Salvation

DISCIPLINE BOOK

Acts 4:12. Repent (of your hard words spoken against truth, un­belief, blindness of heart) and be baptized everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (hard words, un­belief, blindness of heart), and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

GOD'S STANDARD OF SALVATION

We earnestly contend for God's standard of salvation. Jude 1:3. In the Word of God we find God's standard to be nothing short of a Holy Spirit-filled Life with SIGNS FOLLOWING as on the Day of Pentecost. (Mark 16:16-18; Acts 2:4; 8:14-17; 9:17-18; 10:44-48; 19:1-6. See Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:48; I Peter 1:15-16.)

 

 

BAPTISM

SEVEN REASONS WHY WE BAPTIZE IN JESUS' NAME

There has been much controversy about baptizing in Jesus' name. People talk and dispute for and against baptizing in the name. Being honest, they say and do many things contrary to that name, not having had an explanation given them why we baptize in the name of Jesus Christ only, and not in the formula: Father, Son and Holy Ghost, as is commonly done by other ministers of the gospel throughout Christendom. We propose this article to show, by seven reasons, why we baptize in the name of Jesus only.

1st Reason

     IT IS APOSTOLIC IN ORIGIN AND PRACTICE, Acts 2:38; Acts 4:10-12, 14-18; Acts 8:14-17, Acts 19:1-6. It is agreed by Bible students that the Apostles are the founders and foun­dation of the Church of God, Jesus Christ being the chief corner­stone. Their teachings and doctrines are the fundamental principles upon which the church is built. Jesus, in the flesh, taught his disciples the plan of salvation, opening their understanding and making them to know the mysteries of the Kingdom. He went to the Cross and paid the price of our redemption, and three days af­terwards, arose from the grave. And on the way to Emmaus, He ' opened the understanding of two disciples that they might under­stand the scriptures concerning Himself, and said unto them, "Thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached IN HIS NAME among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:13-27, 44-48.)

     "And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worship­ped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and were con­tinually in the temple, praising and blessing God." (Luke 24:25-53.)

                The disciples continued with one accord in prayer until the day of Pentecost was fully come, when the Holy Ghost descended upon them as "a rushing, mighty wind", and they were all bap­tized in the "Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." "When this was noised aborad the multitude came together and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, behold are not all those who speak Galileans, and how hear we every man in our own tongue wherein we were born?" And they "were in doubt, saying one to another, what meaneth this? Others, mocking, said these men are full of new wine." "But Peter, standing up", preached unto them Jesus Christ crucified, buried and resurrected, he laid to their charge the guilt of his death, and "when they heard this, they were pricked in their hearts, and said unto Peter and to the rest of apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of they Holy Ghost." "And they that gladly received his word were baptized. And the same day there were ad­ded unto them about three thousand souls. (Acts 2.)

                Thus the Apostles obeyed the command of Jesus Christ in Luke 24:46-47, where He said "that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Thus, the Apostles, in obedience to the command of Jesus, became the originators of baptizing in the name of Jesus Christ. Baptizing in the name of Jesus Christ is Apostolic, not in origin only, but in practice; for no other mode of baptism is to be found in the New Testament. Upwards of one hundred years after Pentecost, believers were baptized only in the name: Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins. For example, when Phillip went down to Samaria and preached unto them the Gospel, they all, with one accord, gave heed unto what Phillip preached, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. And "when the Apostles at Jerusalem had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John; who, when they was come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost, (for as yet he was fallen upon none of them, only they were baptized into the NAME OF THE LORD JESUS. (Acts 8:14-16) Again in Acts 19:1-6 we read: "While Appollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coast, came to Ephesus; and finding cer­tain disciples, He said unto them: Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him: We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And He said un­to them. Unto what were you 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 that should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus, and when they heard this they were baptized over again in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Ghost came on them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied." In no other mode or name was baptism administered in the days of the Apostles; save IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST; and again in Acts 4:12 we read, "NEITHER IS THER SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: FOR THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED." All other modes and methods of baptism have arisen since, and not in the days of the Apostles.

 

2nd Reason

                WE ARE EXHORTED TO BELIEVE, TO OBEY AND FOLLOW THE TEACHINGS OF THE APOSTLES, Heb. 2:1-5; Acts 2:38-43; Col. 2:3-9. Jesus said to the Apostles that he that rejecteth thee rejecteth me. Moreover, He prayed that we should believ" in Him through their, the Apostles' words (St. John 17:20) Paul said in Hebrews 2:1-4 that "we should give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard lest at any time we should let them slip, for if the word spoken by angels were steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation unto us by them that heard him? God also bearing them witness with signs and wonders, and divers miracles; and gifts of the Holy Ghost according to his own will?" The gospel that was preached by the Apostles was according to the will of God, for God confirmed it with signs and wonders as if to say to us, Amen, follow as they have taught.

                Again speaks Paul: "To-wit, God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and HATH COMMITTED UNTO US THE WORD OF RECON­CILIATION." "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ stead, be ye reconciled to God." (2 Cor. 5:19-20V

                The saints of the day of Pentecost set us an example that we should follow in their steps. In Acts 2:38-43 we read: "...that they that gladly received his word were baptized".. .and they con­tinued in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship.. .great fear came upon all the people and many wonders and signs were done by the Apostles."

Jesus said unto Peter:  "...Upon this rock I  will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, and I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:18-19)

            Notice Jesus said not, I give you the keys, but "I WILL GIVE UNTO THEE THE KEYS;" signifying thai al some future day or time he would give the keys unto him. Now keys are used to open up things thai are shul or hidden; and Jesus said, "Howbeil when He Ihe Spiril of Truth is come, He will guide you into all trulh..." (John 16:13) So, when Ihe Holy Ghost came on the day of Penlecosl, He was Ihe keys, and opened unto Peter Ihe myslery of Ihe name of Jesus Chrisl that had been hid or shut up since the foundation of Ihe world.

Now if Peter had the keys, how shall we get into heaven ex­cept by the door lhal he opened upon the day of Penlecost, when he answered the heartslrung mullitude who desired to be loosed on earth so as to be loosed in heaven? "Repent and be baplized every one of you in the name of Jesus Chrisl for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38)

 

3rd Reason

            WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE THREE COM­MISSIONS CONTRADICT EACH OTHER, Matt. 28:19; Luke 24:45-48; Mark 16:15-19. We hold that there is no discrepancy in God's word, therefore we believe that the three commissions all mean the same thing and all met their fulfillmenl in Acls 2:38 where Peler said "Repenl and be baplized every one of you in Ihe name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins." All three com­missions were given by the same person and all three mean the same Ihing. Mall. 28:19 says, "Go ye iherefore, and teach all nations, baplizing ihem in Ihe name of Ihe Falher and of Ihe Son and of Ihe Holy Ghosl." Nolice, He said nol baplize them in the Father and Son and Holy Ghost. What is the name? And again, He said nol names, as if more lhan one (plural), but NAME (singular). In mark 16:15-19 He said: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, bul he lhal believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe, IN MY NAME, they shall speak with new longues, Ihey shall lay hands upon the sick and they shall recover. .. "

                In Luke 24:45-48, we read thai Jesus opened the understan­ding of Ihe disciples that they mighl understand Ihe scriptures and then He said unto them-". . .Thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day and thai repentance and remission of sins should be preached IN HIS NAME among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Afler Jesus had spoken these words, He was taken up into heaven and the disciples larded, as He had told them, until the day of Pentecost. At this time they received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, and had their understan­ding opened as to what was the NAME that the three commis­sions implied. Peter standing up with the eleven said: "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST." We believe that the "NAME" of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost" in Matt. 28:19 and "MY NAME" in Mark 16:15-18 and "HIS NAME" in Luke 24:47 all mean the same Name-JESUS CHRIST. "For 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.)

4th Reason

                TO PUT ON CHRIST WE MUST BE BAPTIZED IN HIS DEATH AND BURIAL, Roman 6:3-6; John 3:5; Acts 2:38. We are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, ".. .for as many ( of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." (Gal. 3:26-27.) If the above scriptures are true, then the only way we can put on Christ is to be baptized into Him. Now, the above has reference to the baptism of the spirit which puts you into the spiritual body of Christ; but pray, how shall we receive the bap­tism of the Spirit? Peter beautifully answered that question on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:38: "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." We identify our­selves with Christ in His Death (Conversion), burial (Baptism of water), resurrection (Baptism of the Holy Ghost), Hallelujah! "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?..." For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall also be in the likeness of his resurrection." (Romans 6:3-6.) The mode of ( sprinkling people for baptism was never the practice of the Apostles and has no foundation in Holy Writ. Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the KINGDOM OF GOD." Now to be born of things, you must first be conceived, and that which is conceived is covered or hidden. Then to be born of water one must be conceived of water which cannot be, unless one is immerced in, and then born from the water. Amen.

 

5th Reason

            WE ARE SAVED BY BELIEVING IN AND ON HIS NAME. Proverbs 28:10; I John 2:12; Acts 4:12. "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and are safe." I write unto you little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His Name's sake." We are saved not because of our righteousness or moaning, or praying, or faith or works; these are conducive to salvation, not because of these things are we saved; but for His Name's sake. From time immemorial, God proposed to make for Himself a mighty name, and in our time He has made the Name JESUS high over all the earth and sea and sky. Yea, it is ".. .above every name; that at the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord..." Phillippians 2:9-11. The secret of power in the ministry of the Apostles was in the name of Jesus. In the name they cast out demons, in the Name they healed the sick and performed wonders. Today God wants us to exalt the mighty Name of Jesus. "Whatever we do in word or deed, do it in Jesus' Name." Colossians 3:17. When we come together, it should be in the Name of Jesus. When we pray it should be in the Name. When we give thanks it should be in that sweet Name. Oh! How it has com­forted my soul in hours of conflict—it is even sweet to speak of it. Hallelujah! Amen!

 

"Take the name of Jesus with you,

Child of sorrow and of woe;

It will joy and comfort give you,

Take it, then, where'er you go."

 

6th Reason

                FATHER IS NOT A PROPER NAME, NOR SON, NOR HOLY GHOST. Matt. 28:19. "Father" expresses a relationship. "Son" also expresses a relationship; and the Holy Ghost means the Holy Spirit. It does not mean His name but His nature. "Holy" is an adjective meaning "more excellent"; "pure in heart"; and Spirit is a noun but not a proper name. So they that baptize in the formula by saying the following words: "I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost," do not baptize in any name at all. There are many fathers and sons, but in what father and son's name do they baptize, seeing that they do not designate? For this very reason the Lord Jesus told the Apostles not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Spirit of Truth who would lead them into all truth, and bring all things to their remembrance whatsoever He had spoken unto them. When the Holy Ghost came on the day of Pentecost, He brought to the minds and hearts of the Apostles the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. And when the people asked, "What shall we do?" Peter answered, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST." Amen. The Name Jesus Christ is the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. If not, then all of the Apostles disobeyed the command of Jesus and baptized the people wrong. But who will dare say that the Apostles were wrong? Some say, "Peter said that, AND I am not following Peter, but Jesus." Well, the same Spirit that gave the command through Jesus, spoke through Peter on the day of Pentecost. The word (gospel) of reconciliation was committed to the Apostles, II Corinthian 5:18.

                Jesus said, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name-"not Names but Name (one) "of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." And if there is none other Name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved but Jesus Christ, then if we have not been baptized in the name of JESUS CHRIST, we then have not been baptized in the NAME of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Ghost.

 

7th Reason

                And finally, JESUS IS ALL AND IN ALL. Colosians 3:11; Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:21-24; John 1:1, 10; Genesis 1:1. "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosphy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after rudiments of the world and not after Christ, for in him dwelleth all the fullness of the' godhead bodily." Colossians 2:8-9 Christ is all and in all, Praise his name forever. He is indeed "the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." If the Godhead bodily dwells in Jesus, then the name of the God-head must be Jesus. "And without controversy, great is the mystery of Godliness; God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of Angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world." The world was made by Him, and the world knew him not." John 1:10.

                Lord Jesus Christ is the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, ther Rose of Sharon, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Praise God, He is all and in all. "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the father by Him. (Colossians 3:17.)

                This same Jesus whom ye have crucified, said Peter, God hath made both Lord and Christ. Acts 2:36.

 

 

REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SINS

The only grounds upon which God will accept a sinner is repentance from the heart for the sin that he has committed. ".. .A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." Psalms 51:17.

John preached repentance. Jesus proclaimed it, and before His ascension commanded that Repentance and Remission of Sins should be preached in His name, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:47. Peter fulfilled this command on the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2:14-39.

MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

"Whosoever putteth away his wife and marrieth another, committeth adultery, and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery." (Luke 16:18) Also