Baptism

BAPTISM

 

As a child, and throughout my life,  “church”, the bible, the doctrine, and 'baptism' had always been against what my spirit, gut, heart and mind felt. I realized later on that these feelings were in tune with my spirit, because everything we are taught in society and “church” is a lie. I will not shun a brethren over disputations about baptism, and hope that I would not be shunned for my understanding about it. I will not force my belief about it, nor be forced to change my belief, save by Yahweh if He needs to correct me. I understand some of the references come from dis-liked sources, but I am merely presenting information. I am not saying 100% right or wrong about baptism. There are too many verses and simply too much information to ignore when neutrally analyzing this subject. The result of researching this has led me to believe that I would rather not support the doctrine of baptism with water, and present why.  My opinion is that it is a pagan ritual that has been adopted by Christianity and this study is my case against it.  

 

A BAPTISM STUDY

 

Besides the fact that the Jews are NOT Israel, Baptism is probably the second hardest thing for people to understand or debate.

When we are raised learning false doctrines, it's very hard to shed these beliefs.

It matters what and Who we believe in.

Yahweh God tells us it takes up to 4 generations to purge pagan habits (Ex 20:5, 34:7; Num 14:18; Deut 5:9). That is why the older generations of the Exodus died in the wilderness as the newer generations were raised learning The Way.

 

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.

-Mark Twain

 

This paper's intention is NOT to cause division.

There are many pagan habits and holidays mixed into Christianity and it is our duty as children of the Most High to examine and rightly divide the truth.

There are over 100 verses about baptism, or immersion.

Baptism is not always in water. There is also baptism of fire, death, knowledge and understanding.

There are verses that:

   Are definitely talking about water baptism.

These verses are about John's baptism, which was in water, and clearly stated, 'for the sons of Levi'.

These are also verses that record water baptism being continued by some of the apostles.

 

There are verses that:

   Are definitely NOT talking about water baptism.

These verses are about baptism in fire, death and knowledge (truth, the Word).

These are also verses that record water baptism as being misunderstood, and verses that show the transition of the mediators (priesthood) and rituals (sacrifices, ordinances) being 'done away with', and that knowledge and understanding along with obedience and allegiance is the immersion we must seek.

 

And there are verses that:

Can be debated either way.

Baptism is either a pagan ritual, taken out of context from John's purpose, and is just another perversion of our true heritage.

   OR

Baptism is a literal command and ritual we must perform in order to be forgiven, remitted of sin, and able to go to 'heaven'.

 

Whether one believes this doctrine or not, it should not split the brethren.

 

 

This study starts with a little history, some verses about purification, washing oneself and/or clothes, and all the verses about baptism, and a few more articles on baptism by others.

 

A few things must be understood to understand why Baptism is a pagan ritual.

 

1  There is no more priesthood.

The Levitical Priesthood expired when Christ died.

A  Christ became our High Priest and Mediator.

B  No 'priest', preacher or man can perform anything for you or to you.

 

2  The book of Acts demonstrates the transition of the old covenant to the new.

A  The old covenant in which the priesthood, it's ordinances and sacrifices were the mediator, ritual and atonement.

The priesthood expired. The ordinances were done away with (nullifying the Pharisees' decreed ordinances as well). The sacrifices ceased.

No more mediator. Now Christ is our mediator.

B  The new in which we ourselves are to make spiritual sacrifices.

Obedience, allegiance, study, practice, love for our brethren the law and Yahweh.

 

3  Water Baptism is a universal ritual.

This ritual is performed in any number of ways.

Sprinkling, pouring, submerging, running water, warm, cold. Anywhere. Anyone. Anyway. Anyhow. For remittance of sin, for salvation, for this and for that. It just depends on which religion you choose.

 

4  It is a false doctrine designed to lead the unlearned astray.

Those that believe false doctrine love to believe a lie.

2Thessalonians 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Of course there are many other false doctrines and lies, let's stick with baptism for now.

 

5  Baptism is not a commandment (law). Matthew 28:19 is not a command of water baptism.

Matthew 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:

Baptizing - to immerse, to overwhelm

In the Name of - the name is used for everything which the name covers, everything the thought or feeling of which is aroused in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name, i.e. for one’s rank, authority, interests, pleasure, command, excellences, deeds etc.

The name is honored by knowledge, understanding, and obedience, NOT water.

- persons reckoned up by name (Israelites, sons of Jacob)

28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The commandment is not to baptize everyone in 'water'. He wants them immersed with knowledge.

The commandment is to teach our kinsmen across the world of their heritage and identity, our history and inheritance, immersing them in the truth of who they are and Whose they are. Immersing them in the knowledge and understanding of what the Holy name stands for and embodies.

Baptizing them in what? It does not state. But the definition is immersion. Scripture teaches of the immersion (baptism) of fire, death, water, word, knowledge and understanding.

 

6  It is clear that baptism was part of pagan history, rituals to the gods.

Yahweh would not have us adopt pagan habits, rituals, or ways.

 

Do you want to be immersed in water, or The Word?

Do you want to be a wet, unlearned continuing sinner?

Or do you want to have knowledge and understanding, and practice righteousness and repentance?

 

If water baptism is a truth, then all Judeo-Christians that were baptized have the same inheritance as an unbaptized Israelite that knows who he is, follows the law, and knows his true Elohiym Yahweh?

 

Luke 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Why be baptized and do not the things which I say? Do those that are baptized observe the law, the feast days and sabbaths, do they fast, do they have any true knowledge and understanding?

 

If you take the time to review the whole study on Baptism before coming to a conclusion, you will find that it is only with true knowledge and understanding that we can be immersed in the Holy Spirit.

 

This life is our time to prove to Yahweh that we love Him and that we choose to walk in His Way.

John 14:15  If ye love Me, keep My commandments.

Whether you are “baptized and saved” or not, if you do not have the true knowledge and understanding of the Word, your identity, your heritage, history, law and commandments, duty or God, then you are not in allegiance or obedience to Yahweh. You don't know anything.

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee

Being baptized in water does not give you information. Almost everyone who has been baptized in water believes in the doctrine and methods of their denomination and they have no knowledge and understanding of true Christianity.

They do not know any of the history or identity, the promises or covenants, or even who they were made to. They don't know who the children of Satan are and that they are his literal children. They don't know God's name, or even His plan. They don't know the characters or lessons. They don't know that they have been deceived and believe a false doctrine called Judeo-Christianity.

    

Outward displays of piety are scorned by Yahweh.

Matthew 6:1  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

 6:2  Therefore when you doest your alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues (assembly halls) and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Christ calls out the Jews who display this hypocrisy at the 'wailing wall'.

 6:3  But when you doest alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand doeth:

 6:4  That your alms may be in secret: and your Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward you openly.

 6:5  And when you prayest, you shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues (assembly halls) and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Another reference to pious display.

 6:6  But you, when you prayest, enter into your closet, and when you hast shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which seeth in secret shall reward you openly.

 6:16  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

 6:17  But you, when you fastest, anoint your head, and wash your face;

Ruth 3:3  Wash thyself therefore, and anoint you, and put your raiment upon you, and get you down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.

 6:18  That you appear not unto men to fast, but unto your Father which is in secret: and your Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward you openly.

Verses 16-18, again, we see that outward displays of piety are scorned.  And scorned by Christ Himself.

Baptism is no different. People don't need to be seen repenting, or participating in a ritual for repentance, as if the water or the man immersing you can do anything for you. There is no more mediator between you and Christ, no priesthood, rituals, blood sacrifices, or anything can bring you closer to Him.  Only you can repent, sincerely and directly to Christ, yourself, and continue to walk in The Way, and continue to repent. Immerse yourself in true knowledge and understanding, Christ can relate to that.

 

 

 

A little Historical information

 

From: William Finck – Baptism, in what? John the Baptist’s practice of cleansing, or “baptizing”, sinners in water was not an idea peculiar to him and, as shall be made evident below, it was done for a specific reason. It was a practice long known to not only the Judaeans but also the Greeks. This should be no surprise, since it is known that both the Danaan and Dorian Greek tribes were direct descendants of the Hebrew Israelites. It would be odd if they did not share many of the same customs.

While there are many examples of “baptism” – ritual cleansing in water – in Greek literature, here I will cite one. In a play, Eumenides, by the fifth-century B.C. Greek poet Aeschylus, his character Orestes says at lines 448-452: “It is the law that he who is defiled by shedding blood shall be debarred all speech until the blood of a suckling victim shall have besprinkled him by the ministrations of one empowered to purify from murder. Long since, at other houses, have I been thus purified both by victims and flowing streams.” (Loeb Library edition of Aeschylus). Here we see that the Greeks believed that one may be cleansed of sin either by baptism (“flowing streams”) or by the blood of sacrifice (compare Heb. 9:13).

The ancient Assyrians and the ancient Egyptians also practiced ritual cleansing, or baptism. The following passages are from Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, Princeton University Press, J. Pritchard, editor, 1969:

Page 437, from an Akkadian inscription entitled “I Will Praise Yahweh of Wisdom”, which dates before 700 B.C., there is an exclamation that reads: “In the Gate of the Purifying Waters I was sprinkled with purifying waters”, which certainly describes a ritual. The exclamation is accompanied by others describing sacrifices and libations and incense-offerings in supplication to gods.

Page 495, from an Egyptian papyrus believed to date to the 12th dynasty, the time of Abraham, from a list of good and bad activities: “plunging into the river – good: it means cleansing from all evils”.

In Judaea the Qumran sect, writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls, speak of similar rituals. While the precise dating of this sect is not known, from their eschatological literature it can be told that the Scrolls were written after Pompey’s subjugation of Judaea, but before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Yet the sect made no mention of John the Baptist, of Yahshua Christ, or of anything Christian. In the scroll designated 1QS (1QRule of the Community), Columns II & III, we find the following: “And anyone who declines to enter [the covenant of God] in order to walk in the stubbornness of his heart shall not [enter the Com]munity of his truth, since his soul loathes the disciplines of knowledge of just judgments. He has not the strength to convert his life and shall not be counted with the upright. His knowledge, his energy and his wealth shall not enter the council of the Community because he ploughs in the mud of wickedness and there are stains on his conversion. He shall not be justified while he maintains the stubbornness of his heart, since he regards darkness as paths of light. In the source of the perfect he shall not be counted. He will not become clean by the acts of atonement, nor shall he be purified by the cleansing waters, nor shall he be made holy by seas or rivers, nor shall he be purified by all the water of ablution. Defiled, defiled shall he be all the days he spurns the decrees of God …” 4Q414 (4QRitual of Purification A) also mentions a water cleansing ritual in connection with atonement.

It is observed at Matt. 23:15 that the Pharisees were proselytizing (“converting”) all sorts of people into Judaism. It seems that after the absorption of the Edomites into Judaea recorded by Josephus (i.e. Antiquities 13:9:1) and Strabo (16.2.34) and explained by Paul (Romans chapters 9 to 11), that anything became possible. Baptism – not the cleansing of one who was already an Israelite, but rather seen as the mystical metamorphosis of one who was not – was an important part of such proselytizing. John Lightfoot, the 17th century cleric, in volume 2 on pages 55 to 63 in A Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica, explains the details of this proselytizing: “Whensoever any heathen will betake himself, and be joined to the covenant of Israel ... and take the yoke of the law upon him, voluntary circumcision, baptism, and oblation, are required ... ‘If an Israelite take a Gentile child ... or find a Gentile infant, and baptizeth him in the name of a proselyte – behold, he is a proselyte’ ... First, You see baptism inseparably joined to the circumcision of proselytes ... Secondly, Observing from these things which have been spoken, how very known and frequent the use of baptism was among the Jews, the reason appears very easy why the Sanhedrin, by their messengers, inquire not of John concerning the reason of baptism, but concerning the authority of the baptizer; not what baptism meant, but whence he had a license so to baptize, John 1:25 ...” and Lightfoot goes on to explain that once a proselyte was baptized he was considered “an Israelite in all respects”, the same attitude that all of the so-called ‘churches’ have today, taking anyone at all in off the streets and baptizing them as ‘Christians’! Yet it is evident that John did no such thing, for he wouldn’t baptize a viper: Matt. 3:7, Luke 3:7.

So when John the Baptist began his ministry, we see that his baptism was no novel thing to either the Greeks, the Romans (who shared the same culture), or the Judaeans. Hence Yahshua’s question to the Pharisees, recorded at Mark 11:30 and Luke 20:4, concerning John’s baptism was quite natural, and notice of it supports Lightfoot’s comments that the Pharisees inquired not of John’s baptism, but of John’s authority to baptize.

Yet it is clear in the New Testament that baptism in water was a commission for John, and not for Yahshua Christ. For John himself is recorded at Matt. 3:11 as stating: “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 Spirit, and with fire” (for that fire, note Luke 12:49). This was also recorded to some extent in all three of the other gospels, at Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, and John 1:26-34. This is again related when Luke recorded the words of Yahshua Christ at Acts 1:5: “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence.” Yet where is the commission for anyone after John, following Christ, to baptize anyone with water? There is none! But it took the apostles some time to come to this realization.

In the Old Testament, washing of the body is seen of the priests before they enter into the temple to do service and to make sacrifice. From Leviticus 8:4-6: “4 And Moses did as Yahweh commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 5 And Moses said unto the congregation, This is the thing which Yahweh commanded to be done. 6 And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.” And from Numbers 8:21-22: “And the Levites were purified, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them as an offering before Yahweh; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them. 22 And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and before his sons: as Yahweh had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them.” All of Numbers chapter 8 describes the cleansing of the Levites. Aside from these passages concerning the priests, or certain occasions where people are instructed in what to do upon exposure to diseases or corpses, or certain other circumstances, there is no other ritual cleansing of the body required, It was foretold by Yahweh in Malachi chapter 3 that John the Baptist, the messenger sent before the Christ, "shall purify the sons of Levi”:John the Baptist was also a Levite, so he could fulfill the priestly role of cleansing which Moses the Levite had done first, long before him. It is apparent, that Yahshua coming to be the final ritual sacrifice for the children of Israel, the prophecy and baptism of John – for the sons of Levi – was also symbolic of the Old Testament law. That is why John was sent to baptize the sons of Levi – so that Christ could be properly sacrificed! Now Israel has been cleansed of all their sins by Christ Himself, as foretold by the prophets, and they have no need of any further cleansing.

As for the reason that Christ underwent this same baptism, the sacrifice was also washed clean beforehand, as well as the priests. See Leviticus chapter 1:1-13: "1 And Yahweh called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto Yahweh, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. 3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before Yahweh. 4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. 5 And he shall kill the bullock before Yahweh: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. 7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire: 8 And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: 9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto Yahweh. 10 And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish. 11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before Yahweh: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar. 12 And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: 13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto Yahweh." So John the Baptist cleansed the priests, and the sacrifice, as commanded by the Old Testament Law.

That Yahshua Himself purposely rejected ritual cleansing is clear in the Gospel account, for instance at Mark 7:1-23, where it is explained that the Judaeans took the prescriptions of the law to extremes, and added also the “traditions of the elders.” When asked by the Pharisees “Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?” Yahshua is said to have responded “Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men, For laying aside the commandment of Yahweh, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.” (“washing” here is from the Greek verb βαπτίζω, “to baptize.”) Then Yahshua added: “Full well ye reject the commandment of Yahweh, that ye may keep your own tradition”, and He goes on to discuss those things which truly defile a man, which come from within him, and not from without.

 

Malachi 3:1  Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Prince, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple (body), even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith Yahweh of hosts.

3:3  And he (John) shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he (John) shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto Yahweh an offering in righteousness.

Remember the words of Yahweh in Malachi chapter 3, “and he (John) shall purify the sons of Levi”.

By the time of Christ, the Levitical priesthood had become corrupted. (See 'Pharisees' in Who's Who menu)

Levi was 1 of the 12 sons of Jacob/Israel. The tribe of Levi had the duties of the priesthood. John the Baptist was also a Levite, so he could fulfill the priestly role of cleansing which Moses the Levite had done first, long before him.

 

The Levites did not Baptize people before Christ. They prepared the sacrifices by washing them with water. There were also commandments and rituals of purification. None of these have to do with water baptism.

 

Purification rituals

 

From Finck's article: Ritual cleansing, of which the baptism of persons was a form (see it of the priests at Ex. 29:4-7; 40:12, and at Lev. 8:6), like the other “works” (rituals) of the law, had its time and place. Yet Paul tells us time and again that the “works” (rituals) of the law have been done away with, for which see Rom. 3:19-28; 4:1-9; 9:11, 32; 11:6-7; Gal. 2:16; 3:2-10; Eph. 2:15; Col. 2:14; Heb. 6:1-2 and 9:1-14. Of course, Paul did not, as so many suppose, teach that the law itself was done away with. Quite to the contrary: “... yea, we establish the law” (Rom. 3:31). The moral laws of God are eternal and cannot be done away with. However under the New Covenant, Israel is under the favor (grace) of Yahweh, and is not to be judged by the law, but by that favor (i.e. Romans 6:14, 15).

Yahshua Christ Himself has told us that it is the Word of Truth that cleanses: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth” (John 17:17-19).

As a matter of prophecy, Yahweh told us that He would cleanse Israel. John 17 tells us that His Word is the manner by which He sanctifies, along with the ultimate sacrifice in the body of Christ (Heb. 9:12, 10:10). Yahweh has told us “I will cleanse them from all their iniquity” (Jer. 33:8) and “I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God” (Ezek. 37:23). Now, how could we possibly continue to suppose that some ‘priest’ or ‘minister’, in the manner of the pagan Greeks or of the Pharisees, could cleanse us with water, if Yahweh has already cleansed us? Note Luke 11:39-41, and John 13:10-11. Unless Yahweh has cleansed us, such cleansing is futile, and the event at John 13 is symbolic of this fact. Yet He did not cleanse Judas Ish Kerioth, the Canaanite traitor. (The word “washed” at Luke 11:38 is also from the verb βαπτίζω, “to baptize.”)

Paul realized that the baptism of the Spirit was through the Word, and at Eph. 5:25-27 he wrote: “... just as Christ has also loved the assembly, and had surrendered Himself for it, in order that He would consecrate it, cleansing it in the bath of the water in the Word, that He may present it to Himself in honor, the assembly not having a blemish or a wrinkle or any of such things, but that it would be holy and blameless” (my own translation). So we see that a cleansing in “the bath of the water of the Word” is the way to be cleansed, and not in some ritual with actual water. Peter writes in agreement at 1 Peter 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 Yahweh,) by the resurrection of Yahshua Christ,” And Paul again, instructing Titus, “Not from works of those in righteousness, things which we have done, but according to that mercy of His, He has preserved us through a bath of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit, which He poured out upon us richly through Yahshua Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5-6, my own translation). And so hopefully it has been established that with Christ, baptism is through the Word, and the sanctification of Israel is in the Truth and in the Holy Spirit.

 

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This first section covers...

WATER OF SEPARATION   Used 5X

H4325   mayim     mah'-yim   (water)

Dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water; figuratively juice; by euphemism urine, semen: -  + piss, wasting, water (-ing, [-course, -flood, -spring]).

 

H5079   niddâh     nid-daw'  (separation)

From H5074; properly rejection; by implication impurity, especially personal (menstruation) or moral (idolatry, incest): -  X far, filthiness, X flowers, menstruous (woman), put apart, X removed (woman), separation, set apart, unclean (-ness, thing, with filthiness).

Numbers 19:9  And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up outside the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.

19:10  And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger (of kin) that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.

19:11  He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

19:12  He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.

 

Numbers 19:13  Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of Yahweh; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.

19:14  This is the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days.

19:15  And every open vessel, which hath no covering bound upon it, is unclean.

19:16  And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

19:17  And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:

19:18  And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave:

19:19  And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.

 

Numbers 19:20  But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of Yahweh: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean.

Numbers 19:21  And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkleth the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even.

19:22  And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even.

 

Regarding the war with the Midianites

Numbers 31:15  And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?

31:16  Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against Yahweh in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of Yahweh.

31:17  Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

31:18  But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

These were Adamic females that became pagan. (31:11)

31:19  And do ye abide outside the camp seven days: whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched any slain, purify both yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day.

31:20  And purify all your raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats' hair, and all things made of wood.

31:21  And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which Yahweh commanded Moses;

31:22  Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead,

Numbers 31:23  Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water.

31:24  And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye shall come into the camp.

 

Yahweh had strict rules about being among the congregation and especially around the tent of meeting (tabernacle) if you were unclean. Meaning unclean from war, touching a dead thing, menstruating, and the spoils of war, etc.

None of this has to do with Baptism.

 

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How do you purify? Repent, set aside sinful ways. Obey and follow the law.

Purify To make pure or clear

To free from pollution ceremonially

To free from guilt or the defilement of sin

Purification The act of purifying

The act or operation of cleansing ceremonially

A cleansing from guilt or the pollution of sin

 

H2398   châṭâ'     khaw-taw'   (purification)

A primitive root; properly to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causatively) lead astray, condemn: - bear the blame, cleanse, commit [sin], by fault, harm he hath done, loss, miss, (make) offend (-er), offer for sin, purge, purify (self), make reconciliation, (cause, make) sin (-ful, -ness), trespassive

 

Numbers 8:21  And the Levites were purified, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them as an offering before Yahweh; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them.

Aaron made an offering for them. A sacrifice to cover over (propitiation) their sins. The priests were men and needed to be purified before they could make propitiation for the people.

 

Numbers 19:9  And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up outside the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.

The word purification is not defined and has no Strong's number. It is a reconciliation for sin.

19:10  And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger (kinsmen) that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.

19:11  He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

Numbers 19:12  He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.

The Septuagint has verse 12 a little different.

Numbers 19:12  He shall be purified on the third day and the seventh day, and shall be clean; but if he be not purged on the third day and the seventh day, he shall not be clean.

 

 

H6942   qâdash     kaw-dash'  (sanctify)

A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): - appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly.

Isaiah 66:17  They that sanctify (H6942) themselves, and purify (H2398) themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith Yahweh.

This would make more sense, using the definitions, if it said “They that defile themselves, and forfeit themselves....shall be consumed...together with the abomination.”

 

Still, no mention or act of Baptism.

 

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H2891   ṭâhêr     taw-hare'

A primitive root; properly to be bright; that is, (by implication) to be pure (physically sound, clear, unadulterated; Levitically uncontaminated; morally innocent or holy): - be (make, make self, pronounce) clean, cleanse (self), purge, purify (-ier, self).

Ezra 6:20  For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them were pure, and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

Nehemiah 12:30  And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.

One cannot baptize themselves with water, or baptize gates and walls.

 

Malachi 3:3  And he (John) shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he (John) shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto Yahweh an offering in righteousness.

John did baptize the sons of Levi, the true priests of Israel. Now the priesthood could expire cleansed (purified) and John, the last of the Levitical priesthood, prepared Christ for the final sacrifice. When Christ died He became our high priest. No man or water can be in between us and Christ. Christ is our mediator to Yahweh now. It is up to us to purify ourselves, by repentance and obedience, to go through Christ, our High Priest, in order to present ourselves to Yahweh in prayer, requests, and guidance.

 

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Purified H2212   zâqaq     zaw-kak'

A primitive root; to strain, (figuratively) extract, clarify: - fine, pour down, purge, purify, refine.

Psalm 12:6  The words of Yahweh are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified (purged) seven times.

 

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Purified H1305   bârar     baw-rar'

A primitive root; to clarify (that is, brighten), examine, select: - make bright, choice, chosen, cleanse (be clean), clearly, polished, (shew self) pure (-ify), purge (out).

Daniel 12:10  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Zechariah 13:9  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, Yahweh is my God.

Hosea 14:9  Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of Yahweh are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Baptism is not mentioned nor is the act performed. Knowledge and understanding is the context. Knowing and understanding the ways of Yahweh is how we purge false doctrine. Water and some man dunking you in it does not bring knowledge or understanding.

 

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Purifying G2512   katharismos      kath-ar-is-mos'

From G2511 ; a washing off, that is, (ceremonially) ablution, (morally) expiation: - cleansing, + purge, purification, (-fying).

John 3:25  Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Judaeans about purifying.

26  And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, He (Christ) that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to Him.

Christ Himself did not baptize with water anyone.

27  John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Hebrews 5:4  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

Aaron was the high priest, chosen by God, to handle the things pertaining to God. Those things being the offerings of gifts and sacrifices for sins.

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

No man who baptizes anyone has this honor, it comes from above.

The OT priesthood did not baptize, save John, and after Christ died the priesthood expired. There is no mediator between you and Christ. No man, no water, nothing. You must make your own spiritual sacrifices directly. This is done by having true knowledge and understanding, acknowledging, confessing, repenting, and walking in The Way as a new man with allegiance (faith) and obedience.

 

Acts 15:9  And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith (allegiance).

Romans 10:12  For there is no difference between the Judaean and the Greek: for the same Prince over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.

The us and them are the houses of Judah (circumcision) and house of Israel (uncircumcision)(the dispersed 10 tribes who lost and or forgot the law and their heritage).

As Acts 15:9 states, purifying their hearts by faith, which means ceasing to sin and walking in allegiance to Christ and all He stands for (this is faith).

 

Titus 2:14  Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Exodus 19:5  Now therefore, if ye (children of Israel) will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine:

Deuteronomy 14:2  For thou art an holy (appointed) people unto Yahweh thy God, and Yahweh hath chosen thee (12 tribes of Jacob) to be a peculiar people unto Himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Deuteronomy 26:18  And Yahweh hath avouched thee (sons of Jacob) this day to be His peculiar people, as He hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all His commandments;

Psalm 135:4  For Yahweh hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure.

Our mortal time on this earth is our testing grounds. When we sin, we must be purged. When we are purged, it is of Yahweh's doing. He fills us with knowledge and understanding and when we have this, we are zealous of good works. Good works are not “just believing in Him”, but actively practicing His laws and commandments.

 

Hebrews 9:16  For where a testament (covenant) is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator (Christ).

17  For a testament is of force (certain) after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator (Christ) liveth.

18  Whereupon neither the first testament  (covenant) was dedicated without blood.

The temporary atonement made by the Levitical priesthood. It was a yearly covering over of sin.

19  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood

of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book

(scroll), and all the people,  (Ex 24:5-6, Lev 14:4)

Not all the people in the world or the other races, but the people of Abraham's seed, Jacob.

20  (Moses) Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Israelites.

Exodus 24:7-8

7  And he took the book (scroll) of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that Yahweh hath said will we do, and be obedient.

8  And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which Yahweh hath made with you concerning all these words.

21  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

Hebrews 9:23  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures (representations) of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Hebrews 6:20  Whither the forerunner is for us entered (on our behalf), even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

25  Nor yet that He (Christ) should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26  For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

In the Old Covenant the Levitical priesthood performed the rituals continually (every year), in the New Covenant, Christ, our High Priest performed this ritual once. The crucifixion. Now we must make spiritual sacrifices (walking in The Way) continually.

27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  (Rom 6:10, 1 Pet 3:18, 2:24)

The last part is in a different order in the original Greek: 'He shall appear a second time apart from errors, to those who look to Him for preservation.'

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PURIFY   G48   hagnizō     hag-nid'-zo   (purify is used 7x)

From G49, 53; to make clean, that is, (figuratively) sanctify (ceremonially or morally): - purity (self).

 

John 11:55  And the Judaeans' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.

This is the 4th of 4 Passovers in Christ's ministry.  Many of the true Levites went up to purify themselves.

 

Acts 21:23  Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

24  Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.  

Numbers 6:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto Yahweh:  (3-7 detail separation)

13  And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:

18  And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.

Acts 21:24  Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

25  As touching (concerning) the Gentiles (dispersed Nations of Israel) which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication (race mixing).

Acts 21:26  Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying (G48) himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification (G49), until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

Purifying is basically a sin fast. After a number of days, being separated from sin and being  dedicated to Yahweh, walking orderly and keeping the law is a purification.

 

Acts 24:18  Whereupon certain Judaeans from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.

 

James 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

2Chronicles 15:2  And he (Azariah) went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; Yahweh is with you, while ye be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him, He will forsake you.

Isaiah 1:16  Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil;

Putting away evil doings and ceasing to do evil are forms of purification.

Cleanse your hands, purify your hearts, put away evil. This is done with knowledge and obedience, constantly.

The context is not Baptism, yet He will still draw nigh to you. Yahweh wants obedience and understanding, not rituals.

 

1Peter 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Acts 15:9  And put no difference between us (Judah) and them (Israel), purifying (G2511 cleansing, purging) their hearts by faith (allegiance to Yahweh).

Hebrews 13:1  Let brotherly love continue.

Galatians 5:13-14  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

If all you do is love your brethren, you are fulfilling all Yahweh's laws. You are purified. None of these verses have anything to do with water baptism. Water doesn't make you love your brethren, obedience and practicing righteousness does.

 

1John 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons (children) of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.

1John 3:3  And every man that hath this hope (expectation) in Him (Christ) purifieth himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.  

3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

3:5  And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin.

3:6  Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him.

Being purified is consciously and actively and continually avoiding transgression.

Knowing Him only comes with knowledge and understanding of Him and what He represents.

All the above verses have nothing to do with water and everything to do with being, doing and practicing righteousness.

People that have been Baptized still sin. The law is still in effect. Practicing sinners are no different than the 5 foolish virgins, the unprofitable servant, the tares, and those that choose to believe a delusion. They will be left outside and destroyed.

 

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WASHED IN WATER   Used 24X

 

Wash H7364   râchats     raw-khats'  (wash self, or the sacrifice)

A primitive root; to lave (the whole or a part of the thing): - bathe (self), wash (self).

 

Wash H3526   kâbas     kaw-bas'  (wash something, clothes)

A primitive root; to trample; hence to wash (properly by stamping with the feet), whether literally (including the fulling process) or figuratively: - fuller, wash (-ing).

 

Leviticus 1:9  But his inwards and his legs shall he wash (H7364) in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto Yahweh.

Leviticus 8:21  And he washed (H7364) the inwards and the legs in water; and Moses burnt the whole ram upon the altar: it was a burnt sacrifice for a sweet savour, and an offering made by fire unto Yahweh; as Yahweh commanded Moses.

Leviticus 14:8  And he that is to be cleansed shall wash (H3526) his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash (H7364) himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, and shall tarry abroad out of his tent seven days.

Leviticus 14:9  But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash (H3526) his clothes, also he shall wash (H7364) his flesh in water, and he shall be clean.

Leviticus 15:5  And whosoever toucheth his bed shall wash (H3526) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:6  And he that sitteth on any thing whereon he sat that hath the issue shall wash (H3526 wash) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:7  And he that toucheth the flesh of him that hath the issue shall wash (H3526) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:8  And if he that hath the issue spit upon him that is clean; then he shall wash (H3526 wash) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:10  And whosoever toucheth any thing that was under him shall be unclean until the even: and he that beareth any of those things shall wash (H3526) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:11  And whomsoever he toucheth that hath the issue, and hath not rinsed (H7857) his hands in water, he shall wash (H5326) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:12  And the vessel of earth, that he toucheth which hath the issue, shall be broken: and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed (H7857) in water.

Leviticus 15:16  And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash (H7364) all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:18  The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe (H7364)  themselves in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:21  And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash (H3526) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:22  And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash (H3526) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 15:27  And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash (H3526) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 16:4  He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash (H7364) his flesh in water, and so put them on.

Leviticus 16:26  And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash (H3526) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp.

Leviticus 16:28  And he that burneth them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp.

Leviticus 17:15  And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash (H3526) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean.

Numbers 19:7  Then the priest shall wash (H3526) his clothes, and he shall bathe (H7364) his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.

Numbers 19:8  And he that burneth her (heifer) shall wash (H3526) his clothes in water, and bathe (H7364) his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.

Numbers 19:19  And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash (H3526) his clothes, and bathe (H7364) himself in water, and shall be clean at even.  

Ezekiel 16:4  And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed (H7364) in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

None of these have to do with baptism in water.

 

WASHED WITH WATER  10X  

Exodus 29:4  And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash (H7364)  them with water.

Exodus 30:20  When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash (H7364) with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto Yahweh:

Exodus 40:12  And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash (H7364) them with water.

Leviticus 1:13  But he shall wash (H7364) the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto Yahweh.

Leviticus 8:6  And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed (H7364) them with water.

Leviticus 15:17  And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation, shall be washed (H3526) with water, and be unclean until the even.

Leviticus 16:24  And he shall wash (H7364) his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people.

Leviticus 22:6  The soul which hath touched any such shall be unclean until even, and shall not eat of the holy things, unless he wash (H7364) his flesh with water.  

Deuteronomy 23:11  But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash (H7364) himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again.    

Ezekiel 16:9  Then washed (H7364) I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed (H7857) away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.  

None of these have to do with water baptism. Only cleansing and washing.

 

 

HOW WE ARE CLEANSED

 

Jeremiah 33:8  And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against Me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against Me.

Yahweh states that He will cleanse them.

 

Jeremiah 36:22  Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith Yahweh GOD; I do not this (punishment) for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for Mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen (nations), whither ye went.

Psalm 106:8  Nevertheless He saved (preserved) them for His name's sake, that He might make His mighty power to be known.

36:23  And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen (nations), which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen (nations) shall know that I am Yahweh, saith Yahweh GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

36:24  For I will take you from among the heathen (nations), and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Which cannot be Palestine, because they are in Palestine as Yahweh is speaking. Our own land is America, the regathering place of the sons of Jacob, as prophesied in 2Sa 7:10 and other verses throughout scripture.

Ezekiel 36:25  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

Yahweh states that He will cleanse them. Not water, not a man. Yahweh will, by choosing you, by calling you, by revealing knowledge and understanding to you.

 

Ezekiel 36:33  Thus saith Yahweh GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.

This happened here in America, one nation under God, when it was founded and built upon Yahweh's laws. 1776 was also the end of the 2520 year punishment.

 

Ezekiel 37:23  Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be My people, and I will be their God.

37:24  And David My servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them.

We have been cleansed repeatedly throughout history. We follow, we stray, we are punished, we are cleansed. Over and over.

Yahweh states that He will cleanse them/us.

The truth of the gospel and the love of His law is our cleansing agent. One who is Baptized that does not understand the truth and does not follow His laws is NOT cleansed.

 

Matthew 8:2  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, Prince, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.

Matthew 8:3  And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

No water baptism. Jesus cleansed him. This leper came to knowledge and understanding, not water. Jesus is Yahweh in the flesh, and as stated in Jeremiah and Ezekiel, “I will cleanse them”.

8:4  And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Christ did not want to be made into a spectacle. Our personal dealings with Christ are not to be displayed.

Matthew 6:4  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.

6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

6:18  That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

We are not to proclaim our deeds and declare ourselves “saved”. Our actions will show whose side we are on.

The ritual of Baptism and the declaration of “I'm saved” are basically the same thing. False doctrines. None of us are “saved” yet, none of us have a “secured spot”. This life is an ongoing test which we must endure with allegiance and obedience until He cometh.

Die practicing righteousness, live. Die practicing unrighteousness and pagan rituals in ignorance, eternal death.

 

Luke 17:12  And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

13  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

Luke 17:14  And when He saw them, He said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

15  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16  And fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

Luke 17:17  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

Christ cleansed them. No water. And only one of them was greatful!

 

John 13:4  He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself.

Philippians 2:7-8

7  But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8  And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

13:5  After that He poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded.

13:6  Then cometh He to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto Him, Prince, dost Thou wash my feet?

13:7  Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

13:8  Peter saith unto Him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with Me.

Ephesians 5:26  That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

This washing is symbolic. Since only Israel was given the law, only Israel needed cleansing from the errors of disobeying the law.

13:9  Simon Peter saith unto Him, Prince, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

John 13:10  Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

The only one who could not be cleansed was Judas, he was an Edomite Jew (a vessel of destruction).

13:11  For He knew who should betray Him; therefore said He, Ye are not all clean.

Christ cleansed His apostles. None of them are mentioned to have been baptized themselves.

 

 

Peter's vision, which is not about animals.

Yahweh is teaching Peter that the dispersed (uncircumcised) Israelites are under the New Covenant as well as the house of Judah (the circumcised).

Acts 10:15  And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common (profane, defiled).

What did God cleanse? Pork so you could eat it? No. Yahweh cleansed Israelites that have been defiled by pagan practices. How? The death of Christ. Hence, Kinsman Redeemer. Israelites both near and far.

 

Acts 11:8  But I said, Not so, master: for nothing common (profane, defiled) or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.

Peter thought that this vision was about food, when it was about people, meaning the 10 “lost” and dispersed tribes of Israel. This group did not return to Jerusalem after captivity. That's why the two houses don't know each other as kinsmen.

Acts 11:9  But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

Christ's death cleansed both houses, He was teaching Peter that they (uncircumcision, dispersed, common) were under the same covenant. Kinsmen. Sons of Jacob.

 

Hebrews 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Not by blood of goats or calves, or man or water. Nothing in between you and Him. The sacrificial rituals became empty acts of habit. Baptism is the same thing. If one could just kill a goat, then one could just get dunked in water, or declare “I'm saved”.

Psalm 40:6  Sacrifice and offering You didst not desire; mine ears hast You opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast You not required.

Hosea 6:6  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Ears open. Knowledge and understanding He desires. Not empty rituals.

 

Hebrews 10:10  (The New Covenant) By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (all who are under the Covenant).

John 17:19  And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Not water, truth. Knowledge and understanding.

10:11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

These sacrifices and baptisms were still taking place after Christ's death. Paul was teaching that the priesthood and the rituals were done away with. To continue was to deny the crucifixion. Baptism was adopted as a Christian ritual after John's purpose. Water Baptism is just another pagan ritual that paganizes Christianity.

 

Psalm 19:12  Who can understand his errors? cleanse Thou me from secret faults.

David is asking Yahweh to cleanse him. Not a man, nor water.

 

Psalm 119:9  Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word.

Septuagint: 9  Wherewith shall a young man direct his way? by keeping Thy words.

Not by water, but by His words. His instructions, law, commandments, His Truth.

 

James 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Isaiah 1:16  Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil;

1Peter 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Put away evil, cease to do evil, obey the truth. Imitate Christ and be cleansed.

Many people who are Baptized do not put away their evil doings or obey the truth or practice love for the brethren.

 

1John 1:9  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Many “Christians” who were baptized would say they don't sin, or can't because the law was “done away with”.

We must personally confess our sins to Christ, ask for forgiveness, and He will cleanse us. Not some man standing in a tub with you.

 

 

THE VERSES

 

Now that we have covered all the verses pertaining to purifying, purification, with or in water, and purging and cleansing, we will now examine every verse with the word baptize.

 

It is apparent, that Yahshua coming to be the final ritual sacrifice for the children of Israel, the prophecy and baptism of John, for the sons of Levi, was also symbolic of the Old Testament law. That is why John was sent to baptize the sons of Levi – so that Christ could be properly sacrificed!  Now Israel has been cleansed of all their sins by Christ Himself, as foretold by the prophets, and they have no need of any further cleansing.

Anyone who is or was baptized still sins. Only repentance, not water, can keep you purified.

 

The priests, as shown in the above purification ritual verses, were cleansed by washing themselves and ceasing to sin, conforming to the laws of Yahweh. They weren't washing themselves by baptism. A bath is not baptism.

We have taken the power to cleanse our sins which belongs to the sacrifice – which is what Yahshua is – and we have wrongly transferred it to the priests themselves, who merely conducted the ritual! We have replaced Christ with men and water. We are cleansed through Yahshua's sacrifice, and not through the rituals of the priests! Immersion with truth and understanding is being baptized by the Word.

There is also baptism by fire, and death, and of the Holy Spirit.

Water and a man can do nothing for you. There is no priesthood anymore, Christ is our reigning High Priest.

 

Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

Matthew 3:6  And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

John was identifying the children of Cain and Esau. The race of vipers. The Pharisees and Sadducees at this time were not Israelites but Jews (Canaanites and Edomites) that infiltrated the priesthood and perverted the laws of Moses into Judaism, which is NOT Christianity.

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 Spirit, and with fire:

This separates the baptism of John, which was with water, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire, which is knowledge and understanding, and can only be received by the race of Adam, the race of Christ, by His kinsmen.

Malachi 3:3  And He (John) shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He (John) shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto Yahweh an offering in righteousness.

John was cleansing the Levitical priesthood with water baptism. Preparing the way. The priesthood was corrupt and teaching the 'traditions of men'.

Matthew 3:13  Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

Matthew 3:14  But John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me?

Matthew 3:16  And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him:

Matthew 11:7  And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

Ephesians 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

8  But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

9  But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

10  For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger before Thy face, which shall prepare Thy way before Thee.

Yahshua appeals to Malachi 3:1, and in that manner He again proclaims Himself to be that coming one – the Messiah. Here He also tells people who John is, and what the purpose of his ministry was. Water baptism for the Levites and Christ.

Matthew 11:11  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

This verse demonstrates that those of us appointed by Yahweh for a special purpose are not any better than any of our brethren who are given no such gifts or office. Therefore no matter our purpose in life, we must always be humble – or indeed we shall be humbled.

Matthew 11:12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Here we are warned that “the kingdom of the heavens suffers violence, and the violent ones plunder it”.  In Luke at chapter 16 a similar statement, made to a different audience, reads a little differently: “The law and the prophets were until John. From then the Kingdom of Yahweh is proclaimed and all force their way into it.” Look at America, founded under God by us, the true children of the tribes of Israel. We allowed our enemy (Edom) to infiltrate our Christian way of life, and as a result, they opened the gates to aliens and they plunder it.

 

Matthew 14:1  At that time Herod (Antipas)(an Edomite Jew) the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

Matthew 14:2  And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

Matthew 14:8  And she, being before instructed of her mother (Herodias), said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.

Matthew 16:14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.

Matthew 17:10  And His disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come?

Malachi 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahweh:

11  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things.

12  But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

Matthew 17:13  Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist.

That is, in the Spirit of Elijah.

 

James and John, the sons of Zebedee asking...

Matthew 20:22  But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto Him, We are able.

Matthew 20:23  And He saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on My right hand, and on My left, is not Mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father.

The baptism He is referring to is death. Immersed in death. Fulfilling the penalty of our sins by His death. This also shows that baptism is not only water, it is simply immersion. Immersion in whatever the context is, knowledge, understanding, fire, death, the Holy Spirit, water, etc.

 

Matthew 21:23  And when He was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching, and said, By what authority doest Thou these things? and who gave Thee this authority?

21:24  And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell Me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Matthew 21:25  The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; He will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?

This verse shows that baptism is from heaven, and not man, save John. And for the purpose of preparing the priesthood and Christ for the final sacrifice.

The priesthood came to an end when Christ died. No more priests. No man can do nothing for another man regarding his salvation.

 

Matthew 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:

The context is still and always the nations of Israel, near and far. The covenant is still only to children of Israel. The “churches” added everyone else.

Water baptism is not stated here, because that was of John, preparing Christ for the final sacrifice. To continue this ritual is to deny His death. A man, or water can do nothing for you. As there is no more priesthood. No man is above another. The immersion in the knowledge, understanding and practice of Christ is what cleanses you.

The purpose was not to dunk everybody in water. It was to immerse His people throughout the world with the knowledge and understanding of what the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit represented. The history, heritage, laws, promises, and covenants that only the race of Adam received.

 

Mark 1:4  John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Baptism of repentance. Water does not remiss sin, repentance and obedience does.

If water remisses sin, we would need to be baptized with water everyday.

 

Mark 1:5  And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

Of course many people at the time did this, but the purpose was for the priesthood and Christ.

John was a Levite, after his father Zacharias was slain by whom Christ called ”serpents, ye generation (race) of vipers (Jews), John became the last high priest. The priest's job was to cleanse the priesthood and then the sacrifice. He was putting the priesthood in order by water baptism to make way for the final sacrificial cleansing, preparing Christ.

 

Mark 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:5  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence.

Acts 11:16  Then remembered I the word of the Prince, how that He said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

We can clearly see that these are two different baptisms (immersions) being contrasted here.

Water baptism was the fulfillment of duty of the Levitical priesthood for the priesthood and last sacrifice, Christ.  Since the priesthood expired after Christ replaced the priesthood, becoming our High Priest, then no man can perform this ritual. We are baptized (immersed) in knowledge and truth of the things that pertain with the Spirit.

Isaiah 44:3  For I will pour water (truth) upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring:

Water is symbolic of the Word, the knowledge and understanding of your Spirit, who you are, and more importantly, Whose you are.

Mark 1:9  And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

The cleansing of the priests, and the cleansing of the Lamb, who is the final sacrifice, were commanded in the Law. It is apparent, that Yahshua coming to be the final ritual sacrifice for the children of Israel, the prophecy and baptism of John, for the sons of Levi, was also symbolic of the Old Testament law. That is why John was sent to baptize the sons of Levi, so that Christ could be properly sacrificed!

 

Mark 6:14  And king Herod heard of Him; (for His name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in Him.

Mark 6:24  And she went forth, and said unto her mother (Herodias), What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.

Mark 6:25  And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.

Mark 8:4  And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elijah; and others, One of the prophets.

 

Mark 10:38  But Jesus said unto them (James and John, the sons of Zebedee), Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?

Speaking the baptism of death.

Mark 10:39  And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

We will all be immersed in death. If we practiced an obedient life, we will rise.

 

Mark 11:30  The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer Me.

 

Mark 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

The gospel of Mark ends at 16:8. Verses 9-20 are not found in any of the older manuscripts.

This is another verse that is added to support the “just believe” doctrine, and “baptism in water” doctrine.

It is clearly evident in scripture that in addition to “belief”, we must obey, proclaim, act, practice, uphold, and imitate the example Christ showed us.

As far as “baptism” goes, we must acknowledge that this was only for John, the Levitical priesthood, and Christ. This ended after Christ died. Now the immersion is in the knowledge and understanding and allegiance (faith) in the Holy Spirit.

If everyone that is Baptized is going to heaven, then knowledge and understanding does not matter. Most of “Christendom” believes in a Jewish Jesus, and believes the Judeo-Christian doctrines their “churches” teach. If one that is 'baptized' believes in these lies and deceptions, then their 'baptism' is based on lies and deception, therefore, not acceptable.  So even IF 'baptism' was something we must do, how can it be acceptable if it is done in the name of a Jewish Jesus and based on false doctrine? The ignorant are also guilty and held accountable. Yahweh gave you a brain to seek and study the truth, rightly discerning the Word of God.

Luke 1:15  For he (John) shall be great in the sight of the Prince, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.

John was not Baptized, yet he was filled with the Holy Spirit before birth.

 

Luke 3:3  And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

Again, baptism of repentance for the Levites. Water does not remiss. We must continually repent.

Luke 3:7  Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

The Pharisees did not come to John because they believed him. They really came in order to see what he was doing. John was sent “to cleanse the sons of Levi”, as it is evident at Malachi chapter 3. John's having called certain of the Judaeans a “race of vipers” by itself indicates that they are certainly not Levites. The children of Jacob are fitted for mercy. The children of Esau and Cain are fitted for wrath and destruction. These are Jews, read Obadiah.

 

Luke 3:12  Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?

13  And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.

14  And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Exodus 23:1  Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

Leviticus 19:11  Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

15  And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused (reasoned) in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;

Luke 3:16  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire:

These are 2 different immersions (baptisms).

John's duty as the last operating Levitical priest was to cleanse the priesthood, the true Levites of Judaea, and the last sacrifice, Christ.

The age of the priesthood ended and Christ became our reigning High Priest. No man can perform these rituals on anyone now, for Christ is our intercessor.

 

Luke 3:21  Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

3:22  And the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art My beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased.

 

Luke 7:20  When the men were come unto Him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto Thee, saying, Art Thou He that should come? or look we for another?

Luke 7:28  For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

No matter how great a prophet John was, once the Kingdom of Yahweh is attained all those who do attain it shall have even greater capabilities than John had while he was on earth.

Luke 7:29  And all the people that heard Him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

Luke 7:30  But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

Luke 7:33  For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.

34  The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

35  But wisdom is justified of all her children.

Wisdom is justified by her children: the Pharisees sought worldly wisdom, and because of that Wisdom herself was indicted, because God operates by His Word which defies worldly wisdom.

Some may ask, “why are publicans and others being baptized then?”.  Consider that Christ was not sacrificed yet, so the priesthood still had the duty of making propitiation for the people. After Christ died the water baptism of John erroneously continued. Even the sacrifices were still being performed and took time to realize that Christ was the last sacrifice and that the priesthood had come to an end.

 

Luke 9:19  They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.

 

Luke 12:50  But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

Here Christ tells us what His true baptism is, and He can only be referring to His own trial, which was His crucifixion and resurrection.

 

Luke 18:9  And He spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

Luke 18:10  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

Luke 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank Thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man (the publican) went down to his house justified rather than the other (the Pharisee): for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.   Luke 18:1-14

Job 22:29  When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and He shall save the humble person.

The Pharisee boasted that he was not a sinner, and proclaimed his own righteousness through his fulfillment of tithes and his fasting, which are in that manner no better than rituals – things which men perform merely to display their own justification, as if they could save themselves through that display.

This also goes for those who, by their own declaration, claim they are “saved”. Salvation means preservation, which means that it is 'ongoing', if you 'practice' His example. Scripture does not teach “once saved, always saved”.

Water baptism is a ritual and a false outward expression of righteousness. Water or a man will not make you anymore righteous. Knowledge and understanding can lead you there.

 

Luke 20:3  And He answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer Me:

Luke 20:4  The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?

The Pharisees had not gone to John because they thought of being baptized by him. They really went to see what he was doing, and why he thought he had such license to baptize.

 

John 1:25  And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elijah, neither that (a) prophet?

John 1:26  John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

1:27  He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

John 1:28  These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John, a Levite, was sent to cleanse the Levitical priesthood and prepare the final sacrifice.

1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1:30  This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for He was before me.

John 1:31  And I knew Him not: but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Again, John's purpose was to cleanse the priesthood and prepare the Lamb. This was done with water. After Christ died, the priesthood expired because Christ assumed the role of High Priest. Our mediator. Baptism by water expired, it's purpose fulfilled. Immersion in the  knowledge and understanding of Christ is how we are baptized.

John 1:32  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him.

John 1:33  And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.

1:34  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

When we repent and ask for remission of error, we are cleansed and the Holy Spirit can abide in us. With knowledge and understanding of our heritage, plan and righteousness we are immersed with the Holy Spirit.

There are those who have been 'baptized' and are NOT immersed with the Holy Spirit.

 

John 3:22  After these things came Jesus and His disciples into the land of Judaea; and there He tarried with them, and baptized.

Christ Himself did not baptize, but He did bring knowledge and understanding to those who had ears to hear and eyes to see.

John 3:23  And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

3:24  For John was not yet cast into prison.

3:25  Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Judaeans about purifying.

John 3:26  And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, He that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to Him.

3:27  John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Hebrews 5:4  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Again, no man or water can do anything of gain to you regarding salvation.

 

John 4:1  When therefore Prince Yahshua knew how the Pharisees had heard that He made and baptized more disciples than John,

John 4:2  (Though Jesus Himself baptized not, but His disciples,)

4:3  He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

The disciples were not Levites, they were Benjamites. And it is not stated that they baptized with water either, or even were baptized themselves. But they certainly brought knowledge and understanding to the people.

 

John 10:33  The Judaeans answered Him, saying, For a good work we stone Thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God.

10:39  Therefore they sought again to take Him: but He escaped out of their hand,

John 10:40  And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there He abode.

10:41  And many resorted unto Him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

10:42  And many believed on Him there.

Believing on Him also requires obedience and practice, learning and understanding.

 

John 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word (truth) which I have spoken unto you.

No water here. What is truth but knowledge and understanding?

Baptism is of the heart. The thief on the cross was not baptized in water, yet Jesus said he would be with Him when He comes in His kingdom. "...whoever are baptized into Christ Jesus, are baptized into His DEATH."

"His death," not water.

 

John 20:19  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20:20  And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Prince.

20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.

20:22  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

The Greek has, 'He inhaled, and said to them “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Symbolic of Genesis 2:7 when Yahweh breathed His Spirit into Adam.

He gave His disciples powers to heal and to forgive.

20:23  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

Notice that they were not baptized in water, they were immersed in understanding and knowledge by the Holy Spirit. If they had been baptized before, they did not receive the Holy Spirit, because they just did here. Water baptism was a cleansing ritual that John cleansed the priesthood and Christ by. This expired, as well as the priesthood, Christ is now our High Priest. Knowledge and understanding in the Holy Spirit is the immersion we must seek.

 

Acts 1:5  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence.

This is the first transition explained in Acts. John baptized with water, because he was a Levitical Priest, and the last one. The priests washed the sacrifices. After Christ died, these ordinances and rituals were done away with because He was the last sacrifice.

The law and commandments are still in effect, only the priestly rituals expired. But the “churches” teach that the law was done away with.

John's baptism with water was different then the baptism, or immersion of the word, or Holy Spirit. In other words, bathing in the truth with understanding. Besides the lie that the Jews are Israelites, water baptism is probably the second hardest thing to accept that is a lie. A man or water can do nothing for you. Only through Christ, the immersion in following the example of His righteousness.

 

Acts 1:21  Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Prince Jesus went in and out among us,

Acts 1:22  Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that He was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of His resurrection.

The Greek: 22  beginning from the immersing of John until the day when He was taken up from us, for one of them to become a witness with us of His resurrection.

Talking about the replacement for Judas Iscariot. Matthias was numbered with the eleven.

 

Acts Chapter 2

The outpouring of the Spirit which occurred at this first Pentecost was in fulfillment of the prophecy found in Joel chapter 2.

Peter's sermon. The gospel of Christ. The promise to Israel. Repent, for being ignorant Judaeans, they were part of Christ's death. Many received his word.

Acts is a record of how Christ affected men and redirected their thinking and their loyalties. Because of Christ's powerful influence, men's spirits changed from seeking idols and performing rituals to seeking truth.  

Acts 2:38  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 Spirit.

2:39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Prince our God shall call.

2:40  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation (crooked race).  Referring to the Jews and their 'traditions of men'.

Acts 2:41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

When they received the truth, they were immersed in knowledge. They believed the false doctrines of the Pharisees and were doomed by it, until they received the true word and followed it.

 

Acts 8:12  But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Acts 8:13  Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

14  Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

15  Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

Acts 8:16  (For as yet He was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of Prince Jesus.)

They were baptized but did not receive the Spirit yet. Showing that it is not the water that cleanses but the immersion in the knowledge and understanding of the Spirit.

This will become more evident as the transition from the Old Covenant to the New is revealed.

17  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

 

The Ethiopian eunuch (the original Ethiopians were white) reading Isaiah.

Acts 8:35  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Acts 8:36  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

37  And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Verse 37 is not in any manuscript before the 6th century AD. This verse is an addition to support the doctrine of “just believe”. Catholicism is most likely the guilty party of this addition.

Acts 8:38  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

As we can see, most of the Apostles did not yet understand that water baptism was not necessary and that this, as well as the sacrificial rituals, expired. Acts is a book of transition, from rituals to knowledge. Acts demonstrates the misunderstanding and shows the transition to truth and a more perfect way.

 

Acts 9:15  But the Prince said unto him (Ananias), Go thy way: for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before both the nations and kings of the sons of Israel:

16  For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for My name's sake.

17  And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Prince, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 9:18  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

9:19  And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

9:20  And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.

 

Acts 10:36  The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is Prince of all:)

Acts 10:37  That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

10:38  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.

The word was published throughout Judaea after the baptism of John. The word was the gospel, the history, heritage and way of the sons of Jacob. Yahweh wanted His people to know and understand their identity and path to life, not to baptize them with the baptism of John.

 

Acts 10:44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them which heard the word.

10:45  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the nations (dispersed Israel, the uncircumcision) also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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 (uncircumcised) should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?

Acts 10:48  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Yahweh. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

1Corinthians 1:17  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.

The book of Acts is a book of transition. This vision in chapter 10 was showing that the House of Judah and Israel were reconciled under the New Covenant (2 Cor 5:18). Many Israelites did not understand that the rituals and oblations were to cease. (Dan 9:27)

The house of Judah were the southern tribes, the circumcision, that dwelt in Judaea. They had the law and familiarity with their heritage. The house of Israel were the 10 northern tribes that were scattered after the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities and did not return to Judaea. They lost and forgot the law and their heritage. These were the uncircumcised. But since both houses were of the tribes of Jacob, being family, and Israelites, they were both reconciled under the New Covenant and they were also able to receive the Holy Spirit.

Notice that when they heard the word, they received the Holy Spirit. They were not baptized in water yet. Again showing that water means nothing. Hearing with understanding allows the Holy Spirit to rest upon us. Many are 'baptized' and have no understanding, no understanding means ignorance, ignorance means unlearned (or unwilling to learn), and this leads to destruction.

This is the last time water baptism is used in Acts. The apostles that understood taught this from here on out, and is plainly demonstrated.

We must remember that after Christ died, the people didn't just stop the sacrifices and rituals immediately after. It took time. That's why the book of Acts is a book of transition. It clearly demonstrates that most everyone did not understand that the priesthood expired, along with the sacrifices and rituals, including water baptism. That's why we read up to this point that it continued. Even most of the apostles didn't understand yet, just like they didn't understand what Christ was teaching them until much later. They even thought the kingdom was going to appear at that time as well.

 

Peter's vision.

Peter thought that this vision was about food, when it was about people, meaning the 10 “lost” and dispersed tribes of Israel. This group did not return to Jerusalem after captivity. That's why the two houses didn't know each other as kinsmen.

The “churches” use this chapter to teach you to eat pork, which is still an unclean animal.

Acts 11:9  But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

Christ's death cleansed both houses, He was teaching Peter that they were under the same covenant. Not that the food laws were annulled. Christ did not die to make unclean animals clean. The unclean animals still are the garbage disposers of the earth and not fit for consumption. Why do you think so many of us are sick these days?

Acts 11:10  And this was done three times: and all (dream visions) were drawn up again into heaven.

11:11  And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.

These men were of the uncircumcised (dispersed Israelites), considered unclean, or common.

11:12  And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:

11:13  And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

1:14  Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

11:15  And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

Acts 11:16  Then remembered I the word of the Prince, how that He said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

Two separate baptisms. One by John, a Levitical priest, with water, for Christ. The other with the knowledge and understanding of the Holy Spirit. Immersed in Truth.

Acts 11:17  Forasmuch then as God gave them (uncircumcised, the dispersed) the like gift as he did unto us (circumcised, Judaeans), who believed on the Prince Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

11:18  When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the dispersed nations granted repentance unto life.

Now we can see that Peter is understanding that it is knowledge and understanding in which we are immersed in that preserves and delivers us. That these uncircumcised were his kinsmen and under the same covenant as the circumcised. Christ's death reconciled all Israelites both in Judaea and across the globe.

 

Acts 13:24  When John had first preached before His (Christ's) coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

25  And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not He. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of His feet I am not worthy to loose.

26  Men, brethren, children of the stock of Abraham,  whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

The promises, covenants, laws and judgments are to Israel. Christ was an Israelite and came for His kinsmen. He wants us to be immersed in true knowledge and understanding of Him.

 

Acts 16:14  And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Prince opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

Luke 24:45  Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

We don't choose Him, He chooses us.

Acts 16:15  And when she was baptized (immersed in understanding), and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to Yahweh, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

Abide and teach.

 

Paul and Silas in prison.

Acts 16:31  And they said, Believe on (commit to) the Prince Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (preserved), and thy house.  (John 3:16,35, 6:47)

32  And they spake unto him the word of the Prince, and to all that were in his house.

So they didn't “just believe”. They educated them in the word and what was expected of followers.

Acts 16:33  And he (the keeper of the prison) took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

 

Acts 18:8  And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on Yahweh with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

1Corinthians 1:14-17

14  I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

15  Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

16  And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

17  For Christ sent me not to baptize (in water), but to preach the gospel (in Truth)...

The last sacrifice, Christ, was cleansed by the last priest, John. This was part of the rituals that were done away with at the cross. Christ is now our High Priest, and we are cleansed by Him only, through knowledge and understanding of the Word, and action and the practice of following His example. No water, man, or anything else can cleanse you but Truth.

There are many 'Christians' that have been baptized and still have no idea that they believe a false interpretation of what the scriptures are about.

 

Acts 18:24  And a certain Judaean named Apollos (an Israelite), born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

Acts 18:25  This man was instructed in the way of Yahweh; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of Yahweh, knowing only the baptism of John. Water.

26  And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

Aquila and Priscilla understood the difference between water baptism and baptism in the word.

They took Apollos aside and explained these things along with the end of the sacrifices.

Just like today, most preachers are good men with good intentions, but they have been taught lies and are just repeating them, and this happens generation after generation. Look how many different denominations there are. They don't all teach the same thing, but everybody seems to think we all worship the same God though. Wrong!

The truth is the truth whether you believe it or not. Jesus is NOT a Jew and worshiping Him as a Jew is a grave mistake. Believing you are a Gentile is despising your true inheritance. Having no understanding of who our enemies are will have you deceived into supporting and joining them.

 

Acts 19:1  And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the

upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

2  He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Spirit since ye believed? And they said unto

him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Spirit.

Acts 19:3  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Water.

This verse is another one showing that water baptism does nothing. They did not receive the Holy Spirit yet.

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 Prince Jesus.

So did they get dunked in water twice? Certainly not. But dunked in the Word, dunked with knowledge and understanding.

6  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues (languages), and prophesied.

Don't forget there was more than one language then. Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, etc. They weren't speaking a jibberish that nobody could comprehend. They just understood each other.

 

Acts 22:16  And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of Yahweh.

The original Greek: 16 And now what should you do? Arise to be immersed and to wash away your errors, being called by His Name.

Paul was retelling about his revelation on the way to Damascus. He was immersed by the Holy Spirit with knowledge and understanding. He was being 'called' by Yahweh.

The act of Paul being baptized took place years ago in the beginning of the events in Acts. Just as the sacrifices continued for a while, many believed that they were to continue water baptism. They also were not Levites, which didn't matter either because the priesthood was finished. No priesthood, no man, no water, no mediator. Just You and Christ.

 

Romans 6:1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace (favor) may abound (be greater)?

2  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Galatians 2:19  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Colossians 3:2-3

2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

If you are not breaking the law, you are dead to the law. A righteous person does not need the law. The law is for the unrighteous.

Romans 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?

Galatians 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

We will die as Christ died. We will be immersed in death. Baptism of 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.

Colossians 2:12  Buried with Him in baptism (death), wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith (allegiance) of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.

1Corinthians 6:14  And God hath both raised up the Prince, and will also raise up us by His own power.

The baptism of death, not water.

 

1Corinthians 1:13  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Christ here should be 'the anointed'. How can Christ be divided? It should read: Is the anointed divided? Meaning the people. The brethren. The anointed seed of Jacob.

1Corinthians 1:14  I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

1Corinthians 1:15  Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

He doesn't want anyone to give him the credit. Paul is saying that it's not about him, or Apollos, or that the message is taught by Peter,  it's about Christ. It's kinda like today when people say they like to listen to this preacher or that preacher. It's about the message.

This also refers to today's different denominations that say follow me. Each denomination has their own path to salvation and they stray from scripture. Examples: Simon Magus Acts 8:9-13, Theudas Acts 5:36, Bar-Jesus Acts 13:6-12

1Corinthians 1:16  And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

1Corinthians 1:17  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words (fancy philosophy), lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Paul knows that the purpose is to bring knowledge and understanding of the gospel, not the water baptism of John.

 

The Romans were the broken off branch that was grafted back in.

Paul explains that the Corinthians ancestors were Judahites of the Exodus.

1Corinthians 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

These are all of the seed of Jacob/Israel. History shows that these people, the Israelites, known here as Romans and Greeks, all white people, are obviously from the loins of Abraham. I pray you can by now see that the called out seed is Anglo-Saxon Israel. Not the Edomite Jews, who are a mixed race and have no part of the promises and covenants of Yahweh, only curses.

Exodus 13:21  And Yahweh went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

Exodus 14:22  And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

Corinthians 10:21  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;  (Psa 78:24)

Manna, and the 10 commandments. Knowledge and understanding. Moses did not baptize them with water.

Exodus 16:15  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which Yahweh hath given you to eat.

 

1Corinthians 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

The last 'is' is italicized. It was added by the translators. They also did not  translate Christ correctly.

The context is referring to the people, the Anointed group. The last part of verse 12 should read, 'so also the Anointed.'  The Anointed children of Jacob are the body.

1Corinthians 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Judaeans or Greeks, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Drink comes from G4222, potizo, meaning metaphorically to imbue, saturate one’s mind. Hence, knowledge and understanding.

One Spirit does not welcome all beliefs. The whole body must believe the whole truth. We cannot believe Christ and “church doctrine”. Judeo-Christianity is not Christianity.

 

Talking about those who do not believe in the resurrection.

1Corinthians 15:29  Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? (if there is no resurrection)

15:30  And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?

Time of persecution. Why preach this message if there is no resurrection.

It is evident that water baptism became a multi use ritual. These verses sound very similar to buying indulgences and believing those Catholic practices of somehow being able to help the dead. Every denomination has their own method, ritual or path to their own interpretations of their religion. Baptism is a pagan ritual that has paganized Christianity.

 

Galatians 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Faith in verse 23 can easily be compared to Christ, who has allegiance with the Father. Observe:

23  But before the Christ was to come we had been guarded under the law, being enclosed to Christ destined to be revealed.

Christ had faith (allegiance). Faith is a noun, only Christ attained it by the example He set. This is our test, our purpose, our goal. It's the effort He's looking for.

24  Wherefore the law (rituals) was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith (allegiance).

Most of the Israelites didn't have faith or love for the law. They just went through the motions of the rituals insincerely. After a while, the Israelites lost their fear of Yahweh because they could just sacrifice an animal for their sin, and then sin some more.

Today they think that a water baptism is your ticket to heaven, or declaring you are “saved”.

25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster (rituals).

They no longer had the crutch of the rituals.

Again, 25 could read:  But after that Christ is come, we are no longer under the ordinances of the rituals.

26  For ye are all the children of God by faith (allegiance) in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Christ you have been clothed in)

If you are baptized with water but don't have knowledge and understanding, do you think this “saves” you?

We must have knowledge and understanding, along with repentance and obedience. Knowledge and understanding is being clothed in Christ.  Being immersed into Christ and putting on Christ is only possible with true knowledge and understanding.

 

Ephesians 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Prince, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Ephesians 4:5  One Prince, one faith, one baptism,

Three years after Christ is baptized in water by John, He tells the apostles that He has a baptism to be baptized in. In water again, no, it's already been done. He is speaking of being immersed in death.

Romans 6:4  Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism (immersion) into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory (honor) of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Hebrews 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.

The immersion of the Christian heart in the sacrifice of Yahweh.  Being immersed in truth, the knowledge and understanding. The one baptism Paul is talking about is not in water.

Being “saved” by your own declaration, and being baptized in water do not seal your deal of salvation. Being baptized (immersed) in knowledge, truth and obedience is an ongoing thing.

 

Colossians 2:9  For in Him (Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead (divinity) bodily.

10  And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality (sovereignty) and power (authority):

11  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 (the Anointed, the group):

Deuteronomy 10:16  Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

Romans 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man (corruption) is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Do not walk in the corrupt ways of the flesh, but in the righteousness of Christ.

Colossians 2:12  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.

Buried with him in baptism, or immersion of death. We all are appointed to die. But if you die in allegiance (faith), you will be raised also. Baptism here is not referring to water.

 

Colossians 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:

Put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge, not water. Baptism in water gives you no knowledge and understanding. Gaining knowledge and understanding comes from Yahweh when we ask for it.

 

Hebrews 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles (account) of the doctrine (origin) of Christ, let us go on unto perfection (fulfillment); not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works (sacrificial rituals), and of faith toward God,

Hebrews 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Philippians 3:12-14

12  Not as though I had already attained (received), either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended (obtained) of (by) Christ Jesus.

13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended (obtained): but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (ahead),

14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

Christ admonished the Pharisees over the minor details and leaving the greater questions of morality untouched. The rituals of the law had become more important than the law itself, or the meaning of the law.

The above section tells a different story than “once saved, always saved”. Being “saved” is an ongoing thing. Read Philippians 3:14 above again. If Paul “just believed” and was “saved”, then what does verse 14 mean?

Even Paul understood he was not “saved” yet. Pressing toward the mark is an ongoing thing.

4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,

5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world (age) to come, (the Kingdom)

6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.

Once you learn the truth, and fail to uphold it, then you are liable to be condemned. Again, so much for “once saved, always saved”. You can fall from grace.

Referring to the unlearned, Paul was teaching that the rituals were done away with. To keep practicing them is to deny the sacrifice of our Prince.

 

1Peter 3:10  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

Psalm 34:12  What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

James 1:26  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

We must not hold grudges.

3:11  Let him eschew (turn away from) evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Psalm 37:27  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

3:12  For the eyes of Yahweh are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of Yahweh is against them that do evil.

John 9:31  Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth.

3:13  And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

Proverbs 16:7  When a man's ways please Yahweh, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

3:14  But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

James 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Prince hath promised to them that love Him.

3:15  But sanctify the Prince Christ in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Psalm 119:46  I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

Colossians 4:6  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

3:16  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation (conduct) in Christ.

Sinners hate us when we refuse to join them.

3:17  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

3:18  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

3:19  By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

Ephesians 4:8-9

8  Wherefore He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

9  (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Isaiah 61:1  The Spirit of Yahweh GOD is upon me; because Yahweh hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Isaiah 42:7  To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

Prison is a metaphor representing 'without Yahweh'.

The souls that were dead from Adam to Christ were in the grave, in a type of sleep. It is evident that Christ proclaimed the gospel to them as well.

3:20  Which sometime (at one time) were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved (preserved) by water.

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:

Having a good conscience toward God. What kind of knowledge is in your conscience? Were you baptized in the name of a Jewish Jesus? An unidentified Jesus? Some random uninformed version of Jesus? Many have been baptized in that which they know nothing of.

Yashua Christ is going to separate those that have their water baptism as their salvation from those that have their mind and deeds immersed in true knowledge and understanding. Which will you trust in? Water and some man OR knowledge and understanding.

Baptism was a Levitical ritual done by John the Baptist for Christ, preparing Him for the sacrifice. This was part of the ordinances that were done away with. Christ was the last sacrifice, and John was the last of the Old Covenant priesthood. Now we must immerse ourselves in the knowledge and understanding of the Word. Water or a man cannot do anything for you. Being immersed in Truth can. Being immersed in water cannot. Being immersed in Christ with understanding and obedience can preserve you.

 

2Peter 1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

1:2  Grace (Favor) and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Prince,

1:3  According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Nothing here about water or a man dipping you in water.

Life, godliness, grace, peace, and promises all given through knowledge. Not water.

 

2Peter 2:20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Prince and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

2:21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

It doesn't matter if you are Baptized or not, if you have knowledge of Christ and then become entangled and overcome by the world again, you are in trouble. So baptism does not change anything. Falling away is falling away. We are not 'once saved always saved'. We are not baptized in water for remission of sin, we sin every day, are we to be baptized every day, certainly not, but we are to ask for forgiveness and repent every day. This is part of the knowledge and understanding that brings us closer to Christ. Not the belief that we are “saved” already, but that we are NOT “saved” already, nor are we any more guaranteed by baptism. And that we know we must strive to imitate the example Christ showed us and to humble ourselves and repent of our errors which we do daily. It's the effort to walk in His Way that He is looking for. It is the zeal for true knowledge and understanding we must seek in order for us to rightly discern what the plan (word) of Yahweh is.

 

None of the children of Israel from the Old Testament were baptized. They are the ancestors of the same people as the children of Israel in the New Testament.

What about people that never got a chance to be baptized? Then and now.

What about the criminal on the cross? He was not baptized in water, yet Christ told him he would be with Him in Paradise. Many were baptized before Jesus died, so this criminal doesn't count, according to the baptism doctrine. Somebody is lying and it is not Christ.

Which form of baptism is correct?

Is every preacher who baptizes people a good man? Is he a Levite? Do all preachers teach the same God? Are all the denominations teaching and worshiping the same God?

The Bible is the book of the history, heritage, and Way of the race of Adam. If a white Adamite preacher baptizes one from another race, do they now become a part of the promises and covenants Yahweh made with us (true Israel)? Certainly not.

Baptism is an empty false ritual that man has exploited and perverted.

 

 

Numbers 21:5  And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

21:6  And Yahweh sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

21:7  Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against  Yahweh, and against thee; pray unto Yahweh, that He take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

21:8  And Yahweh said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

21:9  And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

Yahweh told Moses to make a serpent image. This was not meant for idol worship, but now we have snake handlers in certain denominations, and other beliefs worship the symbol of the snake.

We have fools claiming to speak in tongues. Speaking in tongues was not just some crazy talk that only that person could understand. Yahweh was just making each person understand in their own language. For example if a Frenchman, a German, and an American were together they would understand each other.

Same thing with the ritual of Baptism, it had it's place. It was only for John, the sons of Levi, and Christ. But now look what it has become. Some “churches” teach you MUST be baptized, some teach you must be baptized for the remission of sin, some don't teach baptism at all, some teach you must be sprinkled with water, etc. Each denomination created it's own doctrine and path to salvation, but none of them follow what scripture teaches. Man created all these denominations.

There is only one way we must follow. The Way.

In the end we will all know the truth.

 

See also Kinsmanredeemer.com

M. Downey  -Article/audio on Church of the Slam Dunk

Some highlights:

Forms of baptism had many places in pagan rituals. Jesus certainly taught the rejection of pagan rituals.

We need to know what the ancients did so that we don't treat God like a pagan god. When David decided to change the mode of carrying the Ark of the Covenant in the same way that the pagans carried their idols, God killed a man and stopped the multitudes from corrupting the symbolism of the Ark.

We can get a really good handle on this nonsense about Christianity owing its roots to judaism by looking at the baptism of that era. The Jews started the ritual of baptism. Interestingly, toward the beginning of the Christian era, Jews adopted the custom of baptizing proselytes or converts to judaism. This baptism developed under the influence of Rabbi Hillel and stressed the importance of a new birth and spiritual cleansing. To this day, so-called Gentiles who would embrace judaism must undergo baptism in a mikveh ritual. To be really Jewish, the convert is immersed naked, and when he rose from the pool of water, he was referred to as 'a little child just born' and called "a true son of Israel"

Faith plus baptism does not equal salvation, any more than faith in man's traditions plus ritual equal pagan regeneration. The practice of baptism in pagan religions seems to have been based on a belief in the purifying properties of water.

From Finck's article: The American Heritage College Dictionary defines “sacramentalism” as “The doctrine that observance of the sacraments is necessary for salvation and that such participation can confer grace.” The word “sacrament” is defined “a. In the Eastern, Roman Catholic, and some other Western Christian churches, any of the traditional seven rites instituted by Jesus that confer sanctifying grace. b. In most other Western Christian churches, the two rites, Baptism and the Eucharist, instituted by Jesus to confer sanctifying grace.”

The early organized ‘church’ identified the seven so-called ‘sacraments’ seen in Catholicism, which many of the Protestant ‘churches’ have since reduced to two, in order to help justify a need for their priesthood: for only trained ‘priests’ can administer their ‘sacraments’, as the ‘church’ would have one believe. Yet we need not strive to demonstrate that they are twisting the Word: for Yahweh administers grace to the children of Israel, not some ‘sacrament’ or some ‘priest’, and He administers it freely – not upon any conditions! For this see John 1:16-17; Rom. 3:24; 5:15, 17; 11:6; 1 Cor. 1:4; Eph. 4:7; 1 Pet. 1:10; 3:7; 4:10; 5:12, and many other places. Never is the grace of Yahweh said to be contingent upon the believing Israelite’s performing any action in ritual. This I subscribe to the “Nicolaitans”, or “people-conquerors” as the Greek word means literally, who are mentioned at Rev. 2:6 and 2:15. For these are the professional priesthood who would appoint themselves rulers over our faith if given the chance – something Paul himself would not do (2 Cor. 1:24). Rather, the children of Israel have liberty from all of these things, in Yahshua Christ (Isa. 61:1; Luke 4:18; Rom. 8:21; 1 Cor. 10:29; 2 Cor 3:17; Gal. 2:4; 5:1, 13: 1 Pet. 2:16). Binding one to the performance of “sacraments” is contrary to the will and the Truth of Yahweh.

It is also apparent, that the Catholic baptism ritual as we know it, also called a “christening”, came not from the Bible but instead was an adaptation of the ancient naming ritual of our pagan Germanic ancestors. The Romish ‘church’ adopted many things pagan in their “conversion” of pagans to Christianity, which in truth rather paganized the true Christian assemblies. The American Heritage College Dictionary defines “christen” as “1.a. To baptize into a Christian church. b. To give a name to at baptism. 2.a. To name. b. To name and dedicate ceremonially …”That this custom was extant among the pagan Germans is found in the Edda. Here from The Poetic Edda translated by Lee M. Hollander, University of Texas Press, p. 121, from the Rígsþula, or The Lay of Ríg, stanza 7:

   “Gave Edda birth to a boy child then,
   (in clouts she swathed) the swarthy - skinned one.
    Thrall they called him, and cast on him water
   (dark was his hair and dull his eyes).”

A footnote accompanying line 3 of this stanza states in part “This is the old Germanic baptismal ceremony of ‘name-fastening’ … See ‘Hávamál,’ St. 158.” In The Sayings of Hár, or Hávamál, at stanza 158 we seem to have the baptism rite connected to the idea of eternal life. From The Poetic Edda, p. 39:

   “That thirteenth I know if a thane’s son I shall
   wet with holy water:
   never will he fall, though the fray be hot,
   nor sink down, wounded by the sword.”

It should be no surprise that the Teutonic peoples should have such practices and beliefs, since they themselves were descended from the “lost” Israelites of the Assyrian deportations.

True “sanctification” is explained in the Bible, though sadly so few understand it. First, the word translated in the A.V. “sanctification”, but also “holiness” is ἁγιασμός (hagiasmos, Strong’s #38). The adjective ἅγιος (hagios, #40) is “holy”, or often used as a Substantive (a noun) is “saint.” The verb ἁγιάζω (hagiazo, #37) is in the A.V. “to hallow”, “to be holy”, or “to sanctify.” Thayer defines the verb in part “to separate from things profane and dedicate to God” with which Liddell & Scott concur, having the primary definition of the adjective, in the secular (pagan) Greek sense, “devoted to the gods, sacred, holy.” And so it may be evident that something sanctified, sacred, holy, pure, etc. is something separated and devoted to Yahweh.

The only people Yahweh had ever sanctified to Himself were those in the loins of Isaac, who was offered to Yahweh on the altar by his father Abraham and at Yahweh’s request. Once something is offered to a deity in the ancient world, it is perceived as belonging to the deity! Although it may not appear so on the surface, the placing of Isaac upon the altar was only a ceremony which dedicated all of Isaac’s offspring to Yahweh for His own purposes. The Israelites and the Edomites both came from Isaac. Out of these, the Israelites became to Yahweh a “peculiar” (special) treasure above all people (Exod. 19:5), a relationship which still stands to this day (1 Pet. 2:9) and which always shall stand (Rev. 21:12; 22:2). Only the Israelites, the “vessel unto honor” and “vessels of mercy” of Romans 9:21-23, were cleansed by Yahshua as He promised (Jer. 33:8; Ezek. 37:23 et al.) and so only the long-dispersed Nations of Israel are the subject of Peter’s vision related in Acts chapters 10 and 11 (Acts 10:15: "And a voice again for a second time to him: 'The things which Yahweh has cleansed, you do not deem profane!'” Only Israel had the promise of that cleansing). Esau and the Edomites, also in the loins of Isaac, are the “vessel unto dishonor” and the “vessels of wrath fitted to destruction” of Romans 9:21-23, for Paul is contrasting Jacob and Esau throughout this chapter and parts of chapters 10 and 11 continue the theme, where Paul is explaining that he only cares for the true Israelites in Judaea, and not for the others, for they are not his “kinsmen according to the flesh.”

How could any ‘priest’ or ‘minister’ cleanse (baptize) with water that which Yahweh has already sanctified and cleansed? How may one seek cleansing with water, when we are told that sanctification and cleansing are through the word (John 17:17; Eph. 5:26; 1 Pet. 3:21)? Out of the mouths of two witnesses, even three, is not this matter established?

The universalist “churches” can not teach the truth: that only the children of Israel – whom Paul calls the descendants of Isaac down through the flesh, and not any “spiritual” so-called Israelites – are cleansed, sanctified, and therefore redeemed by Yahshua Christ. So instead they cling to the baptism of John – in water – and vainly pretend to cleanse any beast who comes along, attempting to admit every foul creature into the Kingdom. Of these ‘priests’ and ‘ministers’ Paul speaks in Hebrews “How much more severe a punishment do you suppose he who has trampled upon the Son of Yahweh would be accounted worthy? And who regarded as common the blood of the covenant in which he was sanctified? And who insulted the Spirit of that favor? (Heb. 10:29, my own translation).

I would not forsake having been cleansed by the Word, and sanctified in the Spirit, for the vain ritual offered by the traditions of men. While the baptism of John had its purpose, time and place, it is far exceeded by the baptism of Christ Yahshua, and as John himself told us that it would be. William R. Finck, Jr.

Also- From The Didache

  • But concerning baptism, thus baptize ye: having first recited all these precepts, baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in running water; but if thou hast not running water, baptize in some other water, and if thou canst not baptize in cold, in warm water; but if thou hast neither, pour water three times on the head, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. But before the baptism, let him who baptizeth and he who is baptized fast previously, and any others who may he able. And thou shalt command him who is baptized to fast one or two days before.

So evidently, this pagan ritual of baptism can be performed in any way and any how. And apparently one must fast in order to baptize and to be baptized (which doesn't happen).

So do we come closer to Christ by performing some ritual, that can be performed a number of ways, by mortal men, with water in any form, and the only thing that changes is that you then believe you are different because of it.

OR...

Do we come closer to Christ by knowledge and understanding? Truth, obedience and allegiance?

Men and water, and pagan rituals is NOT the immersion we must seek, it is the immersion of knowledge and understanding of the Word that is true baptism.