If we look at Scriptures relating to both ideas, we trust it will provide the answer. What does the Bible say about baby dedication? Exodus 13:2, "Sanctify unto me all the firstborn," and verse 18, "the firstborn males shall be the Lord's." The firstborn [...]
Matthew 28:19 Current scholarship shows that we were never asked to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We were told to baptize in the name of Jesus – “my name.” There were many modifications of Christian doctrine and Biblical [...]
When saying prayer for communion bread and blood of Christ. I am new to that. Send me some prayers for that.
Communion or Memorial is a very sacred event for the truly dedicated. There is no magical prayer or change that happens at this time. The whole purpose of Communion is to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on behalf of the world of mankind. He instructs his [...]
The short answer is that baptism is an outward expression of a person surrendering his will to the Lord. Spiritual baptism refers to the inward decision to surrender that will, and thus become a part of the body of Christ, receiving the Holy Spirit. [...]
Where is it found in the scriptures, “One baptism, but many re-fillings”? And what does that mean? Is it a reference to the holy ghost?
The phrase “One baptism, but many re-fillings” is not found in the scriptures. Sometimes denominations have a catch phrase that may not be scriptural but has a lot of meaning to that particular group. It would be best to ask those who use it. [...]
Understanding the context of Matt. 22:14 is crucial to a proper explanation of this verse. In Matt. 22:1-14 Jesus gives a parable of the kingdom of heaven, in which he weaves the concept of a “call” and selection of a spiritual family who will [...]
When an individual has fully and willingly submitted their heart to God, desiring His will to be done in their life, they choose to make an outward expression of this relationship with God. Water baptism, full immersion into water, is merely a symbol of [...]
Job suffered the loss of his temporal things, his children, and his health, in that order. His experiences involved extreme suffering during which his wife and his friends condemned him. He was alone in his agony. His temptation was to demand of God a [...]
Genesis 9:1-7 (NIV), “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in [...]
Was Jesus baptized into the holy spirit in John 1:33 or is John describing the same baptism into the body of Christ that 1 Corinthians 12:13 describes?
Thank you for your thoughtful question. The relevant Greek word in John 1:33 is "en," which is frequently rendered "in" but can also mean "with." Thus, we see disparity in the translations of this text. "[Jesus] is he which baptizeth with [en] the holy [...]
We believe that the term “born again” (Strong’s #1080) is not a correct translation in every case in which it appears in scripture. For example, in the context of John 3:1-13, verse 3, “born again” should be translated “begotten,” meaning conception, not birth, since [...]
Recently I made a consecration, followed by baptism. My husband professed verbally that he had made a consecration, but did not want to be baptized. Is his consecration valid?
Our understanding of consecration and baptism may be a bit different from your understanding. We will state our view on what we believe each means. To consecrate one’s life to the Lord means that one has made a covenant of sacrifice of self-will in [...]
Is it a sin to be baptized in water more than one time in the name of the Father, Son and holy Spirit? Ephesians 4:5 says “one Lord, one faith, one baptism”.
We realize Christian sects have many different ideas regarding baptism. We personally believe that baptism into Jesus includes repentance for sins, remission of sins (the taking away of sins) and the gift of the holy spirit (Acts 2:38). To us, baptism by water is [...]
Please explain this Scripture found in `1 John 3:8`: “Whosoever is born of God doth not sin; for His seed remaineth in him; and he cannot sin because he is born of God.”
A better translation from the original Greek manuscripts renders the passage thus: "No one who has been begotten by God practices sin; because His Seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been begotten by God." This begetting takes place at [...]
Is it proper to speak of those who have turned from sin to righteousness as being regenerated or having a regenerated heart?
The term "regenerated" is equivalent to the expression of "being born again." There are but two places in the Scriptures where the expression "regeneration" occurs. In `Titus 3:5`, it is used to represent the reforming and justifying influences of faith in the Redeemer, the [...]
I am trying to do the best I know how; will not this entitle me to an entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven?
If you do to the very best of your ability you will get a great lesson as to your inability to do perfectly. Then, realizing that God, cannot approve that which is imperfect and self-condemned, you will he ready to pray, "God be merciful [...]
Can you explain the words of our Lord to Nicodemus–“Except a man be born of water, and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God?” `John 3:5`.
The Jewish nation was a consecrated nation, a covenant people. They were all baptized into Moses in the sea and in the cloud when they left Egypt. God accepted them in Moses, the mediator of their covenant at Mt. Sinai but, at the time [...]