As a child, and throughout my life,
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
The Levitical Priesthood expired when Christ died.
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.
Obedience, allegiance, study, practice, love for our brethren the law and Yahweh.
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.
Those that believe false doctrine love to believe a lie.
Of course there are many other false doctrines and lies, let's stick with baptism for now.
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)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Christ calls out the Jews who display this hypocrisy at the 'wailing wall'.
Another reference to pious display.
Verses 16-18, again, we see that outward displays of piety are scorned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This first section covers...
WATER OF SEPARATION
Dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water; figuratively juice; by euphemism urine, semen: -
From H5074; properly rejection; by implication impurity, especially personal (menstruation) or moral (idolatry, incest): -
Regarding the war with the Midianites
These were Adamic females that became pagan. (31:11)
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.
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
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
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.
The word purification is not defined and has no Strong's number. It is a reconciliation for sin.
The Septuagint has verse 12 a little different.
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.
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.
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).
One cannot baptize themselves with water, or baptize gates and walls.
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.
A primitive root; to strain, (figuratively) extract, clarify: - fine, pour down, purge, purify, refine.
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).
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.
From G2511 ; a washing off, that is, (ceremonially) ablution, (morally) expiation: - cleansing, + purge, purification, (-fying).
Christ Himself did not baptize with water anyone.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The temporary atonement made by the Levitical priesthood. It was a yearly covering over of sin.
of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book
(scroll), and all the people,
Not all the people in the world or the other races, but the people of Abraham's seed, Jacob.
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.
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.'
From G49, 53; to make clean, that is, (figuratively) sanctify (ceremonially or morally): - purity (self).
This is the 4th of 4 Passovers in Christ's ministry.
Purifying is basically a sin fast. After a number of days, being separated from sin and being
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.
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.
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.
WASHED IN WATER
A primitive root; to lave (the whole or a part of the thing): - bathe (self), wash (self).
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).
None of these have to do with baptism in water.
WASHED WITH WATER
None of these have to do with water baptism. Only cleansing and washing.
HOW WE ARE CLEANSED
Yahweh states that He will cleanse them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Christ did not want to be made into a spectacle. Our personal dealings with Christ are not to be displayed.
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.
Christ cleansed them. No water. And only one of them was greatful!
This washing is symbolic. Since only Israel was given the law, only Israel needed cleansing from the errors of disobeying the law.
The only one who could not be cleansed was Judas, he was an Edomite Jew (a vessel of destruction).
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).
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.
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.
Christ's death cleansed both houses, He was teaching Peter that they (uncircumcision, dispersed, common) were under the same covenant. Kinsmen. Sons of Jacob.
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”.
Ears open. Knowledge and understanding He desires. Not empty rituals.
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.
David is asking Yahweh to cleanse him. Not a man, nor water.
Not by water, but by His words. His instructions, law, commandments, His Truth.
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.
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.
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!
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 3:7 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.
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.
John was cleansing the Levitical priesthood with water baptism. Preparing the way. The priesthood was corrupt and teaching the 'traditions of men'.
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.
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.
Here we are warned that “the kingdom of the heavens suffers violence, and the violent ones plunder it”.
That is, in the Spirit of Elijah.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee asking...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water is symbolic of the Word, the knowledge and understanding of your Spirit, who you are, and more importantly, Whose you are.
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!
Speaking the baptism of death.
We will all be immersed in death. If we practiced an obedient life, we will rise.
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.
John was not Baptized, yet he was filled with the Holy Spirit before birth.
Again, baptism of repentance for the Levites. Water does not remiss. We must continually repent.
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.
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.
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.
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?”.
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.
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.
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.
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, a Levite, was sent to cleanse the Levitical priesthood and prepare the final sacrifice.
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
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.
Christ Himself did not baptize, but He did bring knowledge and understanding to those who had ears to hear and eyes to see.
Again, no man or water can do anything of gain to you regarding salvation.
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.
Believing on Him also requires obedience and practice, learning and understanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Greek: 22
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.
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.
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.
The Ethiopian eunuch (the original Ethiopians were white) reading Isaiah.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
These men were of the uncircumcised (dispersed Israelites), considered unclean, or common.
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.
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.
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.
We don't choose Him, He chooses us.
Abide and teach.
Paul and Silas in prison.
So they didn't “just believe”. They educated them in the word and what was expected of followers.
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.
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.
upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Spirit.
This verse is another one showing that water baptism does nothing. They did not receive the Holy Spirit yet.
So did they get dunked in water twice? Certainly not. But dunked in the Word, dunked with knowledge and understanding.
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.
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.
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.
We will die as Christ died. We will be immersed in death. Baptism of death.
The baptism of death, not water.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
Manna, and the 10 commandments. Knowledge and understanding. Moses did not baptize them with water.
The last 'is' is italicized. It was added by the translators. They also did not
The context is referring to the people, the Anointed group. The last part of verse 12 should read, 'so also the Anointed.'
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.
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.
Faith in verse 23 can easily be compared to Christ, who has allegiance with the Father. Observe:
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.
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”.
They no longer had the crutch of the rituals.
Again, 25 could read:
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.
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.
The immersion of the Christian heart in the sacrifice of Yahweh.
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.
Do not walk in the corrupt ways of the flesh, but in the righteousness of Christ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We must not hold grudges.
Sinners hate us when we refuse to join them.
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.
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.
Nothing here about water or a man dipping you in water.
Life, godliness, grace, peace, and promises all given through knowledge. Not water.
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
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.