Acts 2:38 Baptism
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 22, 2019)

The Baptism that the apostle Peter spoke of in Acts 2:38 was the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. It was not water baptism.

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

John the Baptist makes it abundantly clear that the Baptism Jesus Christ would impart on mankind would be “with the Holy Ghost, and with fire”. (fire being judgment) Those who never experience the Baptism of the Holy Ghost will certainly be judged

John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

It is my belief that the “breathing” on each of the apostles was to signify the sound the apostles would hear just prior to when the Holy Ghost would fall upon them. And certainly they did hear a sound “as of a rushing mighty wind.

Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Prior to His ascension to His Father, Jesus Christ instructed the apostles to Baptize people of all nations. The Baptism Jesus was endorsing and instructing the apostles to impart was Holy Ghost Baptism. And in the Upper Room, about one hundred twenty were gathered and received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, giving them the gift to speak in other languages.

Acts 2:38 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 the Holy Ghost.

Peter’s instruction in Acts after the Gospel was preached to the crowd of spectators that day was for them to receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and those that did would receive the gift that the Holy Ghost had for them.

Made Free
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 23, 2019)

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

I like how Jesus formed his words in John 8:32,

Notice that Jesus did not say, “…the truth shall set you free.” He said, “…the truth shall make you free.”

There is a difference.

A dishonest jailer could open a prison cell and let an inmate out of prison, setting him free. However, if that prisoner has not served out his sentence, or if he has not been pardoned by the Governor, he will be hunted down and returned to prison to serve out the rest of his sentence plus any additional time for escaping.

However, if he has served his sentence, or if he has been pardoned, then he is made free…completely free; without having to look over his shoulder every time he hears a siren.

Through believing on Jesus’ name…we have been made free; with no need to worry of one day ending up in the lake of fire and brimstone.

Now, that is something to shout about!

The Box
by Ronald W Robey

I recently watched a YouTube™ video in which a little girl, eight years old, carried a box to a table, put the box on the table, and then asked a grown man to pick up the box.

When it was evident that the man was unable to pick up the box, she suggested that another grown man help him to pick up the box. And yet, with their combined strength, the two grown men could not even move the box an inch.

She then had them sit back in their seats. She reached into the box and pulled out a deck of playing cards. Then, she picked up the box and set it on the floor.

What a perfect illustration of the seal of the Holy Spirit! When one comes to faith in Christ Jesus, God seals that one with the Holy Spirit. The Bible assures us that that seal will remain until the day of the redemption of the purchased possession…the body of Believers known as and collectively referred to as…the Church.

God has sealed the Believer with the Holy Spirit, and no matter how much one tries, that seal will never be broken before the redemption of the body of Believers from the Earth.

Saved, Sure, and Secure in Christ Jesus!

The Only Work that Saves
by Ronald W Robey

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, 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.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Many falsely believe that in John 3:5 Jesus is telling Nicodemus that one cannot enter into Heaven if one is not both water baptized, and born of the Spirit. (is the Spirit that weak that He cannot save without natural water?)

Water Baptism is not even what the Lord Jesus Christ had in mind when He spoke to Nicodemus. He was telling Nicodemus that being born by natural birth was not enough…one must also be born of the Spirit of God.

That birth can only take place when one places one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In John 3:5 Jesus was answering the question asked by Nicodemus, “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

That Jesus was contrasting that which ushers forth the natural birth with that which ushers the spiritual birth is quite evident when one read both John 3:5 & John 3:6 together.

If Jeuss meant water baptism, then it would make no sense whatsoever for Him to again compare the natural with the spiritual in verse six.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

And then, Jesus said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.”

Verses 5 -6 reveal the ONLY way to be born again is by the Spirit of God.

The baptism that Jesus was to

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

John said that he baptized people with water, but that Jesus Christ would baptize in an entirely different manner…Jesus Christ would baptize with fire (judgment) and Spirit…not water.

Just prior to His ascension, Jesus Christ told His apostles…

Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (notice that Jesus did not say “Ye shall be baptized with water and the Holy Ghost”)

And in Acts 2, we see the baptism of the Holy Ghost when the Spirit fell upon the apostles in the Upper Room. People from all nations that were in Jerusalem witnessed this baptism of the Holy Ghost…and the apostle took the opportunity to preach Christ to them.

Toward the end of his sermon, the apostle told the crowd “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

So many in the modern Apostolic faith believe Peter to have meant water baptism. He did not.

The crowds had marveled at the tongues that were spoken. Paul states in 1 Corinthians 12 that tongues are a gift given by the Spirit. Tongues were the gift of the Holy Ghost that Peter was speaking of that day in the Upper Room. And the baptism was the baptism of the Holy Ghost itself.

The crowd had witnessed the effects of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and had heard the gift of the Holy Ghost. Peter was telling them they could experience the same thing the apostles were experiencing.

How could they receive what the Apostles received? They needed to repent and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost for the remission of sins, and they too would be given the gift of tongues that they had heard.

Nothing in the text of John 3, nor in the text of Acts 2 says that water baptism was needed in order to be saved.

And Acts 10 proves people can be saved without being water baptized. The crowd received the Holy Ghost prior to being commanded to be baptized in water.

Did you catch that? They were saved before being water baptized. Water baptism did not save them…their faith in the Christ that was preached saved them. The water baptism was simply an symbol of what had already taken place in their lives. Had Peter not commanded them to be baptized, they would have still been saved because of their faith in Christ Jesus.

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

I Glorify God on This Behalf
by Ronald W Robey

Seeing that Christ never called any of His followers “Christian” in the Gospels, is it wrong for me to identify myself as a Christian?

I don’t believe I am wrong.

Agrippa was almost persuaded by the apostle Paul to become a “Christian”.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

I see nothing in the New Testament epistles that says one should not be called a “Christian”. Matter of fact, I see a verse that seems to encourage the label.

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Those who want to persecute me for identifying myself as a Christian, have at it. I glorify God on this behalf.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

One can be a believer and still go to hell. Committing to being a “Christian” requires much more than just believing Christ…it also requires following Him.

Grace, Greater Than all our Sin
by Ronald W Robey
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
I am so thankful the Apostle Paul included this verse in his epistle to the Romans. This verse speaks to the overcoming power of Grace in the life of the saved in Christ.
“Sin shall not have dominion over you”. It will not have the lordship in your life.
There are many today who believe that if a Christian sins, he forfeits the gift of Salvation that was given by Grace alone, though Faith alone, in Christ alone. If this were even possible, then what the Apostle Paul wrote to those “called to be saints” in the verse above, is a flat-out lie.
If sin can cause you to lose your salvation, then sin has lordship over you. Yet, the Apostle Paul said to the saved, sin SHALL NOT have dominion over you.” (emphasis added ofr clarity)
“SHALL NOT” implies that something will not take place. And yet, Christians do sin. Christians occasionally do give in to the lusts of the flesh. If any man says he has no sin, he deceives himself. Therefore, that sin shall not have dominion over you must have a DEEPER meaning.
In Exodus 20, we read the original Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses for the children of Israel. In that set of Commandments, there are ten “shalt not’s” mentioned.
Now, we know that many people in the Bible killed, stole, committed adultery, had other gods, made graven images, coveted, The did the things that God said, “Thou shalt not…”.
And they were either put to death for their doing what God said not to do, or they were punished severely with sickness or by some other fashion.
The punishment they receved was for their doing that which God said was not to be done. Sin carried a punishment for the children of Israel.
But for the saved in Christ, the Aposlte stated, “Sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under Law, but under Grace.”
The dominion, the lordship, of sin is the penalty that sin brings with it.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Those who come to saving faith in Christ Jesus are not bound by the penalty of sin that the children of Israel were bound to. Christ Jesus took the penalty of sin upon Himself that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Contrary to the belief that one will lose one’s Salvation if one sins, the word of God assures us that Grace is greater than all our sins.
In his first epistle, the Apostle John assures us that, “If we sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” An Advocate… an Attorney… one who stands in our defense. One who is your advocate doesn’t give up on you when you fail. Instead, he will plead your cause before the Judge.
If you hire an attorney, what is your reason for hiring him? Is it not because you trust him to either get you acquitted of a crime you have been charged with, or to get you a lesser punishment for committing that crime? You trust your attorney to move the court, the Judge and the Jury, to have leniency in your case.
So also, Jesus pleads our cause when we fail. He stands in our defense and tells the Father why we must be seen as “righteous”. We are seen as righteous because we have placed our trust in Him, and He, our Advocate… presents us as righteous.
For where sin did abound, Grace did much more abound.
Hallelujah! Amen!
Baptist “Brider’s” teach that one can be saved and still not be a member of “the Lord’s Church”. They teach that, in order to be a member of “the Lord’s Church”, one must be baptized in a “proper Baptist Church”.
By “proper Baptist Church”, they mean; neither non Baptist’s, nor infants are a part of the Lord’s Church.
Yet, their doctrine totally contradicts Acts 2:47
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Scripture does not say one must be baptized in water in order to be a part of the Lord’s Church. It gives as a prerequisite, “such as should be saved.”

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