According to Luke 7:30, "the Pharisees and
lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized."
The Mode of Baptism
According to the
Scriptures, the proper mode of baptism is immersion. "And Jesus,
when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water" (Matthew
3:16). "And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the
eunuch; and he baptized him" (Acts 8:38). "Therefore we are buried
with him by baptism into death" (Romans 6:4). A corpse is not buried
by placing it on top of the ground and sprinkling a little soil on
it, but by covering it completely.
According to the World Book Encyclopedia, "At first all
baptism was by complete immersion" (vol. 1, p.651). And the Catholic
Encyclopedia states, "In the early centuries, all were baptized by immersion in
streams, pools, and baptisteries" (vol. 2, p.263). Immersion was not convenient
after the Catholic church instituted infant baptism; thus the mode was changed
to sprinkling. (See Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed., vol. 3, pp.365-66.)
Repentance identifies us with the death of Christ, and
baptism identifies us with His burial. Coming forth from the watery grave of
baptism and receiving new life in the Holy Spirit identifies us with His
The Formula for Baptism
Jesus commanded His
disciples to "teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19). He
did not command them to use these words as a formula, but He
commanded them to baptize in "the name." The word name is
used here in the singular, and it is the focal point of the
baptismal command. The titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost describe
God's relationships to humanity and are not the supreme, saving name
described here, which is Jesus. "Neither is there salvation in any
other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Jesus is the name in which the roles of Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost are revealed. The angel of the Lord instructed Joseph, "She shall
bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his
people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Jesus said, "I am come in my Father's
name," and, "The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,...the Father will send in
my name" (John 5:43; 14:26). Thus by baptizing in the name of Jesus, we honor
the Godhead. "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily"
Luke 24:45-47 records that just before His ascension,
Jesus opened the disciples' understanding. It was necessary that their
understanding be opened, and many today need this same operation in order to
understand the Scriptures. Then Jesus said to them, "Thus it is written, and
thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day." The
disciples had their understanding opened so that they could grasp the vast
importance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Verse 47 describes
the commission that Jesus then gave: "And that repentance and remission of sins
should be preached in his name among all nations [Jews and Gentiles], beginning
Peter was one of that number to whom Jesus had spoken
and whose understanding had been opened. After having listened to these
instructions, a few days later he was inspired by the Holy Ghost to preach on
the Day of Pentecost. The hearts of the hearers were pierced and, feeling
condemned, they cried out to Peter and the other apostles, "Men and brethren,
what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37). Peter did not hesitate but boldly answered,
"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38).
"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized, and the same day there
were added unto them about three thousand souls" (Acts 2:41).
Some say that Peter told them to be baptized in Jesus'
name because they were Jews and this baptism was to make them acknowledge Jesus
Christ. But let us go with Peter to the house of Cornelius several years later.
Cornelius and his household were Gentiles, yet there again Peter "commanded them
to be baptized in the name of the Lord" (Acts 10:48). (Most translations
actually say, "In the name of Jesus Christ.") If Peter was wrong on the Day of
Pentecost, he surely had ample time to be corrected before he went to the house
Was Peter wrong on the Day of Pentecost? When the
hearers were prickled in their hearts, they spoke to Peter and to the rest of
the apostles (Acts 2:37). This included Matthew, who wrote Matthew 28:19.
Moreover, when Peter preached, he stood up with the eleven Acts 2:14). Matthew
was there, yet we find no words of correction from him. He surely would have
spoken up if Peter had disobeyed the Lord. But all the apostles understood and
carried out the Lord's commission. As Jesus said in prayer, "I have manifested
thy name unto the men [the apostles] which thou gavest me out of the world...and
they have kept thy word" (John 17:6).
The Samaritans, who were not Jews, were also baptized
in the name of Jesus. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached
Christ unto them...."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.... They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts
8:5, 12, 16).
Let us see how Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles,
baptized. He went to Ephesus many years after the Day of Pentecost and found
some disciples of John the Baptist there. "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"
(Acts 19:2-5). Although these disciples had already been baptized, the name of
Jesus was so important as to cause them to be rebaptized in His name.
We do not believe that Paul changed the formula or mode
of baptism when he baptized Lydia and her household (Acts 16:14-15) or the
Philippian jailer. The latter came trembling and fell down before Paul and
Silas, saying, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And he took them the
same hour of the night [shortly after midnight], and washed their stripes; and
was baptized, he and all his, straightway" (Acts 16:30-33). How can we doubt
that Paul baptized these people using the same mode and formula that he used
elsewhere, that is, immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Paul was not with the apostles when Jesus gave his
finial instructions to them in Matthew 28:19 and Luke 24:47, yet Paul baptized
in the name of the Lord Jesus. How did he know what to do? He said that his
gospel was not a tradition of men but a revelation from God. "I certify you,
brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I
neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of
Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:11-12). Paul was chosen to bear Jesus' name to the
Gentiles, and he wrote many divinely inspired epistles to the church. To this
apostle, God revealed the mystery of the church, "which in other ages was not
made known unto the sons of men, as it now revealed unto his holy apostles and
prophets by the Spirit" (Ephesians 3:5). Paul claimed to have divine authority:
"If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge
that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord" (I
Corinthians 14:37). And Paul wrote, 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). Water baptism is done in both word and deed. We cannot afford
to overlook this command to the church.
The church is "built upon the foundation of the
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone"
(Ephesians 2:20). The apostles not only preached baptism in Jesus' name, but
they practiced it. Nowhere can we find that they baptized using the words "in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Instead, we find
them baptizing in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. In baptizing in Jesus'
name, they fulfilled the command of the Lord in Matthew 28:19.
Paul said, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto
you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed" (Galatians
1:8). Let this be a solemn warning to us.
Some say that they will accept the words of Jesus in
Matthew 28:19 but not those of Peter in Acts 2:38. Jesus taught Peter what to
preach (Acts 1:3). Peter preached the words of Jesus. Peter preached
exactly what Jesus wanted him to. Peter spoke on the Day of Pentecost
under the anointing of the Holy Ghost. Peter was one of the apostles, and to him
had been given the keys of the kingdom, so we have no right to discredit his
In Mark 7:8 Jesus said, "Laying aside the commandment
of God, ye hold the tradition of men." History tells us that it was not until
many years after the apostles that the mode and formula of baptism in the name
of Jesus Christ were changed. (See Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 1,
p.241.) Which means more to you, the command of the Lord or the tradition of
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The gift of the Holy Spirit has become the topic of much
discussion in our day. Men and women of all persuasions and from all
walks of life have become interested enough to search for greater
understanding of this phenomenal spiritual experience. Capturing
headlines, dominating the content of many religious periodicals, and
generally creating excitement, this supernatural experience of
salvation deserves a sincere appraisal.
The Holy Spirit is God. "God is a Spirit"
(John 4:24). "There is . . . one Spirit" (Ephesians 4:4). To become
a subject in the kingdom of God, Jesus said a person must be "born
again," or "born of water and of the Spirit" (John 3:3-5). The birth
of the Spirit and the baptism of the Spirit are synonymous terms.
The Apostle Peter understood this truth as he spoke. to the
multitude in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost: "Repent, and be
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"
(Acts 2:38). This experience was received by the Jews on Pentecost
(Acts 2:1-4), the Samaritans (Acts 8:15-17), and the Gentiles (Acts
10:44-48), plainly indicating that it was meant for all people,
regardless of race, creed, color, or station in life. The new birth,
consisting of water and Spirit, was never set forth as being
optional or unessential. "Ye must be born again" are the words of
Jesus in John 3:7. Until a person is born of the Spirit, he cannot
be called a "son" of God.
But why concentrate only on the
absoluteness of the command? It is a blessed privilege to experience
a release of spirit, finding freedom of soul and expression in the
baptism of the Holy Spirit. There is no other experience similar to
it. "Incomparable" is the only adequate description of this filling.
The transition is to an entirely new realm and way of life. A
complete transformation takes place. The soul has an empty place "in
the shape of God" that nothing else will fit or satisfy. The baptism
of the Spirit completely satisfies every longing of the soul. In
this experience is fulfillment.
There are two major evidences of the
baptism of the Holy Spirit. The initial, outward evidence is
speaking with tongues, which means speaking miraculously in
languages the speaker does not know as the Spirit of God gives them
Speaking with other tongues has been
connected with Spirit baptism since the beginning of the church age.
On the birthday of the New Testament church, the Day of Pentecost
after Christ's ascension, approximately 120 disciples of Christ were
inundated by the Spirit of God and "began to speak with other
tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4). The
household of an Italian centurion received the same spiritual
experience, which the Jewish Christian onlookers readily identified,
"for they heard them speak with tongues" (Acts 10:44-48). In Acts
19:1-6, a group of John the Baptist's disciples heard about the Holy
Ghost from the Apostle Paul; they too were filled with the Spirit,
"and they spake with tongues." The common denominator of speaking
in tongues was present in these three cases where people received
the Holy Ghost. When people received the Holy Ghost in the
scriptures, they would instantly speak in tongues as the initial
evidence of this spiritual experience.
We cannot adequately express with our own
words the ecstasy experienced in the baptism of the Spirit. Only
through unaccustomed words of heavenly coherence can we utter what
our souls would express.
There are perhaps several other reasons why
God chose speaking in tongues as the initial evidence of this
spiritual baptism. It is an objective, external evidence that
recipients and onlookers can both identify with certainty (Acts
10:46). It is a uniform evidence-all the disciples on Pentecost, all
the household of Cornelius, and all the believers in Ephesus spoke
in tongues. "So is everyone that is born of the Spirit" are the
words of Jesus in His description of this spiritual new birth (John
3:8). Speaking in tongues also indicates the complete control of the
Spirit over our human wills. The tongue is the most unruly member of
the body (James 3:8), and its being tamed by God is evidence of His
Further evidence of the Spirit's abiding
presence in our lives is the fruit of the Spirit, which Paul
mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." The fruit of
the Spirit by themselves are not the evidence though of the initial
Spirit baptism, but should be manifested in the life of one who has
been Spirit baptized.
Many confuse the initial evidence of
speaking in tongues upon receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost,
with "divers kinds of tongues" taught in 1 Cor. 12:10. Divers kinds
of tongues is one of the nine gifts of the Spirit that is to be used
in the Church, and it requires an interpretation to edify the
Speaking is tongues is the initial evidence
of receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost for the first time in
your life, and then can be experienced often after that through the
gifts of the Spirit. Paul wrote "I thank my God, I speak with
tongues more than ye all:" (1 Cor. 14:18)
Was the baptism of the Holy Spirit for the
apostles or early disciples only? Is it today available to only a
select few who are "super-spiritual"? The obvious answer to these
questions is NO!
The Apostle Peter made it very plain in his
message on the Day of Pentecost that the gift of the Holy Ghost is
for everyone: "For the promise is unto you, and to your children,
and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall
call" (Acts 2:39). (See Luke 11:13.) Our faith, obedience, and
submission to the Lord Jesus and His gospel qualify us for this most
joyous of all experiences. (See Acts 5:32; 11:15-17.) As Isaiah 12:3
states, "With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of
Seek Him today, for "he is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). "Ho, every one that
thirsteth, come ye to the waters" (Isaiah 55:1). This means you!
The subject of water baptism has long been called a great issue
in the past, and continues to be so in the present. In our study of it, let us
first consider its importance, the mode, and the correct Biblical formula.