Paul told the Ephesians that there was just one baptism. So is it John the Baptist's water baptism that he was sent by God to perform or is it the holy Spirit baptism that John said that Jesus would perform.

Baptism is essential but you need to know what baptism it is that you need. Study these articles to understand why you need to be baptized by Jesus and to understand what happened to water baptism.


The New Birth CD Set

"You must be born again.", but when were the disciples born again? Speaking in tongues, baptism of the holy spirit and the New Birth. A 3 CD set, 3 hours of wonderful teaching Was it before they received the baptism of the holy spirit? What did Jesus have to do to make the new birth available? This reasoned discussion of the bible's revelation will answer these questions and remove the confusion. Learn how the spirit of antichrist has confused God's people on this fundamental issue. This 3 CD set available at cost price from our eBay storePurchase at cost on ebay. Knowing who is, and who is not born again is perhaps the most important understanding that you can gain.

Suggested Further Reading

Four fundamental truths of the faithSpiritual Light is the result of four visitations from the Lord over a period of 4 years. Starting with the 3rd commandment and then insight into Christ's sacrifice the book reveals desperately needed understanding that dispels the confusion about conversion, baptism, salvation and works.

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Thought for Today
Feb. 09


"God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Did you know that the Devil has favorite Scriptures? Yes, there are verses that are most useful to him and his ministers because of those verses can most easily be "twisted" to promote their religion. The verses most loved by Satan are those that can be manipulated to make it appear that there is no need for you to receive the baptism of the holy Ghost. We know that the foundation of all of Christianity, Satan's premier religion on earth, is that one can belong to God without receiving the baptism of the holy Ghost (the baptism that makes a person speak in tongues). This wrong idea about God is the foundation of Christianity, and John 3:16 is one of those verses that can most easily be used to promote that wrong idea.

In John 3:16, we are told, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life."

This is a precious and holy verse from God, but what is it saying? It is telling us plainly that the reason for the Lord Jesus' sacrificial death was to make it possible for us to receive everlasting life. And what must we do to receive it? This verse says simply to "believe in him" (that is, in Jesus). This simplicity is part of the beauty of the gospel, and it is also the reason that Satan prefers this verse above many.

Satan's ministers love this verse because they can use it do deny the need for anything but believing. "Just believe and you will have eternal life" is the kind of vain talk that the apostle John, the author of that verse, would have sternly condemned. John wrote that "whosoever believes" in Jesus "should have eternal life" because he knew that "whosoever believes in Jesus" will repent, and "whosoever believes in Jesus" will receive the baptism that Jesus gives, and "whosoever believes in Jesus" will keep God's commandments and live a godly life on this earth. Never did it cross John's mind to teach that people would receive everlasting life just because they believe the gospel is true and that nothing else is involved. John knew that James (2:19) was right when he told us that the demons themselves believe and that they "tremble" at the very thought of it (as well they should)!

John 3:16 by no means excludes the need for the holy Ghost. John understood that many things are encompassed by the phrase, "believe in Jesus". Hold on to that simple truth, and do not allow any man to steal your crown with vain words. Satan's ministers will promise you everlasting life without holiness-if you "just believe". They will promise you everlasting life without the baptism of the holy Ghost-if you "just believe". They will promise you everlasting life without keeping God's commandments-if you will "just believe". But on the Day of Judgment, they will not be able to give what they have promised to those who have "just believed" their empty doctrine.

Stay away from such men. Jesus has not sent them to say such things. They love John 3:16 only because they do not understand its meaning, and they would hate John now if he were to rise up from the grave and explain it to them.