The suffering and blood-shed of Messiah Jesus at Golgotha is wholly sufficient to save you from your sin by faith in Jesus as your Messiah. Salvation does not manifest by our works of self-righteousness which the Father equates to a bloody menstrual cloth (Isaiah 64:6) but our Salvation is wholly contingent upon what Jesus did for us by shedding His innocent blood to fulfill the mandates of Leviticus 17:11, a divine act of obedience that no man born of Adam’s seed could accomplish as we’re all sinners and we’ve all fallen short of the Father’s righteous mandates i.e. perfection (James 2:10; Galatians 3:10).
The ONLY righteousness we can receive in this life is the righteousness of Jesus Christ IMPUTED into our life by faith, alone (2 Corinthians 5:21)…not our works of obedience; not our philanthropy; not our baptism(s); not our church attendance, but by grace (unmerited favor unattainable through human effort-a divine Gift) through faith-trust-belief in what Jesus did for us at Golgotha (John 3; Matthew 26:28).
Water baptism is a “work” of obedience that is to manifest SUBSEQUENT initiating covenant relationship with the Father by faith-belief in Jesus, first. Water does not save; entering into a Baptismal does not save…it’s simply an outward sign of what has already manifest in the heart of the redeemed the moment one believes; that is, salvation by faith in Jesus as our Messiah believing that Jesus died to pay our sin-debt for us…a debt we could never pay our self; this, a covenant relationship Sealed and Guaranteed by the Holy Spirit (John 3; Ephesians 1:13-14).
Every child of God by faith in Jesus as Messiah should be baptized by immersion in water as commanded and demonstrated by our Lord but obedience to this command should NEVER be confused with the sole-sufficiency of Jesus to save through His obedience at Golgotha and that salvation actuated by faith, alone, in Jesus, alone.
How does the Holy Spirit testify with our spirit that we’re children of God?
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,” Romans 8:16 (ESV)
The Holy Spirit lives within those redeemed by faith in Jesus as the Holy Spirit is the Seal and Guarantor of covenant relationship with the Father (Ephesians 1:13-14). It is the Holy Spirit who teaches, tutors, counsels, comforts, defends, intercedes for, those who belong to the Father by covenant promise (Jeremiah 31; Ezekiel 36; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10); the Holy Spirit works in the daily life of the redeemed via the process of sanctification e.g. a divine preparation for service in the New Jerusalem; this is accomplished via the human conscience via the “new creation” in Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17); therefore, the presence of the Spirit in one’s life is undeniable and the Spirit therefore testifies with our spirit that we belong to the Father by faith in His Son; in this, there is peace (Romans 5:1).
Why the Astrophysicist, the Darwinist-Evolutionist, the Anthropologist, will NEVER define origin of matter, origin of Time, origin of the complex human genome. Why those who espouse creation ex nihilo are in error…
For thousands of years, “great minds” have pondered, argued over, theorized, guessed, contemplated, debated, the origin of matter, causation for Time-life-purpose. Modern science remains baffled, the evolutionist remains deceived, the astrophysicist remains overwhelmed, far too many “theologians” espouse error…
God the Holy Spirit clearly articulates the who, what, where, when, why, how, concerning the origin of matter, the creation of Time and the meticulous construction of the human genome but mankind, thwarted by pride, arrogance, self-sufficiency, refuses to listen and more tragically, refuses to “believe.”
Theologians err in their analysis of the creation narrative by suggesting that our omnipotent Creator, Jesus Christ in Elohim, created “ex nihilo” (out of nothing) but this is NOT what the Holy Spirit teaches.
The creation of the Realm of Time; the creation of matter; the creation of the human genome; are completely and totally in direct response to the coup d’état initiated by an anointed cherub angel and one-third of the angelic creation that followed that cherub angel in the rebellion against Elohim’s authority and dominion in the Kingdom. This rebellion mandated extrication from the Kingdom; therefore, a temporary repository for this spiritual war would be “created” and the rebellion dealt with there apart from the Kingdom where “nothing impure” is permitted to exist (Revelation 21:27). Jesus Christ tells us that He was a witness to the extrication of evil from the Kingdom (Luke 10:18).
A Divine Battle Strategy,
Elohim’s battle strategy in response to the disruption of holiness and order in His Kingdom is the Gospel, the New Covenant, which was ordained “before the beginning of Time” (2 Timothy 1:8-10) and the Warrior that would institute that Gospel and ratify its covenant in His own blood is God the Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 3:8b).
God the Father ordained, decreed, that the Son, Jesus Christ, would receive all authority in Heaven and upon the future Earth (John 3:35; Matthew 28:18) to create (Genesis 1; John 1; Hebrews 1; Colossians 1:15-20). Jesus Christ, in obedience to the Father’s will, initiated the creation narrative by taking elements existing ONLY in the unseen Realm of the Spiritual and fashioned those elements into matter, a tangible substance, that can be apprehended, manipulated, by “life” constrained by the Realm of Time and physics (Hebrews 11:3); therefore, it matters not with what veracity the Astrophysicist; the Darwinist-Evolutionist; the Anthropologist, struggles to define origin of matter, their pursuit is in vain because that which is apprehended by life constrained by Time and physics, that which is visible and invisible, finds its origin in the unseen Spiritual Realm and the human mind, constrained by Time and physics and the sin-nature, will NEVER apprehend or comprehend what Elohim has performed through Jesus Christ.
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” Hebrews 11:3 (ESV)
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV)
“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.” John 3:35 (ESV)
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” Hebrews 1:1-3 (ESV)
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:15-17 (ESV)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (14) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-5;14
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” John 18:36 (ESV)
“Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8 (ESV)
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5 (ESV)
Warning: Mark 16:9-20 used by false teachers with intent or by ignorance to promote false doctrine in the apostasy of charismata. What is the Truth?
False doctrines such as “Baptism Saves,” “Snake Handling” and “Drinking Poison” as evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence or evidence of salvation or evidence of “Baptism in the Holy Spirit”…these doctrines of demons find their origin in Scriptural additions not authorized by the Holy Spirit.
Mark 16:9-20 is far too often used by apostates, those with an agenda seeking to obscure and deny the sufficiency of faith, alone, in Messiah Jesus as foundational to salvation, forgiveness of sin, initiation of covenant promise with the Father.
Mark 16:9-20 is far too often used by zealots seeking self-aggrandizement in “Churches” of charismata, Pentecostalism, Full-Gospel Churches, Non-denominational Churches, to promote ludicrous-dangerous behavior, demonically rooted fanaticism.
Mark 16:9-20 is an addition to the Scriptures that does NOT appear in early manuscripts. Mark 16:9-20 was most likely an addendum to Mark’s rather abrupt Gospel conclusion and most likely added as an addendum by a well-meaning Scribe who never intended for the paragraph to be absorbed into the inspired Text.
Most likely, as Mark’s Gospel was copied and recopied over time, the addendum found its way into the Text by error; therefore, do not base doctrine or Church protocol, your personal walk with Jesus, on Mark 16:9-20 and know that the better Bible translations bracket these verses and warn you that they’re not found in early manuscripts.
Mark 16:9-20 (NASB)
9 [[[c]Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.
12 Now after that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country. 13 And they went away and reported it to the rest, but they did not believe them, either.
The Disciples Commissioned
14 Later He appeared to the eleven disciples themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reprimanded them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen from the dead. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 The one who has believed and has been baptized will be saved; but the one who has not believed will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.]]
[[[d]And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself also sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.]]
Mark 16:1 Or Jacob
Mark 16:4 I.e., its size drew their attention
Mark 16:9 Later mss add vv 9-20
Mark 16:20 A few late mss and ancient versions contain this paragraph, usually after v 8; a few have it at the end of the ch
The Christian and the Sin-Nature inherited from Adam…
Man is born into sin possessing a sin-nature (Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23)…a sin-nature that can only be redeemed by grace through faith, not striving to keep laws or ordinances (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
Even the redeemed in Jesus remain in a sinful body of flesh and struggle with the sin-nature, daily, though they now possess the Holy Spirit and a “new nature” (2 Corinthians 5:17) that wars against the old-nature in Adam (Romans 7:14-25).
If our eternal destiny was contingent or predicated upon our behavior, no man would be saved from Hell; this is but one reason why Jesus entered the Realm of Time, to provide us imputed – gifted righteousness, HIS righteousness, by faith (2 Corinthians 5:21) as decreed in the New Covenant by the Father (Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10; Jeremiah 31; Ezekiel 36; John 3:16).
It is the Holy Spirit given the redeemed in Jesus that initiates a transformation of the sinful nature to one of obedience during the daily, life-long, process of sanctification but until we rid ourselves of this body of death, we will struggle with sin as it is the nature of the flesh born of the seed of Adam (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 6; Romans 7:14-25; Romans 5:12).
Must I be baptized in water in order to be saved from death in Hell?
No…Water Baptism is a “work” of obedience that manifests subsequent faith (noun) in Jesus as Lord. A man or woman is not saved, does not enter into covenant relationship with the Father, by what they DO but in whom they BELIEVE; that is, faith-trust in Jesus Christ as Lord (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16).
Water Baptism does not save the soul from Hell but Water Baptism is a work of obedience, a sign, a public profession and declaration, to a lost and dying world of your decision to follow-trust-obey Jesus Christ as your Messiah.
Anyone who has truly trusted in Jesus as Lord will desire to be baptized as commanded by our Lord and that desire will be urgent as Jesus has commanded that we be baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; therefore, the truly faithful will obey with urgency and thankfulness as their desire will be to please our Heavenly Father in all things.
A final thought…
When one refuses to follow Jesus in water baptism, though they have entered into covenant relationship with the Father by faith in the Son, they stand to lose reward and intimacy with our Lord subsequent the BEMA Judgment of Jesus Christ, a Judgment concerning the quality of works, obedience, loyalty, performed by the redeemed subsequent salvation; therefore, water baptism should be the first “work” of obedience subsequent one’s profession of faith in Jesus as their Lord.
It is written,
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28 (ESV)
In Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 6:5, Elohim declares the human heart desperately wicked, evil; therefore, how is man made “positionally right” with Elohim?
This is the reason Jesus as Messiah was necessary and the Gospel ordained “before Time began” (2 Timothy 1:8-10). The Father did not leave us in our hopeless condition of sin, corruption and eternal damnation but sent His Son into the Realm of Time through the Tribe of Judah and Jesus lived a sinless, perfect, obedient, life and thereby fulfilled the righteous mandates of the Law for us and willingly gave His life as our sacrificial Lamb (1 Peter 1:19).
As a result of Jesus’ faithfulness and obedience at Golgotha, the Father, by covenant promise (Jeremiah 31; Ezekiel 36; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10; John 3:16) agrees to forgive, forget, the sins of the one who trusts in Jesus as Lord-Messiah and believes that Jesus died in their place as atonement for our sin (John 3; Romans 10:9-10); in this, the Father agrees to impute-gift, by grace, the perfection and righteousness of Jesus over the life of the one who believes in Jesus as Lord (2 Corinthians 5:21) thereby making that person “positionally right” with the Father by covenant promise; effectively, the Father agrees to forgive and forget the sins of the one who agrees to enter into covenant with Him by faith in His Son and the Father provides the Holy Spirit to indwell the faithful in Jesus as the Holy Spirit is the Seal and Guarantor of that covenant relationship, forever (Ephesians 1:13-14; John 14:16-17; Ezekiel 36:27).
It is the indwelling Holy Spirit that incrementally transforms the faithful in Jesus into the obedient image of Messiah via the daily process, the life-long process, of sanctification as the Spirit prepares the faithful in Jesus for an eternity of service in the New Jerusalem (Galatians 5:16; John 16:13-14). Faith in Jesus transforms mind, body, spirit.
Elohim’s primary purpose or goal through the Gospel is the defeat of Satan through self-less love as Elohim proceeds to restore holiness to His Kingdom disrupted by a covetous, rebellious, cherub angel and one-third of the angelic creation that followed that angel in the rebellion.
Elohim’s primary concern was and is the maintenance, continuation, of authentic love and relationship, a volitional love, with His faithful angelic creation that remained faithful to Him through the rebellion, a coup d’état having manifest in the Kingdom which is causation for the creation of Time, matter, the human genome, as a repository for, a response to, the cosmic, spiritual, war that rages between good v. evil. A spiritual war that rages around us, within us and through us, daily (Ephesians 6:12).
Had Elohim simply destroyed Satan and the demons/fallen angels for their rebellion, Elohim feared those who love Him would see Him as a tyrant and no longer would the angels love Him out of volition/free will but fear Him and obey in fear of tyrannical reprisal; true love, authentic reciprocal relationship, cannot exist in an atmosphere of fear and terror; therefore, what you see in the sacrifice of Jesus is Elohim’s self-less love demonstrated at Golgotha for His faithful angelic creation, angels who look upon our existence in Time and Elohim’s love for us with awe and wonder; also, we are eternal partakers of Elohim’s selfless love for His angelic creation when we trust in the Son, Jesus Christ, who is our Creator-Messiah-Warrior-Judge.
Elohim is honored and pleased and glorified through our faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, and our alliance with Him in this current Time of struggle, an alliance initiated by faith-trust-belief that will be rewarded beyond human comprehension in Eternity; therefore, fight the good fight of faith knowing that your trials and battles are for cause and your faith is not in vain (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Jesus taught that obedience is superior to, greater than, better than, sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22) and that obedience which truly honors the Father is only possible by first establishing covenant relationship with the Father by grace (unmerited favor-a gift unattainable through human effort) through faith-belief-trust in the Son, Jesus Christ (John 3); then, receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit as the Seal and Guarantor of covenant relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14); then, walking daily in the “new creation” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) by serving and listening and following the tutorship, the teaching, the divine guidance, of the indwelling Holy Spirit via the conscience (Galatians 5:16) via the daily process of sanctification where the Holy Spirit prepares you daily, incrementally, for an eternity of service in the New Jerusalem.
The “commands” given us by Jesus during His 3.5-year ministry are exactly what the Holy Spirit teaches through the human conscience during the daily process of sanctification; in fact, it is the Holy Spirit who brings to the human conscience everything that Jesus has taught and makes those teachings applicable to every discerning choice, decision, the Christian confronts every single day of their Earthly life and in Eternity (John 14:26).
Christians do NOT chase after letters, edicts, traditions, days, but the Christian walks by faith in Jesus and obedience to the Holy Spirit via the conscience via the daily process of sanctification (Romans 6:14; Romans 7:6; Galatians 5:16), this is the divinely ordained process of sanctification that is pleasing to the Father, all else is futility and chasing after the wind.
There is a plethora of Christian and Israelite confusion concerning obedience, commandments, in the New Covenant, confusion that results from an absence of the Holy Spirit in one’s life or confusion that exists because one refuses to walk in the Father’s grace via the Holy Spirit while stubbornly pursuing self-righteousness in the flesh (Galatians 2:16); this is error, this is suffering, this is doubt, this is compromise with the Devil.
Walking in the Father’s will, peace…
Walk daily in complete trust and faith in Messiah Jesus and the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding will overwhelm your life and provide you direction and joy and peace that are the divine, eternal, attributes of the indwelling Holy Spirit working in a life that is completely “sold-out” to Jesus as Lord and Savior (Romans 5:1; Proverbs 3:5). Any detour from the Path of Righteousness methodically taught and administered by the indwelling Holy Spirit via the redeemed conscience is error and failure in the flesh and NOT the Father’s will for one’s life (Galatians 5:16).
Concerning the Sabbath and Israel; Concerning the Sabbath and the New Covenant…
The Sabbath, first given Israel’s children in Exodus 16, foreshadowed Messiah (Colossians 2:16) and when the fulfillment of the Sabbath entered Time through Judah’s Tribe, Israel’s children denied Him; Israel’s children mocked and blasphemed Him; Israel’s children scourged Him; Israel’s children murdered Him upon a Tree and demanded that His blood be upon them and their children (Matthew 27:25); therefore, Israel’s Sabbath was profaned by those to whom He came (Matthew 15:25); Israel profaned the Sabbath’s fulfillment in the Father’s presence.
If you love Jesus and honor Him by faith in Jesus as your Messiah, believing that Jesus died for you to pay your sin-debt, a debt you could never pay yourself, you are keeping the Sabbath and the Father is pleased and honored by your faith in His Son (John 6:29). You are doing well; therefore, “rest” in Jesus as your Lord (Romans 5:1; Matthew 11:28-30).