Saturday, August 23, 2014

Baptism (sent or sent not?)

Here is a message that I replied to a Baptist Brider with.

Baptism BY Christ WITH the Holy Ghost INTO a person.........

     Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:​
     Mathew 3:11 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:

Baptism BY the Spirit WITH a person INTO Christ........

     1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 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.
    Colossians 2:10-12 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 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: 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.
    Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
   Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
    Romans 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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.
    Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
  Galatians 3:26-28 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

According to Acts 2-19, baptism BY Christ WITH the Holy Ghost INTO a person results in gifts of tongues and other supernatural gifts.

According to Romans-Philemon, baptism BY the Spirit WITH a person INTO Christ results in being a member of Christ's body (crucified, buried, risen, and seated with Him).

According to Luke 3:3, 7:30, Mark 1:4-5, Matthew 3:6-8, Ezekiel 36:25, Hebrews 10:22, 1 Peter 3:21, Isaiah 52:15, John 1:31, 3:25-26, Acts 2:38, 22:16: WATER baptism is a like figure of the washing away of sins (though it didn't actually put away the filth of the flesh). It is done BY a person WITH water UNTO repentance FOR the remission of sins TO manifest Christ to Israel.

Now there is only ONE baptism as far as our calling, walk, and unity is concerned and that is baptism BY the Spirit into Christ (Eph. 4:1-6). That is why it is in the "unity of the SPIRIT".

Paul (The one we are supposed to follow: 1 Cor. 4:16, 1 Cor. 11:1-2, Phil. 3:17, 2 Thes. 3:7. The one who is our apostle: Rom. 11:13, Gal. 2:8. The one who was given the faith of our present dispensation: Eph. 3:1-9, Rom. 11:25, Col. 1:25-27, 2 Tim. 2:7, 1 Cor. 3:10. The one who is our pattern: 1 Tim. 1:14-16.) was SENT NOT to baptize.....Paul, our pattern and apostle, did not follow the "great commission"!

     1 Corinthians 1:14-17 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Christ didn't tell Paul to baptize (or else he would have been sent to baptize) and it wasn't Christ's will for Paul to baptize (or else Paul would not have said "I thank God I baptized none of you..."). The commission of Matthew 28 and Mark 16 was an apostolic commission that SENT apostles TO baptize. Paul apparently didn't follow this commission because he said that Christ sent him NOT TO baptize. We are not told to baptize (Romans-Philemon) and we are told to follow Paul....and he wasn't sent to baptize. The only people we see baptize in scripture are apostles.

You aren't an apostle are you? --Hoss

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