Heirs Through Yahshua
In his letters to the Galations, Sha'ul reveals that those who have been immersed in Yahshua, have put on the Messiah. We are all made one in Him, and are Abraham's seed, being heirs according to the promise. "For you are all children of Yahweh by faith in Messiah Yahshua. For as many of you as have been baptized into Messiah have put on Messiah. There is neither Hebrew nor Greek (gentile), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Messiah Yahshua, And if you be Messiah's, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise,"
Proper baptizm into the true name of the Saviour of Israel is a definite and emphatic command of the Savior Himself, and is as essential to salvation as any of the other commands of the Scripture. Peter's sermon to those assembled at Yahrusalem, convicted them of their guilt and moved them into action.
"Repent and be baptised everyone of you, in the name of Yahshua Messiah for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit," Acts 2:38. If repentence is necessary for the remission of sins, then so is proper baptism. "He that believes and is baptised, shall be saved; but he that belives not shall be condemned," Mark 16:16.
Putting On The Messiah
The Scripture teaches that we have not even taken the final step which puts us into the Body of Messiah until we have been spritually baptised. Yahshua said; "Verily, verily, I say unto you unless a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he can not enter into the Kingdom of Yahweh," John 3:5.
Precious Name Yahshua
Being immersed in Yahshua's name has far greater importance and meaning than is generally perceived. Only through Yahshua is the Holy Spirit given to us. The Holy Spirit is first given to Yahshua as we see in Acts 2:33. "Therefore being by the right hand of Yahweh, exalted and having received of the Father, the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has shed forth this, which you now see and hear." The Holy Spirit is channeled to mankind in the name of Yahshua, notice John 14:26 "But the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name."
Yahshua had to go to the heavens so that the Holy Spirit could be available to mankind through Him.
"It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send it unto you," John 16:7. The Holy Spirit is given by Yahweh through the saving name of Yahshua. "Neither is salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved," Acts 4:12, see Titus 3:4-6.
The first step in being baptised is repentance. Repent in the New Testament is from the Hebrew word "shub" which means to change one's mind, and also to regret, feel remorse of the view previously held, to think differently afterwards. The call for repentance and the promise of forgiveness is followed by turning to the ways of Yahweh with a full heart. It means more than just feeling sorry, or changing ones mind but a turning around, a complete change of goals and motivation in ones life.
The Laying On Of Hands
Baptism cleanses one from all sins. At the moment of baptism the indivudul stands before Yahweh as if he or she had never sinned. This is known as justfication and means one is justified in the cleansing work of the Saviour. All sins are washed away. But we staill have the carnal nature to overcome, and there remains another requirement following baptism that we perform. Known as the "laying on of hands" this on going practice has been carried out by the presbytery since the early Assembly in Yahrusalem. Acts 8:17 shows that the laying on of hands by the Apostles made it possible for the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Acts 9:17 records how Ananias laid hands on Sha'ul who then received his sight and was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Only One True Baptism
Ephesians 4:5 teaches there is only one Master, one faith, one baptism. The "one" baptism is the baptism unto Yahshua the Messiah for the remission of sins. All other baptisms are more or less baptisms of repentance - a type of John's baptism, where ones has gone as far as one knows at that time. Yahshua's saving name stands preeminently above all names.
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