Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)
All scripture is inspired by God. Not some scriptures are and some are not. This is very important to understand. If everyone would follow after this verse of scripture, there would not be any divisions in Christianity. However, not everyone is applying this scripture.
When you apply this scripture there will never be a time that you will stack one scripture against another scripture to eliminate one or the other. Also when you apply this scripture there will never be a time when you ignore a scripture because you do not understand what it means.
All scripture is inspired by God and therefore all scripture must work together for one to gain doctrinal understanding. “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” (Isa 28:9-10)
“How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” (Pro 1:22)
Many people do not understand that when they lack knowledge, desire, or time to seek the knowledge of the Word of God that they are rejecting knowledge. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hos 4:6)
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (Lk 8:11-15)
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it!!! Keep the Word!!! Keep the Word and Live!!! Yea, I say unto you Live!!!
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” (Mk 8:35)
Keep the Word of Life and Live!!!
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Pro 9:10)
Many people believe that they are fearing the Lord and seeking Him, but do not realize that their understanding of salvation is wrong. Many others when they do hear the plan of salvation and have it explained to them, receive it with understanding, but then they do not act upon it and over time they begin to forget what they were taught. And still there are others when they do hear the plan of salvation and have it explained to them, receive it with understanding, who then begin to consider the ramifications of what it will mean to them to start to apply these doctrinal changes in their life.
Hear the Word of the Lord!!!
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,” (Hos 4:6)
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!!!
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)
(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) (Acts 8:16)
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received 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 10:47-48)
The name of the Lord is Jesus.
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. (Acts 8:36-38)
Even though we are not told how the Eunuch was baptized in this verse we know from the other accounts how he was baptized… in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. (Acts 18:8)
Again the gospel of Jesus Christ was preached and the believers were baptized. How were they baptized? The same way the Bible tells us to… in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 19:3-5)
The Apostle Paul was also baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:14-16)
The name of the Lord is Jesus.
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (Rom 6:3)
The believers were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
But the Apostle Paul did not baptize in his own name but in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
“And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” (Col 2:10-12)
The name of Christ is Jesus and as many as have repented of their sins and have been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins have had their sins remitted by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God.
Not baptized repeating the titles of the Lord Jesus, but in the name of the titles. The name of the titles of the Lord is Jesus.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Mt 28:18-20)
Unto what then were ye baptized?
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