When walking out of a dark room into the sunshine, light can be blinding.
As our eyes become accustomed to the light, we can see more clearly
and enjoy the scenery that surrounds us. Likewise, when we look into
the light of the scriptures, the brightness of truth can sometimes hurt.
However, as our spiritual eyesight becomes adjusted we can enjoy "walking
in the light".
Bible study is designed to allow us to "walk" into the marvelous
light of the Word of God. We will be journeying into the scriptures
by imagining we are back in the days of Jesus and the Apostles, listening
to them teach and preach the plan of salvation. In order to do this,
we will be careful to "rightly" divide the word of the truth
(2 Timothy 2:15) by concentrating on the highlights of the three main
divisions of the New Testament in chronological order, including:
THE GOSPELS - covering the words and works of Jesus Christ
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES -covering the actions and preaching of the
THE EPISTLES - covering the letters written by the Apostles to the
churches they started in the Book of Acts.
We believe the scriptures are divinely inspired and, "of no private
interpretation" (2 Peter 1:20-21).
Therefore, every effort has been made to present the pure Word of God
without adding to, or taking away from its teachings (Deuteronomy 4:2,
It is not our intention to diminish any personal relationship you may
have with our Lord. Neither do we desire to convince you of our own
personal ideas or the creeds of any denomination. We simply desire to
share the truth as it is written. Only by claiming the Bible as our
sole authority can any of us be confident of our salvation, for it is
the Word of God and not the traditions of men that will judge us all
in the end.
Let us read 2 Timothy 3:15-16 as we begin our journey into the Word
1:1-5 & 14
In the beginning, the Word was God and became flesh. Jesus Christ is
the Living Word of God.
If we believe in Him and receive Him, Jesus gives us power to become
the sons of God by a supernatural birth. He spoke further about this
new birth one night to a ruler of the Jews...
The Lord told Nicodemus that everyone who wanted to see or enter into
the Kingdom of God, must be born again of water and the Spirit.
Jesus also told Nicodemus that whosoever believeth in Him should have
eternal life. Jesus mentioned two seemingly different requirements for
salvation. One is being born again. The other is believing. Yet, this
is not a contradiction. The next scripture explains how believing is
related to experiencing the birth of the Spirit...
Here, we discover that if we believe on Him (according to the Word),
we will receive the Spirit. We find that scriptural belief is more than
just a change in the way we think. It also results in a scriptural experience.
12:35-36 & 42-43
Today, just as in Jesus' day, many believe on Him. But, they will not
confess Him for fear of what others will do or say.
In response to their fearfulness, Jesus warns that His Spirit will judge
us, so we must be careful not to reject it. Rather, we should believe
and obey it... no matter what others say...
In Jesus' prayer for his disciples, just before His crucifixion, He
said God's Word is truth. He also prayed for us; and for all those who
would believe on Him through the Apostles' word.
To find out what the Apostles' word was to be, let us read what Jesus
told them to proclaim. The setting of the following great commission
scripture in Luke 24:45-49 is just after the Lord's death, burial and
resurrection... and just before His ascension into heaven.
opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ
to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance
and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations,
beginning in Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold,
I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of
Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
THE APOSTLES PREACH THE MESSAGE JESUS
COMMANDED THEM TO PROCLAIM?
WAS THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER FULFILLED?
us continue our journey into the Word of God by seeing what was preached
and what happened at Jerusalem...
The Acts of the Apostles...
As we enter the Book of Acts, we discover almost immediately that the
promise of the Father is the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
When the Apostles were at Jerusalem, they, along with many others, were
joyously filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues
as the Spirit gave the utterance (ability to speak). The amazed onlookers
from many nations who heard them speaking with tongues asked, 'What
meaneth this?" Then Peter explained the promised coming of the
Spirit and went on to preach Christ and the original apostolic plan
When the people who heard Peter's words believed that Jesus Christ was
their Lord and Savior, they were sorry for their sins and asked Peter
and the Apostles what they should do. Peter replied by preaching the
message Jesus commanded to be preached in Luke 24:45-49. In light of
this, consider the three elements of the Plan of Salvation that Peter
preached in verse 38:
2. REMISSION OF SINS THROUGH BAPTISM IN JESUS' NAME
3. RECEIVING THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST
NOTICE: Acts 2:38 is the fulfillment of the birth requirements Jesus
mentioned in John 3:5 that were necessary to enter the Kingdom of God!
birth = baptism in the name of Jesus Christ!
•spirit birth = infilling of the Holy Ghost!
let's look at some more examples of people being born again of water
and the Spirit as the Word Jesus gave His apostles continued to be preached
throughout the Book of Acts...
Phillip preaching to the Samaritans in Acts 8
NOTICE: Some people say when they experienced joy; or when they believed
in Jesus, or when they were baptized, they were automatically filled
with the Holy Ghost. But what does the Word say?
Did they have great joy?
Were they baptized in His name?
Did they believe in Jesus Christ?
Did they receive the Holy Ghost as a separate and distinct experience?
preaching to the Gentiles in Acts 10
NOTICE: Some people say being religious is enough, or that the Spirit-baptism
evidenced by tongues was only for the day of Pentecost. If the Bible
says this is true, then it is true. But the Word shows us through Cornelius'
experience that this is not true... then it is not....
Was Cornelius a religious man?
Did God have more for him to do?
Did they receive the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues after the day of
Did they still have to be baptized in Jesus' name?
Paul preaching to John's disciples in Acts 19
NOTICE: Many people who are believers have not even heard about the
Holy Ghost that is promised to them. Also, some people say it is not
necessary to be baptized or re-baptize (if you were baptized by John
the Baptist, would you think it would be necessary to be re-baptized
using a different baptismal formula?) Others say it does not matter
what is spoken when you are baptized. If the Bible indicates it does
not matter, then it does not matter...but, what if the Bible shows us
it DOES matter?
They were believers, but had they heard of or received the Holy Ghost?
Did those baptized by John the Baptist have to be rebaptized in Jesus'
Was receiving the Holy Ghost accompanied by the initial evidence of
speaking in other tongues?
have found that the Apostles preached the following message:
...the life of Christ and His death, burial and resurrection
...repentance toward God and belief in Jesus Christ baptism in water
by immersion in Jesus' name
...receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (which was accompanied by
the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues)
let us read what the Apostles had to say about the message of salvation
they proclaimed in the Book of Acts. We can do this by reading the epistles
(letters) they wrote to their converts.
we read the Epistles, we will notice how strongly the Apostles felt
about the gospel (good news) of salvation. This is not because they
were being judgmental, it is because they knew the Word Jesus had given
them to proclaim was going to judge all men.
did Peter say?
"Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth.. being born
again.. by the word of God.. and this is the word which by gospel is
preached unto you." (I Peter 1:22-25)
Asked A Question:
"...What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"
(I Peter 4:17-18)
Gave The Answer:
"The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and the
obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished
with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from
the glory of his power." (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)
did Paul say?
"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you
into grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another, but
there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto
you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any
other gospel unto you than ye have received, let him be accursed."
did James say?
"....Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to
save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearer only, (deceiving
your own selves). For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer,
he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he
beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what
manner of man he was." (James 1:21-24)
The Word is able to save our souls!
TELLS US THAT IF WE SEE SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO, AS WE LOOK INTO THE
"MIRROR OF THE WORD", WE
SHOULD DO IT. LET US NOW CONSIDER WHAT WE WILL DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE
YOU BELIEVE the Word of God is true and will judge us?
YOU BELIEVE Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior?
YOU BELIEVE it is necessary to repent by determining to turn from sin
and giving your life to God?
YOU BELIEVE water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is the biblical
way to be baptized?
YOU BELIEVE the baptism of the Holy Ghost is for you today, and when
you receive it you will speak in other tongues, just as they did in
YOU BELIEVE THESE THINGS, PRAY RIGHT NOW, ASKING GOD TO ALLOW YOU TO
EXPERIENCE ALL THAT HE HAS FOR YOU!
God's warning regarding false prophets and the importance of being
a doer and not just a hearer of the Word.
Peter was given the "keys of the kingdom" because of his
revelation of who Jesus Christ was.
Other "Great Commission" scriptures":
In Matthew 28:18-20 the word "name" is singular in this
command to baptize. The Apostles obeyed
this command when they baptized only in the name of Jesus, and did
not use the titles mentioned here. (see Acts 4:12)
16:15-18. The importance of water baptism and the signs following
Peter, who was given the "keys of the kingdom", uses them
to open the "kingdom door" by preaching the original apostolic
message of salvation for the first time.
Philip must have mentioned baptism when he preached Jesus to the Eunuch,
because the Eunuch asked to be baptized in water. The Greek root word
for baptize is "bapto", which literally means to cover wholly
with fluid, to dip. (see also Romans 6:3-4).
Peter preached the life and lordship of Jesus Christ as well as His
death, burial and resurrection.
I Peter 3:20-21
According to Peter baptism is an essential part of the plan of salvation.
encourage you to read through the Gospels... in detail... and continue
to walk "into His marvelous light"!
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