BAPTISM

Oasis of peace

 

The baptism  of John for Jesus ?

 

The baptism in the name of Jesus

 

An other fumulation and the baptism of babies

 

Confession of faith









Oasis of peace

Our green oasis in the middle of the desert represents baptism, a symbol of reconciliation and peace with the Eternal Gd. After a long walk on an arid land, the main constituent of the human body is found gracefully on the ground thanks to the descent of the river crossing the desert. We can immerse our entire body by reminding ourselves of the conditions in which we lived in the first days of our life in our mother's womb:

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.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Today, we can not minimize the importance of putting baptism into practice. The last religions claiming to be modern allow themselves to suppress many laws and symbols of the early believers, while claiming to follow the teaching of the Israeli Jesus.
It is not corny to be baptized, this symbol has not aged because it still represents today a strong spiritual idea for the man who wants to approach the Eternal.
The good thought of God or the Holy Spirit should not annul the practice of baptism and other instructions of the Lord. Those who had received the spirit did not forget the symbol:
Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

While we are there, why not stop celebrating the joy of a union between man and woman? The ceremony of marriage is a sharing, a blessing for the peoples. If baptism truly comes from the will of the Lord, from heaven (Luke 20: 4) we have more reasons to maintain this symbol which still has all its meaning for man today. Water is the symbol of renewal for a new life, it is a consecration, the commitment of a good conscience towards the Eternal:
1Peter 3:21 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:

The symbol of baptism is union with Christ, who presents himself as a saint before the creator, the heavenly water gives us water of the thought of the Lord who was in Christ. The fountain of water that springs from the rock carries us to eternal life. The thought of Christ is a thought to be gained, his ministry reflects the way and the life that pleases the Lord (John 14:16, 1 Peter 1:11, 1 Corinthians 10: 4).
John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Baptism has no magic power since it is a commitment of a good conscience towards the Most High, we can compare the ritual with that of marriage between man and woman. Rings or necklaces do not bring love to the couple, but the gesture testifies to their union and love. Baptism in the name of Yeshua simply shows our willingness to follow the Lord and his only cherished son (Romans 8:29), the body of the new Adam (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:24...).
Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.












The baptism of John for Jesus?

In the Gospels, note that the practice of baptism does not shock anyone, it is not an invention of the prophet John the Baptist, priest of the tribe of Levi. In the covenant of Moses, there were already different baptisms or ablutions, so John did not surprise anyone to practice a baptism. The Greek word for the word ablution is the same as for that of baptism, the action of diving: "baptizein" in Greek and "tabal" in Hebrew.
Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. (Numbers 19:18, 2 King 7:14 for example).

The baptism of John the Divine is only a baptism of repentance, and has no other meaning in the scriptures (Matthew 3: 11; Acts 19: 4).
If Jesus appeared before John at the Jordan River, it was because he really needed to go through the water baptism of repentance, he did not pretend to set an example to sinners! But the following question logically follows from our reasoning: Why did Jesus have to be baptized if he did not commit sins?
Matthews 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

If the anointed of Israel really did not need the baptism of repentance, he would have clearly shown it to us by not participating in it. Some people thought that John's baptism took on a different meaning at the time Jesus was baptized, but no verse supports this argument. John did not consecrate Jesus to become a priest, nor did he commit the sins of the people on him. The function of John's baptism is repentance before the promised one comes.

First of all, Jesus is the image of the lamb that takes the price of the sin of others on it. This notion of defending the sins of the people is reflected in the covenant of which Jesus was a part: the covenant of Moses and the sacrifices. Yeshua-laagna does not become unclean by taking sins upon him, he takes the wages of sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). The word "sin" should be translated especially as "wages of sin" in this context. Seeing the image of blood and death, the Lord gave a teaching to the Hebrews.

And if John was disturbed by the fact that he was to baptize Jesus, it was not because he thought that Jesus did not need to be baptized, but because Jesus was much greater and righteous than him. The ministry of the messiah was more important, it would be John to be baptized by him (Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16...).
Mateus 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Mateus 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Mateus 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.
And above all, the messiah is above all a man, although perfect in his human behavior, he does not possess the holiness of the Lord. Perfect man can not by nature equal the degree of purity of the Lord. To reformulate, even the most beautiful of the sons of man depends completely on the Most High, for he is the soul of Adam, possessing the propensity of good and evil. Jesus thus took the baptism of repentance by being very humble.

The Yeshua man was a servant (Matthew 12:18), he always knew that only the Lord is good (Mark 10:18). He depended on him (John 5:30, John 8:28).
During his childhood, he dominated by himself the inclination for evil only from the moment when he was able to choose between good and evil (Isaiah 7:15). The story of the book of Job is also revealing, Jesus and Job touched the mystery of piety and perfection.
Job 9:1 Then Job answered and said,
Job 9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? (See Job chapter 25 and 26).












Baptism in the name of Jesus

The baptism of John (repentance) takes its true realization in union with the baptism of Jesus (progressive progress with the spirit or the thought of the Eternal). After repentance, we are invited to follow a new spirit, holy spirit, pure spirit, holy spirit.
To support this point, believers who had only known the baptism of repentance of John the Baptist were going to be baptized in water for Jesus.
Acts 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

The person who administers the baptism must understand the Bible and the ministry of Jesus, I give some indications in the last chapter of this theme.
He who baptizes does not need to be part of a high religious hierarchy, but must know the Father creator and the son. We are not baptized in the name of an archangel or an unknown god. Philip, for example, told the story of the Bible to a eunuch (Acts 8: 36-38).

The water of baptism represents both the heavenly water that cleanses and buries the old man, and then the spiritual regeneration. The symbol of water carries what is bad to burn it and it also drinks our being (John 4:14). Let us note that our body is composed largely of water, we absorb and evacuate it. The spirit of the Lord is the water of life:
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:

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.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

At Messianic baptism, our desire is to let our old man die so that we may walk to the Lord in the manner of Jesus. Symbolically, believers enter into the body of Christ, they are dead and resurrected with and in him. Yeshua identified with us, baptizing in the name of Yeshua, the person who built the covenant, the ministry: "In the name of Jesus" (1 Corinthians 10: 2, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Ephesians 5:20...).

Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Romans 6:4 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.








An other formulation and baptism of babies?

The formula "in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit" is used early in the practice of baptism, the "Didache" is an ancient document that is often mentioned to evoke the way baptized Christians at the beginning of our era . Some think that the document is contemporary to the disciples, but I am of opinion of those who think it is later.

If the document carries good moral principles, other phrases and customs do not seem to fit the spirit of the Gospels, but rather with the councils of the Church of Rome. As to our subject on baptism, this formula "in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" is found in most of our translation (Matthew 28:19), but I believe it is Of an invention in favor of the dogma of the trinity.

It should be mentioned that this formula does not appear in the ancient Syriac and Latin versions of the Bible. Historians such as Eusebius of Caesarea, Catholic scholars, biblical dictionaries and encyclopaedias, questioned the authenticity of the formula. In order not to recopy what already exists on the Internet and in books, I leave three examples and I invite the reader to do research by himself:
- The Catholic Encyclopedia page 263 of Volume 2 tells us that the formula of baptism has been changed.
- Cardinal Joseph Ratinger concludes that the current formula is not the original.
- The Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics teaches that the formula "in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit" is a late addition.

In conformity with the gospel of Mark, here is how this should read the verse according to Eusebius:
« Matthew 28:19 Come, make disciples of all nations, and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you every day, even unto the end of the world. »

In case of doubt, let us remember that the disciples always baptized in the name of the Yeshua man. Another verse indicates how we should do things:
Colosians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

To conclude this chapter, let us speak briefly of the baptism of babies:
We had already written that there were several baptisms or ablutions (Hebrews 6:2, 9:10) in the covenant of Moses, they were used for different circumstances, the Hebrews did not immerse all the persons or objects that fell to them under one's nose.
The baptism of John the Baptist is meant exclusively to open the way of repentance to receive the anointed one can not ask the babies to repent and believe.

When it is asked that the whole house (oikos) be baptized (Acts 16:31), it is the conscious persons (wife, cousin, grandmother, widows...) who belonged to the family, To the head of the house. The newborns are under the protection of the Lord and the head of the family, there is no need to have them baptized in the name of Yeshua.












Confession of faith

I strongly advise a minimum of knowledge before practicing christian, messianic baptism. The message of John the Baptist to the Jews was simple and clear, it was necessary to repent and receive the Messiah. We have seen that Jesus also was, that we must accept the works and words of this man. Later, when the good news is announced outside the Hebrew people, it was necessary to give explanations because of false pagan beliefs or a lack of knowledge of the Eternal. The purpose of this chapter is to recapitulate the teaching of the disciples, as close as possible to reality.

- We are not by chance, there is a creator who has given us life and freedom to do good and evil. All men are equal.

- The creator is unique, he is One, the only one to possess immortality.

- Before the foundation of the world or at the beginning of the book of Genesis, the Father of creation is not beside God the son (ex: trinity ...) or of a little nonhuman god named Jesus Or Mickaėl (ex: witness of jehovah ...).
The LORD and all the Hebrews expected a human being from the tribe of David. The Messiah was only to be a man by nature. Please visit the theme of Jesus on the homepage of the site.

- The holy spirit or the holy spirit (pure) is not a person. This is the spirit of the Lord.
For example, if we say that our mind or that of God is saddened, the spirit is not an additional person who is sad.

- Jesus did not accomplish the glorious designs expected by the Jews. Israel receives blessings and curses according to its fruits.
The path of the Messiah is first of all repentance, humility, simplicity, love, truth. Jesus is thus the way, the truth, the life thanks to the Eternal in him.

- The law given to Moses is good, but certain instructions were reserved exclusively for the people of Israel under the covenant of Moses. The prophetic spirit established a new covenant through the Messiah Jesus and the disciples, he fulfilled what the Lord had begun with Moses. He became known throughout the world through the Bible.

- Unleavened bread and wine symbolically represent the new covenant, it is the commemoration of a deliverance from the world, from Egypt, from Babylon.
It is logically those who have faith and who are baptized who can take part in it.

- The Lord gives life to righteous men, right now and to the world to come.

- The Lord is not a sadistic god who sends souls burned in hell for eternity.

May the Eternal guide us.

Sources :

¹  The 'christian text "the Didache" uses the formule of Matthieu 28:19,  chapitre 7.

² Examples against the formule in Matthieu 28:19.

 

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July 2017