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Published 2:18 pm Friday, May 29, 2009

Isaiah 1:18—”Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord.”

“Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2nd Peter 1:20-21).

Let us concentrate on the New Testament salvation.

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After Jesus had been crucified (Matthew, Chapter 28), there were two women who went to the sepulcher where Jesus had been laid.

The Bible tells us there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone from the door and was sitting upon it. The angel told the women not to fear that he had risen. He told them to go and tell his disciples that Jesus had risen. On their way, they met Jesus; he told them where the disciples were to meet him.

The disciples went into the mountain place where Jesus had appointed them to go. Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and I am with you always, even unto to the end of the world.”

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night, he was interested in salvation and how one may be saved.

Jesus answered him by saying “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God” (St. John 3:3).

In the fifth verse, Jesus said, “Verily, verily I say unto thee except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.”

Let us be honest (Matthew 28:19) tells us to teach and Baptize all nations in the name “singular” not plural, in the very next verse “20” Jesus said “all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”

Jesus made it plain about the name.

Did you know no where in the Bible “Gods Holy Word” was anyone every baptized using the formula. “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost” again I repeat “no where.”

Your first question may be does it make any difference, again Jesus said, “Whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).

“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).

We must remember (Matthew 16:18-19) Jesus told Peter, “And I say also unto thee that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, and I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

On the day of Pentecost the disciples being 12 with 108 more people, of which the mother of Jesus was one of them (Acts 1:14) were in the upper room in Jerusalem as Jesus had told them to do. All of them were with one accord and in one pace.

“And they were all filled with the Hold Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the spirit gave utterance.”

The 10th chapter of the book of Acts tells us the story of the Gentiles (which are most of us) “was poured out the gift of the holy Ghost.”

“For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48).

The Apostle Paul came to Ephesus there he found certain disciples, and asked them, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? They said unto to 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. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them the Holy Ghost came on them, and they spake with tongues and prophesied” (Acts 19:1-6).

Meditate upon these things give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine, continue in them for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee (1st Timothy 4:15-16) verse 4 and 5.

“Traitor, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: From such turn away.”

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2nd Timothy 4:3-4).

Did you know Jesus is coming back for a people that has made themselves ready. He has done all he could for us. Now we must follow his command (Ephesians 4:5).

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism.”