Baptism in Jesus name Great Commission Ministry
WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>Water baptism is a test of obedience. It is the circumcision of the heart which takes away our spiri...
INTRODUCTION <ul><li>In the Book of the Acts of the Apostles there are documented case histories of four individuals and f...
INTRODUCTION <ul><li>As we study the subject of water baptism is to note that in these eight instances repentance is menti...
I. ESSENTIALITY OF WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>The Command to be Baptized </li></ul><ul><li>On the Day of Pentecost a great crow...
B. Jesus' Teachings on Baptism <ul><li>In giving the commission to the apostles, Jesus clearly stated that in order to be ...
<ul><li>In the third chapter of John we  read that Jesus said that water baptism was essential in order to enter the kingd...
C. Water “An Element of Salvation” <ul><li>But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there...
<ul><li>There are three elements in salvation: blood, water, and Spirit.  </li></ul><ul><li>These are not in conflict, but...
II. MANNER OF WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>A. The Element to be Used </li></ul><ul><li>And John also was baptizing in Aenon near ...
B. The Mode of Baptism <ul><li>Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his d...
<ul><li>In order to atone for the sins of humanity it was necessary for Christ to suffer death, be buried, and rise again....
<ul><li>The Bible makes it very clear that the proper mode of baptism is by one immersion in water. It is foolish to try t...
III. FORMULA FOR WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>The Apostles' Baptisms </li></ul><ul><li>JERUSALEM   </li></ul><ul><li>Then Peter s...
<ul><li>DAMASCUS   </li></ul><ul><li>Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Act...
B. Jesus Is the Name <ul><li>Go Ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the ...
<ul><li>In order to obey we must understand what the name is.  </li></ul><ul><li>The terms, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, a...
C. Remission of Sins in the Name <ul><li>Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Ma...
<ul><li>Jesus is the saving name of our God.  There is no other name whereby we must be saved  (Acts 4:12). Remission of s...
IV. PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>A. Water Baptism-Acknowledgement </li></ul><ul><li>Water baptism is the means God has...
B. Water Baptism (Burial) <ul><li>Water baptism is more than just an outward sign of an inward work. If this is all baptis...
C. Water Baptism (Circumcision) <ul><li>God wants to perform a spiritual operation on us in water baptism. He wants to cut...
<ul><li>The “old man” is to be cut away and left buried in the waters of baptism. This is what makes the forgiving of our ...
<ul><li>The Christ Child was not named until He was eight days old. In the stable He was not baby Jesus.. He was just a ba...
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THERE IS ONLY ONE BAPTISM in the BIBLE. BAPTISM in the name of JESUS Christ!!! Ephesians 4:4-6

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  • @KennethPaulRamoran. I know this was a while ago, but...
    1 & 4. the Spirit blows where it will. It is not ours to say that he/she does/did not have the Spirit. God gives His Spirit to those that ask. Think of the thief on the cross in Luke's gospel. The Lord says 'Today shalt thou be with me in paradise'.

    As I understand it, baptism by water does not secure our *eternal* salvation, vital as it is for our place in testimony here, now. It is a symbol, and relates to *present* salvation and being prepared to be associated with the Lord Jesus here where He was rejected. If someone refused to be baptised by water, then there would be a question as to their genuineness. If the Lord took them to be with Himself before they could be baptised by water, that is surely His own prerogative.

    2 & 3. God is just and infinitely fair. I would understand from scripture that those that die in innocence (including children and those whose mental state diminishes their responsibility) are saved in the power of the blood of Jesus, as are the Old Testament saints such as Adam, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Job, Abraham, David and millions of others named and unnamed. They will belong to the many families spoken of in the book of Revelation. To be in the Christian family, in God's sovereignty, requires that you believe in Jesus and His precious, finished work, and have the Holy Spirit.

    Does this help at all?

    Robert McClean
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  • Good day.

    I have some questions in my mind and i know you can surely give me the best answers i will be needing because I believe that Apostolic sources are the true gospel of Jesus Christ. ( I am also an Apostolic).

    1.A woman is suffering from a stage four breast cancer. She only has 3 months to live. She realized her need of salvation and decided to get baptized in Jesus’ name through water emersion. She tried her best to receive the Holy Ghost during the final days of her life but she never made it because her physical body cannot sustain her life any longer.

    The woman died without having received the Holy Ghost.

    Jesus said on John 3:5 that except one is born again of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    Will God be merciful on this woman because of her effort and grant Him the chance to participate in the rapture?



    2. What will happen to those infants, innocent children of early ages or those aborted fetus during rapture? will they be saved or not?



    3. Will the in-saned person be saved?



    4. A visitor just came into the church. After hearing the Word of God, he decided to be baptized in Jesus' name. Supposedly, the rapture took place the next day. will he too be saved?

    Biblical references on these questions will be helpful for me.

    Thank you so much. I am looking forward for your response. God bless you all, and I love you with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ!



    Respectfully yours.

    Ken
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  • Thank you for the comments. God Bless you!
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  • There is nothing like the new birth experience, repenting of our sins, being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and receiving the Holy Ghost. The bible says there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Whatsoever you do in word or in deed do all in the name of Jesus Christ. If only every person who is seeking to be like Jesus could understand this truth. Oh that we can become the light to this lost and dying world and they would desire to obey the truth that we present in love. The time is so short now and our efforts must be doubled to see the harvest God desires to see. Though we or an angel from heaven preach any other doctrine than that of scripture let him be accursed. We must preach this word and teach with conviction and love to all men. God bless everyone in their efforts to accomplish this task. We are strong through our God and will prevail. Love to all the brethren
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  • Even Justin Martyr was leery of the switch, as he clearly shows in his writings, as the first recorded 'trinitarian' baptism mode on historical record, in the year 140 AD, still carried the 'NAME OF JESUS', as a carryover from the original Acts 2:38 mode. History is replete with the statements that the vast majority of the proverbial Christians in the first 3 centuries AD were Acts 2:38-Jesus Name adherents. Their numbers were so large that the proverbial 'popes' of the day admitted that baptism in Jesus name was valid (Stephen of the 300's and Zachery of the 700's.Justin Martyr introduced a concept unheard of among earlier Christians, namely that Jesus Christ was 'in the second place' to the Father. Second place?? What did he mean by that? NOBODY had EVER suggested that Jesus was in second place to the Father. What could this statement suggest?

    An understudy of Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, added to the confusion, stating that 'the Son of God became the Son of Man.' This was a completely new concept, that INSTEAD of Jesus being the INCARNATION of the Father, He was only the INCARNATION of an eternal Son. This was never before taught in the first 150 years of the early church. None of the Apostles ever made a statement of that kind. Thomas called Him, 'My Lord, and my God!' For a Jew, that meant that Thomas believed He was the Father in the flesh.
    The suggestion was that Jesus was an eternal son - an impossible concept. Think about it. How can anyone be an eternal son? Sonship, by definition, requires a beginning. Jesus became a son when He was born of Mary. Before the son was born of a virgin, only the Father existed. There had been no son in heaven. Moses never mentioned it. Moses taught the children of Israel, 'The LORD our God is ONE!' None of the Old Testament prophets taught that God was two or three persons - only ONE.

    To be sure, God in Christ has two natures. God is Spirit. Son is human. God is greater. Son is lesser. But NOT two distinct persons, and certainly not two identical deities; not co-equal; not co-eternal. ONE.
    Sonship is human. God never replicated His spirit. There had been no spirit son, only the singular, eternal spirit of God forever. God did not replicate His eternal nature into another co-equal person.
    Rather, He incarnated His deity in a MAN. The FULLNESS of GOD was in CHRIST. Not
    one-third or one-half. The man is the Son. And the man, the Son, was not from eternity past, except in the MIND of God.


    Paul preached that Jesus was the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). Jesus declared that when we see Him, we see the Father (not a likeness, but the actual Father!) (John 14:9).
    God Himself had declared, 'My glory will I not give to another,' (Isaiah 42:8). That simply means that there never was and never will be anything co-equal or co-eternal with the Father. Jesus, in His day, said, 'My Father is greater than I,' (John 14:28). So, there you have it. Jesus is NOT co-equal, or co-eternal with the Father. He is the man in whom God dwelt. He is the physical manifestation of the invisible God. His spirit is the Father; His body is the Son.
    When you read in the Bible of a conversation between Jesus and His Father, you are not reading a conversation between two equal members of a godhead. You are reading a conversation between a MAN and GOD. GOD is only ONE PERSON, but He has TWO NATURES. Deity and humanity. The deity can speak to the human, and the human can speak to the deity, but both natures comprise ONE GOD, not two co-equal deities. Messiah!
    Iranaeus' statement introducing the concept of an eternal son plainly contradicted the Apostles' premise that the Son was conceived by the Holy Ghost in the 'fullness of time' and 'made of woman' (Galatians 4:4). The idea of an eternal son had never been preached in the early church. Jesus was the FULLNESS of God bodily. Not one-third of a trinity!
    From that error proceeded another erroneous teaching; that since Jesus proceeded from the Father, the Holy Ghost also subsequently proceeded from the Son, and was therefore in THIRD PLACE in the Godhead. Now we have a third deity equal to the first (Father) and second (eternal Son). Hence, this triune deity supposedly consisted of three co-equal, co-eternal men. No. God's A Spirit. Singular. One LORD. One person.
    Within a few short years, these errors were codified into the doctrine of the Trinity, that God exists in three persons; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.
    Tertullian (who was one of the first to use the word 'trinity' in reference to God) and Hippolytus of Rome succeeded in changing the mode of water baptism from being performed 'in the name of Jesus Christ' to use of the titles 'Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,' thereby abandoning the 'only NAME given among men whereby we must be saved' in baptism.
    Water baptism by total immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ was a primordial, core doctrine of the twelve apostles. Read the New Testament for yourself. You will see it clearly. Every baptism recorded in the New Testament was performed in the name of the Lord Jesus. But in the newly redefined Roman Catholic Church, the name of Jesus was extirpated, excised from water baptism.
    The Catholic Encyclopedia, II, page 263, says, 'The baptismal formula was changed from the name of Jesus Christ to the words Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by the Catholic Church in the second century.'
    Hastings Dictionary of the Bible, 1963, page 1015, says, 'The Trinity... is not demonstrable by logic or by Scriptural proofs,...The term Trias was first used by Theophilus of Antioch (c AD 180), ...(The term Trinity) is not found in Scripture.'
    The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, I, 275, says, 'It is often affirmed that the words in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost are not the ipsissima verba [exact words] of Jesus, but...a later liturgical addition.'
    Wilhelm Bousset, in 'Kyrios Christianity,' page 295, says, 'The testimony for the wide distribution of the simple baptismal formula [in the Name of Jesus] down into the second century is so overwhelming that even in Matthew 28:19, the Trinitarian formula was later inserted.' So today we have a choice between tradition that makes the word of God non effective or to no effect. By having a form of godliness without power (Jesus name alone has all power-Matt28:18, to be used in all words and deeds-Col3:17, and neither is there salvation in any other name or title-Acts4:12). via the trinity or triad formula. Or to obey Jesus' words in Luke24:47, Peter's words as he had the keys to the kingdom-Acts2:38/Matt16:18 and finally Paul said he did it in Jesus name to wash away his sins and taught and did so-Acts22:16,Acts16:15/33,Acts18:8,Acts19:1-6,Gal3:27,Gal1:6-12,Eph4:5,Eph3:15,Col2:12,Rom6:1-6,Col3:17,Eph2:8-10,Ect. Jesus called the Pharisees whitted tombs or outwardly beatifully but inwardly full of dead men's bones.That is how you are seen even after the trinity baptism by God as it remits no sin, has no power in it as God looks to the inside while men outwardly! We are either baptized into Moses or unto then later after he died and rose into Jesus Christ as per 1Cr10:1-12.Nobody inside of the bible took the trinity titles on in baptism only outside of the word we see people doing this.Believe Jesus and his word or believe men's philosophy about him. Peter said choose God in Acts5:29. John said the same in Rev22 and Paul agreed in Gal1:6-12.; in the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established. And so it is.
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Baptism In Jesus Name

  1. 1. Baptism in Jesus name Great Commission Ministry
  2. 2. WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>Water baptism is a test of obedience. It is the circumcision of the heart which takes away our spiritual uncleanness. </li></ul><ul><li>KEY VERSE </li></ul><ul><li>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 2:38). </li></ul>
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>In the Book of the Acts of the Apostles there are documented case histories of four individuals and four groups of people being saved eight examples of how salvation was received in the apostolic church. </li></ul><ul><li>These historical examples are as follows: </li></ul>GROUPS OF PEOPLE: Jews (chapter two) Samaritans (chapter eight) Gentiles (chapter ten) Ephesians (chapter nineteen) INDIVIDUALS: Ethiopian Eunuch (chapter eight) Saul of Tarsus (chapter nine) Lydia (chapter sixteen) Philippian Jailer (chapter sixteen)
  4. 4. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>As we study the subject of water baptism is to note that in these eight instances repentance is mentioned two times, faith is mentioned four times, and spirit infilling is mentioned five times. </li></ul><ul><li>Water baptism is mentioned all eight times. </li></ul><ul><li>This fact should convince every honest heart regarding the importance of water baptism in the plan of salvation. </li></ul><ul><li>No one would ever try to argue that repentance , faith and the Holy Ghost are not essential elements to salvation. </li></ul><ul><li>However, if these are mentioned only two, four, and five times out of eight, and water baptism is mentioned the entire eight times, how important water baptism must be! </li></ul>
  5. 5. I. ESSENTIALITY OF WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>The Command to be Baptized </li></ul><ul><li>On the Day of Pentecost a great crowd was attracted by the phenomenon that took place. When the Apostle Peter preached to the multitude the message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, the people were convicted and cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). </li></ul><ul><li>The apostles gave them clear, explicit instructions: </li></ul><ul><li>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 2:38). </li></ul>
  6. 6. B. Jesus' Teachings on Baptism <ul><li>In giving the commission to the apostles, Jesus clearly stated that in order to be saved a man would have to believe and be baptized. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:16). </li></ul><ul><li>. There are two essential elements to salvation: faith and water baptism. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>In the third chapter of John we read that Jesus said that water baptism was essential in order to enter the kingdom of God. </li></ul><ul><li>In the incident recorded here Jesus was dealing with Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus told Nicodemus that he would have to be born of water and of the Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>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. (John 3:5). </li></ul>
  8. 8. C. Water “An Element of Salvation” <ul><li>But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. (John 19:34). </li></ul><ul><li>This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. (I John 5:6). </li></ul><ul><li>Even as Eve was made from a rib taken from the side of Adam next to his heart, so the church is born of blood and water which flowed from the pierced side of Jesus. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>There are three elements in salvation: blood, water, and Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>These are not in conflict, but rather, they complement one another. In the plan of salvation they are found in Jesus Christ and are made available to the sinner through His name. </li></ul><ul><li>For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood. and these three agree in one. (I John 5:7, 8) </li></ul>
  10. 10. II. MANNER OF WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>A. The Element to be Used </li></ul><ul><li>And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. (John 3:23). </li></ul><ul><li>This Scripture in John's Gospel tells us that John the Baptist baptized where there was much water. There are two truths that we may learn from this: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Baptism is administered by immersion. </li></ul><ul><li>2. The element used in baptism is water. </li></ul>
  11. 11. B. The Mode of Baptism <ul><li>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) </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>In order to atone for the sins of humanity it was necessary for Christ to suffer death, be buried, and rise again. </li></ul><ul><li>If we are to be saved, we must be “in Christ” (I Corinthians 15:22). </li></ul><ul><li>This means that the penitent sinner must experience death, burial, and resurrection. </li></ul><ul><li>In repentance, he experiences a death to sin and the world. Burial must follow death, for a dead man is never left unburied. </li></ul><ul><li>Water baptism is this burial. </li></ul><ul><li>Even as burial follows death, so does water baptism (immersion in water) follow repentance. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The Bible makes it very clear that the proper mode of baptism is by one immersion in water. It is foolish to try to argue otherwise. The Greek verb baptizo means to “dip”, “plunge”, “immerse” . The word baptism properly and literally means “immersion”. </li></ul><ul><li>Only by being immersed in water can a person be identified with Christ in burial and be biblically and properly baptized. When Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch, they both went down into the water (Acts 8:38). </li></ul><ul><li>Sprinkling or pouring can never have the significance of burial. Only immersion is able to meet the requirement for baptism according to the Bible. </li></ul>
  14. 14. III. FORMULA FOR WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>The Apostles' Baptisms </li></ul><ul><li>JERUSALEM </li></ul><ul><li>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 2:38). </li></ul><ul><li>SAMARIA </li></ul><ul><li>Only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 8:16). </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>DAMASCUS </li></ul><ul><li>Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:16) </li></ul><ul><li>CAESAREA </li></ul><ul><li>And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. (Acts 10:48). </li></ul><ul><li>EPHESUS </li></ul><ul><li>When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 19:5) </li></ul>
  16. 16. B. Jesus Is the Name <ul><li>Go Ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19). </li></ul><ul><li>In giving the Great Commission, Jesus commanded His disciples to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. </li></ul><ul><li>It is very important that we understand this command, for it calls for explicit obedience. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not left to our own whim or desire. Let us note that it is possible to repeat these words without obeying them. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>In order to obey we must understand what the name is. </li></ul><ul><li>The terms, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, are titles and certainly are not names. What is the name of the Father? What is the name of the Son? What is the name of the Holy Ghost? The answer is the same in each instance. </li></ul><ul><li>There can only be one answer: JESUS. </li></ul><ul><li>Obedience to the Great Commission will demand that each one is baptized in the name of Jesus. </li></ul>
  18. 18. C. Remission of Sins in the Name <ul><li>Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21). </li></ul><ul><li>And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47). </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Jesus is the saving name of our God. There is no other name whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Remission of sins is in the name of Jesus (Luke 24:47). How then can any other term, title, or name be used? </li></ul><ul><li>There are many reasons that may be given for water baptism to always be in the name of Jesus. Whatever we do in word or deed we are to do in the name of Jesus (Colossians 3:17). </li></ul><ul><li>Water baptism is both word and deed. We may conclude without fear of successful contradiction that a person who has never been baptized in the name of Jesus is not properly baptized. </li></ul>
  20. 20. IV. PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM <ul><li>A. Water Baptism-Acknowledgement </li></ul><ul><li>Water baptism is the means God has chosen by which we identify with Him. </li></ul><ul><li>it is a test of our obedience. On the basis of the work that God has begun in us in repentance, we present ourselves to the ministry as a candidate for water baptism. When we are immersed in water we take on His name and acknowledge His lordship over our lives. </li></ul><ul><li>For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27). </li></ul><ul><li>This is also a public acknowledgement or testimony to the world that we have chosen to be identified with the followers of Christ. It is an outward sign or symbol that demonstrates that God is doing an inward work in our lives. </li></ul>
  21. 21. B. Water Baptism (Burial) <ul><li>Water baptism is more than just an outward sign of an inward work. If this is all baptism is, then Mark 16:16 would read: .He that believeth and is saved shall be baptized.. This Scripture shows, however, that salvation is a product of water baptism. </li></ul><ul><li>He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:16) </li></ul><ul><li>There is a dynamic spiritual work that takes place during baptism. It is through this ordinance that God gives us power over the sinful human nature. </li></ul><ul><li>How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:2, 3). </li></ul><ul><li>In water baptism we bury the old nature “our old man”. (Romans 6:6). </li></ul><ul><li>Buried with him in baptism. (Colossians 2:12). </li></ul>
  22. 22. C. Water Baptism (Circumcision) <ul><li>God wants to perform a spiritual operation on us in water baptism. He wants to cut away the old nature of enmity against Him. This operation-circumcision of the heart-is really the purpose of the ordinance of baptism. </li></ul><ul><li>In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. 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. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him,having forgiven you all trespasses. (Colossians 2:11-13). </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>The “old man” is to be cut away and left buried in the waters of baptism. This is what makes the forgiving of our trespasses (Colossians 2:13) or the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) possible. A most interesting point concerning circumcision is found in the account of the circumcision of the Christ Child. </li></ul><ul><li>And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS. (Luke 2:21). </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>The Christ Child was not named until He was eight days old. In the stable He was not baby Jesus.. He was just a babe, period. He received His name at the time of His circumcision according to Jewish custom. </li></ul><ul><li>So we also do not receive our spiritual name, the name of the heavenly family (Ephesians 3:15), the beautiful name of JESUS, until we are baptized in water in that name, for this is our spiritual circumcision. </li></ul>

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