“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” Matthew 28:19.

THE TRUE BAPTISM OF JESUS IS A HEART ISSUE (B)

We have stated that the true Baptism of Jesus is that of a heart condition which has to do with the teaching of the word and it’s called sprinkling the nations. The very commandment that Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 28, to go into all the Nations and baptized them.

It is certain that Jesus wasn’t directing us to go pick certain individuals and take them to the Rivers. That can’t answer to baptizing a nation.

I have a very good friend of mine Apostle Israel Onoriobe who seems to be fulfilling this mandate the way the Lord intended us to carry it out as he travels the nations, pushing the Gospel of the kingdom. As I write from here in the USA, he just left to Fiji Island with the Message of the kingdom of God. This is truly what the commission is all about the sprinkling of the Nations not some ceremonies in some ambient smoke filled studio like atmosphere of cinema hall that we call Church.

Therefore in the prophetic book of Isaiah about the Christ Baptizing – sprinkling the Nations we are told:

“The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD. For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward. Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he SPRINKLE MANY NATIONS; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not HEARD shall they consider.” Isaiah 52:10-15.

Of course we do know that the salvation of our God as mentioned in verse 10, is the Christ of God, and verse 10, now tell us how God’s own salvation shall accomplish this, and that is by the sprinkling of the Nations; His teachings will be as amazement to the kings of the earth, as they will get to hear what they have never heard before.

By implication the teachings of Christ shall not only shock men, but shall bring them to the place or realization and self discovery and the acknowledgement as to who the true God is and His work of redemption on the earth.

Amazingly enough, the first man that fulfilled this passage of scripture is the Ethiopian Eunuch;

“And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him” Acts 8:25-38.

Now, the portion of scripture that the Ethiopian Eunuch was reading was from Isaiah 53:7-8, but you see ordinarily, the scriptures were not broken into Chapters and verses, and so Chapter 53 actually should include or ought to start from Chapter 52:10, then it is from verses 13-15 that you will read of ;

“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.”

So you see, the Ethiopian Eunuch was now sprinkled with the water of life – Baptism, as Phillip interpreted the scriptures to him, teaching him who Jesus was out of the same passage of Isaiah that was talking about the Lord.

And like we have noted before, it was the Ethiopian Eunuch himself who requested for water Baptism, certainly as a common practice, so Phillip has to consent, but not without this pertinent question/observation;

“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Verse 37).

This is why Geoffrey W Bromiley would say “Only when there is personal confession before baptism can it be seen that personal repentance and faith are necessary for salvation through Christ, and that these do not come magically but through hearing of the word of God”.

To be continued…