REPENTANCE AND CONVERSION
- Pardon and forgiveness of sins is obtained by genuine repentance. A confessing and forsaking of sins. “We are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it and the Apostles emphasized it to both Jews and Gentiles (Acts 2:38, 11:18, and 17:30).
- The word “repentance” comes from several Greek words which mean, a change of views and purpose, change of heart, change of mind, change of life, to transform, etc. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
- Jesus said, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
- Luke 24:47 says, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
- The scriptural mode of baptism is immersion and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world. It should be administered by a duly authorized minister of the Gospel, in obedience to the world of God, and only in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Acts of the Apostles 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5. Thus obeying and fulfilling both Matthew 28:19 and Luke 24:47.
- He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:16)
- “The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 3:21)
- 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. (Romans 6:3-4)
- 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. (Colossians 2:12)
- One Lord, one faith, one baptism. (Ephesians 4:5)
- Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men [and] brethren, what shall we do? 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. (Acts 2:37-38)
- For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27)
THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST
- John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11 said, “… He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with Fire”.
- Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said, “…ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence”.
- Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, “… they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and begin to speak with other tongues (languages), as the Spirit gave them the utterance”.
- The terms “baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire”, “filled with the Holy Spirit”, and “the gift of the Holy Ghost” are synonymous terms used interchangeably in the Bible.
- It is scriptural to expect all who receive the gift, filling or baptism of the Holy Ghost to receive the same physical, initial sign of speaking with other tongues.
- The Lord, through the Prophet Joel said, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh” (Joel 2:28).
- Peter, in explaining this phenomenal experience said, “…having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He (Jesus) had shed forth this, which ye now see and hear” (Acts 2:33). Further, “The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39).
SPEAKING IN TONGUES
- The speaking with other tongues, as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46 and 19:6, and the gift of tongues, as explained in I Corinthians Chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose.
- The gift of tongues as mentioned in Corinthians is a means by which the Lord uses to at times directly speak to the Church; a person cannot have this gift operate until they have first received the gift of the Holy Ghost evidenced by speaking in other tongues.
- The Book of Mark instructs us that tongues are a sign of believers, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (Mark 16:17)
- Isaiah prophesied about it in Isaiah 28:11, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.”
- But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8) Speaking in other tongues is a sign of surrendering to God the hardest member of the body to control. Matthew 12:34 says “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
THE GRACE OF GOD
- “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and Godly in this present world.” (Titus 2:11-¬12)
- “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
- A Christian, to stay saved, must walk with God and keep himself in the love of God (Jude 21) and in the grace of God. The word “grace” means “favor”. When a person transgresses and sins against God, he loses his favor. If he continues to commit sin and does not repent, he will eventually be lost and cast into a lake of fire. (Read John 15:2,6 and 1 Peter 2:20¬-21) Jude speaks of the backsliders of his DAY, and their reward. (Also, read Hebrews (6:4¬6)
- “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God:” (Eph 2:8).
- “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” (Hebrews 12:28)