Friday, November 4, 2016

Israel, Born of God

Where In The Bible Does It Say That Israel Was Born Of God?

In the bible, for the Nation of Israel to be “born of God” means that the Lord, himself “begat” the nation. They are his “son,” his “firstborn.”

It was God, himself, who miraculously gave Abraham and Sarah the ability to have a child (Isaac) together …Romansf 4:19. God then also miraculously gave Isaac children (Jacob/Esau) through his barren wife Rebekah (Genesis 25:21). So through two miracles of God, Jacob (Israel) gave birth to 12 sons/12 tribes by whom the Nation came to be. So it was “of God” that Israel was born!
The following verses show that the Nation Of Israel was born of God:

Exodus 4:22-23
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

Deuteronomy 32:18
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

Isaiah 45:11
Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

Jeremiah 31:9
They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Hosea 11:1
When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

James 1:18
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

1 Peter 1:3…
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

So, the Nation of Israel was born of the Lord God, Himself. He fathered, begat, and birthed them, himself.

Hopefully this helps!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Gentile Baptism?

Did Our Apostle Paul Ever Baptize Gentiles?
When this question comes up, I usually ask someone to show me from scripture where Paul ever baptized a Gentile. No answer has [or can] be given. And although there is not a verse that says that Paul never water baptized gentiles in the bible, all the evidence from his epistles and his actions in the book of actions (Acts) shows that he never did. (Interestingly tho, the scriptures do record the Kingdom Apostle Peter water baptizing a Gentile…that’s for another article soon to come!).

In fact, all the evidence adds up to the fact that Paul only baptized Jews. Let’s examine this.

When it comes to our Apostle Paul and water baptism, the very first thing that we need to ask is: Does he ever command us, as members of the Church of this present Dispensation of Grace, the Body of Christ, Jews and Gentiles in one body by the cross, to water baptize in any of his 13 epistles. And the answer is no!

Our Apostle never commands us to water baptize. In fact, every time our Apostle Paul mentions water baptism anywhere in the bible, even outside of his epistles, it is in relation to the Nation of Israel (the Jews), and not to us Gentiles.

Acts 13:24
When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Acts 19:4
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

Water baptism in time past was an ordinance for Israel (and will be until the earthly kingdom of heaven is established at Christ’s return, then it will be an ordinance to the entire world…

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 16:15-16
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 The Apostle Peter says this to “ye men of Israel” in Acts…

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.

The closest we see in Paul’s epistles concerning water baptism (remember nowhere does he COMMAND us to) is in First Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 1:14-16
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

Here, we notice Paul “thanks God” that he did not baptize people. No kingdom apostle to Israel, could—or even wouldsay that! And even those that he baptized were Jews from Corinth (from that synagogue in Acts 18) who got saved into the body of Christ. Every one of those men named here are Jews. There is no clear record of the “Apostle of the gentiles” (Acts 9:15, Romans 11:13), ever water baptizing any gentiles. He did to other men because water baptism was a Jewish ordinance under the Law.

1 Corinthians 9:19-20
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

Some have asked “What about the Philippian jailor who was baptized in Acts 16:33?” Again, there is no way to determine from the passage (and he isn’t spoken of anywhere else in scripture) as to whether or not this man was a Jew or a Gentile. There were Jews residing at Philippi…Acts 16:13. And it was not at all unusual for some Jews to be accepted by Rome. (Paul and Silas were both Jews who were Roman citizens. (Acts 16:37), and other Jewish men were too. (Acts 22:27-28). The Jewish Apostle Matthew/Levi actually was employed by Rome (Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27).

Lastly, the fact that the apostle to us Gentiles never commands us to water baptize in any of his epistles is an even greater witness that water baptism is not a part of our Grace program; that, and all of the verses in Paul’s epistles that speak of our spiritual baptism in Christ!

Romans 6:3-4
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: 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.

1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Colossians 2:12
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.

Again, Paul says…

1 Corinthians 1:17
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.

Christ our Lord did not send our Apostle to water baptize! The gospel of the grace of God has nothing to do with man’s works. Water baptism was a part of the gospel of the Kingdom because man’s works were part of it (as well as ceremonial cleansing for the priesthood).

So nowhere in scripture is it shown that our Apostle Paul ever baptized any gentiles. He did water baptize Jews (early in his ministry Acts/1 Cor 1), because water baptism was part and parcel to the Jewish program. But it was not, and is not, a part of our grace program today.

1 Corinthians 9:21-22

To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Hopefully this helps!

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