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What DO we believe? Lesson 2 (page 1)
BAPTISM IN JESUS' NAME
John 3:5 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.  
Since Jesus gave his life that we may have salvation, we must obey the plan of salvation the way the Author of our Salvation laid it out. He said, Verily, verily, (meaning Truly, Truly), I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Since we can not enter into the kingdom of God without being born of the water and Spirit, (if we want to enter into the kingdom of God), then we must find out what Jesus meant by being born of the water and Spirit. Then we must obey him.
Man has often been confused, as Nicodemus was, on what is meant by born of the water and the spirit. In this study, we will look at what Jesus meant by born of the water. (See Holy Ghost for the meaning of the Spirit birth). I have heard it taught that when a child is born the water surrounding the child was the water that Jesus was talking about. Jesus was talking about water baptism, by immersion and not the water from natural birth.
The church was established in the book of Acts of the Apostles. No other place in the Bible will you find the complete plan of salvation. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, (also called the gospel, meaning good news), were written about the life and miracles of Jesus. They tell of the deity of Jesus. Romans through Jude, for the most part, are letters written to churches that were already established in the book of Acts. These letters were for instructions to help with specific problems and encouragement to those churches.
Jesus was baptized by John for our example. 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:
Matthew 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Matthew 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

Matthew 3:16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Mark 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

Mark 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

Mark 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

Many people will take part of the above scripture out of context. Saying God was in heaven speaking, the Spirit of God was descending like a dove and Jesus was standing in the water. That makes three. This is wrong. The Spirit of God descending like a dove was a sign to John.
John 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

John 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

DID JESUS HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PROCLAIM THE PLAN OF SALVATION?

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Without any doubt, Jesus had the authority, since He IS God, The One God known as The I Am and Jehovah to the Jews, Allah, (meaning The God) to the Muslims, The Father, Son and Holy Ghost to misguided Christians who believe in the Trinity, neither of which realize that Jesus IS the One and only God of the universe who was manifest in the flesh. The body was the Son of God after the flesh. The Spirit within that body was God. Jesus is the revealed name of God.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

John 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. (The word Christ means The Anointed One).

JESUS IS THE GREAT I AM

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

JESUS IS THE FATHER

John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

JESUS WAS THE SON AFTER THE FLESH, JESUS IS GOD AFTER THE SPIRIT

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

ONE SAT ON THE THRONE

Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Hebrews 1:3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Right hand means place of power).

Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

The body was the Son of God after the flesh. The Spirit within that body was God.

Jesus was baptized by immersion. This is the only way anyone was baptized in the Bible. The proper way is still by complete immersion. Men have changed this to allow sprinkling and pouring on of water. This sprinkling or pouring on of water is wrong. The early church baptized by immersion. (World Book Encyclopedia)

Romans 6:3-4 (3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (4) 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.

Paul used complete immersion when he baptized. He said we are buried with him by baptism. If you believe sprinkling will do as good as burying, try sprinkling a little dirt on something that is dead and say, “well I buried that.” In a few days you will realize that sprinkling is not the same as burying.

Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
John 16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father .
This promise was fulfilled from beyond the grave. This promise was given his disciples shortly before his death, burial and resurrection. He taught his disciples an additional 40 days after his resurrection.
Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

JESUS SAID, "THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE!

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

GOD COMMANDED ALL OF THE ANGELS TO WORSHIP JESUS

Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

JESUS ALLOWED HIMSELF TO BE WORSHIPPED .

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.