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Baptism

Baptism

Ephesians 4:5

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
KJV 

When you become saved, you are sealed with the Holy Spirt. It says in Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV "13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."  This is the one baptism that is highlighted in Ephesians 4:4-6 KJV "4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." 

Articles

December 25th, 2009

What's the truth? What's the real story? How did it come about? How did it begin? What happened next? And what followed?

These are legitimate questions to ask about any matter of public interest. And they are certainly legitimate questions to ask about the Church. Is the Roman Catholic Church the Church that Jesus Christ established?

December 24th, 2009

Colossians 2:8-10 -"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:"

THE GREATEST DISCOVERY that any human being can make is the discovery of the ALL-SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST, and the utter worthlessness of man without Him. Christ is all, and in Him we have all. Without Him we are nothing, absolutely nothing. It makes no difference how many times we multiply ciphers: they will be devoid of all magnitude or quality until we place some digit before them But once a digit is placed before them, they take on meaning, value, significance.

December 4th, 2009

The many divisions and varied opinions about this sub­ject make it appear almost like a hopeless task, particular­ly so for the one who honestly tries to clear the air of all its entanglements. Nevertheless, we must do what we can.

January 15th, 2002

Your CallingYour calling involves the ministry given to the Apostle Paul after the close of Acts.  The first book Paul wrote after Acts was Ephesians.  In that book, he addresses the Gentiles directly for the first time.  This calling is classified in the Post Acts books.

Post Acts Period Books

  • Ephesians
  • Colossians
  • Philemon
  • Philippians
  • Titus
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy
November 30th, 1987

"THE MYSTERY" Its Reality, The Practical Side (Ephesians Chapters 4 through 6)

The Mystery, Its Reality, The Practical SideSince The Mvstery is a body of many truths addressed to God's people (Col. 1:26), the practical side would of necessity have to do with the walk. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him." (Col. 2:6) The instructions in this context are no less forthright: "Work out your own salvation (deliverance) for it is God who is energizing you to His purposes." (Phil. 2:12, 13 and 16).  The walk that is worthy begins in meekness and endeavors to keep (not create) the unity of the Spirit (Eph. 4:1-3). Thus, Faith-Obedience in the walk turns on seven distinct fundamental points of stewardship (Eph. 4:4-6). These seven points will be discussed at the end of this article.{C}{C}{C}{C}

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June 14th, 2015
First Corinthians - Part 31

The lesson on June 14, 2015 was part 31 of the "First Corinthians" study.  Traditions and customs practiced in the Corinthian assembly were unique to the Acts period.  We reviewed why traditions that are taken in that context and tried to be applied today puts the believer in a spiritual prison.  You must rightly divided using Acts 28 as the metaphorical Jordan river when crossing into this age.  One of the most important differences to recognize is the body in Corinthians is not the same body in Ephesians where Christ is the head.  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 31
May 31st, 2015
First Corinthians - Part 30

The lesson on May 31, 2015 was part 30 of the "First Corinthians" study.  This lesson continues in chapter twelve and continues to use the analogy of a spiritual prison if you try to follow what Paul is teaching in Corinthians, seeing that it is an Acts book promoting Acts period traditions and commandments that don't translate to the post-Acts period.  When you look at Paul's ministries, you have to rightly divide Paul and PAul.  The latter being the reference to Paul's prison ministry which occurred after Acts 28:28.  PAul was given a secret to be revealed that was hid in God, before the foundation of the world.  Corinthians will keep the context of the Acts period which means the Jew was first and the Gentiles were brought in as a grafted olive branch to promote Israel to jealousy.  When comparing Corinthians to Ephesians and Colossians, you can plainly see how the Jewish picture book falls away to the reality of the substance, which is Christ, the head of the one body.  Christ is the head in Ephesians and Colossians, which is a separate body than the one that was described in Corinthians.  The scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 12:12-17 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 30
April 12th, 2015
First Corinthians - Part 24

The lesson on April 12, 2015 was part 24 of the "First Corinthians" study.  Continuing on in chapter ten, this lesson looks at popular passage regarding tempatation and the way the Lord gives you to overcome it. Prior to this emphasis, a review was provided over the different baptisms found in scripture and which on applies to us in the post-Acts period.  The scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 10:12-14 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 24
March 29th, 2015
First Corinthians - Part 23

The lesson on March 29, 2015 was part 23 of the "First Corinthians" study.  Chapter ten opens up with Paul addressing the Jewish members of the Corinthian church using their history to emphasize his appeal for their understanding. We learn more about the kind of baptisms in scripture, particularly in the context of comparing our one baptism described in the post Acts books to that of the baptisms in the Old and New Testament, especially during the Acts period (and First Corinthians is an Acts Period Epistle).  The economy of the Acts period was coming to a head in that the time was short and the culmination of the "age times" had the chance to be realized.  After the book of Acts, PAul reveals the "one baptism" which was part of a calling hidden before age times.  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 23
November 23rd, 2014
First Corinthians - Part 9

The lesson on November 23, 2014 was part 9 of the "First Corinthians" study.  Chapter three opens up with Paul explaining how he cannot teach the meaty things of scripture (spiritual meat) because they are babes in Christ living on milk.  There was some divisions discussed and Paul was emphasizing they should not focus on creating divisions but be spiritual instead of carnal.  This was causing envying, stife and divisions.  The Greek word that gives us envying is the same word that is used for zealousy.  Zealousy can be good or bad.  Zeal has to be with knowledge.  The lesson showed how a certain Jew named Apollos had a zeal for Jesus teaching only the baptism of John in Acts 18:24-26 "24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly."  We learn how First Corinthians is clearly based in the context of the book of Acts.  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 3:1-8 KJV

First Corinthians - Part 9

Blogs

September 15th, 2012

…and came trembling, and fell down…”  Acts 16:29 These words describe the Philippian jailer and his conversion before Paul and Silas.  Many of you are familiar with the story.  Paul had been arrested for casting a devil out of a young maiden who had associated herself with them.  This cost the young maiden her supernatural powers and she became a liability instead of an asset to her masters.  They went into a rage over the loss of their income, arrested, beat and imprisoned Paul and Silas, charging the jailer with their safety.

November 25th, 2012

By the time you read this, the election results will be history. The New Religious Right will be happy or the liberal left will be happy. Actually, the results will be whether we increased or slowed down our plummet into the depths of destruction. Billions of dollars were spent on promoting a cause. To some the cause was purely racial, they saw no other issue.

July 22nd, 2014

Should we water baptize today and is the mid-Acts position logically right?

The answers are No and No.

Though a conclusion is affirmed correct this does not mean that the logical process used to attain the result is correct. It is not simply good enough to have a correct conclusion we must have correct argumentation. A mid-acts view of the scriptures will lead to some incorrect conclusions and ultimately to faith that is shipwrecked. Lets look at the subject of baptism and statements Paul has made in 1 Corinthians.

The logic goes something like this:

January 14th, 2018

Why do God’s people sometimes do bad things? Most of us know someone who used to walk in the Spirit (as best as we could tell) and now they are openly walking in the flesh. Since most religionists think people are saved by their good deeds, it is no problem to brush them off as becoming lost again. We do know that there are counterfeits and that some people have never been saved, such as those in Matthew 7:21-23. I want to discuss those who have been genuinely saved and then turned aside.

Paul admonished God’s saints at Corinth:

Charts

Acts Period Books

  • Acts
  • Hebrews
  • Galatians
  • Romans
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Jude
  • Revelation

Here are some dispensational characteristics of the Acts Period.

ONE BAPTISM

Ephesians 4:5

Just One, not a hundred, Just ONE, Not two; just ONE.

(From An Alphabetical Analysis by Charles Welch)

Post Acts Period Books

  • Ephesians
  • Colossians
  • Philemon
  • Philippians
  • Titus
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy

Dispensational characteristics of the Post Acts Period

Post Acts Period Books

  • Ephesians
  • Colossians
  • Philemon
  • Philippians
  • Titus
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy

Dispensational characteristics of the Post Acts Period

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