THE BOOK OF THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES Part 5 of 5

“THE BOOK OF THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES”

Part 5 of 5

POINT 8. “PAUL GOT WATER BAPTISED (Acts 9:18) SHOULDN’T I DO THAT AS WELL?”

No. Paul was merely following the standard procedure for that time. He knew very little of what God would show him in the future. He had to go into Arabia for three years (Gal 1:17); then he consulted with Peter and James (Gal 1:18), then he was taken up into the 3rd heaven (2Cor 12:2-4). Even then, he water baptised a couple of people (1Cor 1:16) till God showed Paul that water baptism was getting in the way of people’s salvation.

People say “Well, I’ve been water baptised. I guess that makes me saved?” “I got water baptised as a baby. I’m going to heaven.” So Paul says For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 1 Corinthians 1:17.

POINT 9.CAN I LOSE MY SALVATION?”

No you can’t. Peter preaches remission of sins (Acts 2:38), that is, the forgiveness of past sins (Rom 3:25). 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.

See point 3 above. Peter’s preaching was for another dispensation, and has been superseded (replaced) and made obsolete (useless and out of date) by Paul’s gospel which is for the redemption for sins.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath (constantly working) translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 1:13-14.

We can never be lost. Want more proof?

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14.

Christians are sanctified (set apart). If you are in Christ, you have been set apart.

Yes. Being in Christ, we are set apart. Christ is our sanctification.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Corinthians 1:30.

Those in Christ have been redeemed. They are sanctified.

The penalty for past, present and future sins has been paid for – not just past sins (remission). “… Jesus Christ… Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Revelation 1:5

POINT 10. “WHAT IS THE CHURCH?”

The entry criteria for getting into Peter’s church (Acts 2:38, 47) was not the same for getting into Paul’s church, which is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Did you know, that in the Bible, there are FOUR churches.

1.    When the Jews were wandering in the desert for 40 years, they were called the church (Acts 7:38). But they had not been put into Jesus Christ. They were not redeemed. This was not Paul’s church.

2.    Christ tells of going before the church (Matthew 18:17). They were not redeemed. This was not Paul’s church.

3.    When Peter preaches his gospel to the men of Israel, many were added to the church (2:47). This is not today’s church. To be water baptised (Acts 2:38) is a work, and this was only for the remission of sins past (Rom 3:25). They were not redeemed. This was not Paul’s church.

4.    Paul writes to the church at various places. They have been redeemed by simply believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Furthermore, there is a church after Pentecost (Acts 4-8). Paul persecutes them (Acts 8:1). They

     were IN Christ before he was.

The definition for a church is a group of worshippers set apart by God. There is only one church now, those IN Christ (Rom 8:1) … and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body … Ephesians 1:22-23

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Harley Hitchcock

Thursday 19th August 2021

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