Water Baptism in the Name of Jesus is Faith

Andreas

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Water baptism is not a work of the law or a work of the flesh or a good work as filthy rags, rather it is one of the greatest acts of faith. Romans, the great book of faith and about faith by the Apostle Paul written to the Roman believers, assumes in Romans 6 that everyone who is a believer has been baptized in the name of Jesus.

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (Romans 6:3).

Baptism in the book of Acts is preached in conjunction with the gospel. It is part of the gospel. The gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how that is applied to our lives for our salvation. Repentance is likened unto death to ourselves, baptism (baptizo means immersion) is a burial with Christ and out of the water and receiving the Spirit, likened to the resurrection. The elements of Water and Spirit are throughout the NT, notably in Christ's talk to Nicodemus in John 3 and Peter's Pentecost sermon on the birthday of the church (Acts 2:38). Interestingly as Peter's sermon says "whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved", is actually detailed in the same sermon. How do you call on the name of Jesus? In true repentance. What else? When we are baptized we call on the name of Jesus. What else? People receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit are calling on the name of Jesus. Romans 8 teaches on the necessity of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

It's time to get back to the Biblical preaching of the gospel for obedience to the faith (Romans 1: 5).

Obeying part of the gospel, just as confessing the Lord in repentance, is a great thing, but fulfilling the whole gospel should be our goal. Leading an overcoming life by faith is necessary (Revelation 3-4). From beginning to end, the just shall live by faith. That doesn't mean the just shall just a have a one time confession, get their accept Jesus as savior salvation train ticket, and then live life as usual except with a polite nod to Jesus from time to time.

James talks about a "dead faith". A dead faith is a worthless faith.
 
Water baptism is not a work of the law or a work of the flesh or a good work as filthy rags, rather it is one of the greatest acts of faith. Romans, the great book of faith and about faith by the Apostle Paul written to the Roman believers, assumes in Romans 6 that everyone who is a believer has been baptized in the name of Jesus.

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (Romans 6:3).

Baptism in the book of Acts is preached in conjunction with the gospel. It is part of the gospel. The gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how that is applied to our lives for our salvation. Repentance is likened unto death to ourselves, baptism (baptizo means immersion) is a burial with Christ and out of the water and receiving the Spirit, likened to the resurrection. The elements of Water and Spirit are throughout the NT, notably in Christ's talk to Nicodemus in John 3 and Peter's Pentecost sermon on the birthday of the church (Acts 2:38). Interestingly as Peter's sermon says "whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved", is actually detailed in the same sermon. How do you call on the name of Jesus? In true repentance. What else? When we are baptized we call on the name of Jesus. What else? People receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit are calling on the name of Jesus. Romans 8 teaches on the necessity of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

It's time to get back to the Biblical preaching of the gospel for obedience to the faith (Romans 1: 5).

Obeying part of the gospel, just as confessing the Lord in repentance, is a great thing, but fulfilling the whole gospel should be our goal. Leading an overcoming life by faith is necessary (Revelation 3-4). From beginning to end, the just shall live by faith. That doesn't mean the just shall just a have a one time confession, get their accept Jesus as savior salvation train ticket, and then live life as usual except with a polite nod to Jesus from time to time.

James talks about a "dead faith". A dead faith is a worthless faith.

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
 
It is about in the accepting Christ as Savior and Lord, and knowing He died and how that in the asking for His forgiveness of sin and to do baptism is cleaning out. Like we are dead to our old sinful self and rise from the water as new and resurrected from our own dead self.
 
Repentance is likened unto death to ourselves, baptism (baptizo means immersion) is a burial with Christ and out of the water and receiving the Spirit, likened to the resurrection.

Cornelius and the other Gentiles with him received the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:47) before their water baptism (Acts 10:48).

When we are baptized we call on the name of Jesus. What else? People receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit are calling on the name of Jesus. Romans 8 teaches on the necessity of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Cornelius and the other Gentiles with him were baptized with the Holy Spirit before they were water baptized. (Acts 11:16)
 
Cornelius and the other Gentiles with him received the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:47) before their water baptism (Acts 10:48).



Cornelius and the other Gentiles with him were baptized with the Holy Spirit before they were water baptized. (Acts 11:16)

Yes, this is another example of the necessity of water baptism. Peter baptized them immediately upon conversion as is the Apostolic pattern throughout the book of Acts.
 
Yes, this is another example of the necessity of water baptism. Peter baptized them immediately upon conversion as is the Apostolic pattern throughout the book of Acts.

Many dishonest folks refuse to talk into consideration that the Samaritans both believed and were baptized and still did not receive the Spirit.

They also have no idea what is going on with the Samaritans OR the house of Cornelius and why these things happened as they did even though Luke explains it to us. The blind leading the blind.
 
Many dishonest folks refuse to talk into consideration that the Samaritans both believed and were baptized and still did not receive the Spirit.

They also have no idea what is going on with the Samaritans OR the house of Cornelius and why these things happened as they did even though Luke explains it to us. The blind leading the blind.

How do you explain the Samaritans not receiving the Spirit immediately?
 
You're being elusive in what you mean. Not impressive.

Acts 1:8 is the starting point. The Gospel first for Jerusalem, then Judea, then Samaria, then the Gentiles. The tongues in Acts are a sign that God has accepted all the nations.

In Acts 10, God was showing Peter that He had accepted the Gentiles.

The point of these accounts is that God is gathering all nations into one people of God. That's why Peter and John had to go up to Samaria. There is no unity of the Spirit if they are still separated from the Jews. That's why God showed Peter that He now accepted the Gentiles in chapter 10 by pouring out his Spirit on them. Neither Acts 8 or Acts 10 are prescriptions for how to baptized and/or be saved. That's not the point. And if you attempt to make claims from Acts 10 about the meaning of baptism with respect to salvation, you will be caught by Acts 8. And if you attempt to make claims from Acts 10 about the meaning of baptism with respect to salvation, you will be caught by Acts 10. And that's because something else is happening here.
 
Acts 1:8 is the starting point. The Gospel first for Jerusalem, then Judea, then Samaria, then the Gentiles. The tongues in Acts are a sign that God has accepted all the nations.

In Acts 10, God was showing Peter that He had accepted the Gentiles.

The point of these accounts is that God is gathering all nations into one people of God. That's why Peter and John had to go up to Samaria. There is no unity of the Spirit if they are still separated from the Jews. That's why God showed Peter that He now accepted the Gentiles in chapter 10 by pouring out his Spirit on them. Neither Acts 8 or Acts 10 are prescriptions for how to baptized and/or be saved. That's not the point. And if you attempt to make claims from Acts 10 about the meaning of baptism with respect to salvation, you will be caught by Acts 8. And if you attempt to make claims from Acts 10 about the meaning of baptism with respect to salvation, you will be caught by Acts 10. And that's because something else is happening here.

While the water baptism came before Spirit baptism in Acts 8 and the reverse in Acts 10, both accounts include the water and the spirit during the evangelistic preaching and their experiences. Both water and Spirit are commanded in Acts 2:38, and again in Acts 19. There is a direct line between the teaching of Jesus in John 3 about being born of water and Spirit and all these references in Acts mentioned here.

I think it is only because the traditions of men have changed the original message that people are not used to the whole message.

It's a cause for great concern if an evangelist would avoid or feel uncomfortable preaching the same message Peter did in Acts 2 and responding to their inquiry about what they must do to be saved with Acts 2:38. You don't hear this message in most churches and that's a huge problem.

They say, "accept the Lord as your personal Savior".

While this is true, it is not the whole truth. It is only part of the gospel. You never see anyone is the book of Acts tell someone this. To me that is a huge deal.
 
Yes, this is another example of the necessity of water baptism. Peter baptized them immediately upon conversion as is the Apostolic pattern throughout the book of Acts.
With the exception of those who were saved prior to baptism as written about in the book of Acts. Right?
 
While the water baptism came before Spirit baptism in Acts 8 and the reverse in Acts 10, both accounts include the water and the spirit during the evangelistic preaching and their experiences. Both water and Spirit are commanded in Acts 2:38, and again in Acts 19. There is a direct line between the teaching of Jesus in John 3 about being born of water and Spirit and all these references in Acts mentioned here.
Acts 2:37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

They were saved when they were "cut to the heart".
 
Acts 2:37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

They were saved when they were "cut to the heart".

People can be convicted or "cut to the heart" but not put faith in Christ or repent. It is the condition of the heart when someone is ready to trust Christ, but some stop and put off their commitment to Christ for whatever reason. What I'm saying is that "cut to the heart" doesn't mean that a person will trust Christ. They get right to the edge of trusting Christ because of what they feel and know but make an excuse. Perhaps they put off for a more convenient season.

Peter, didn't say in Acts 2:38, "Since you are "cut to the heart" you are all set, welcome to the family of God. You are asking what to do, but you've all ready done it so don't worry, be happy".
 
People can be convicted or "cut to the heart" but not put faith in Christ or repent. It is the condition of the heart when someone is ready to trust Christ, but some stop and put off their commitment to Christ for whatever reason. What I'm saying is that "cut to the heart" doesn't mean that a person will trust Christ. They get right to the edge of trusting Christ because of what they feel and know but make an excuse. Perhaps they put off for a more convenient season.

Peter, didn't say in Acts 2:38, "Since you are "cut to the heart" you are all set, welcome to the family of God. You are asking what to do, but you've all ready done it so don't worry, be happy".

Jesus commanded his disciples to do nothing until....

And behold, I am sending forth the promise of my Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high. Luke 24:49

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea...
Acts 1:8

This is why the hearers were cut to the heart.
 
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