Rebaptised into the Name

Have you been baptised by man or baptised by Jesus.? Jesus is the baptiser. He came to baptise that is wash away the sins of men, those who would believe in his name.  His name means “salvation” hence there is no salvation without the name, there is no baptism without the name, there is no remission sins without the name, Jesus declared to the disciples to go everywhere baptising into his name (Mt 28:19) the name given under heaven by which all men should be saved (Acts 4). Maybe you are one to whom your salvation has grown stale, you feel far from God and this is the reason, you had religion but not God’s name put on you the day you got baptised. I’ve been there too! The most incredible life change happens when we get, like Paul get a revelation of God and his name and are baptised by Jesus, into his name. (Acts 9:14-18).

FOR FURTHER READING:
1.Acts 19:1-6 the rebaptism of those baptised into repentance only, Those who had not taken on the name of Jesus in baptism.
2.Peters message through the Holy Ghost. Brings salvation to the Jews acts (2:38).
3. Jesus the baptiser (John 3:22. Matt 3:11 Romans 6:3-4)
4.Paul’s ebook on Amazon 9 Reasons Why You Should Be Baptised in Jesus Name available on Amazon for immediate download

Are you Still Married.. to the Law?

Dealing with Legalism .. Are you prepared to let it die?

Or are ye ignorant, brethren (for I speak to men who know the law), that the law hath dominion over a man for so long time as he liveth? For the woman that hath a husband is bound by law to the husband while he liveth; but if the husband die, she is discharged from the law of the husband. So then if, while the husband liveth, she be joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if the husband die, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she be joined to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that ye should be joined to another, even to him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God. (Romans 7:1-4).

He uses the illustration of marriage to explain the process of the old covenant law. The carnal man is married to the law of sin and death. It is as it in in a marriage, annulled only at death, which is baptism for the believer. When a believer is baptised into the name of Jesus he is released from the law and the law of sin and death.

Christ himself revealed this to us through his death, he took on flesh and became of Adam’s race through Mary, but it was through his death that the agreement with the law and the bondage of the law that all things associated with the law is dealt with. Through our association with Christ in baptism and his death we like him are free from the law,  we were at his death free to marry another and our baptism reveals that we made Christ our Groom and we became his bride. (Ro 6:1-3) “what shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin…know ye not that as many of us that were baptised into Jesus Christ were baptised into his death.”

This then also tells us the christ has married the church.  So now let me reiterate my point by saying this, who are you married too Christ or the Law. the fruit of the law are the works of the flesh, children of the flesh but the fruits of our marital union with Christ is “love joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control against such things there is no law” Gal 5:22-23).

I  am sure you have been in churches where preacher is very insistent on issues, head covering, clothing, fasting, the keeping of days, hair issues, let me be frank here, the higher law of life in Christ Jesus, will reveal that our walking in love joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.. is far greater than the keeping of any other man made standards. I personally would rather have a church that demonstrated the fruits of the Holy Ghost than a church where folks had to comply with standards.  The higher law the “Law of life in Christ Jesus” works (Ro 8:2) it’s a true sign of Christ in us  and that our baptism truly divorced us from the law and married us to Christ. You are free.. Live like christ!

Thank you for joining with me Paul B Thomas in this brief study on The Unoffended.

The Scandal of the Cross Bearer

Galatians 5:11.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Its the love of God which constrains us to keep the law. The law of Christ does not keep us a prisoner, but our love for him constrains us to do that which is right. O what liberty! liberty in Christ. No wonder Paul talked of being in christ, “I can do all things through Christ,” (Phil 4:13). and “if any man be in Christ he is a new creature,” (2 cor 5:17). Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: – (Romans 3:24). There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. – (Romans 8:1). For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. – (Romans 8:2)..Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – (Romans 8:39).. Paul a man of the law knew a new freedom that kept him holy. That he did not have to be religious about being holy, but he did have to be in Christ. Paul has been stooped in the law but was kept in Christ and found it far more profitable.

Stand fast in the “liberty” O what liberty there is in Christ. Man by nature needs rules, man by Christ keeps these rules because he loves Christ. It’s not a liberty to induce in the things of the flesh, the old carnal nature, but rather a liberty to indulge in the things of the spirit.

2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

7Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? this truth the truth of liberty in the Holy Ghost. 8″This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”

Here is the centre of it all, the cross. What causes the “offense” or the whole issue of law and grace? The cross! What caused the Jews to be offended at the Cross, it was that Christ’s death abolished their religious system which they thought would bring them deliverance. The cross changed the order, the cross changed the order from man paying for the sacrifice to God paying for our sins with his own blood, that was the offense of the cross.

Further, the cross meant man being now accountable to the Lord not to Jewish laws. Jesus demanded he who follows him, must bear his own cross. The cross provided them a higher law which superseded the Old laws in that a man was still bound to a law but that  new law made him a free man in Christ. There is no such thing as a faith without a cross any more than there is law without grace. The cross symbolises both liberty and freedom. Liberty the “liberty” is from the freedom of bandage, the curse of the law and the dominion of satan, be free from that! If you are free from the curse you are free indeed. The liberty is in carrying the cross. The scandal of it too!

The cross then is an offense!  What do we see in the cross? weakness, no! Strength! Humiliation, no! glory! Look at the cross, its strength was in the dismissal of the law and this providing the law of life in Christ Jesus. Look at the cross for we see mans attempt to govern by his law failing, we see man and his laws being dealt a fine blow, look again at the cross we see governments and systems crumbling and being useless in face of this man who at his death brought liberty to any man who relied on the law and religion for his salvation.

THE SCANDAL OF THE CROSS WAS THIS.. HOW CAN THE CROSS FIX THE PROBLEM OF LAW OR GRACE? Which one should I serve?

It did! It revealed the solution for man who could not keep any law, for failing in one point he fails in keeping any of it. The crucifixion reveals a man who carried the law and conquered its demands for all men. The cross reveals a man whose love exceeds that of obedience to laws and standards. The law brings death but the cross leads to resurrection thats why we have baptism we are baptised into his death and so partake of his life. The life that no law could give.  The bearing of the cross is a higher life and a far greater life a far more demanding kind of life than one would live under the law

The work of Christ ended with a breaking of the law but for the man that carried the cross, his work was about to begin. Where the law ended life began, indeed all life begins with the cross. No wonder the scandal and scorn of a cross. It is finished! stand fast in the liberty wherein Christ has set you free and be ye not entangled again. Carrying the cross is enough, do that and so fulfil the law of Christ.

The UnOFFENDED

50 Grace keys for Lawbreakers, liberals and the New legalists

Great peace have they that love thy law (Psalm 119:165).

I am believing God for an awakening an awakening to the truth of the oneness of god or the one true God and his salvation. Part of that objective includes some teaching on the LAW that I feel will be productive to the keen GOD CHASER and TRUTH SEEKER.

The problem with the law is that believers have made the “law” a problem. In reality the law identifies our problem. Our problem with the law is that we have a problem in keeping it. The law is not the problem, we are. Lawlessness is rampant, and indeed always has been, but we see lawlessness today because men cannot keep themselves in line or under a law, that is, when man lacks an internal moral order he reacts negatively to any law including the law of God.

GRACE KEY #1 Grace existed before Paul. Grace allowed Adam to live 900 years, even after he sinned.* The Law is not a killer, sin is a killer, the wages of sin is death. When a person lives in sin he is in bondage to the law of sin and death. When a person dwells in Christ, the law of life in Christ frees him from the law of sin and death. (Ro 6:7. Rom 7:1-4 Ro 8:2). Romans 7 speaks of ones death to sin. One does not die to the law. As a buried man, the law of sin and death has no more power over him. Buried with him in baptism he walks as a new man.

Grace existed before the incarnate God gave us Calvary, grace existed in God who is full of grace.(1 Peter 5:10).. Grace is an attribute of his nature, he’s full off grace, his nature has never changed. God does not change. Just because God went from type and shadow to reality and substance, God and man, does not mean he changed from bad God to good God. No! God always has had graced never lacked it. Even in his judgements and punishments he had grace. All his ways are Perfect and full of grace.

Think of this, with every statement of “justice” there is an equal amount of “grace” available. For example in Luke Jesus says, “Nay I tell you except ye repent ye shall likewise perish.” (Luke 13:2-5).Here grace is available if you repent, both are options. if you don’t repent, punishment is given. Here’s another warning, “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth” Here we see love and chastisement, both are options, the one as much available as the other.(Prov 3:11-12. Heb 12:5,6 Rev 3;19).

GRACE KEY #2 Keeping the Ten Commandments, is good and right. The commandments reveal God as one. When a man says he does not adhere to the law of God, he is shunning the oneness of God and its truth. He thereby denies the oneness of God and his grace. (Deut 6:4 Ex 20:1-17).

GRACE KEY #3 legalism. A man is not a legalist because he preaches the Old Testament laws. Legalism is making anything legal that is not biblical, thats a legalist. One who like the pharisees, relies on mans interpretation more than Gods law. One can love grace and be a legalist. One can love grace and deny oneness, thats legalism! He making legal whats illegal and preaches whats unlawful as God’s law is a legalist.

GRACE KEY #4 a legalist is not one who preaches truth and repentance that accompanies baptism in Jesus name for the remission sins, if that were true Peter was a legalist. (Acts 1;38). In fact Peter preached the commandments of the lord (Acts 1;1,2). preaching the commandments of the lORD does not make a man a legalist.

GRACE KEY #5 Law and grace are not opposites. Those who teach us that a man is not saved by works, would have us think that law and grace are opposites. Let me say this, grace does not save a man, God does, the law does not save, God does. God’s saves a man whether he is a law abiding man or not. Christ calls lawbreakers to repentance. Think of this Moses the murderer, Noah the drinker, David the adulterer are the heroes of the Old covenant, their life story is written in the very book that gives us ten commandments. That is proof of God’s grace, under the law, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, he didn’t die for us after we got grace, no he died in order for us to get grace.

David said, The law of the LORD is perfect restoring the soul (Psalm 19:7 NASB). Great peace have they that love thy law (Psalm 119:165 ).

*it is estimated that Adam sinned anytime between 0 and 130 years, however no-one knows for certain, but he died at 930.

TBC…

He Carried my Cross

And he bearing the cross (John 19:17)

That Jesus was to be crucified appeared in typological from in the Old Testament. In Genesis 22:6, we read, “And Abraham took the wood and burnt offering and laid it upon his son; and he took the fire in his hand and they went both of the together. “As a man carries his cross upon his shoulders.” Justin Martyr in his writings tells us how the manner of the roasting the paschal lamb did represent the fixing of a man upon the cross and thereby was a type of cross. “Here is the wood.” (1)

The Jews were sceptical about Jesus, they should have known the types and shadows in the scriptures, yet they questioned him about his identity and deity, “you make yourself God?” (John 10:33) Are you greater than Abraham, who died? (John 8;53) We are Abrahams seed, Abraham is our Father, they said. Imagine this, your children saying about another, he is our Father! Imagine the cutting of the heart, the very denial of the fact that you their Father, you about to give your life through a cruel act done by others and they have no care for your soul, how horrible, “He came to his own and his own received him not,” unwanted rejected told to go on home, you are not part of our family. Thats what the Jews said to him, “Our Father is dead” they said. Imagine your sons telling you that! hurtful, arrogant, callous. Jesus felt the hurt, I believe he did any Father would. Jesus replied, “If God were your Father you would love me” (42).  Jesus had seen Abraham and appeared to him and here as a Son no doubt would have recalled that day in which Abraham had obeyed his Father. Jesus knew! he had said to them “when you see the son of man lifted up then shall you know I am he” (v28).

They could not see the wood. The cross had to be lifted up. There is no salvation without the lifting up of the cross. Behold the wood, Isaac had cried, And Pilate took Jesus and scourged him … The soldiers smote him… and he, carrying his cross.. (John 19:1,3,17). The Jews understood not God’s promise through Abraham  of the cross bearing redeemer (Gen 22:7).

There is no sanctification without bearing the old rugged cross, There is no message without preaching that old rugged cross, there is no deliverance that is not found in that old cross.

In Matthew 27:32 we read “and as they were were going out they found a man of Cyrene a certain passerby and laid the cross upon him, and he followed Jesus..” (Mark 15:21).. Accidentally caught up in the procession of the cross bearer, the sin bearer. Simon, one minute walking to the city the next moment carrying the cross of Jesus. One second at the gate, changes his life, unexpectedly he is summoned to a duty, he is totally unaware and unfamiliar with, a stranger out of town stranger a passer by.

We read of Simon that he was a Jew a resident of North Africa, tradition tells us that he was the father of Alexander and Rufus and that they were part of the community of those known as people of the way. A Rufus is mentioned in Paul’s salutation in Romans 16:13 as being the “elect of the Lord” eminent and his mother is commended as being a mother to Paul and Rufus. (see 2 John:13) So we see a whole family  had come into the faith.

If Simon had made a detour in his journey, if he had been a minute late, if he had not passed by at that moment he would not be known today. He may have wandered forever, looking for the right event and the right place and time. Friend you may not have planned your life, you may be walking aimlessly throughout your day, on a journey with no particular place to go, its like that for many folks, but I want to declare today that you are about to stumble into something, that something is a man called Jesus, You’ll meet him at the place where he carries something that is yours. O it looks like wood, a cross, yes he carried my cross so that I could carry his.

A cross-less life is an unsanctified life, a cross-less life is a pointless life, a hopeless life a life unaddicted to anything but meaninglessness.  To wander is to live without divine purpose, maybe today YOU are a Simon, you will meet the Christ who carries what is yours. did he not say “Take up your cross and follow me”  I believe you’re going to step into something unexpected today, a divine encounter with deity that will change your life forever. One moment you are walking down-town the next moment you are on your knees before the Lord of creation, One moment you are taking a walk the next moment you are following him who is the way, One moment you are carrying a load, a big load of problems and crew the next moment you’re following the God man carrying his cross a servant who has been delivered from a meaningless existence and now following him. He knows where you will come into the picture. Even a detour by you can turn into an encounter with him. Life is a journey but when you meet Jesus your journey becomes your life. Like Simon, that one moment with Jesus will transform you from wanderer to cross bearer, in a moment, an unexpected moment.

It’s my prayer that today, you will encounter the divine on the road to Calvary.

He carried my cross so that I could carry his…

The Lord’s blessings be upon you today.

Footnotes

1. John Pearson, An exposition the creed (1847). Page 305

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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