|Entrance to the Kingdom of God|
|Written by arkwriter|
|Friday, 19 June 2009 13:38|
ENTRANCE TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We have come to understand the Kingdom of God is a spiritual one and there is an entrance to it. Our Lord Jesus Christ declared: "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture." (Jn. 10:9) "These things says He who is holy, He who is true, 'He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.'" (Rev. 3:7)
Let us see how the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Door of Salvation relates to baptism of water and baptism of the Holy Spirit.
1. They have repentance and are baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38)
2. They are baptized "not only by water, but by water and blood." (1 Jn. 5:6) "and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever Amen." (Rev. 1:5-6)
3. "We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection." (Rom. 6:4-5) To be united with the Lord Jesus Christ in the likeness of His death means to be immersed in the water with head bowed just like the way He died. (Jn. 19:30) "And John bore witness, saying, 'I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God." (Jn. 1:32-34) Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit.
After His death, burial and resurrection He appeared to His disciples and said, "Peace to you and! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.' And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit." (Jn. 20:21-22) This is not the Baptism with the Holy Spirit but a foretaste of it. Before His ascension to heaven our Lord told His disciples, "Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." (Lk. 24:49) "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers." (Acts 1:14) "Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And . . . they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:1-4)
To enter the Kingdom of God a Christian must be born of water and the Spirit. Without exception every believer must be baptized into the Lord Jesus Christ and also be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
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