WATER BAPTISM

  • LET US STAND TO READ MATT 3:1-17;

  • BAPTISM IS A NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINE THAT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO MANKIND BY JOHN THE BAPTIST

  • JOHN THE BAPTIST CAME PREACHING REPENTANCE AND BAPTIZING IN THE RIVER JORDAN MARK 1:4

  • JOHN THE BAPTIST WOULD ONLY BAPTIZE YOU TODAY IF YOUR WORKS AND ATTITUDES CONVINCE HIM THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD

  • MARK 11:30-31 TELLS US THAT HIS BAPTISM WAS NOT SOMETHING HE DID ON HIS OWN

  • IT WAS FROM HEAVEN, IT WAS FROM GOD YET THE PHARISEES REFUSED TO BE BAPTIZED BY JOHN

  • THE BIBLE SAYS THE PHARISEES AND THE LAWYERS SUFFERED SPIRITUALLY BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO BE BAPTIZED ACCORDING TO GOD’S COMMAND

  • LK 7:25-30

  • Lu:7:25: But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.

  • Lu:7:26: But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

  • Lu:7:27: This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

  • Lu: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.

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

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

  • THE PHARISEES AND THE LAWYERS “ REJECTED GOD’S COUNSEL AGAINST THEMSELVES, BEING NOT BAPTIZED”

  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SUFFER SPIRITUALLY?

  • IT MEANS THEIR SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO GOD NEITHER WAS IT COMPLETE BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO FOLLOW GOD’S OWN WAY OF COMING TO HIM AND BE BAPTIZED

  • APOSTLE PAUL LAMENTED FOR THEM IN ROMANS 10

  • ROMANS 10:1-14

  • Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

  • Ro:10:2: For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

  • Ro:10:3: For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

  • Ro:10:4: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

  • Ro:10:5: For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

  • Ro:10:6: But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

  • Ro:10:7: Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

  • Ro:10:8: But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

  • Ro:10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

  • Ro:10:10: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

  • Ro:10:11: For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

  • Ro:10:12: For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

  • Ro:10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  • IT IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD

  • IT IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD

  • IT IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT TO CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT HE IS YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOUR

  • GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION

  • SADLY,MANY TODAY ARE ALSO ESTABLISHING THEIR OWN RIGHT PASSAGE TO FINDING GOD THROUGH RELIGION

  • EVEN AMONG US HERE ,OR SHALL WE SAY AMONG MANY PENTECOSTALS ,MANY ARE YET TO UNDERSTND THAT NO AMOUNT OF PRAYERS AND GOODWORKS OR SACRIFICES CAN MAKE YOU RIGHT BEFORE GOD

  • PRAYERS AND GOOD WORKS ARE GOOD,SACRIFICES ARE ALSO GOOD

  • THE BIBLE SAYS WE MUST BE CAREFUL TO PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

  • AND THAT WE MUST BE CAREFUL TO DO GOOD WORKS AND SACRIFICES FOR THESETHINGS PLEASE GOD

  • BUT THE BIBLE ALSO TELLS US THAT WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS OF SINS

  • WE MUST TRUST IN THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST AND BE BAPTISED SO THAT WE MAY NOT SUFFER SPIRITUALLY AND OTHERWISE

  • MARK 16:15-16

  • M’r:16:15: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

  • M’r:16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

  • MATHEW 28:18-20

  • And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

  • M’t: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 Ghost:

  • M’t: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.

  • Ac:2:36-39

  • Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

  • Ac:2:37: Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

  • Ac: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 Ghost.

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

  • BAPTISM BY TOTALLY GOING UNDER THE WATER IS A NATURAL FOLLOW-UP TO EVERY CONVERSION BY FAITH IN CHRIST

  • Ac:10:36-48

  • The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)Ac:10:37: That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

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

  • Ac:10:39: And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

  • Ac:10:40: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

  • Ac:10:41: Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

  • Ac:10:42: And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

  • Ac:10:43: To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

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

  • Ac:10:45: And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

  • Ac:10:46: For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

  • Ac:10:47: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

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

  • THE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE OF CORNELIUS OPENED THEIR HEARTS FOR THE LORD JESUS TO COME AND WERE INSTANTLY BAPTISED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

  • AND THEN PETER COMMANDED THEM TO BE BAPTISED IN WATER

  • IN ACTS 8:26-35 WE SEE A VERY INTERESTING STORY OF COMPLETE CONVERSION TO CHRIST

  • ACTS 8:26-38

  • Ac:8:26: And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

  • Ac:8:27: And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

  • Ac:8:28: Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

  • Ac:8:29: Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

  • Ac:8:30: And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

  • Ac:8:31: And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

  • Ac:8:32: The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

  • Ac:8:33: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

  • Ac:8:34: And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

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

  • Ac: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?

  • Ac:8:37: 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.

  • Ac: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.

  • Ac:8:39: And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

  • THE EUNUCH COMPLETELY OPENED HIS HEART AND BELIEVED IN JESUS

  • HE WAS EVEN THE ONE THAT ASKED TO BE BAPTISED

  • THE BIBLE SAYS HE WENT HOME REJOICING AFTER HIS FAITH IN CHRIST AND WATER BAPTISM

  • THE PHARISEES REJECTED GOD’S PLAN FOR THEIR LIVES AND BASICALLY CONDEMNED THEMSELVES BEFORE GOD.

  • WE MUST OBEY GOD AND ALLOW HIS WILL TO BE DONE IN ALL OUR LIVES IF WE WANT TO LIVE AND REJOICE ALL OUR LIVES

  • EVEN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD INSISTED THAT JOHN SHOULD BAPTIZE HIM IN ORDER TO FULFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS

  • MT. 3:15-17

  • ‘t:3:15: And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

  • M’t: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:

  • M’t:3:17: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

MINISTERATION

  • LIFT UP YOUR HANDS AND SAY “I REFUSE TO REJECT GOD’S PLAN FOR MY LIFE IN JESUS NAME”

  • SAY “FATHER, MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME, MAY YOUR WILL ALWAYS BE DONE IN MY LIFE IN JESUS NAME”

WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH 2022

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF WATER BAPTISM ?

THERE ARE 8 IMPORTANT FACTS TO NOTE ABOUT WATER BAPTISM

  • 1ST IMPORTANT FACT

  • WATER BAPTISM DOES NOT MEAN AUTOMATIC FORGIVENESS OF SIN

  • FOR YOUR SINS TO BE FORGIVEN YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND DECIDE TO REPENT FROM ALL THAT YOU KNOW IS SIN IN YOUR LIFE

  • IN ACTS 2:38 PETER SAYS REPENT AND BE BAPTISED READ

  • ACTS 2:38-42

  • Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

  • Ac: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 Ghost.

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

  • Ac:2:40: And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

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

  • Ac:2:42: And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

  • THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS TRYING TO CORRECT WHEN THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SHOWED UP AT RIVER JORDAN TO BE BAPTIZED BY HIM)

  • HE TOLD ALL THE PEOPLE THAT CAME FOR BAPTISM THAT THEY MUST HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART TO BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD

  • LUKE 3:6-14

  • 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?

  • Lu:3:8: Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

  • Lu:3:9: And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

  • Lu:3:10: And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?

  • Lu:3:11: He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

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

  • Lu:3:13: And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.

  • Lu:3:14: 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.

  • YOU CANNOT BE A CHRISTIAN AND BE A SELFISH AND WICKED PERSON.

  • THE BIBLE SAYS WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST

  • LIKE JOHN THE BAPTIST,JESUS ALSO PREACHED REPENTANCE

  • HE SAYS AS HE STARTS TO PREACH THE GOSPEL “REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND”

  • HE SAYS TO NICODEMUS YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

  • JESUS IS EMPOWERED BY GOD THE FATHER TO FORGIVE ALL OUR SINS AND TO DELIVER US FROM THE AUTHORITY OF SIN

  • JESUS ALSO PUT EMPHASIS ON SALVATION BY GRACE

  • HE SAYS COME UNTO ME ALL YE THAT LABOUR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN I WILL GIVE YOU REST

  • MEANING COME TO ME AND REPENT AND I WILL FORGIVE ALL YOUR PAST AND PRESENT SINS ,

  • AND THEN I WILL GIVE YOU POWER AGAINST ANY FUTURE DESIRES TO LIVE A LIFE OF SIN.

  • JESUS CHRIST CAME TO GIVE US GRACE TO STOP SINNING AND BE RECONCILED WITH GOD THE FATHER

  • HE GIVES GRACE AND POWER TO REPENT AND SIN NO MORE

  • HE GIVES US POWER TO LIVE IN PEACE WITH GOD AND ALL PEOPLE

  • HE SAID TO THE WOMAN THAT WAS CAUGHT IN ADULTERY ” GO AND SIN NO MORE”

  • JESUS IN YOU IS REST FROM SIN AND THE PAINFUL CONSEQUENCES OF SINNING AGAINST GOD

  • ROM.6:23

  • For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • HE IS YOUR REST FROM SICKNESSES AND DISEASES

  • HE IS YOUR REST AND DELIVERANCE FROM ALL CURSES AND FROM ALL EVIL

  • YOU MUST RECEIVE JESUS AND RECEIVE YOUR REST AND PEACE TODAY IN JESUS NAME JOHN 14:27

  • JESUS IS MERCIFUL, JESUS WILL SAVE YOU FROM HELL AND DEATH

  • HE WILL GIVE YOU POWER TO REPENT AND LIVE FREE FROM SIN AND ALL SATANIC AFFLICTIONS FOR EVER.

  • THE 2ND IMPORTANT FACT

  • WATER BAPTISM POINTS TO SOMETHING THAT ALREADY HAPPENED IN YOUR HEART.

  • IT IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD REALITY OF FAITH IN CHRIST

  • HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED” …

  • NOTE THAT BELIEVING IN CHRIST COMES BEFORE BAPTISM

  • YOU MUST FIRST BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED SO THAT YOU CAN STOP THAT SIN THAT YOU KNOW TOO WELL ABOUT

  • YOU JUST NEED TO CALL ON HIM AND HE WILL GIVE YOU A BRAND NEW HEART

  • THEN YOU CAN BE BAPTIZED AND BE AT PEACE WITH GOD

  • IF YOU ENTER THAT WATER WITHOUT JESUS IN YOUR HEART YOU ARE NOT BORN AGAIN, YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN.

  • AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS,BUT REFUSE TO BE BAPTISED YOU ARE NOT SAVED,YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN

  • JESUS SAYS THOSE WHO BELIEVE AND ARE BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED

  • NOW WE KNOW THE THIEF WHO RECEIVED JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS WENT TO HEAVEN

  • SO WILL ANYONE WHO RECEIVED THE LORD JESUS ON THEIR DEATH BED MAKE HEAVEN

  • THE 3RD IMPORTANT FACT

  • WATER BAPTISM MEANS FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST

  • 1 PETER 2:21

  • For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps

  • MATH 3:1-2;13-17

  • In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

  • M’t:3:2: And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

  • M’t:3:13: Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

  • M’t:3:14: But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

  • M’t:3:15: And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

  • M’t: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:

  • M’t:3:17: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

  • WHEN JOHN THE BAPTIST SHOWED UP AT RIVER JORDAN HE HAD NEVER MET JESUS BEFORE

  • HE SHOWED UP JUST TO BAPTIZE THE PEOPLE AND TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT GOD EXPECTS THEM TO START LIVING RIGHT FOR HIM

  • HE WAS PREACHING SERIOUSLY ABOUT THE NEED FOR THE PEOPLE TO REPENT

  • ABOUT HOW GOOD THE PEOPLE MUST BE IN ORDER TO PLEASE GOD AND BE ACCEPTABLE TO HIM .

  • SUDDENLY HE SAW JESUS COMING UP TO BE BAPTIZED AS WELL.

  • HIS REACTION WAS TO SHARPLY REFUSE TO BAPTIZE JESUS

  • HE WAS ADDRESSING SINNERS AND JESUS HAS NOT COMMITTED ANY SIN.

  • BUT JESUS EXPLAINED TO HIM THAT HE NEEDED TO BE BAPTIZED

  • NOT BECAUSE HE WAS A SINNER ,BUT BECAUSE GOD COMMANDED ALL TO BE BAPTISED

  • JESUS CHRIST WENT TO BE BAPTISED IN ORDER TO SET AN EXAMPLE OF OBEDIENCE TO GOD THE FATHER

  • HE NEEDED TO SHOW US HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD

  • HE NEEDED TO LET US UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO BE TOTALLY OBEDIENT AND BE RIGHTEOUS BEFORE GOD

  • WORSHIPPING GOD IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH MEANS OBEYING WHAT GOD SAYS EVEN WHEN WE DON’T UNDERSTAND IT.

  • IT MEANS OBEYING GOD EVEN WHEN WE THINK WE DON’T HAVE TO OBEY THAT PARTICULAR INSTRUCTION.

  • JESUS SAYS TO JOHN THE BAPTIST

  • YES YOU ARE RIGHT, I’M NOT A SINNER, I’M NOT A DRUNKARD, I’M NOT A FORNICATOR OR AN ADULTERER,

  • NEITHER AM I A LIAR, A FIGHTER A CHEAT NOR A PROUD PERSON

  • I DON’T SERVE SATAN . INFACT I’M GOD, BUT PLEASE BAPTIZE ME”.

  • WHY SHOULD I DO THAT ?” ANSWERED JOHN THE BAPTIST”,YOU SHOULD BAPTIZE ME”

  • JESUS SAYS “IT IS THE WILL OF MY FATHER.THIS IS HOW TO FUFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS

  • M’t:3:17: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

  • JESUS SAYS “GOD THE FATHER COMMANDED ALL TO BE BAPTISED ,THEREFORE I MUST JUST DO IT

  • I MUST JUST DO IT BECAUSE I KNOW THAT ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IS SIN” JAMES 4:17

  • I HAVE COME TO SHOW EVERYONE HOW TO FOLLOW GOD THE FATHER AND OBEY HIS COMMAND I MUST BE AN EXAMPLE OF OBEDIENCE TO ALL”

  • I PETER 2 :21-25

  • For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

  • 1Pe:2:22: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

  • 1Pe:2:23: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

  • 1Pe:2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

  • 1Pe:2:25: For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

  • IF JESUS NEEDED TO BE BAPTIZED,YOU AND I CERTAINLY DO NEED TO BE BAPTISED AS WELL

  • IMMEDIATELY YOU TRUST JESUS WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART AND GET BAPTISED, THE SAME ABILITY IN CHRIST TO OBEY GOD WILL BE YOURS

  • YOU WILL NOT ONLY BECOME BETTER CHRISTIANS TODAY AFTER THIS BAPTISM,YOU WILL BE HEALED TODAY FOR OBEYING GOD’S VOICE IN JESUS NAME

  • EVIL CURSES AND YOKES WILL BE BROKEN TODAY AS YOU STEP IN AND OUT OF THE WATER IN JESUS NAME

  • THIS IS BECAUSE GOD ALWAYS REWARDS US WITH GOOD THINGS WHEN WE OBEY HIS VOICE

WATER BAPTISM SUNDAY 20THTH MARCH 2022

THE 4TH IMPORTANT FACT ABOUT WATER BAPTISM

  • WATER BAPTISM IS AN ACT OF FAITH LOVE AND COMMITMENT TO GOD AND THE BIBLE WAY OF LIFE

  • WATER BAPTISM IS A CHALLENGE TO THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS BECAUSE IT EMPOWERS YOU TO BE STRONG LIKE JESUS CHRIST

  • ROMANS 6:1-5

  • What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

  • Ro:6:2: God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

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

  • Ro: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.

  • Ro:6:5: For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

  • WHEN YOU GET BAPTIZED IN WATER, YOU TAKE A PUBLIC STAND WITH GOD

  • YOU TAKE A STAND FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS AGAINST THE DEVIL, SIN, AND THE WORLD

  • IT IS A WAY OF SHOWING HEAVEN AND HELL THAT YOU ARE NOW LIVING FOR JESUS CHRIST AND JESUS ALONE

  • YOU ACTUALLY SHOW THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS THAT YOU ARE A SERIOUS CHRISTIAN WHO WANT TO FULLY OBEY GOD AND BE BLESSED

  • AND THAT YOU ARE NOT ASHAMED TO MAKE PUBLIC STAND IN CHRIST

THE 5TH IMPORTANT FACT

  • WATER BAPTISM MEANS WE DIE TO SIN,WE ARE DELIVERED FROM THE POWER OF SIN AND DEATH

  • ROMANS 6:6-14

  • Ro:6:6: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

  • Ro:6:7: For he that is dead is freed from sin.

  • Ro:6:8: Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

  • Ro:6:9: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

THE 6TH IMPORTANT FACT

  • WATER BAPTISM MEANS THAT WE IDENTIFY WITH CHRIST’S DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION

  • ROM 6:4-13

  • Ro:6:10: For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

  • Ro:6:11: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • Ro:6:12: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

  • Ro:6:13: Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

  • Ro:6:14: For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

  • AT BAPTISM WE FULLY IDENTIFY WITH JESUS CHRIST IN HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION

  • JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED AND BURIED

  • HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD ON THE THIRD DAY FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION

  • IN OTHER WORDS HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD FOR US TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLAIM HIM AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR

  • NOW AT SALVATION “OUR OLD MAN IS CRUCIFIED THAT THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED”

  • AT BAPTISM WE ARE BURIED LIKE CHRIST WAS BURIED

  • AND ARE RAISED AGAIN TO NEWNESS OF LIFE LIKE CHRIST WAS RAISED

  • YOU SEE WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD HIS BODY WAS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT HIS DISCIPLES COULD NOT RECOGNIZE HIM

  • NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THE OLD YOU AFTER TODAY

  • YOU MAY NOT CHANGE MUCH PHYSICALLY, BUT SPIRITUALLY YOU WILL BE A NEW PERSON

  • 2 COR 5: 15-18

  • And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

  • 2Co:5:16: Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

  • 2Co:5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

  • 2Co:5:18: And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

  • YOUR DESTINY AND WHOLE LIFE PATTERN WILL SURELY CHANGE

  • NO MORE SINNING, NO MORE CURSES, NO MORE SICKNESSES AND DISEASES AFTER TODAY IN JESUS NAME

  • NO MORE BAD LUCK ,DISFAVOR OR DISAPPOINTMENT IN LIFE ,

  • NO MORE STAGNATION , LIMITATION AND POVERTY IN JESUS NAME

  • NO MORE FEAR AND DOUBT,NO MORE GUILT AND CONDEMNATION

  • HOW CAN I BE CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST ,BURIED WITH HIM AND RISE WITH HIM AND EXPERIENCE THIS WONDERFUL NEWNESS OF LIFE IN JUST ONE SECOND IN THE WATER?

  • THE ANSWER TO ALL THAT IS SIMPLE,IT IS JUST BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH

  • EPHESIAN 2:8-9

  • For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

  • Eph:2:9: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

  • IT IS BY OPENING UP YOUR HEART TO JESUS CHRIST BY FAITH IN HIS SAVING GRACE

  • EPH.3:17-19

  • hat Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

  • Eph:3:18: May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

  • Eph:3:19: And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

THE 7TH IMPORTANT FACT

  • WATER BAPTISM IS NOT FOR BABIES OR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 10

  • BIBLE NEVER MENTIONED BABIES’ BAPTISM EVEN WHERE ENTIRE FAMILIES WERE BAPTIZED

  • WATER BAPTISM IS FOR ADULTS ,WHO ARE MATURE ENOUGH TO KNOW THE MEANING OF SIN

  • IT IS FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND THE DANGERS OF SINFULNESS

  • THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE END RESULT OF SIN IS HELL FIRE

  • MT 3: 5 – 6 SAYS PEOPLE WENT TO CONFESS THEIR SINS AND THEN GOT BAPTISED IN WATER

  • THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT THEY NEED JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOUR

  • JESUS HIMSELF WAS NOT BAPTIZED AS A BABY.

  • HE WAS JUST TAKEN TO THE TEMPLE TO BE DEDICATED TO GOD WHEN HE WAS A BABY

  • HE GOT BAPTISED AS AN ADULT ,AT THE AGE OF 30

  • LUKE 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,

  • BABIES DON’T SIN AND SO UNLIKE ADULTS THEY DONT NEED TO CONFESS ANYTHING

  • THEREFORE ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE ADULTS ARE BAPTIZED, BUT BABIES ARE DEDICATED TO GOD.

  • THIS IS WHAT WE SEE IN THE BIBLE ,THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD ALL BELIEVE AS CHRISTIANS

  • THIS IS WHY WE DON’T BAPTIZE BABIES HERE OR IN ANY CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST THAT IS BIBLE BASED

  • WE DEDICATE THEM JUST LIKE JESUS WAS DEDICATED AS A LITTLE ‘BABY IN

  • LUKE 2 :21-40,52

  • And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

  • Lu:2:23: (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

  • Lu:2:24: And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

  • Lu:2:25: And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

  • Lu:2:26: And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

  • Lu:2:27: And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

  • Lu:2:28: Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

  • Lu:2:29: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

  • Lu:2:30: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

  • Lu:2:31: Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

  • Lu:2:32: A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

  • Lu:2:33: And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

  • Lu:2:34: And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

  • Lu:2:35: (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

  • Lu:2:36: And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

  • Lu:2:37: And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

  • Lu:2:38: And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

  • Lu:2:39: And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

  • Lu:2:40: And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him…………….52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

  • IF CHILDREN DIE UNBAPTIZED, THEY WILL NOT BE LOST IN HELL.THEY SIMPLY GO BACK TO HEAVEN

  • DAVID’S BABY DIED IN 2 SAM 12:15-23, HE WAS NEITHER BAPTIZED NOR CIRCUMCISED

  • YET DAVID SAID “I SHALL GO TO HIM”

  • SURELY DAVID WENT TO HEAVEN WHERE HE EXPECTED TO MEET HIS CHILD AGAIN

  • BAPTISM WILL NEVER SAVE NOR CONDEMN A CHILD

  • BAPTISM DOES NOT EVEN SAVE YOU AS AN ADULT IF YOU DON’T FULLY BELIEVE AND TRUST IN JESUS FOR YOUR SALVATION

  • SALVATION IS THROUGH CHRIST NOT THROUGH BAPTISM,

  • YOU MUST FIRST BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF ALL YOUR SINS AND INIQUITY

  • YOU MUST TRUST HIM FOR A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT,YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN AND THEN YOU MAY BE BAPTIZED

  • THIS IS WHAT SALVATION OR BEING BORN AGAIN IS ALL ABOUT,THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SAVED

  • SO IF YOU THINK YOU WERE BAPTIZED AS A BABY AND DON’T NEED TO BE BAPTIZED YOU MUST NOW REPENT AND BE BAPTISED

  • BESIDES,THE WORD BAPTISM COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD “BAPTISO”

  • IT MEANS TO BE COMPLETELY IMMERSED IN WATER MATHEW 3: 13, LUKE 3: 3, ACTS 8: 35 – 39 READ

  • ALL THESE SCRIPTURES INDICATE THAT BAPTISM MUST TAKE PLACE INSIDE A POOL OF WATER

  • IF THEY POURED A GLASS OF WATER OR EVEN A BUCKET OF WATER ON YOUR HEAD AS A BABY,THEY DID NOT BAPTIZE YOU

  • THAT PRACTICE OF THROWING WATER ON ADULTS OR BABIES, IS NOT IN THE BIBLE,COME TO JESUS AND BE REALLY BAPTISED

  • BUT YOU MUST BE TRULY BORN AGAIN PROV 28: 13 – “HE THAT COVERETH HIS SINS ….. YOU MUST PUT THEM UNDER THE BLOOD

THE 8TH IMPORTANT FACT ABOUT WATER BAPTISM

  • NEVER USE WATER BAPTISM OR ANY OTHER CHRISTIAN ACTIVITIES AS A COVER UP FOR A SINFUL LIFE

  • FOLLOWING JESUS IS NOT A JOKE, MANY WOULD THINK ONCE I’M BAPTIZED I’M FINE

  • MANY THINK,”OH IF I JUST JOIN THE CHURCH CHOIR OR GIVE MY TITHES REGULARLY, OR COMMIT MYSELF FAITHFULLY TO CHURCH ACTIVITIES,I DON’T HAVE TO REPENT”

  • NO YOU MUST DROP THAT SIN AND BE A REAL CHRISTIAN,YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

  • JESUS SAYS IN LK 13 “REPENT OR PERISH”

  • THERE CAN BE NO TRUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IF WE DON’T REALLY REPENT. FROM SIN AND PRIDE

  • GOD REQUIRES TOTAL REPENTANCE, TOTAL OBEDIENCE AND ABSOLUTE RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR US TO QUALIFY FOR HEAVEN

  • BAPTISM IS ONLY MEANINGFUL IF YOU BURY ALL YOUR SINS AT BAPTISM LIKE JESUS WAS BURIED WITH ALL OUR SINS .

  • AFTER REPENTANCE AND BAPTISM, SIN SHOULD NO LONGER CONTROL OUR LIVES ROM 6:14

  • DOES THAT MEAN YOU WILL NEVER SIN AGAIN AFTER BAPTISM?

  • 1 JOHN 1:8-10; ANSWERS THAT QUESTION

  • If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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

  • 1Jo:1:10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

  • 1JOHN 2:1

  • : My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

  • 1Jo:2:2: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

  • BAPTISM JUST TEACHES US THE IMPORTANCE OF OBEYING ALL OF GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS WHETHER WE THINK THEY ARE IMPORTANT OR NOT

  • WE MUST OBEY WHETHER WE UNDERSTAND THEM OR NOT JESUS CALLS THIS “FULFILLING ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS”

  • APOSTLE PETER CALLS BAPTISM …. “THE ANSWER OF A GOOD CONSCIENCE TOWARD GOD.” 1 PET 3: 21

  • IF YOU WANT GOD TO BE PLEASED WITH YOU OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS, OBEY HIS VOICE WITHOUT DEBATE OR PRIDE

  • GOD WANTS US TO PROVE TO HIM THAT WE LOVE HIM, BY DOING WHAT HE COMMANDS

  • LET US PROVE OUR FAITH AND LOVE FOR GOD BY OUR CONSTANT OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD AND VOICE THEN WE CAN FULLY ENJOY HIS PRESENCE AND POWER

  • JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD WAS COMPLETELY FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST THE MOMENT HE TOOK THAT STEP OF FAITH AND OBEDIENCE TO BE BAPTIZED BY JOHN

  • LK 3: 21 – 22

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

  • Lu:3:22: And the Holy Ghost 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.

  • GOD PROMISES FULL DELIVERANCE IF WE FULLY OBEY HIS VOICE.

  • EXODUS 15: 26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

  • EXODUS 23:25-27

  • And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

  • Ex:23:26: There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.

  • Ex:23:27: I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.

  • PROBLEMS , DISEASES, SICKNESSES, STRANGE BURDENS AND PRESSURES BELONG IN EGYPT.

  • THEY DON’T BELONG TO US, DON’T ACCEPT THEM,OBEY GOD’S VOICE AND BE FREE TO FULLY SERVE HIM IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

  • IN CONCLUSION BRETHREN ,WATER BAPTISM IS A COMMAND FROM GOD AND IT’S NOT OPTIONAL

  • GOD COMMANDS IT, I MUST SUBMIT AND OBEY

  • 1 SAMUEL 15:23-24

  • 22: And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

  • 1Sa:15:23: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

  • IF JESUS NEEDED TO OBEY GOD THEN I REALLY DO!!

  • THE NEXT STEP AFTER BAPTISM IS TO BE ADDED TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

  • A NEW BORN BABY GETS ADDED TO THE FAMILYTHIS BRINGS JOY INTO THE FAMILY,

  • AS THE CHILD GROWS HE LEARNS TO ADJUST AND BE USEFUL TO THE FAMILY

  • YOU ARE BAPTIZED INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST 1 COR.12:13-21

  • WE ARE ONE BODY BUT WITH MANY MEMBERS

  • IF YOU HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED,THEN GET INVOLVED IN CHURCH ACTIVITIES

  • IT WILL HELP YOU TO GROW AND TO MAINTAIN YOUR TESTIMONY

  • WATER BAPTISM ALSO MEANS A COVENANT ASSOCIATION WITH GOD AND THE BODY OF CHRIST

  • 1 COR. 12:12-31

  • 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.

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

  • 1Co:12:14: For the body is not one member, but many.

  • 1Co:12:15: If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

  • 1Co:12:16: And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

  • 1Co:12:17: If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

  • 1Co:12:18: But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

  • 1Co:12:19: And if they were all one member, where were the body?

  • 1Co:12:20: But now are they many members, yet but one body.

  • 1Co:12:21: And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

  • 1Co:12:22: Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

  • 1Co:12:23: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

  • 1Co:12:24: For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

  • 1Co:12:25: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

  • 1Co:12:26: And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

  • 1Co:12:27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

  • 1Co:12:28: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

  • 1Co:12:29: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

  • 1Co:12:30: Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

  • 1Co:12:31: But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

  • NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED, YOU NEED TO COMMIT YOURSELF AS A MEMBER OF THIS LOCAL CHURCH OR ANY OTHER CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

  • YOU JUST NEED TO BE CAREFUL THAT ALL THEY PREACH IS THE TRUE AND FULL GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

  • YOU CAN JOIN THE CHOIR, THE USHERS, THE YOUTH WING AND THE INTERCESSORS,

  • YOU CAN HELP TEACH SUNDAY SCHOOL OR JOIN THE OUTREACH TO THE PRISON AND HOSPITAL

  • YOU MAY VOLUNTEER YOUR TALENT AND TIME FOR ANY WORK OF GOD IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

  • COMMITMENT TO THE WORK OF GOD WILL DEFINITELY COVENANT YOU TO GOD

  • IF YOU SERVE GOD AND TAKE CARE OF HIS HOUSE HE TOO WILL SERVE YOU AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR HOUSE PS 132

  • YOU WILL ENJOY SOME SERIOUS ADVANTAGES AND BLESSINGS

  • NEHEMIAH SAID GOD SHOULD BLESS HIM FOR TAKING CARE OF GOD’S HOUSE NEH.13:4

  • WE SHOULD ALL BE ABLE TO TELL GOD TO REMEMBER OUR SACRIFICES IN HIS HOUSE WHENEVER WE ARE IN TROUBLE PS 20

  • MINISTERATION

  • LORD I LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH

SALVATION BELONGS TO OUR GOD”

SALVATION AND REPENTANCE ALTAR CALL FOR ALL

  • AM INVITING EVERYONE OF US TO THINK AFRESH OF THE MEANING OF WATER BAPTISM THAT WE DID OR ARE ABOUT TO DO TODAY AS WE READ ROMANS 6

  • LET US ALL READ PS 25 AS WE PREPARE FOR THIS CEREMONY

  • PRAYER OF SALVATION FOR ALL

PRAYERS ON THE WATER

  • READ JOHN 5 :1-9 AND PRAY THE WORD

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

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