Guest Writer: The Holy Spirit

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Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Baptism…now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

The above comments are, of course, the exact words of the Holy Spirit, spoken through Christ the Son, Peter, and Paul.  He did not speak in riddles in these sentences nor did he leave question marks about the importance of His subject matter. So who is behind the media conspiracy to convince the public that baptism is not an essential element of God’s plan of salvation? Who is the father of lies? Who wants to keep you and me out of Christ? For that matter, who is it that doesn’t really care how many pies I bake for the elderly, how many visits I make to the prison, how many cards I send to the sick, or how many dollars I contribute to my church, SO LONG AS he can keep me out of Christ, away from his blood, unwashed and unforgiven?  If I really ingest the above words of the Holy Spirit and take them into my heart without the interference of any preconceived notions I begin to understand the force behind the wholesale rejection in Christendom of the essential nature of baptism.  He’s the force behind every effort to keep people from the blessings of the death of Christ. Don’t let Him spin his web of deceit around you. Read the Words of the Guest Author once more. Then read His unabridged chronicle about how people are saved: the book of Acts.  Help expose the force and the ulterior motive behind the deception that keeps good people out of Christ.
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