You, who are dead, repent and live
Ezekiel 18:32 -
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
People are more bothered with physical life more than anything. Even today there are many so called Christians who do not know that why are saved only if they are Baptized in Jesus Christ (water) and in the Holy Spirit (cloud).
By putting water on one's head or even getting one self dipped in water does not certify oneself as Baptized in water. The paper certificate given by man may work in the government office but will be rejected in the Kingdom of Heaven.
To be Baptized in water one needs to acknowledge oneself as a sinner, acknowledge Jesus Christ as the one's Savior and the only Way to Heaven, believe that by His sacrifice we are forgive of all our sins and be born again.
Only when one really Baptized in Jesus Christ can that person be Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Baptism of the Holy Spirit does not mean receiving of the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit when a believer lays hands on you and prayers on you (that does not mean that a non-believer can transfer another spirit by laying hands on us, Paul cautions us on laying hands so that we discern those on whom we lay hands). Baptism of the Holy Spirit means surrendering to the Spirit of God and becoming a vessel unto God for the Cause, the reason for which Christ came.
The symbolism of water and oil can supplement but cannot substitute.
Thus we see that both Baptisms are a result of repentance and turning back.
People who love live will only think of their spirit live and not bother much of their physical life, but those who are spiritually dead which not bother of their real lives and will be lost on how to get maximum pleasure in this physical life.
Are you alive or dead? If you are alive, are you Baptized in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit?
You are the best person who can answer this, ask yourself before it is too late. God does not want to see you dead; He was you to live forever with Him.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You created very thing and You also created us. You made us not to perish but to have eternal life. You have great plans for us, which no human mind can imagine. To show how important we are to You, You came as man and paid with your life for our sins. Only by faith do we receive of this ransom paid by You to Yourself for your wrath against sin. By your Spirit You dress us, preparing us for our eternal abode with You. Lord, we long to live, to be with You and to receive of your inheritance, which is greater than all the treasures and pleasures of this world...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
38 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.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
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