Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Meaning of Baptism

A Question:
"Been meaning to ask you this for a while: earlier this year you said you wanted to be baptized again, according to Jehovah’s standards – are you still planning to do that?"

My Reply:

I know that water baptism is a symbolic thing.

It is done by means of the water of life (John4:10,14; Rev.22:17) (the Truth of God's Word), which washes us from the stain of a bath (Eph.5:25,26; Heb.10:22; 2Tim.3:15; John15:3; 17:17; Acts 22:16), if  we take what we are learning from the Bible, and let it train/cleanse  our conscience (Heb.10:22; John13:8; 1Pet.3:20-21; 1John3:3), which we then must obey (Rom.1:5; 6:16,17; 2Tim.1:13; 1Cor.7:19; 2Cor.8:5; Heb.5:8).
True, we who are anointed have been baptized by holy spirit (Matt.3:11; Acts 1:5; Titus 3:5)...but we also, must continue to let the scriptures adjust and cleanse us (John3:5; 1Tim.3:15; 2Tim.3:16,17) We must also be baptized by fire, which is the tested quality of our faith, by which we are purified and prepared (Isa.4:4; 1Pet.1:7; 1Cor.3:13; 1Pet.4:12,13,14). Yet in addition, we still need the cleansing of the blood of Christ (Heb.9:14; Rev.5:9,10; Rev.7:14; 1John1:7; Titus 2:14) to take away the sin from Adam (Rom.5:12-21; 6:23; 1Cor.15:21,22,45). Only then can we have a new father...who from him, the Chosen have their birth in spirit (1Pet.1:3,23; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; John3:3; Isa.9:6; Psalm 45:16). Then finally, to be sealed, we must be baptized into Christ's death (Rom.6:3,5; 8:13,17,36; Phil.3:10; Rev.6:11). The "water", "spirit" and the "blood", all work together to cleanse the chosen ones, by the witness these three give to them (1John5:6,7,8). But in addition, obedience to that witness must be proven, through "fire" and "death". These "baptisms" must be maintained by each anointed one, until the end (Matt.24:13,22)
[note: the original Greek for "saved" and "survived" in verses 13 and 22, is the same word, but these verses are often translated differently. They should not be, because they both are talking about spiritual salvation (Luke 13:23; 1Cor.1:18). If God does not intervene, no "flesh" (Gal.5:17; Rom.8:7; 7:18) would see salvation, due to the powerful portents of Satan's final deceptions which for a time, restrain all the Remnant.]

I remember Jesus...although being the one who gives the baptism by spirit (Luke 3:16; Acts 1:5; John 16:7);

he subjected himself to the simple baptism of water as well (Matt.3:16).
The reason he gave was:
"Jesus replied, 'Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.' Then John consented." (Matt.3:15)
Recall that God's Word and it's power to cleanse, is the meaning of water baptism (Eph.5:26).
In his humility, Jesus publicly manifested that he too, was guided by the Word of God (Matt.4:4,7,10,13,14; 8:17; 12:16,17; John12:50) although not needing to be cleansed of sin (2Cor.5:21; 1Pet.2:2; 1John3:5; Heb.7:26). By undergoing this "righteous" water baptism, he showed his desire to subject himself to God...demonstrating his decision to defy Adam's and Satan's rebellious choice (Hosea 6:7; John 8:44)...leaving a model for us all.

Because I understand the symbolic meaning of water baptism....

I know that while I constantly seek to be cleansed by the scriptures,
I am already fulfilling it's meaning. However, in order to "fulfill all righteousness",
I do plan to re-baptized myself to symbolize this removal of the previous dedication to the Beast,
which I did in my ignorance.
I know that the spiritual reality is that, I have  removed that mark of slavery to lies, from my forehead and right hand (Rev.13:16; Gal.5:1; Isa.44:20; Psalm 144:8) by no longer allowing my thinking (forehead) and power (right hand) to be enslaved to the organization's doctrines (Gal.1:10; 1Thess.2:4; Col.2:22) (but rather, bring them into slavery to God -Deut.6:6,8; Rev.7:3; 14:1; 22:4); which brings the faithful "death" to follow (Rev.11:7; 6:9,10,11; 20:4).
    Yet according to Christ's example...he manifested his spiritual choices in a physical outward display, while he was yet in the physical body.


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