Today, focus is on death and burial, rebirth and crossing the Red Sea on dry land as a form of water baptism. Where sinners become followers of Jesus Christ they gradually will be transformed to rely upon the sacred baptism of Jesus (rather than their own), and they increasingly will be granted access to benefits from the divine resurrection of Jesus. They participate in covenant relationship where GOD is “made to keep his word” by believers keeping their word. Through acts of humility, obedience, repentance, and submission, those who were once known as “sinners”, then embody the Gospel, will exist as his new creation, and are to serve as vessels of spirit content from the makeup of GOD. A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “GRANNY NORINE” (Level 1 with 121 points, a member since May 16, 2014) posted the following:
IF GOD "changes not" (Mal3:6),& HE baptized the children of Israel "in the clouds & in the sea"(ICor10:1-2)BUT No One Got Wet,Why Get Wet?
Update: GOD TOLD MOSES IN EXODUS 14:16 "BUT LIFT THOU UP THY ROD, AND STRETCH OUT THINE HAND OVER THE SEA, AND DIVIDE IT: AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SHALL GO ON *DRY GROUND* THROUGH THE MIDST OF THE SEA." IF GOD "NEVER CHANGES" (MAL 3:6) AND THEY CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DIDN'T GET *WET* WHY ARE WE "WATER" BAPTIZING?
THE GOLDEN ARROW: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2: 20, King James Version, KJV)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Thought of Dying (08/15/2017); Baptism Pools For Rebirth? (07/19/2017); Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); Called, Justified, and Glorified? (01/08/2017); Receiving The Holy Spirit (12/08/2016); Spirit Content From GOD? (09/26/2016); Sacred Operations To Give Life? (06/29/2016); Access Through The Cross? (05/11/2016)
“GRANNY NORINE”, for Christian believers baptism pertains to being in covenant relationship with divinity, and relies on multiple streams of sacred truth that establish among created beings and living creatures the same “oneness without sameness” that exists among the GODhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Consider the following that have helped many avoid spiritual confusion:
(1.) The spiritual events (we also say, miracles) spoken of as water and fire baptism signify cleansing, judgment, and ministry. These two forms of baptism also are intended to depict the profound transformation of sinners that must occur to establish their participation in eternal life with immortal, incorruptible divinity. A follower of Jesus is to embody the Gospel that proclaims his death by crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and continuing ministry as Risen Lord. One baptized must themselves undergo the death, burial, and resurrection of their own inborn spirit, and rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak. In the same way Adam was “put to sleep/death” to remove the rib used to create the female, there must be unseen operations of divinity for the transformation of the living to serve as life companions with Deity.
(2.) Water baptism depicts multiple sacred events that have been accomplished by the Father, embodied by Jesus Christ, and made manifest by workings of the Holy Spirit. Included are the separation of heaven and earth from the material of the deep as platforms for life; resurrection of Israel from among the dead condemned by sin in the flood of Noah, and the destruction of Egypt in the Red Sea; when entering the land promised to Abraham, the symbolic recovery from the Jordan River of those who left Egypt and were buried in the wilderness being faithless; the consecration of the holy things to be used within the Tabernacle in the wilderness; and coming under both the blood and water from the side of Jesus on the cross.
(3.) The human events in baptism do include decision-making; preparing through fellowship with mature believers, prayer, and study of the holy writings; extending trust; and submitting to divine authority and sovereign will. Yet, the permanent change that must occur within the candidate for baptism can not be accomplished through the finite human tools of carnal reason, emotion, intellect, logic, and self-will (we also say, willpower). Baptism is “an act of GOD” to fulfill proclamation, promise, and prophecy as well as for purification, reconciliation, revelation, and sanctification.
There is far more that should be considered and properly understood. (For example, (4.) While the characteristics and properties describing water and fire permit them to be used illustrating operations of spirit substance, baptism is governed by divine law more than the natural laws for events that are carnal, material, secular, and social. Thus, immersion is not always required for water baptism; and it is written in Ezekiel 36: 22-26, King James Version (KJV): 22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
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