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1This morning we will continue with our study from The Spoken Word is the Original Seed and we will pick up at paragraph 39. Now, getting this background that the reasons why I believe the Bible, and that's where I take my text. Now, next thing I want to say, that I do not believe the Bible contradicts Itself, and I have offered a challenge world around for any persons who claims such to come, prove it to me. Come, prove it. The Bible doesn't contradict Itself; it's you contradicting the Bible. God cannot contradict Himself. If He does, then He isn't God. And if this Word is God then, and It's contradictory, then you make God contradicting Himself; then where is your God then? Kind of gets thick, doesn't it, complicated? 40 If God contradicts Himself, He's not no more than I am or no more than you are, for He can contradict Himself. The Word's there, but It's hid from the eyes of the wise and prudent. That's why someone says that Matthew 28:19, where: "Go ye, teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost"; Acts 2:38 said, "Repent and be baptized in the Name of Jesus."...?... they're contradictory... It isn't a contradictory. 41. Everybody that's ever baptized has to be baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost. And if you're not baptized using the Name of Jesus Christ, you're not baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost. You're baptized in some titles that pertains to a Name. If that isn't the right revelation, then the Bible would be wrong when It went ahead, and everybody baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. But if the Bible baptized, every one of the apostles all down through the age baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ after Jesus commissioned them to baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, then the Bible absolutely contradicts Itself. But if you look at it, it isn't. They did just what He said: Not titles, but name. So there's no contradiction.
2Now, water Baptism has been one Bible doctrine that has split many churches and has caused a lot of debate among the Christian church for as long as there has been a Christian church. But what brother Branham is saying is true. Matthew 28 and Acts 2;38 are saying the same thing. We must be able to balance or harmonize the Scriptures, and we can if we have any revelation of the Godhead at all. And yet if you baptize in water using the titles of father, Son and Holy Ghost you are not baptized in Christian baptism, but you are baptized into titles only because they are no name, and Jesus said in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. So there has to be a name, and we know that Name is the Lord Jesus Christ.
3Although Jesus never baptized disciples himself, He left us Baptism as one of three very important ordinances he left that up to others to do for Him. John 4: 1-2 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples, 3 He left Judea, and departed unto Galillee)
5Paul alludes to this in 1 Corinthians 10:1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 14Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 15I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
6Immersion is required for both men and women and Paul tells us how we are to be baptized in his letter to the Colossians 2: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Now, when you bury someone, you don’t sprinkle them with dirt, you bury them under the dirt.
7Again we see in Romans 6: 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. So again we see the baptism in water represent our dying out to self, and we are buried with Him in His death.
8 1 Peter 3: 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: So it is the identifying of ourselves with His death burial and resurrection. That is why we repent and then are baptized or fully immersed in water. It is to represent that we have genuinely and truly died to self.
9Acts 2:36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then 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. 39For 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. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
10Now, we see here that there are two very important elements to be taken seriously in water baptism. Repentance and Baptism itself. Repentance is a change of the mind. A person could be baptized every hour of their life but without repentance they just go down a dry sinner and come up a wet one.
11On the wings of a dove 65-1128E P:96 Now, the Lord can show me a vision; He could tell me what's the matter with each one of them. I can prove that to you (See?); you know that. But that don't heal them. That doesn't heal them. No, it's got to be something drop in them. See? And I hope...Like I could go up here take each one of you and baptize you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ; that won't remit your sins. No, no. No, I don't believe in water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ unto regeneration; I believe the Blood is regeneration (See?) now, not the waters. But, see, I could baptize and baptize, but you only go down a dry sinner, come up a wet one (See?) until you have thoroughly repented. Repent, and then be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. See? And that's where I different with the Oneness movement. Not baptizing to regeneration, no; I believe it's the Blood that cleanses, not the water. See? Repentance, and then be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ.
12Key to the door 62-1007 P:60 And that's the reason I do use the word baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ, but not to regeneration. Now, the Pentecostal, United Pentecostal church baptizes in the Name of Jesus Christ for regeneration. I don't believe that. They can do it if they want to. But I believe that Peter said repent first. Water don't remit sins. The Church of Christ preaches it that way. But I believe that repentance, godly sorrow... "Repent" means "turn around, go back, you missed the mark, start over again." Do that first. And your baptism in water is only an outward profession of something that's been done inside of you, that you have accepted Christ as your Saviour.
13You know that is where they always miss the mark, is that they don’t realize the Gospel is all about repentance, a changing of the mind. Let’s just look at what the scripture teaches concerning repentance, and I want you to notice how often it says this.
142 Peter 3: 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. So you see the Lord desires that we all repent.
16Revelation 3: 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
17Revelation 2: 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. So we see that judgment is all that is left if we do not repent.
182 Timothy 2: 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; You see, Repentance comes from God and leads us to the truth. So repentance is a changing of the mind, from unbelief to belief, and from un-right-wiseness to right-wiseness.
192 Corinthians 7: 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. Notice, the Scripture does not teach that Godly sorrow is repentance, but that it will work repentance. Just being sorry is not repentance, because the Bible speaks of having works fit for repentance.
202 Corinthians 7: 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. Notice that it is not enough to be sorrowful, but that the sorrow leads to a change of the mind.
21Acts 26: 20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. So there are works which are meet for repentance. In other words, what good does it do to say you changed your mind, unless your actions show that you indeed have.
22Acts 20: 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Here we see that the motive of preaching was to cause repentance, which is a change of the mind. Then what good does it do to preach what everyone already knows. You’ve go to bring forth repentance, that is what the True ministry of God will produce in the True Five Fold.
23Acts 19: 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. So we see even John’s baptism was unto repentance.
24Acts 17: 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: There was a time when God turned his eyes, but now, there is no more excuse for sin when he has given us opportunity to be filled with His own sinless spirit.
25Acts 13: 24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. Again we see that John’s preaching was for one purpose and that is repentance. To get the people to repent.
26Acts 11: 18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. You see, it’s all about repentance, God granting us repentance which leads unto Life, eternal Life.
29Acts 3: 19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; repent so your sins may be blotted out. What a promise. And this Scripture is fulfilled in this very hour when the Presence of the Lord is come. And why is repentance so important?
30Luke 24: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Because repentance is what brings us under the blood of the lamb and remits our sins.
31Well, then what about those who are not willing to repent? Luke 13: 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.Luke 13: 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
32Luke 11: 32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. And if they were saved by repenting then, what about when the Holy Ghost is come.
34But he also said, Luke 3: 8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. How many young people are raised up in this Message and haven’t a clue as to what the Message. You see, everyone is in need of repentance, no matter how good a life you have lived. God said, “my ways are not your ways and my thoughts are not your thoughts, for my thoughts are higher than your thoughts and my ways higher than your ways”. So unless we already have the mind of Christ, and unless we were born with a body that can not sin, we have need of repentance. But many children are raised to believe they are perfectly fine in God’s eyes because they believe God sent a prophet, but unless they repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and receive the Indwelling paraklete, which is the Holy Spirit Baptism, they are just as lost as the bum out on the street. That is why so many, although being raised in this Message could not tell you what Brother Branham preached concerning the Greatest of all revelations. And in fact they believe contrary to what he taught. Why? because they haven’t repented. They haven’t changed their minds.
48Revelation 9: 20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
54So I hope you can see the importance of repentance in baptism. Because the water does not wash you clean, it is only an outward display of what has already taken place in a repentant heart. That is why we see John came forth baptizing men and the purpose was to show forth publicly their repentance.
55We see this is Mark 1: 4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And again we see this testimony of repentance in Matthew 3: 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
56We also see this in Mark 16: 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. So a change of the mind is essential, here. Because we see what happens when they do not repent.
58Now, Peter said there is a name that is involved here. He said, first of all you must repent which means you must change your thinking, and then you must be baptized in the NAME of the Lord Jesus Christ, and then you will receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
59The Catholic church and her daughters want to argue this point and say that the words of Peter are not as important as the words of Jesus himself, and they will quote you Matthew 28: 19 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 as brother Branham taught us, father is not a name, it is a title, son is not a name it is a title and holy Spirit is not a name, it is a title. So the name is what we are baptized into. But if you are baptized using those titles, and then they say, which is the Lord Jesus Christ you might just want to reconsider being baptized over again.
61God of this evil age 65-0801M P:112 And when Jesus said, "Go baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost," setting that there to blind the unbeliever... Watch. Why didn't Peter carry that out word by word? He had to. If a man is baptized in the titles Father, Son, Holy Ghost, he's never been baptized at all; he has no name. Father's no name; Son's no name, and Holy Ghost is no name. Holy Ghost is what It is, like I'm a human. It is the Holy Ghost. Father's a title; I'm a father. Son is a title; I'm a son. Human is a title; that's what I am. But my name is William Branham. And the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost is the Name of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "I come in My Father's Name?" What is the Father's Name? Any son comes in his father's name, and the Father's Name is Jesus Christ. See? See what I mean?
62Look, it can be proven by history that no one was ever baptized in those titles until the Catholic church made it so 3oo years after the church had been baptizing the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is just a catholic creed and all her daughters too.
63Christian Baptism is not to be done in titles. The whole purpose for Christian baptism is not just repentance like the Jew who looked for Messiah that is just the beginning. Baptism is an identification of our death to self, and our dying with Christ and our being raised with Him. Baptism done correctly in this hour must be done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are not baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, you must be baptized over again,
64Acts 18: 24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 27And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. 19:1And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2He 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. 3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on 5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
65What shall I do with Jesus 63-1124M P:153 If you want to be baptized, if you have took the titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I say this with reverence and respect, but to my way of seeing it, you are not baptized. You're not, for you haven't carried out what He said. He said, "Baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." If you just had those titles called over you... He never said, "Go call these titles, go call these names." It never was done in the Bible. It never was done that way. It was baptize the way Jesus said, "In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," which is Jesus Christ.
66COLOSSIANS 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. So if you are not baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, then you are not doing everything in that name like you were told to do.
67Palmerworm locust caterpillar 59-0823 P:117 There's some baptized in no name at all. They had to come and be baptized over again, 'fore they get the Holy Ghost. How many knows that? Paul passed through the upper coasts of Ephesus, he found the Baptists. They had a good pastor; he was a converted lawyer: Apollos. And he said to them, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?" They said, "We know not whether there be any Holy Ghost." Said, "Then how was you baptized?" It says in the King James, "unto what." Read it in the original; it says "how." "Unto what" means the same thing. "How was you baptized?" They said, "We've been baptized by John, the same man baptized Jesus." That's a good baptizing. "Walked out in the water, the same one that baptized... John. "Why”, Paul said, "That won't work anymore. That ain't no good no more. He's done come, been crucified. 'Cause John baptized unto repentance, not remission of sins, saying you should believe on Him Who's come, Jesus Christ." And when they heard this, they walked out into the water and was rebaptized again in the Name of Jesus Christ. Paul laid his hands on them; the Holy Ghost come on them; they prophesied and spoke in tongues. That right? Paul constrained men who'd been baptized by the same man that baptized Jesus, told them they'd have to be baptized over, because they wasn't baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. I've got a right to say the same thing if it's the same doctrine.
69Going beyond the camp 64-0719E P:9 There's not one Scripture in the Bible where anybody was ever baptized in any other way but in the Name of Jesus Christ. The commission of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is only, "Go ye therefore, teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost," not call this title over them, but baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. Everybody in the Bible was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, and the Bible said that whosoever shall take one word out of It or add one word to It in any way, woe unto them. So I have enough I have to fear about besides adding something or taking it from the Scripture. It's got me in trouble many times, but I stay right there. He is my Defense. It's caused me to separate from a many a friend. They've parted from me because of that. But just as long as I keep this Friend here, the Lord Jesus... And He is the Word. No matter, rugged be the path, hard is the way, He come the same way. And if they called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of His disciples.
70Godhead Explained 61-0119A P:71 Every Scripture in the Bible, every person in the Bible, was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. I'll take any man, any historian, to this task: if you can show me one speck of Scripture where anybody was ever baptized in the Bible (new church, 'cause they wasn't baptized in the Old Testament, but in the New Testament), where any persons was ever baptized in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost--one place that that was ever called over them, Father, Son and Holy Ghost--then I'll compromise.
71Godhead Explained 61-0119A P:14 And then, every person in the Bible was baptized after that, was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. And those who had already been baptized by John, had to come and be rebaptized again in the name of Jesus Christ before they got the Holy Ghost. Well, I said, "See, you're not zeroed there. There's something out... "Now, if we believe the Bible to be God's infallible Word, we can't make it splatter all over a piece of paper and then be zeroed. You understand me? It's got to hit the target or it ain't hitting. If it's out, it's out. Well, why did Peter turn around and do something Jesus told him not to do, and then God recognize it and give them the Holy Ghost, when Jesus said, "Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost." And Peter said, "No, baptize in the name of Jesus." Now, you, you can't make that hit the target. See? Now, there's something wrong somewhere, sisters. See? Either the one lied, or... Which one lied?. Which one was it? Now, to me that just won't work. Just like it is by...Is the baptism of the Holy Ghost evidence speaking in tongues, or is it not? Some says, "Yes," and some says "No." What's the Scriptures say about it? It's got to zero! I find there where some did speak with tongues and some didn't. Well, what is it?
72Now, to show you just how powerful that name is, let me read these next two quotes to you from brother Branham. From his sermon, Who is this 59-0510E P:35 That young woman that walked into the baptistery this morning, that three weeks ago, dying with sarcomas cancer. Lives right here on Maple Street, Mrs. Batey. And I asked three doctors that was with her; she didn't have one chance to live, with four or five little children, and my mother trying to take care of them. Mama said, "Bill, she'll never come home again." And I went out to where she was, and the Lord Jesus spoke, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, if she will go to the church and promise to be baptized into the Name of the Lord Jesus, and will serve God, she'll go home well." And I asked her, "Will you do this, lady?" And she said, "All that you say, I'll do it." Immediately the pains left. Three days later, she was home, and the doctors can't find one trace of that cancer.
73And again from Water baptism 59-0329M P:73 And Sister Weaver, as you're standing here, and a witness that that... And many of you here who knows that, when you were rebaptized again in the Name of Jesus Christ... Some of you out there with cancer and couldn't get well, when you were rebaptized in Jesus' Name, the cancer left you. Mrs. Weaver's one of them. And the lady across the street there is one of them, that it did it.