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If my people, who are called by my Name, humble themselves and pray (Part One)

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Friday, 3 May 2019

The Baptism of Jesus and things we can learn from it


The Baptism of Jesus.

One of the “gotcha” questions unbelievers like to throw at Christians goes like this:

“If God is so loving and so powerful why didn’t He create a world of perfect creatures who would freely choose never to sin and so avoid the mess that we are in?”

At the end of this, I will give you what I think is the Biblical answer and we will have seen something of the power and the love of God for us.

John 1:29

Matthew 3:11 – 17


Three great reversals.

1. All this happens for us.

Believe – Lamb of God etc. Reckoned as righteousness
Repent – Of not believing, for us. On our behalf by Jesus.
Be Baptized
Receive the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:37 – 39


This my beloved Son etc.  Like a New-born,
Well pleased
Does this apply to us?

Then come the good works which God has prepared for us. Eph. 2:10

Religion says

Do good works
To please God
He might love you
And then He might save you.

Gospel says

God saves you when you believe
He loves You
He is pleased with you by your faith in Jesus

Gen.15:6, Romans 4:3


Romans 4:20 - 25

Then come the good works.  …That we should walk in them. Eph. 2:10
Good works are a way of living. The proof of an active faith is an act of faith. An act of faith is a life lived in faith. It may or may not include miracles at any given time, but it will include the supernatural at all times.

2. Baptism

Burial. Bath.  Birth
Burial into death of Jesus Rom.6:3 ff

– washed in the Blood 1 John 1:7, 1 Peter 1:19


Bath – washed in water   Eph.5:26, Heb.10:22


Birth and Holy Spirit.

The three witnesses of 1 John 5:7ff.

3.  Old Creation. God creates Heavens and earth and eventually man who messes up.
New Creation Man (Second Adam) fulfils all righteousness. Gets a Bride who is made righteous.
Then God creates the new Heavens and earth.
Rev.21:1 -7


We maintain our belief through devotion to the Apostles’ teaching
Our repentance through devotion to the fellowship (Good relationships with God and Man)
Our Baptism in Communion/breaking of Bread
And our relationship with the HS through prayer.
Acts 2:42


Then we begin to see the miracles, the radical giving, the restored families, the praise and favour and the growth.
Acts 2:43 – 47


And the answer to the unbeliever’s question?
We now have a perfect people who will freely choose not to sin in a new creation.


© G. Ian Goodson 16.02.2019/28.02 2019

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Covenants and Dispensations


Covenant
Dispensation
 Blessing
Conditions
Penalty
Mediator
Salvation
Type.
Atonement
Sign
Edenic
Innocence
Remain in Eden.
Know God
Reproduce.
Govern earth.
Do not eat of
Tree of
Knowledge of
Good and Evil
Death,
includes
Exile and
Curses.
Adam
Maintained
by faith in
God’s Word
and
obedience.
Law
Grace was
available if
they had
eaten of
the Tree of
Life
N/A
N/A
Adamic
Conscience
Eve’s seed
would destroy
Satan.
None BUT
Romans 2:12 - 16
Curses
become
active
Adam and
faithful
heirs
By faith in
the promise.
Grace

Blood
Sacrifice

Clothed
with skins
Noahic
Government
(Human)
No flood to
destroy earth.
The seasons,
day and night
and seedtime
and harvest will
continue. All
creatures
afraid of man.

Reproduce.
Eat meat
without blood.

Death
penalty
for murder
Proper
authorities
By faith in
the
promises.
Grace (with
respect to
Flood and
seasons
etc.)
and Law.
Sacrifices.

Rainbow
Abrahamic
Patriarchal
Great nation
Many nations
Blessing to all
Made righteous
None
None
Patriarchs
By faith in
the promise.
Grace
Sacrifices.
Circum-
cision
The Land
N/A
God promises
the Land of
Canaan to
Israel.
None until
Moses.
Obedience to
Laws and
A righteous
Witness
To the Nations
Temporary
Exile
Curses
Various

Judge
Prophets
Priest
King
Knesset
Sanhedrin
Repentance
And
Faith
Grace
with
respect to
Fulfilment.
Law as
regards
exile

Sacrifices
Circum-
cision
Mosaic
Law





Peace,
Prosperity
Etc.


Obey all
the laws
Death,
Exile,
Curses
High Priest
Faith in
Promises.
Law
Grace via
Atonement
Tabernacle
Sacrifices
Circum-
cision
Sabbath
Davidic
Kingship/Law
Davidic Messiah
Throne
established
forever
None
None
King
High Priest
Prophets
By Faith in
The promise
Grace
Temple
Sacrifices
Circum-
cision.
Temple.
New
Church
Eternal life
Adopted
Sonship
Bride
Repent, believe,
water immersion
(baptism), receive
 Holy Spirit
None
Jesus
By faith in
Jesus.
Grace
Cross
Resurrectn.
Baptism in
Water and
The Holy
Spirit
Adamic,
Abrahamic
Land and
Davidic
promises
fulfilled
Millennial
Righteous rule
of the Messiah
Obedience to
Christ’s rule.
Nations must
Send
Representatives
To the
Feast of
Tabernacles.
Asstd.
judgements
Including
early death
at 100 yrs!
Jesus with
Church,

Faith in
Jesus
shown
by
obedience.
Law
Sacrifices
Presence
of Jesus.
Temple
New
New Creation
God dwells
with men.
Believers
None
Trinity
Maintained
by being
a New
Creation
Grace
N/A The
completed
work of the
Cross is
now
evident.
His Name
on fore-
heads