3-8-2016 The Gift Of The Holy Spirit

The church of Christ began when the Apostles commanded “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). “The gift of the Holy Spirit” was only given by the laying on of the Apostles’ hands. Later, when Samaritans “were baptized,” Peter and John were sent to them, “who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:15-17 NKJV). There are no Apostles today to give “the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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1-29-2016 Say And Do Not

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-4 NKJV). Saying but not obeying only deceives one’s own self. Commands “in Jesus’ name” are “His commandments.” Jesus’ Apostle Peter commanded, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). To claim “remission of sins” before repenting and being baptized, means a person has not kept “His commandments.” Jesus said of Pharisees, “they say, and do not do” (Matthew 23:3 NKJV). Jesus said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me” (John 14:21 NKJV). Do you love Jesus Christ?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #commandments, #remission-of-sins

Use of “aphesis” (forgiveness) in the Septuagint

“Deissmann has made an interesting study of the use of aphesis [forgiveness] in the Septuagint (BS, pp. 98-101). There it is translated ‘brooks’ (Joel 1:20) and ‘rivers’ (Lam. 3:47). He shows that this is probably due to the use of the term in Egypt—the Septuagint was made in that country—for the ‘releasing’ of water by opening the sluices. Then there is the common use in the Septuagint of aphesis for the Year of Jubilee. It was a time of release of land. In Egypt the word was used for the ‘release’ of land from the payment of taxes. This usage is found both on the famous Rosetta Stone (196 B.C.) and the papyri. The Septuagint also uses it for the sabbatical year (Exod. 23:11).”

— Ralph Earle, Word Meanings in the NT, p. 290.

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4-1-2015 Who's “Killing Jesus?” #3 – Saved Without the Church

Paul told the Ephesian Elders “to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28 NKJV). That purchase makes Christians “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV). People who obey the command to “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38, 41 NKJV), know that “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV). People claim they are saved and live a Christian life but have nothing whatever to do with the churches of Christ, have killed Jesus’ purpose in dying on the cross! Since His death purchased the church, and the Lord adds the saved to the church, no one saved is outside His church.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Baptism Cleansed Naaman, and It Can Cleanse You!

Baptism Cleansed Naaman, and It Can Cleanse You! by David Ray Fanning I

II Kings 5:1-14 contains the story of Naaman, who was the Gentile army commander for the country of Syria. Naaman desired to be healed of a chronic infectious disease known as leprosy (v.1). When Naaman heard that the Jewish prophet Elisha had the ability to cleanse him, he immediately made arrangements to go to Elisha’s house (vv.3-8). He “thought” that when he arrived, Elisha would come out to meet him and heal him by waving his hand over the diseased place. Instead, Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman and told him that in order for him to be healed, he would have to go, wash (literally, immerse or dip himself,) in the river Jordan seven times. Naaman became furious because Elisha’s plan on how to save him from this dreadful disease was not the same as what Naaman had in mind (Proverbs 14:12; Isaiah 55:8; Acts 26:9). Furthermore, Naaman felt that there were rivers better than the Jordan River. After encouragement from his servants, Naaman eventually chose to lay aside his thoughts and feelings and “do according to the saying of the man of God” (v. 14; Matthew 7:21; James 1:22). As a result, he was healed. Naaman would have not been healed if, instead of dipping himself, he sprinkled or poured water over himself. Naaman would have not been cleansed if he had immersed himself only six times.

The New Testament is clear that a non-Christian must be buried in the watery grave of baptism in order for his sins to be cleansed through the blood of Jesus (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; John 3:5; Acts 2:38; 8:12-13, 35-38; 9:18; 10:47-48; 16:13-15, 30-33; 22:16; Romans 6:3-7; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-27; Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 2:11-13; Titus 3:4-5; Hebrews 10:22; I Peter 3:18-21; Revelation 1:5). As a result of Naaman’s strict obedience to God’s specific commands, he was cleansed of his leprosy. This is a great example of a person obeying the commands of God (not his thoughts and feelings), which resulted in receiving God’s promised blessings. To obey God as He specifies is to respect His supreme, exclusive authority or sovereignty (Matthew 28:18; Colossians 3:17; II John 9-11; John 8:31-32).

Though the story of Naaman is clearly not an example of salvation from sins, it is an example of the necessity of obedience (James 2:24-26). In order for a non-Christian to be saved from his sins he must, like Naaman, respect God’s sovereignty by obeying His commands. One of His commands is baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 10:48). To love Jesus is to obey His commands (John 14:15). Ananias fulfilled the Great Commission when he told Saul of Tarsus in Acts 22:16, “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Many who have zeal without knowledge would deny this clear passage and tell you that baptism does not wash away sins (Romans 10:1-3). They would falsely tell you that only believers are baptized. They would tell you that baptism does not literally remit sins through the blood of Jesus; whereas, Acts 2:38 states clearly that the reason why the sinner repents and is baptized is “for” the remission of his sins. Are you willing to be washed of your spiritual disease called sin (Romans 3:23; 6:23)? If so, then why are you waiting? Arise now and be baptized, having your sins washed away through Jesus’ cleansing blood (Revelation 1:5; Ephesians 1:7; Acts 22:16)!


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