The Truth About Water Baptism
TRUTH ABOUT WATER BAPTISM
This Bible study is designed to help you understand the truth about baptism according to the the infallible word of God. We will be referencing the King James Bible for this study. This study will also prove that and why the method of baptism was changed from the use of the words "In the name of Jesus Christ" to the words "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" by many religious sects, even to this day.
First of all, we must understand that the word of God is not to be changed by men, angels, or even "divine revelation" from the spiritual realm. According to Galatians 1:6-9, we find:
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 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.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Also, in the book of Revelation 22:18-19:
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
These scriptures plainly state that the word of God cannot be changed or altered in any form or fashion. In addition, we find that Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5:18:
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
We also find that neither is the word of God of any private interpretation, as we read in II Peter 1:20-21:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The Bible teaches us that there is only one baptism unto salvation as we read in Ephesians 4:5, "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." We can understand that God is one (1) by the Old Testament as well as by the New Testament. It is necessary to know the one Lord and the one faith in order to know the one baptism. In Deuteronomy 6:4 we read of the one God the Hebrew people knew and worshipped:
4 Hear, 0 Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Also, as we read in Isaiah 45:5:
5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Also, as we read in Hosea 13:4:
4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
Nowhere in the scriptures of the Old Testament will you find evidence of a "trinity" God, or God in three (3) persons. Do not misunderstand; we do believe in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, but we believe all three are one as found in the book of I John 5:7:
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Now, we know that Jesus is the Word by the scripture in John 1: 1 & 14:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.
How could the Word, Jesus, and God be divided? They are one and the same. As we all know, a house divided against itself cannot stand. The same God that was Lord to the Hebrews is the Lord to us today, and His name is Jesus Christ. Let us turn to the prophecy in Zechariah 14:9:
9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
Keep in mind that God is never changing, always the same. Therefore, why would God be one (1) in the Old Testament and three (3), or "trinity" in the New Testament? This is a contradiction. In Malachi 3:6 we read:
6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
There is no scriptural evidence found in the Bible to support "trinity." In fact the word "trinity" itself is not found anywhere in the Bible, yet one scripture, Matthew 28:19, has been used over and over again as the so-called basis for the Trinitarian theory of early theologians and philosophers. It reads:
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:
Jesus was not saying to baptize in the titles of "Father," "Son" and "Holy Ghost." We must know the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost to be able to do exactly as Jesus has commanded us here in the great commission. We are able to prove that the mode of baptism was changed, and that when they say "I now baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," they have not baptized in any name. Jesus was not saying to baptize in the titles, but in the name.
This Bible study will prove to you, beyond the shadow of a doubt in your mind, by the word of God and history, that the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is the same name. Jesus wanted to prove to the whole world His identity. The Bible teaches us in the book of I John 5:7; "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." As we study further into the word of God, you will be able to see clearly that all baptisms ever performed were done only "in the name of the Lord" or "in the name of Jesus Christ." The history we will show you as well will prove to you the fact that the method of baptism was changed from "in Jesus' name to the use of the titles "Father, Son and Holy Ghost."
As you read the word of God, you must have an open mind to the word of God. Let every man be a liar, but let God's Word be truth. If God's Word is not true, then what can we depend on? It is not just a novel or a book that we can just pick up and read the way we want. It is of no private interpretation, and we will prove that by holy scripture. So, do not lay this book down and say you would not read it any further, because, if you finish it, you will be able to see whether or not you have obeyed the word of God correctly - if you do not obey the word of God correctly, you will be committing sin. As an example, I would like to draw your attention to a scripture, I Chronicles 10:13-14 where King Saul died because of his transgressions against the Lord.
13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it;
14 And inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
You will die of your transgressions against the Lord if you do not obey the word of God. Jesus' Word is meant for us to live by and obey.
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.