Jesus set the precedent with His own words:
He said, “It behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. …I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high,” Luke 24:46-49
If you look closely at Jesus' statement here, you will see the formula for Acts 2:38, and subsequently the REASON why Peter preached what he did on the Day of Pentecost.
Jesus listed THREE REQUISITES here:
2. Remission of sins in His name
3. "Power from on high" (the Baptism of the Holy Ghost)
Jesus set down three requirements for Apostolic ministry.
1. The Apostles must preach repentance.
2. The Apostles must preach remission of sins in Jesus’ name.
3. The Apostles must not continue in ministry until they receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Jesus explicitly commanded His disciples to receive the Holy Ghost.
“He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost,” John 20:22.
Did they receive the Holy Ghost when He breathed on them? No. How do I know?
“The Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified,” John 7:39.
The Holy Ghost was not given until AFTER Jesus ascended into Heaven.
The Holy Ghost was given to them on the Day of Pentecost, in the Upper Room, and they all spoke in tongues when it happened. Read the entire chapter of Acts 2. It is extremely plain.
One of the very last things Jesus said to His disciples before ascending into Heaven was this:
"Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior" ??? No! No! No!
“He that believeth AND IS BAPTIZED shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them …THEY SHALL SPEAK WITH NEW TONGUES,” Mark 16:16-17.
Jesus wants all believers to be filled with the Holy Ghost AND speak in other tongues.
Acts 1:4-5 – “[He] commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which …ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
Jesus told them not to leave Jerusalem until they had received the Holy Ghost. THAT is why they tarried in the Upper Room for so many days until the Day of Pentecost.
In modern terms, we are obliged to understand Jesus' instructions. We must not continue in the ministry until we have been baptized in the Holy Ghost. No matter how involved you are in the ministry, Jesus' example showed that he did NOT want them to continue in the ministry UNTIL they received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and spoke in unknown tongues. If you are in the ministry and do not yet have the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, you are out of order. Jesus put you under a "gag order." Silence until you receive it. You have not yet kept Jesus' commandment to receive the promise.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance,” Acts 2:1-4
Multitudes of Jews in the city heard the noise, then discovered them speaking in languages they had never spoken before.
The ENTIRE Early Church received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. There was NO NON-PENTECOSTAL CHURCH in the New Testament. Every apostle and every disciple was Baptized in the Holy Ghost and spoke in other tongues. If you are in a Church that does not preach and practice the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, you have NO BIBLICAL PRECEDENT for such a congregation.
Peter took advantage of the crowd’s curiosity, and preached to them that day.
He told the multitudes,
“This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: …
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved,”
He boldly told them that it was JESUS who had “shed forth this, which ye now see and hear,” v. 33.
Peter told them that JESUS had given all these people the Holy Ghost. He told them that God had exalted Jesus – the same one they had just murdered - to sit on the Throne in Heaven.
Their consciences were pricked. They cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
“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..."
In Acts 2:38, Peter was parroting the formula
Jesus gave the Apostles in Luke 24:47.
He was NOT contradicting,
but effectively QUOTING Jesus.
Then Peter continued...
"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.
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls,” Acts 2:38-41.
The OUTPOURING of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost did not come unexpectedly.
Isaiah had prophesied, "With stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people," (28:11). Joel had prophesied it, too.
In this entire event, THREE ELEMENTS are clearly seen as a part of God’s salvation plan.
1. BLOOD - the blood of Jesus
2. WATER - the water of Baptism in Jesus’ name
3. SPIRIT - the Infilling of the Holy Ghost
These three elements COMBINE to make ONE ACT OF SALVATION.
John explained it. “There are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit
, and the water,
and the blood
AND THESE THREE AGREE IN ONE,” 1 John 5:8.
So there are three that bear witness in earth. Blood. Water. Spirit.
God chose three unique agents to work synergistically to redeem mankind. Each element is indispensable.
Jesus DIED (shed His BLOOD for our sins). He was BURIED, and RESURRECTED to immortality.
Every believer must be likewise born again.
DIE to sin and self by REPENTING (renouncing and turning from sin).
Be BURIED by immersion in water in the name of Jesus (thereby following the Lord in His burial).
And be RESURRECTED by being FILLED with the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost IS eternal life.
So we see THREE ELEMENTS:
1. BLOOD of Jesus
2. WATER of baptism
3. SPIRIT infilling.
These three agree in one rebirth.
Paul said, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22 Your sins can never be remitted if not for the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus' blood can make the vilest sinner clean.
Peter said "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
THE FIRST TIME YOUR SINS WILL EVER BE REMITTED IS THE MOMENT YOU ARE BAPTIZED BY FULL IMMERSION in the name of Jesus.
THAT is WHEN and WHERE your sins are buried!
THE BLOOD REMITS YOUR SINS, but BAPTISM IN JESUS NAME APPLIES THE BLOOD AND BURIES YOUR SINS.
Why do I say that? Because Peter said, "...BE BAPTIZED
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS
," Acts 2:38.
If blood can remit your sins without baptism, then there is no need for baptism.
Many people argue that baptism is not necessary to salvation. But that is not what Jesus said.
“He that believeth AND is baptized…” AND, He said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God," John 3:5.
So, somebody PLEASE explain to me HOW you can be saved without WATER AND SPIRIT, when Jesus explicitly said you CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM without it.
The blood of Jesus is APPLIED to your sins when you obey the Gospel, repent, and are baptized. Therefore,
water baptism is necessary for the remission of your sins.
When you obediently speak the NAME OF JESUS in water baptism, His blood is applied to your sins.
THAT is why ANANIAS told SAUL, “Why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord
,” Acts 22:16.
What did he mean by that phrase, “WASH AWAY YOUR SINS, CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD”?
He meant that your sins are washed away when you call on the name of Jesus in water baptism.
If I was not already baptized, I would RUN to the baptistery as fast as I could run, and call on the name of the Lord Jesus for Him to remit my sins.
Every recorded baptism in the New Testament was done in the name of Jesus. It IS the correct way.
Somebody wants to know:
WHAT ABOUT MATTHEW 28:19?
Matthew 28:19 JESUS SAID: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, BAPTIZING them in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost"
But NOT ONE EXAMPLE IS GIVEN in the entire New Testament of anyone actually being baptized in the TITLES “Father Son and Holy Ghost.
Salvation is not in the titles!
Salvation is in the name JESUS!
THERE ARE SERIOUS HISTORICAL CONTROVERSIES ABOUT MATTHEW 28:19.
A lot of people compare Acts 2:38 which commands baptism in Jesus' name with Matthew 28:19 which commands baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
People argue and say: “I would rather obey the words of Christ that obey the words of Peter.”
REALLY? That argument accuses Peter of error! If I accept that argument, then I am agreeing with them that Peter was in error! SO was Jesus right in Matthew 28:19 and was PETER WRONG in Acts 2:38? If PETER WAS WRONG, that verse should not be in the Bible!
If PETER WAS CONTRADICTING JESUS CHRIST, then we have a very serious problem. Somehow, the two verses must be explained. They must be reconciled.
According to the New Testament,
EVERY water baptism after the day of Pentecost
was done in Jesus' name.
If that does not fulfill Matthew 28:19,
THE WHOLE New Testament is heresy.
Why does Acts 2:38 seem to contradict Matthew 28:19?
Who should we obey? Jesus or Peter?
There is historical evidence that Matthew 28:19 was tampered with by the Roman Catholic Church.
When I say "tampered with," I am saying that the WORDS that we now see in Matthew 28:19 – according to historical records - were NOT EVEN IN the oldest manuscripts!!
The Early Church partriarch Eusebius wrote at least EIGHTEEN documents between the years 290-339 AD.
EIGHTEEN TIMES, Eusebius QUOTED Matthew 28:19.
EIGHTEEN TIMES he said, "IN THE NAME OF CHRIST."
EIGHTEEN TIMES, Eusebius DID NOT SAY “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
WHY DIDN’T Eusebius say in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost?
Because apparently, the manuscripts HE had read said:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of JESUS CHRIST!”
The OLDEST MANUSCRIPT IN EXISTENCE with the TITLES FATHER SON AND HOLY GHOST dates back to the Roman Catholic Council of Nicea in 325 AD.
It was not until the Roman Catholic Church made its first official doctrinal statement in the year 325 AD at the Roman Council of Nicea that Matthew 28:19 is first recorded as saying, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
There are no earlier copies of Matthew 28:19 in existence. Matthew 28:19 as we see it was formulated at the Council of Nicea in Rome. When all the known facts are exposed, we have to face the shocking reality that Matthew 28:19 was NOT even written by Matthew. There is much proof.
The leaders of the early Roman Catholic Church STRIPPED the name of Christ out of Matthew 28:19 and replaced it with the titles, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, thereby stripping water baptism of the only name given among men under heaven whereby we must be saved! That is WORSE than scandalous! It is supremely diabolical.
, 11th Edition, Vol. 3, page 365, says, "Baptism was changed from the name of Jesus to the words: Father, Son and Holy Ghost in the 2nd Century."
Canney Encyclopedia of Religion
, page 53, says, "The early Church baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus until the second century."
The Catholic Encyclopedia
, II, page 263, says, "The baptismal formula was changed from the name of Jesus Christ to the words Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by the Catholic Church in the second century."
Hastings Dictionary of the Bible
, 1963, page 1015, says, "The Trinity... is not demonstrable by logic or by Scriptural proofs,...The term Trias was first used by Theophilus of Antioch (c AD 180), ...(The term Trinity) is not found in Scripture."
Also, on page 88, "It must be acknowledged that the three-fold name of Matthew 28:19, does not appear to be used by the primitive Church, but rather, in the name of Jesus, Jesus Christ, or The Lord Jesus."
Schaff-Herzog Religious Encyclopedia
, Vol. 1, page 435, says, "The New Testament knows only the baptism in the name of Jesus."
The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
, I, 275, says, "It is often affirmed that the words in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost are not the ipsissima verba [exact words] of Jesus, but...a later liturgical addition."
Author Clinton D. Willis quoted from The Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics
to expose the contradiction. He said that Matthew 28:19 "...is the central piece of evidence for the traditional (Trinitarian) view. He said that if Matthew 28:19 “were undisputed, this would, of course, be decisive, but its trustworthiness is impugned on grounds of textual criticism, literary criticism and historical criticism."
He added that Jesus’ name baptism was the earliest baptism, and “the triune formula is a later addition."
Edmund Schlink, in The Doctrine of Baptism
, page 28, says, "The baptismal command in its Matthew 28:19 form cannot be the historical origin of Christian baptism. At the very least, it must be assumed that the text has been transmitted in a form expanded by the [Catholic] church."
Wilhelm Bousset, in Kyrios Christianity
, page 295, says, "The testimony for the wide distribution of the simple baptismal formula [in the Name of Jesus] down into the second century is so overwhelming that even in Matthew 28:19, the Trinitarian formula was later inserted."
The Roman Catholic Church supplanted Jesus' name baptism and institutionalized the false Trinitarian doctrine, (and thus effectively silenced the truth
that the Father God was in Christ).
Rome effectively drove Jesus Christ out of its evil church. The Roman Church is NO CHURCH!
THERE IS NO CHURCH WITHOUT Baptism in the name of Jesus AND the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
The BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST IS THE POWER AND SUBSTANCE OF THE TRUE CHURCH.
Jesus forbade them to even engage in any more ministry until first they "wait for the promise of the Father" (Acts 1:4), which PROMISE is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost according to Acts 1:5.
ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, One hundred twenty souls were "filled with the Holy Ghost, and spoke with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4). .
Thousands of people were in the streets outside the UPPER ROOM where the Holy Ghost fell. When they heard the disciples speaking in unknown languages, the multitudes passing by were curious, and wanted to know how they could have the same experience.
They said, WHAT MUST WE DO?
Peter preached to them the very first gospel message of the New Testament that day.
"Repent," he said, "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), (the gift being the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues).
"Then they that gladly received his word WERE BAPTIZED" (Acts 2:41).
How were they baptized?
He just told them! IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS.
We must assume that they WERE baptized in the NAME of JESUS Christ.
AND, we must also assume that they received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and spoke in other tongues.
THREE THOUSAND MORE SOULS were added to the Church that day.
Jesus himself instructed Saul of Tarsus to go see a man named Ananias in Damascus, on a Street called Straight, where He said it would be "told thee what thou must do" (Acts 9:6).
When Paul arrived at ANNANIAS’ HOUSE, Ananias told Saul, "Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, CALLING on the NAME of the LORD", (Acts 22:16).
So Paul obeyed Ananias and was baptized, (Acts 9:19) and also received the gift of the Holy Ghost, (Acts 9:17b), speaking in tongues (I Corinthians 14:18).
The very first GENTILE converts were in the household of Cornelius, the Roman Centurion.
An angel of the LORD told Cornelius to call for Peter. "He shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do", the angel said (Acts 10:6). When Peter arrived, the Bible said that he preached JESUS to them.
"While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on ALL them which heard the word," (Acts 10:44).
It happened to CORNELIUS and HIS FAMILY just like it had happened to the JEWS on the day of Pentecost, but this time, the Bible said, "on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God" (Acts 10:45b).
Peter always commanded baptism in Jesus' name
As soon as Peter saw that they had received the Holy Ghost like they had, he said, "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" (Acts 10:47,48).
Peter said, "Whosoever shall CALL on the NAME of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21).
EVEN JOHN THE BAPTIST'S CONVERTS HAD TO BE RE-BAPTIZED!
Paul preached in Ephesus to some of John the Baptist's followers.
"He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
He said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism" (Acts 19:2-3).
Paul taught them that they were to "believe on him who should come after John, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the NAME of the LORD JESUS.
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came upon them; and they spake with tongues and prophesied" (verses 4-6).
THAT STORY SHOWS AND PROVES THAT IF YOU HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED WITHOUT CALLING ON THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, your baptism is actually null and void!
Those converts of John the Baptist had been baptized in water unto repentance, but they were required to be rebaptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
When they did, they too received the same gift of the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues.
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
The NAME OF JESUS is so powerful that the enemies of God repeatedly demanded the church "not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus" (Acts 4:18).
It is almost INEXPLICABLE HOW THE WORLD HATES THE NAME OF JESUS!!
SATAN KNOWS THAT THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS – and Satan works overtime to prevent people from using the name of Jesus.
The Apostle Paul knew that and he taught saying: "whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the LORD JESUS" (Colossians 3:17).
"The NAME of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into IT, and are safe"
WHEN ROME FINALLY REMOVED THE NAME OF JESUS FROM WATER BAPTISM, THEY REMOVED SALVATION FROM IT!
Hell knows that the power of the Gospel is in the name of Jesus.
That is why the enemies of the Apostles "...called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus," Acts 4:18.
By removing Jesus' name from water baptism,
Rome usurped the TRUE Church in a Coup d'etat.
That is why the ANGEL IN REVELATION (17:1; 19:2) called the Catholic Church the "Great Whore
Water baptism by total immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ was a primordial, core doctrine of the twelve apostles.
(READ IT FOR YOURSELF:
Acts 10:47-48; Acts 19:4-6; Acts 22:16; Acts 9:17-19; Acts 2:21; Acts 4:12; Colossians 3:17; John 3:18)
Every baptism recorded in the New Testament was performed in the name of the Lord Jesus. But in the newly redefined Roman Catholic Church, the name of Jesus was extirpated, excised from water baptism.
Another IMPORTANT FACT is that after the CATHOLICS STOPPED BAPTIZING IN JESUS NAME, people NO LONGER RECEIVED THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST. The entire Gospel message was almost completely stiffled. (There have always been isolated cases of Apostolic believers throughout history.)
AS SOON AS the doctrine of Christ was thoroughly corrupted, and the NAME OF JESUS was ripped out of water baptism, the demons of Rome no longer hated the new Catholic church.
The Roman Emperor Constantine stopped persecuting Christians and made the Roman Catholic Church the state religion.
William Chalfant, in the book Ancient Champions of Oneness
records that "in 312 AD, Caesar himself, the Emperor Constantine, became a Catholic" and by 325 AD, at the Council of Nicea, a canon was drafted that specifically named a notorious group of Jesus' name baptized Pentecostals based in Rome, and ordered them to be re-baptized.”
The Roman Catholic Church demanded the DEATH of true Christians!
Two centuries later, the Roman Catholic Church
issued the Justinian Code of 529 AD, that
declared DEATH for two heresies in general:
(1) Anti-Trinitarianism, and
(2) Rebaptism" (outside Roman baptism).
Countless multitudes of ancient Spirit-filled, Jesus' name-baptized Christians were then murdered by the Roman Catholic Church. Roman Catholicism did not stop the doctrinal perversion with water baptism. I could spend an entire day listing all the doctrinal perversions of the Roman Catholic Church. (See "What's Wrong With The Roman Catholic Church?")
I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH is not the only Church guilty of these heresies.
The R.C.C. is called "The MOTHER of HARLOTS," in Revelation 17:5. HARLOTS!
PROTESTANT CHURCHES WHO CLING TO THE abominable CATHOLIC TRINITARIAN (ant-Apostolic) DOCTRINE ARE DAUGHTER CHURCHES OF THE GREAT WHORE. They, too, are harlots.
said, "I've found that my beliefs are essentially the same as those of orthodox Roman Catholics
Statistics show that Billy Graham did more than any other evangelical in his day to fill the pews of Roman Catholic Churches. Catholics who signed a conversion card in a Billy Graham crusade were referred BACK to the Roman Catholic Church for membership.
The late W.A. Criswell
, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention
said, "I don't know of anyone more dedicated to the great fundamental doctrines of Christianity than the Catholics." WHAT??
, President of the Trinity Broadcasting Network
, the one of the largest TV networks in the world, said, "I'm eradicating the word Protestant
even out of my vocabulary... I'm not protesting anything... it's time for Catholics and non-Catholics to come together as one in the Spirit and one in the Lord." You've got to be kidding!
Robert Schuller, Hour of Power
author, Pastor of the Garden Grove Community Church said, "It's time for Protestants to go to the shepherd (the Pope) and say, 'What do we have to do to come home?'"
HOME? Since when is the Roman Catholic Church the home of true Christianity?
said that Roman Catholic doctrine is of no concern to him, for after all, Catholics "Love Jesus." I'm sorry, Benny, but the RCC doesn't know who Jesus is.
The BIBLE CALLS IT the Great Whore, Mother of Harlots
In recent years, all of evangelical Protestantism has been returning to its mother, the RCC, because they never truly left it! Because their baptism was never corrected, they never truly protested.
Even Martin Luther
, who started the REFORMATION with his 95 Thesis still incorporated the Athanasian Creed into the Lutheran Church, and it continues to be recited on Trinity Sunday throughout Lutheranism. This core Catholic doctrine persists among all the harlot daughters of Catholicism. The protest was superficial and incomplete
The greatest tragedy of the REFORMATION is that the reformers failed to protest the most colossal heresy of the Roman Catholic Church - Trinitarianism.
See: "The Early Church Was Absolutely, Unequivocally NOT Trinitarian."
The fact is that the APOSTOLIC PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH is NOT a Protestant Church!
Those of us who are now in the ONENESS, JESUS' NAME PENTECOSTAL movement are NOT ROOTED at all in the Roman Harlot Church.
We were never in it, and did not come out of it. So we are not Protestants! We are a continuance of the ORIGINAL Acts 2:38 Apostolic Church!
But every Trinitarian Church in existence today is a harlot daughter of the mother whore that John the Revelator saw in Revelation 17:
"And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
I HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH ANY CHURCH THAT DOES NOT EMBRACE, OR PREACHES AGAINST, THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST.
The Baptism Of The Holy Ghost is the New Birth!
When Solomon built the HOLY TEMPLE in the Old Testament, SOLOMON prayed an elaborate prayer in which He repented for the sins of the people and asked God to forgive their sins.
Then, he offered a magnificent offering of blood sacrifices to atone for their sins.
THAT WAS THE OLD TESTAMENT VERSION OF REPENTANCE AND THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS. The PRIESTS ALSO WASHED IN THE LAVERS, which was a type of WATER BAPTISM.
AFTER the prayers of repentance and the blood sacrifices were made, the priests finally carried the long-lost ark of the covenant into the golden-walled, red-blue-and-purple linen-veiled Holy of Holies, the Bible records that suddenly – “the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God,” 2 Chronicles 5:13,14.
When you repent of your sins and get washed in the blood, God will fill you with His Spirit!
The GLORY filled the house.
When you receive the HOLY GHOST, God’s glory fills YOUR TEMPLE – YOUR BODY!
But He said, “I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you.”
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; 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 him unto you," John 16:7.
A Biblical Church Must Absolutely, Positively
Baptize In Jesus’ Name and Speak In Other Tongues
I will leave you with one final analogy.
Here is how JESUS WAS BORN AGAIN:
1. He DIED.
2. He was BURIED.
3. He ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
THAT was Jesus' NEW BIRTH. (His second birth: from the dead)
Here is how YOU and I must be BORN AGAIN:
1. DIE. (Repent of sins.)
2. BE BURIED. (Baptized in water in the name of Jesus)
3. RAISE FROM THE DEAD (Be filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues).
NEXT: The Baptism of the Holy Ghost
For more history on Jesus' name Baptism, read this