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Two Prophets Of Revelation
  
Jesus said in Luke He would die and rise again.
Luke 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. (Still a mystery)
OT Saints had no clue of the mystery, as Peter proved trying to prevent it.
Also they were called Christian at Antioch and not Jerusalem for a reason.
Try studying with right division.


Two Prophets Of Revelation
  
It isn't true that everyone in the OT was looking forward to the cross, because no one knew about it. They can't look forward to what they did not know.
Moses did not even know Gods name (Exo 3:13).
Zachariah, said Christ had come to deliver the nation out of the hands of our enemies and never once mentions the cross (Luke 1:71-74).
Peter took it as bad news when Jesus told him plainly he would die.(Matt 16)
Peter was not looking forward to the cross, he was trying to prevent it! If Peter were looking forward to the cross shouldnt he have rejoiced in the cross like Paull?


Not A Church Member
  

Church attendance isn't an necessity for salvation.
When we trust in the gospel and are saved, we are placed into the boC, which is the church (1 Cor 12:13, Col 1:24).
We are the church members of the church, the boC, having a special standing distinct from the other churches. We don't have to go to a temple to worship God because we are the temple.
The Bible says that he purchased YOU with a price, and that YOU are the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor 6:19-20). Wherever you are, the church is. That is why we are to glorify God in our body because God dwells in us, and so within us there is a church service happening 24 hours a day! (Col 1:25, 1 Cor 3:16, Eph 3:17)


Not A Church Member
  
Church attendance isn't an necessity for salvation.
When we trust in the gospel and are saved, we are placed into the boC, which is the church (1 Cor 12:13, Col 1:24).
We are the church members of the church, the boC, having a special standing distinct from the other churches. We don't have to go to a temple to worship God because we are the temple.
The Bible says that he purchased YOU with a price, and that YOU are the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor 6:19-20). Wherever you are, the church is. That is why we are to glorify God in our body because God dwells in us, and so within us there is a church service happening 24 hours a day! (Col 1:25, 1 Cor 3:16, Eph 3:17)


Should We Ask God For Signs
  
Paul says
the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom 1 Cor 1:22
The Body of Christ Does Not require a sign
In the body of Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek (Col 3:11, Gal 3:28). We are not Jews, we do not require a sign.
Everything we need to know for operation as the church has been revealed in the revelation of the mystery of Christ, not in signs in the stars.
Our salvation is not something that comes in the end times, but something that has already come! It is here now (Rom 5:11, 2 Cor 6:2)!
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men Titus 2:11


Predestined For Hell
  
John 1:7" The Word says that when Christ came into the world, "His light lighteth every man that cometh into the world." That's future tense, They somehow received the Light.
Titus 2:11 "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath (past tense) appeared to all men." (Not a few)
Rom 1:18,19a "For the wrath of God..." (we're not under the wrath of God) is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness, Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them..."
`Manifest' is a multi-type term. There isn't just one little segment of knowledge, they have a whole bunch, A complete unveiling of knowledge.


Baptism In The Epistles
  
//Because water baptism was usually done by the local bishops or presbyters.//
You don't actually have one scripture to back that up do you?


Baptism In The Epistles
  
Concerning water baptism Why didn't Paul baptize all?
The Baptist baptized all. The Lord commanded the twelve to baptize all nations (Matt 28:19-20). Peters message was repent and be baptized....
Paul says Christ sent me not to baptize, he's saying he wasn't following Matt 28 or Mark 16, or following the command given to Peter.
Paul was sent to dispense the gospel of the grace of God to all men alike (Acts 9:15, 1 Cor 12:13).
He didn't baptize all, because he was sent to preach the glory of the cross, and the Lord told him baptism would make the the cross of none effect.
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 1 Cor 1:17


Baptism In The Epistles
  
Baptism into Christ identifies us with Christ. We become crucified with Christ without any water (Gal 2:20).
Water Baptism never symbolized death, but cleansing, as in the remission of sins (Mark 1:4). In the present dispensation, our sins are forgiven through the blood of Christ through his death.
Paul says there is only one baptism necessary in the church, and it doesn't include water or a man to perform it. It is the operation of God when we believe the gospel of the death and resurrection of Christ (Eph 4:5).

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Col 2:12
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Baptism In The Epistles
  
Paul wrote in Rom 6:3-6, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized (immersed) into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted (buried) together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man (our old sin nature) is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed ...."


Baptism In The Epistles
  
Cluny, I did and he said tell Cluny to learn to rightly divide.


Baptism In The Epistles
  
Instead of proving the grace of God in the cross of Christ, water baptism proves obedience to the law. If Paul placed the boC back under the law, he would be doing disservice to the message committed to him, the gospel of the grace of God.
Those submitting to water baptism believing it is necessary for God to be satisfied are placing their trust back under a conditional system.
Paul teaches, we have been delivered from the curse of the law with its requirements. We have a more glorious testimony of the grace of God, which is to believe in the one baptism of Eph 4:5.
Water baptism is for those entering the kingdom come to Israel, or who are ignorant of the mystery truths given to Paul.


Baptism In The Epistles
  
Paul makes it clear, there is only one baptism in Eph 4:5, so why the confusion over baptism?
Paul says there is ONE, so it must be the one he teaches in 1 Cor. 12:13 and Rom. 6:3.
It's dry and performed by the Spirit baptizing you into Christ. This is the baptism that saves you. Not water baptism of any kind.
If you can see this then you have succeeded at making the leap of scriptural understanding that the information Jesus gave to Paul supersedes the information found in OT books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
If you do not see this then you are stuck trying to reconcile the multiple baptisms taught in the Lords earthly ministry with the single baptism in Eph. 4:5.


Jesus Action Rewards
  
Who is speaking? to whom are they speaking?
Matt 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto THEM When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
Apparently Jesus is speaking, and he is speaking to pharisees and sadducees.
Which are you? Pharisee, sadducee, or a member of the Church, the Body of Christ?


Baptism Spiritual Effects
  
Matt 28:19-20 was the great kingdom commission given to the twelve judges of the coming kingdom (Mat 19:28). It's missing the gospel of the grace of God.
Most don't know these were not the final words of Jesus. He sent another Apostle to minister under a higher commission with a greater gospel. (2 Cor 5:18)
Instead of gospel of the kingdom, baptism, and observance to the law, Paul was given a ministry of reconciliation to preach the gospel of the grace of God, explaining how ALL men, without law, water baptism, and a covenant could receive forgiveness and eternal life through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Paul was the first to take the gospel of the mystery meaning of the cross work of Christ.


Baptism Spiritual Effects
  
1. None. Zero
2. It doesn't


Baptism In The Epistles
  
When believers are baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13), we are baptized into the death of Christ.
His death, becomes our death (Rom 6:6). His resurrection, becomes ours (Rom 6:8). Without this baptism into the Lords death, we are yet in our sins.
This baptism is necessary for us to be saved.
If we follow the Lord, we must follow Him in his second baptism, as the Spirit baptizes us into Christs death to be saved by Gods grace.
Perhaps baptism has turned into such a divisive doctrine, because we have forgotten that the Lord was baptized twice, and the second is where we should pay attention.
The baptism of Christ unto death is what matters for us not his baptism into water.


Baptism In The Epistles
  
Paul says there is only one baptism. Common sense tells us it must be the one baptism Paul teaches. Found in 1 Cor 12:13 and Rom 6:3.
It is dry and performed by the Spirit baptizing you into Christ. This is the one baptism that saves you. It is not water baptism of any kind.
If you can see this then you have succeeded at making the leap of scriptural understanding that the information Jesus gave to Paul for the Church supersedes the information given to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, for the nation of Israel.
If you don't see this then you are stuck trying to reconcile the multiple baptisms taught in the Lords earthly ministry with the single baptism in Eph 4:5.


Baptism In The Epistles
  
Baptism into Christ is identification with Christ. We become crucified with Christ, never touching water (Gal 2:20).
Water baptism never symbolized death, but cleansing, as in (Mark 1:4). In the present dispensation of grace, our sins are forgiven through the blood of Christ through his death.
There's only one baptism Paul says is necessary, excluding water or a man to perform it. It's performed by God when we believe the gospel of the death and resurrection of Christ (Eph 4:5).
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Col 2:12
If you think baptism must always include water, then you are a little wet behind the ears.



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