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Christ's disciples were baptized with the Holy Ghost:.Matthew 3:11 "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire."

The word 'fire' here is symbolic of Creator's presence in one's life and the trials and sufferings one goes through in order to have character molded:.Isaiah 64:8 "But now, O LORD, you are our father, we are the clay and you our potter. And we all are the work of your hand."

Character is necessary for a high eternal position in the Kingdom of the Creator:.Jeremiah 18:6 "O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? says the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in mine hand, O house of Israel."

Paul is showing here in Romans chapter 9 that all physical stuff like 'I'm of Israel', I'm a Gentile', I'm a Roman', 'I was taught by Paul', 'I was of Peter'.(1Corinthians 1:12; 3:4), just doesn't cut it when it comes to spirituality.

The Creator did things in the physical the way He wanted to:.Romans 9:20,21 "Nay but, O man, who art you that replies against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus? Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour and another unto dishonour?"

In Galatians here, it shows that the physical, ordinary consciousness humans is preliminary for spiritual higher consciousness humans:.Galatians 3:28,29 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Emmanuel.(what is.'Christ'?). And if you be Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise.".

The Holy Ghost came upon them:.Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.....".

The Spirit was shed forth, poured out from the invisible realm that we offen refer to as heaven and fell upon them:.Acts 11:15,16 "And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost."

This is baptism! Immersion into the family of the Creator by means of being covered with the Holy Nature of love, the Holy Spirit.(or 'ghost'; as some verse renderings elicit)

John 3:5,6 "Emmanuel answered, Verily.('in truth'), verily, I say unto you. Except a man be born of water.(physical birth; how else could a man be born anyway?).and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."

From David Guzik's Commentary:."Water in verse 5 may represent physical birth as verse 6 refers to flesh. Water may represent the Word, as we are washed by the water of the word:.Ephesians 5:26 "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word."

Water may represent the Holy Spirit, the living water:.John 7:38,39 "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Emmanuel stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly.(his 'food' for life will then be that which is to do with the spirit the spiritual things, the higher consciousness things, because now he or she realizes that this life is just a preparation time for us going into eternity:.Romans 8:18; 1Corinthians 2:9).flows rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive..." John 20:17 "Emmanuel saith unto her, Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father and to my God and your God."

Water is also represented as the water of cleansing:.Ezekiel 36:25-28 "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you and you shall be clean. From all your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and you shall keep my judgments and do them. And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers and you shall be my people and I will be your God." Ephesians 5:26 "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word."

In this we are daily developing the Creator's character quality of love and sloughing off the old man:.1Corinthians 15:31 "I protest.(used in the affirmation of oaths back then, or, to put it another way 'I say truly and firmly').by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Emmanuel our Lord, I die daily.".Paul wanted continuous growth in his life and daily he was in an attitude welcoming change.

Paul was in confidence that he was daily becoming more like his Creator.(Philippians 2:5,6).and that his old nature was daily being eradicated:.Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 4:22; Romans 6:6; Colossians 3:9

Emmanuel says "you do not understand everything about the wind, but you see its effects; that is just how it is with the birth of the Spirit" Remember the emphasis: This is something the Creator does in us, not something we do for the Creator.

Once the Creator calls you and gives you His Holy Nature, you got it, whether or not you have chosen any physical type of baptism. Everybody has a doctrine about baptism. What does Paul say about it? Paul calls us to move on. From such 'dead works' he calls us to move on to perfection:.Hebrews 6:1,2 "Therefore.leaving.the principles of the doctrine of Christ.(Hebrews 9:15), let us.go on.unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works.(such as being sorry for not keeping any of the ten commandments, which were part of an old law that was completely abolished:.Hebrews 10:9).and of faith toward God and of the doctrine of baptisms and of laying on of hands and of resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment.".Leave it for what? For a higher calling, a calling to a higher consciousness of living:.Philippians 3:14.

Paul here suggests leaving the doctrines alone, getting away from them in fact, in order to move on to perfection. They were only to provide a foundation, a pathway, from which one could grow from:.Ephesians 4:15. Perfection is of the heart through the faith of Emmanuel the Christ.

But what if you had learned that repentance is important if you miss the mark of that perfection? Does the Bible guide us to again repent? If it did, why indeed would Paul have said what he did about moving away from the doctrine of repentance?

1John 1:9 tells us what to do if we again miss the mark, the meaning of the word 'sin'.

The Creator tells us He looks on the heart. And yes, it's true that once Creator gives us His Holy Spirit, we are forever immersed in it and our names are permanently in the book of life. We have reestablished our connection.
 


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