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If you’re all in, you have been Baptized…

I’m amazed how many people who are believers in Jesus Christ don’t bother to get baptized because they think they are saved and don’t need too, even though Jesus commanded it. The excuses are many and they don’t hold water (pardon the pun).

Faith without works is dead and it takes some effort to go and get baptized which really is a work that ultimately gives the Holy Spirit permission to move and work in our lives, but it’s much more than that, let’s take a look at a few examples.

First let me say baptism in and of itself is not salvation, it takes a sincere repentance from our hearts asking forgiveness for all our sins after we have come to believe from our hearts Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son. But it’s more than that, it means we have decided to follow His teachings and worship and love Him with all our hearts. Unless we come to Jesus as little children we haven’t really come at all. God requires a humble heart and He resists the proud.

Excuses are so lame when what it really amounts too is unbelief and laziness or a lack of total commitment to God which is required. You can’t be a halfhearted Christian when it’s convenient, lukewarmness will send you to hell as Jesus said “ I will spew you out of my mouth.” If you’re afraid to get baptized in public all that really means is your a coward, unless you live in a Country where you have to keep your beliefs underground or risk dying. The time to have courage is now.

Doctrines like “once saved, always saved” are demonic at the root and have no basis from scripture. The truth is you must remain faithful unto death to faith in Jesus and by His grace we are saved through faith and that faith includes baptism and believing what the Bible says.

Matthew 28:19 Jesus said “ 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. This is a command from the risen Son of God!

Mark 16:15,16 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. So here Jesus says whosoever believes AND is baptized shall be saved. Again this is the Son of God telling us we must be baptized, no excuses.

Acts 16:30-34 “30Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32Then Paul and Silas spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house. 33At that hour of the night, the jailer took them and washed their wounds. And without delay, he and all his household were baptized. Here we see the jailer believed Jesus is Lord and he and his entire household got baptized that very hour of the night. So what’s the rush to be baptized you might say? The rush is baptism is part of your salvation, without it you’re on dangerous ground. Remember Jesus? “ he who believes AND is baptized shall be saved.” I don’t care what your pastor or priest has taught you if it goes against the truth of the Bible and you shouldn’t either.

Romans 6: 1-7 “1What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? 3Or aren’t you aware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4We therefore were buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life.

5For if we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in resurrection. 6We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. 7For anyone who has died has been freed from sin. And when someone dies do we just sprinkle a little dirt on them and walk away? No we put them in the ground. So Baptism is our watery grave being buried with Jesus and rising to walk a new life, and in the future resurrection to rise again to glory because we have been water baptized. Our old self is crucified with Him so we are no longer slaves to sin. Do we still sin? Yes but we are not slaves to sin and verse 14 states “For sin shall not be master over you for you are not under law but under grace.

Baptism is cutting off sin from our flesh. “11In Him you were also circumcised in the putting off of your sinful nature, with the circumcision performed by Christ and not by human hands. 12And having been buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.” Still think baptism is optional? Think again.

I Peter 3:21 “ In the ark a few people, only eight souls, were saved through water. 21And this water symbolizes the baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body, but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him. Baptism is a necessary part of salvation, Jesus said so and the above verses prove it and there are many more verses not mentioned here for space sake.

Finally, some denominations preach the heresy that because the thief on the cross didn’t get baptized and made it to Paradise with Jesus, they don’t have to either and baptism is not necessary. Well that’s bunk and here’s why:

20When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21But the scribes and Pharisees began to contemplate this and ask, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22Knowing what they were thinking, Jesus replied, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk?’ 24But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins…” He said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, pick up your mat, and go home.”

Jesus has authority to forgive sin and that’s exactly what He did for the thief on the cross. Besides Jesus had not yet died and risen so His command to believe and be baptized had not taken place or gone into effect yet. Being baptized in the likeness of His death could not happen until He had died and arose from the dead. This is an excuse for not wanting to be baptized or to back ones church doctrine, it’s heresy.

Now many who fight about this are themselves baptized so go figure, it’s just another doctrine of demons that crept into the church in America, Christians in other nations never believed this false doctrine. Romans 10:10 is true “ 8But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,”that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.” AND so is Romans 6:3,4 “3Or aren’t you aware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4We therefore were buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life.”

We must be born again by the Spirit to see the kingdom of God and when you believe and are baptized you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit if you believe the Bible in Acts 2:38-39 For the promise is for you and your children….it doesn’t come from the water, it comes from Jesus…

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Jesus Emptied Himself to become a Human 

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7 but Emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, andbeing made in the likeness of men.

8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,i

10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing;

15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.(Philippians 2:5-15) 

In the form of God. “Christ is the same nature and essence as God” Jesus emptied Himself, “The Kenosis” (emptying) of Christ during His incarceration does not mean that He surrendered any attributes of deity, but that He took on the limitations of humanity. This involved a veiling of His preincarnate glory (John 17:5) and the voluntary nonuse of some of His divine prerogatives during the time He was in the earth (Matt. 24:36), form is the same word used in verse 6 of Philippians’s 2. That means Jesus was completely God and truly man. To deny either the deity or humanity of Christ requires denying the other. It was through self denial and obedience Christ won sovereignty over all peoples and things. Jesus Christ is Lord, He is God (Yahweh of the Old Testament) 

In the same way we must empty ourselves and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ to the glory of the Father producing good fruit by telling others about the great mystery of salvation and eternal life that comes only through faith in His only begotten Son Jesus. We are justified by faith in Jesus. So we all must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Not Work for it, but work it out in our personal lives, remember it’s by grace we are saved through faith and that faith makes us children of God and we receive the”Promise”, the very same promise Abraham received from God, everlasting life having been justified by faith if we continue in the way until death….

What’s all this personal relationship with Jesus stuff?

What is all this personal relationship business people say you must have with Christ? I remember my good Baptist friends would say that to me and I would answer no, you have to get baptized. Which they would reply; we do after we get saved. Turns out they were right on that point; everyone must have a personal relationship with Jesus.  In the Day of Judgment Jesus said to those on the left “Depart from me, I never knew you, to which many said wait a minute (inferred) didn’t I do many mighty works in your name? Jesus said depart from me I never knew you.

Why did he say that? If you live with a person, you will have a personal relationship with them and so it is, to live with Jesus is to have a personal relationship with Him. Many today profess with their mouth that they are Christians, but in their heart they are far, far away from Him. You may think you’re saved but in truth, you are not saved at all. How is this possible when you went too or still go to church and walked the isle and prayed a prayer to get saved? It happens because there was no real true repentance from the heart; it was just an act of religion. It happens because there was no commitment to Jesus really from the heart. It happens because there was no resolve to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus. It happens because you were not willing to Truly Repent which means to turn around from your pass sins and lifestyle, it means you walked out that church door or meeting wherever it was the same as when you came in and returned to the same ole sins you have been practicing all your life. Nothing really changed.

Jesus said “Count the cost” and you did and decided to try to live with one foot in the world and one foot in Christianity which won’t work. God said if you are neither hot nor cold He will spit you out of His mouth. How many will hear “depart from me, I never knew you?” Mixed in is the belief or should I say Unbelief that you were unsure if Jesus Really is the Son of God or if His shed blood really does cleanse you and covers all your sins. Maybe it was all an act on your part to please someone else or perhaps play the “church” game and show (pretending of course) that you’re all that in the community and known for being a good person, (though you know inside that is far from the truth.)

All this talk of a personal relationship really does mean something, just like any personal relationships you have in life mean something. In this case with Jesus, it means giving up your life, letting go and trusting with your whole heart, placing yourself in the hands of the creator, the lover of your life, the redeemer of your soul, who died for you. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Jesus says “take my yoke upon you and learn of me and you will find REST for your soul. That means all the stress and worries and heartaches and tension within you will come to a peace deep inside you in your soul and spirit and finally you will be at peace with yourself. Jesus also said you must be Born Again to enter the kingdom of God. Do you think anyone at judgment who are told to depart from Jesus and He never knew them were born again? Absolutely NOT! You know something, you know if you have been born again inside, it’s no game and you will answer in judgments; don’t kid or deceive yourself.

Knowing your spirit is born again is simple to discern. If the eyes of your heart don’t see things differently than before, if there was no real change that took place in your lifestyle, if you are buried in the same sins as before, if you still treat others badly and hate some, if you still carry all kinds of unforgiveness  to those who have offended you and if you spend zero time praying and studying the word and don’t worship God from your heart, there is NO WAY your born again, your just deceiving yourself or the devil is deceiving you. A born again person has the witness in themselves the bible says.

Have you shared Jesus with anyone? How many have you led to repentance? Freely you have been given so freely give to others. Eternal life is a free gift of God. None of us deserve anything as we are all sinners, but if we are saved by Gods grace through faith in Jesus then we ought to act like it. If God did not spare the angels, how much more will those who deny such a great salvation are judged in the end? Salvation is not something to take lightly as you were bought with a heavy price, the blood of the Son of God! A born again person does not practice sin. Hello, John states those who practice sin are of the devil and you know them by their fruits. I am amazed at all the people I know who fit this category that claim to be saved and Christians. Baloney, they have affairs, get drunk or do drugs, are addicted to porn, hate others and love the world and money and practice these things and they say they are saved? Baloney, Jesus doesn’t know them and they are headed to a burning lake of fire unless they repent and trust Jesus from their heart. How do I know this? The bible says so and I was formerly just like them, but by the mercy of God. I came to the end of myself and was born of the Spirit of God, bless Jesus.

Please examine your own life and do right and believe Jesus must Know You or He will say depart from me, I never knew you. Sometimes true born again souls slip up and fall into sin, but come back to God in full repentance. He is faithful and just to forgive our sins if we ask Him. I am afraid for all those who think they are saved but are not even born again. Some play the church game, some are so bound up in religion and works, their souls are parched dry, yet they continue to be bound up in legalism instead of the free gift of grace. Still others who know grace live like the people in the world and practice sin of every kind.

I am scared for all my friends and family members whose only concern is money and the things of the world. God says if you love the world, then the love of the father is not in you. What a statement! How could that be? It’s because God is a jealous God and the love of anything before him is IDOL worship and putting other things before Him. We’re only human you say? No, that is wrong, we are spirit as well and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The fight within us is a fight against our own flesh and the devil. We must take control of our own flesh and say no and resist the devil and he will flee from us.

Think you can live a Christian life without praying and renewing your mind by reading and/or hearing the word? You can’t, so don’t even pretend. So what is the answer; to have a personal relationship with God the Father and Jesus the Son. How do we do that? Like any other relationship we have. Spend time with Him! Communicate with Him! Talk to Him 24/7 in your heart, He is right there with you all the time. How is that possible? His Spirit is inside you, the Holy Spirit if you are born again! So when you think or talk Gods Spirit inside you has instant communication with the Father! Greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world! And if the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside you, then He who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal body through the Spirit that dwells in you! That’s why we grieve the Holy Spirit when we sin because we carry God with us at all times and He knows even our innermost thoughts and everything we do!

But God is not waiting for us to mess up and then beat us with a big stick, He loves us so much and wants the best for our lives and gives us a future and a hope! A personal relationship? You bet, and we know His voice so listen for Him in your quiet times. Surrender to Jesus with your whole heart and ask the Holy Spirit in and be born again. Then on judgment day Jesus will say; come you blessed of my Father and enter into the rest that has been prepared for you since the beginning of time…..

Receiving Jesus (Blood Security)

Receiving Jesus (Blood Security)

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born , not of the flesh nor of the will of the flesh, nor or the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12)” I would suggest you read that verse over a few times until it really sinks into your spirit what the true meaning of it is. Jesus said you must be born again of the Spirit.

Taken in the context of the entire first chapter of John, it relates that Jesus is the word and became flesh and lived among us for of His fullness we have received grace upon grace. What exactly is His fullness and how do we actually receive Him? Is there some special act or work or thing we must do?

Jesus is everything and Jesus plus something is heresy. Jesus is the exact representation of God the Father and they are one and so is the Holy Spirit. Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh but never sinned. He verified His work and who He is by the miracles He performed. No one killed Him. He laid down His life willingly for all mankind that they might be saved. Everyone who has ever lived are sinners and there is no hope except through Jesus. Because of His great love for us He became sin on the cross and all the wrath of God was placed upon Him at that moment in time. The blood He shed became the payment, sprinkled in heaven in the Holy of Holies in a place not made with hands. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness, so Jesus bled for us. The bible says He actually became the substitute for mankind. He actually took our place and satisfied the penalty for us that entire sacrifice that God required.

Religious people who love to keep others in bondage to them and their group list several things you must do to be saved, or justified or sanctified or made holy but they are all lies. Because Jesus is the only answer and cried out on the cross it is finished. What is it? It is just what was said above. He came to fulfill the law and now there is grace for those that believe. Can water wash away your sins? No! Only the blood of Jesus can do that and it is done by faith through Gods grace from the heart. Water baptism is commanded and should be done ASAP after your born again to symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, and that is what it is, a symbol and agreement of what you already believe in your heart. Jesus plus something is heresy. Jesus alone is the answer. You connect to Jesus blood by your faith not by baptism and it must come from your believing heart. It amazes me that God said without faith it impossible to please Him, so those who have not learned to use their faith and release it to God turn to acts or rules because they just don’t believe it.

Jesus said in Matthew 26:28 “For this is the blood of my covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness (remission) of sins.” Acts 10:43 says “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him RECEIVES forgiveness of sins” Romans 3:24,25 states “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation (payment, substitute) IN HIS BLOOD THROUGH FAITH…” Much more then, having now been justified by HIS BLOOD, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Hebrews 13:20 says “Now the God of peace who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:18,19 “ knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver and gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with THE PRECIOUS BLOOD as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. Ephesians 1:7 says “In Him (Jesus) we have redemption through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins of our trespasses according to the riches of His grace.” Revelation 1:5 “ …and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins BY HIS BLOOD.” And finally in Revelation 5:9 “Worthy are you to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain and purchased for God WITH YOUR BLOOD from every tongue and people and nation.

“For it is the Fathers good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him (Jesus) and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through THE BLOOD OF THE CROSS; THROUGH HIM…”Don’t be deceived by religion, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father but by Him and His Blood by Faith through grace. Everyone is given a measure of Faith equally so don’t say you have no faith, you might not know how to release it, but God will help you if you ask. How do you receive Jesus? Simply by calling out to Him, confessing He is the Messiah and the only Son of God and knowing He was raised from the dead and asking Him to come into your heart and make you born again believing His Blood washes away all your sin past present and future.

A final word to those who are cowards: Jesus mentions Cowards as the first named to be cast into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8) Why would the cowards be mentioned first? Because the cowards want to please their families, their friends, their schoolmates and the world. They are afraid to be ridiculed for being a Christian. They are afraid and don’t want any sort of persecution to come their way because they believe in Jesus Christ as Messiah. They are coward’s period. Jesus said whoever loves Father or Mother or sister or brother more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever is not willing to take up you cross daily and follow Jesus is not worthy to enter into the Kingdom of God. Don’t be a coward and be loss, Jesus loves you so much; call out now to Him to save you and fill you with His Holy Spirit while there is still time. Blessed be the Name of The LORD……..

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