By Dr. Douglas D. Stauffer
(Part I of II)
Questions and Answers
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdomto Israel?
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 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? 37 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. 38 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.
Philip baptized the eunuch (verse 38)
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit
—This question can best be answered by considering the application of two more baptism passages—Mark chapter 16 and Acts chapter 2. The Lord tells the apostles in Mark 16 to preach the gospel (of the Kingdom). Many groups who teach baptismal regeneration misapply this passage by saying that an individual must believe and be baptized in order to be saved. Another of their favorites is Peter speaking to the nation of Israel in Acts 2:38 telling them to repent and be baptized "in the name of Jesus" for the remission of sins. Then they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Both of these baptisms are directly associated with the nation of Israel, and not with the Church. The Bible records at least seven types of baptisms.—Why do there seem to be so many "contradictions" in the Bible about how and when to be baptized? —Modern critics of God’s word claim that this verse is not found in the "oldest and best manuscripts." These individuals will usually footnote the verse. You be the judge concerning whether it should, in fact, be included in the chapter. Should the man get saved before he is baptized? Of course he should! Don’t allow the devil to rip even one verse of the word of God out of your hands. Many other verses are also missing in the modern versions. (See One Book Stands Alone by the author for an extensive study on the changes made in the modern versions.)—The version of the Bible I am using does not contain Acts chapter 8, verse 37. Why not? —Yes. Acts chapter 8 records the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch. This conversion most closely resembles the pattern that will span the majority of the Church Age. The man is first convicted of his need; then we read:—Are there any other unusual patterns (besides those presented in Q3) included in the book of Acts?
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.