What Must We Do - Summary

What Must We Do - The Plan of Salvation What Must We Do - Summary

The previous sections have presented scriptural discussions with the Lord Jesus and His Apostles Peter and Paul. The information gathered in these sections will serve as the basis for a summary. This summary is presented in an effort to arrive at one common, universal formula for attaining salvation.

The Lord Jesus Christ taught:

1.  BELIEVE - THAT JESUS CAME FROM GOD

2.  BE BAPTISED (BORN AGAIN) OF WATER

3.  BE BAPTISED (BORN AGAIN) OF THE SPIRIT


The apostle Peter taught:

1.  REPENTANCE

2.  WATER BAPTISM - ADMINISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

3.  HOLY GHOST BAPTISM - EVIDENCED BY SPEAKING WITH OTHER TONGUES


The Apostle Paul taught:

1.  BELIEVE - ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

2.  WATER BAPTISM - IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS

3.  RECEIVE THE HOLY SHOST - EVIDENCED BY SPEAKING WITH OTHER TONGUES


STEP ONE TO SALVATION


Comparing step one in each instance indicates that the Apostle Peter differs from that of Jesus and Paul in that he required repentance, whereas they stipulated belief in the divine mission of Jesus to be the first requirement. This apparent difference quickly disappears with the realization that to be truly convinced of the divine nature of Jesus and His unconditional sacrifice for all sin will bring a person to repentance. In other words, to really and truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, will naturally result in repentance or a turning away from a life of sin. When it is realized that repentance is the end result of true belief in Jesus Christ it is possible to state the first requirement for salvation in final form:

BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND REPENTANCE FROM SINS


STEP TWO TO SALVATION


Step number two in the plan of salvation concerns water baptism (sometimes referred to by Jesus as water birth) and perhaps the first item to be settled when considering this step is how is baptism to be accomplished?  The answer is quickly arrived at by referring to the Apostle Paul's letter to the Colossians (Chapter 2, verse 12).  Paul writes to these people that they are BURIED with Jesus in baptism. The word bury carries with it the idea or conception of being totally enclosed or covered with the substance being used to accomplish burial. In presenting this concept in association with water baptism, Paul is obviously requiring that immersion be used.

The second difference in the three statements is the use of the Lord's name (Jesus) by Peter and Paul and the absence of any name at all in the Lord's. That the Lord Jesus did consider the use of a name important is shown in Matthew's gospel:

Go ye therefore and teach

all nations, baptizing them

in the name of the Father,

and the Son, and of

the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19

This subject seems to be important, somewhat controversial, and worth looking into in more detail.  An analysis of this scripture reveals first of all that the Lord Himself is speaking and secondly that He is presenting His formula for administering water baptism that MUST be followed. What did Jesus COMMAND to be done?

1.  People to be baptized MUST be baptized in the Father's name, the Son's name, and the Holy Ghost's name. Substitutes for the actual name CANNOT be used, therefore the name in each instance must be determined.

2.  The Son's name is Jesus, the only begotten son of the living God and many scriptures are available to establish this fact. In this portion of the Lord's commandment, the name Jesus is clearly commanded to be used.

3.  To determine the name of the Father is not really difficult because Jesus said in John 5:43 that His Father's name is the same as His name:

I am come in my Father's

name, and ye receive me

not: . . .

John 5:43
In John 17:6 Jesus presents additional evidence that His name is the same as the Father's:

I have manifested thy

name unto the men which

thou gavest me out of

the world: . . .

John 17:6

The only name that the Lord manifested to the world was the name Jesus and this name, according to the Lord, must be used when water baptism is administered.

4. The name of the Holy Ghost is presented in John 14:26:

But the Comforter, which

is the Holy Ghost, whom

the Father will send in my

name, . . .

John 14:26
The speaker in this scripture is Jesus and He says that the Holy Ghost will come in the name of Jesus. Just as the Son bore the name of the Father who sent Him so would the Holy Ghost bear the name of the sender, Jesus:

But when the Comforter

is come, whom I will send

unto you from the Father,

even the Spirit of truth,

John 15:26

. . . Nevertheless I tell you

the truth; It is expedient

for you that I go away:

for if I go not away, the

Comforter will not come

unto you; but if I depart,

I will send him unto you.

John 16:7
This analysis confirms the fact of scriptural consistency for the Lord commanded the use of the Father's name and the Son's name and the Holy Ghost's name which has been demonstrated to be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. That the Apostles understood and obeyed this commandment in this manner is readily established from their practices when administering water baptism in the early church: ​

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. Acts 2:38

(For as yet he was fallen

upon none of them: only

they were baptized in the

name of the Lord Jesus.)

Acts 8:16

And he commanded them

to be baptized in the name

of the Lord.

Acts 10:48

And now why tarriest thou?

arise, and be baptized,

and wash away thy sins,

calling on the name of the

Lord.

Acts 22:16

When they heard this, they

were baptized in the name

of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 19:5

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

To him give all the proph-

ets witness, that through

his name whosoever believ-

eth in him shall receive

remission of sins. Acts 10:43

And whatsoever ye do in

word or deed, do all in the

name of the Lord Jesus, . . .

Colossians 3:17

These scriptures not only demonstrate that water baptism administered in the name Jesus is the only biblically acceptable formula but bring to light the fact that salvation is possible only through the NAME of Jesus. When this fact is considered along with the many other scriptures stating that salvation is possible only through the SHED BLOOD of Jesus it becomes obvious that BOTH the blood and the name of our Lord are necessary for salvation. Since both are required for salvation and since the name is applied specifically (or individually) in water baptism then the blood of Jesus must have been shed for all sins in a generalized sense. This one glorious sacrifice of our Lord met and defeated the stigma of sin in an all-encompassing sense for the entirety of mankind and made it possible for the application of the name of Jesus in a specific or individual sense in water baptism. In other words, without the blood of Jesus Christ the name of Jesus Christ cannot bring salvation. On the other hand the saving power of the blood is nullified without the application of the name. An individual accepts and applies the blood of Jesus through the act of repentance and accepts and applies the name of Jesus through the act of water baptism. Both are ABSOLUTE musts!

This concept, although startling at first, becomes easier to understand and loses its strangeness when divine healing is considered. Isaiah 53:5 and I Peter 2:24 are scriptures stating that the sacrifice of the Lord's body paid the price for all healing and yet in Acts 3:6-16 and James 5:14 healing comes through the name of Jesus. Here is another example whereby a sacrifice (the Lord's body) paid the price in a general sense but must be followed by the use of the Lord's name to accomplish results in a specific instance. Without the sacrifice of the body of Jesus, the name cannot bring healing and without the name of Jesus the sacrifice of His body is rendered powerless to work an act of divine healing.

In the final analysis it is clearly evident that the Lord Jesus Christ and His two Apostles; Peter and Paul all three agree that salvation is possible only through the name of Jesus and since water baptism is a step in the plan of salvation it follows that this baptism must be administered in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The final stating of step number two is now possible:

WATER BAPTISM-BY IMMERSION-IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST 


STEP THREE TO SALVATION


The third step in the plan of salvation is the phenomenal Baptism of the Holy Ghost otherwise referred to as the Spiritual birth into the Kingdom of God.  This Baptism is administered by none other than the Lord Jesus Christ:


And John was clothed with

camel's hair, and with a

girdle of skin about his

loins; and he did eat locusts

and wild honey;

And preached, saying,

There cometh one mightier

than I after me, the latchet

of whose shoes I am not

worthy to stoop down and

unloose.

I indeed have baptized you

with water: but he shall

baptize you with the Holy

Ghost.

​Mark 1:6-8

     Since the scriptures undeniably teach the necessity for a spiritual birth (or baptism) as being essential for salvation the obvious question is how can an individual know that the baptism has been performed. All instances recorded in the New Testament were accompanied by supernatural signs and the only sign that was common to all instances was the speaking in tongues by those being baptized.

And they were all filled

with the Holy Ghost, and

began to speak with other

tongues, as the Spirit gave

them utterance.

Acts 2:4

46 For they heard them speak

with tongues, and magnify

God. Then answered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water,

that these should not be

baptized, which have re-

ceived the Holy Ghost

as well as we?

Acts 10:46-47

And when Paul had laid

his hands upon them, the

Holy Ghost came on them;

and they spake with

tongues, and prophesied.

Acts 19:6

The question to be answered is: "Will all speak with other tongues when the Holy Ghost is received?"  The answer is contained in the eighth verse and the third chapter of John:  

The wind bloweth where

it listeth, and thou hearest

the sound thereof, but

canst not tell whence it

cometh, and whither it

goeth: so is every one

that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

The importance of the Lord's words in this scripture is best understood by noticing the last part: "so is every one that is born of the Spirit." Jesus seems to have anticipated the future difficulty in understanding the Spiritual re-birth process and takes a familiar example from the natural world to illustrate how to recognize when the new birth has been accomplished.

The Spirit, like the wind, cannot be seen. The observer cannot tell where it blows from or where it blows to but can recognize its presence by the sound it makes as it blows against surrounding objects. Jesus, by this illustration, is saying that the Spirit acts in a similar manner.  Although the Spirit cannot be seen as it moves upon an individual the effects of this movement can be recognized by the SOUND made as the Spirit moves in the act of re-birth.

The only sound that the Bible speaks of that was common to all instances of the moving of God's Spirit on the early church was the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance. Comparing these instances with the truth of the Lord's teaching about the wind presents the fact that it is as impossible to receive the Holy Ghost without speaking in tongues as it is for the wind to blow upon objects without making a sound. It is now possible to present step number three in its final form:

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST - EVIDENCED BY SPEAKING WITH OTHER TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT GIVES THE UTTERANCES.

This summary has examined all three teachings in detail in order to discover the one true way to be saved.  This truth was preached by Jesus prior to His crucifixion and practiced by His apostles afterward.  That this truth has been and is presently being changed by man to suit his own purposes or through ignorance of the scriptures is abundantly evident in the world of Christianity today.  The only answer to be given as a warning to all who practice anything other than that contained in the Holy Bible is best spoken by the Apostle Paul in his writing to the Galatians: 

But though we, or an angel

from heaven, preach any other

gospel unto you than that

which we have preached unto

you, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:8

THE BIBLE PLAN OF SALVATION:

1.  BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND REPENTANCE FROM SINS.

2.  WATER BAPTISM-BY IMMERSION-IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

3.  BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST-EVIDENCED BY SPEAKING WITH OTHER TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT GIVES THE UTTERANCES. 

Salvation According to the Lord Jesus Christ

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019