Baptism under the law
Peter said that you had to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then if I dont have to be baptized in water, then they had to commit that which I hadn't committed. Because God is not a respecter of persons. (Acts 2:38), (Acts 10:34).
If we go back and look we will see what sin that they committed. The bible said he that is under the law shall be judged by the law. They had got away from God by breaking God's law. And therefore they had to be baptized to get back to God. Luke 7:29 said, they justified God being baptized with John's baptism. Because they had broken the law and that was the only way that God would forgive them. They were baptized in water for the remission of their sins,which was in breaking the law. Therefore I cannot be baptized in water for that reason because I was not brought up under the law. The law had no dominion over me. It had dominion over the Jews because they were under the law and had to be judged by the law. (Romans 2:12), (Luke 7:29).
(John 1:11) Therefore when Christ came, he came unto his own. He came under the law. Being made under the law, made of a woman. Therefore he had to be baptized. All of the Jews and publicans, all that was gathered round him was under the law and had to be baptized. But the Gentiles have never been under the law. The law ceased at Jesus. Therefore we dont have to be baptized for the remissioms of our sins. Because the sin that they committed was in breaking the law. And I was not under the law so therefore I cannot be baptized for the remission of my sin. (Mat. 23:37).
(Heb. 9:22) There is no remission of sin except the shedding of blood. I have to have my sin remitted by the shedding of blood, not being baptized. Because I did not break the law. They were baptized to get back into the law so that they could come under grace. Then, they that were under the law was judged by the law. In order to get into grace they had to come up to the standard of the law first. And the only way that they could come to the law, the law had already ceased and the only way that the Jews could make right what he had did wrong under the law was to be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of their sins and then they could receive the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38).
Judgment will start at the house of God. He told Peter what ever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. This is judgment. You see judgment started when the Holy Ghost came. Judgment started! Those that was under the law shall be judged by the law. Judgment already started. He that believeth not is condemned already. (1Pet. 4:17), (Mat. 16:18-19), (John 3:18 ), (John 5:22).
The bible said that Jeus is the judge. That the Father committed all judgment to the Son. (2 Cor. 5:10), (John 3:35).
But it said, he that believeth not is condemned already. In other words you are going to believe what the law said. He said, if you had of believed what the law said, if you had of believed what Moses said, you would believe what I said. You see judgment has started. They are being judged by the law because they lived under the law. If you lived under it then you would be judged by it. The only way that the judgment is not going to come on you is for you to get forgivness for your sin. And your sin is you disobeyed the law therefore you are going to have to be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of your sin. (these are those under the law).
Any scripture, you take any scripture, there is no question about it. Let's find (Acts 2:38), let me show you how he has given it to me. Thank God! Boy, it has been worth it all. I tell you I went through something. Haha, he let me see that I would stand. Haha, And I tell you my mind is made up. Thank God for that. Boy, what, things I went through before the Lord opened it to me. (Acts 2:38) look what he said. It is just as plain as the nose on your face. Therefore let all the house of Israel, who?
Well everybody say's that they are the adopted, the house of Israel. (Romans 8:1).
But it is not saying that you are adopted or that they are going to be adopted, it say's the house of Israel. (Acts 2:36-38). It say's therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Who is he preaching to? He is preaching to the house of Israel. He said, now when they. They who? House of Israel, when they heard this they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and unto the rest of the apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. And ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. What sin? They had broken the law. I can't break the law because I was not under the law.
The law ceased at Jesus. Do you see how plain that is?
Jesus said the law and the prophets were until John, since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. (Luke 16:16). That means all men, do you understand that?
Jesus called his twelve disciples unto him and said in the way of the Gentiles don't go. And into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Mat.10:5-7).
The kingdom of heaven is at hand, Jesus said, Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Mat.10:7-8). He said the kingdom of God, all men presseth unto it. But now he is saying preach the kingdom of heaven, not to the Gentiles, not to the Samaritions, but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
That is what he told them to preach in the 10th chapter and the 6th verse of the book of Matthew. He said, as you go, preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
He said for all men the kingdom of God is at hand. He said to the Jews, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Peter preached to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. That is who he was sent to and he preached the kingdom of heaven is at hand. He baptized them in the name of Jesus for the remissions of their sins and he was not sent to the Gentiles. The only reason that God sent him to the Gentiles was that Jesus had given Peter the keys to the kingdom to the Jews and to the Gentiles. And the reason that he went to Cornelius house was Cornelius was a Jewish proselyte. He had been converted to the Jewish religion. Paul's commission was to go to the Gentiles. (Gal. 2:7-8).
Alright how did Cornelius get converted? He couldn't have got converted under the law because if he had of he would have been circumcised. He wasn't, so he would of had to be a convert of John. (Acts 11:3).
Where do I get that? Because he could not have lived according to the law and not have been circumcised on the 8th day. And they condemned Peter for going to the house of the uncircumcised. Going unto men that was uncircumcised. (Gen.17:12), (Acts 11:3).
If he had been brought under the law he would have been circumcised.
They could get circumcised without it being on the 8th day because they done it in the old testament. (Gen. 34:14-17).
If he had of been a proselyte under the law but this was after the law. Because if it had been under the law he would have been compelled to be circumcised. But he was a just man. He had been converted to a Jewish religion and he had a good report among all the nations of the Jews. He was a devout man, he was a just man and there was only two ways that he could have got justified. That was by the law or the baptism of John. So he had to be a convert of John. So therefore he was brought under the law and he did not have to be baptized in the name of Jesus to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 10:2-22), (Mark 1:4), (Luke 7:29).
He would of had to be baptized in John's baptism?
He was baptized in John's baptism. He had the remission of sin but his sin was not keeping the law because he came in after the law.
Do you see why he sent Peter to Cornelius house and not to any more of the Gentiles?
But here was a man that was just. He was a just man. He had been justified by water baptism. (Luke7:29).
But he was not saved.
Well let's really see what it said. If we cant take the bible what can we take? Let's see what it really said. It said, a devout man, a devoted man and one that feared God with all his house. (Acts 10: 2).
That means that they were all devout and feared God, don't it?
We know that there was proselytes that after they received the Jews religion were circumcised. They did'nt have to be circumcised on the 8th day if they weren't Jewish when they were born. He couldn't be proselyted at eight days old. No, but they had to be circumcised. It said when the angel had departed from Cornelius, he called two of his household servants, devout men, and it goes on to say what they had to say to Peter. Cornelius, a just man and one that feareth God and of a good report among all the nation of the Jews was warned of God by an Holy Angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. They were brought in and lodged there until the morrow. Then Peter and certain of the brethren from Joppa accompanied them. (Acts 10:22-23).
And on the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up, I myself also am a man. And he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said unto them, Ye know that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation, but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therfore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for. I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour, and at the ninth hour I prayd in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in white clothing, and said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. It said, Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter, he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediately therefore I sent to thee, and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all the things that are commanded thee of God. (Acts 10:1-33).
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. (Acts 10:34-48). The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ. (He is the Lord of all). That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power. And the bible goes on to say that they were witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, whom they slew and hanged on a tree. Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly, not to all of the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the judge of the quick and dead. To him give all of the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter. See, as many as came with Peter was all circumcised. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answer Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have recieved the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. (Acts 10:42-48). Now here in Acts the 11th chapter says when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they of the circumcision contented with him, saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.
Yes, yes they were uncircumcised.
But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, a certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners, and it came even to me, upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter, slay and eat. But I said, Not so, Lord, for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. But the voice answered me again from heaven, what God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. And this was done three times and all were drawn up again into heaven. And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house, ( they entered into Cornelius's house ).
And he had shewed us how that he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for simon whose surname is Peter, Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou (THOU) and all thy house shall be saved. (Acts 11:1-14). Thou and all thy house shall be saved. He was not saved.
And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
But ye, say that is good Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard theses things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (Acts 11:15-18). And he granted it to them without being baptized in Jesus name.
Peter's message, he was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Mat. 10:6).
To do what? To baptize them in the name of Jesus and to get them circumcised.
Paul was sent to the Gentiles to teach them that circumcision didn't profit nothing, neither uncircumcision, but a new creature. (Gal. 6:15-17).
It say's that circumcision profiteth nothing. Neither uncircumcision but a new creature. From henceforth let no man trouble me in the flesh about circumcision. For I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. He taught against being circumcised for religious purpose. (1Cor. 7:19), (Gal. 6:15-17).
Did he say that he was called to baptize or not to baptize?
He said, He sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. He said in the 6th chapter of Hebrews, he said, Go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, Dead works, Baptism, dead works. Dead works is baptisms. Dont turn around with these dead works. He didn't send me to baptize. He sent me to preach the gospel, not to fool with dead works, dead works, dead works. (1Cor. 1:17), (Heb. 6:1-2).
Those that lived under the law was saved by the law, right?
The law ceased and grace is going to take over. But there is three and a half years between the time the law ceased and grace began. What happened in them three and a half years?
Maybe the kingdom of heaven was in rule. Do you suppose? Maybe he sent a man down from heaven to rule three and a half years. It could have been that couldn't it?
Then he said go out there and preach to the Jews that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Paul preached the kingdom of God and Peter preached the kingdom of heaven.
Just a minute now, what's this? Paul preached the kingdom of God, and Peter preached the kingdom of heaven.
Peter preached to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He is saying God sent a man from heaven to rule over you. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. Jesus was the ruler for three and a half years. (John 1:11-12).
Jesus said, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. (Mark 16:15), (Mat. 28:19). Peter said, I baptize you in the name of Jesus. Paul said, I dont want to baptize you at all. If it was a commandment for me them it was a commandment for Paul to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. If it was a commandment for the Gentiles to be baptized in the name Jesus, then Paul would of had to baptize them in the name of Jesus. The commandment to baptize in the name of Jesus was for the Jews.
Alright, the commandment to baptize them to come back to God unto the baptism of John was the baptism of the Father. They justified God being baptized unto the baptism of John. (Luke 7:29). Okay, they had to preach to some of the people to be baptized in the name of the Father to get back to God. Those that got back to God and wouldn't except Jesus, then they had to be baptized in the name of Jesus for their sin. I didn't commit that sin. That was their sin. Because they had to be, the law didn't cease. The bible said the law hath domimion over man as long as he liveth. But I wasn't under the law. These people that he was preaching to, the law still had dominion over them. (Romans 7:1). It ceased at John and didnt take dominion over anybody esle. (Luke 16:16) Those people that were raised under the law, the law had dominion over them all the days of their life. And there was only one thing that could break that yoke. The law was a yoke. (Gal. 5:1). There was only one thing that could break the yoke and that was the anionting, the Spirit, the power of the Holy Ghost. Then that ceased them from being under the law. (Gal. 4:4- 5-9).
But if they didnt receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost they was under the law as long as they lived. The only way that they could break the yoke was by the anionting .
Are there still people living under the law? They may be living under it but they are not under it. (Gal. 4:21), (Gal. 5:18).
Compiled from the teachings of Rev.Wes Ratcliff