BAPTISM BY IMMERSION
First Bible Lesson: John 3:5
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Second Bible Lesson: Act 2:38
“Then 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.”
Golden Text: Hebrews 8:10-11
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.
And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.”
Brethren, this is briefly what we are going to reveal to you this morning. It is going to be a very short gospel. But it is a gospel for the Thomases. It is for those who continue doubting the Almighty God. It is also for those who continue to say that God is not in existence.
I want you and all the inhabitants of this world to desist from argument but urgently get into practicing the word of God for this is the time.
Any person who denies Our Lord Jesus Christ; and refuses to adhere to the practice of His teachings, will have himself to blame. He who also says that God has not yet come is existing in delusion. Besides, he is a child of perdition.
He who also says that there is no Holy Spirit in existence heads toward destruction. It is incumbent on all the inhabitants of the world that they should practice this gospel. If you are unable to practice any other word of God, make sure you practice this very one. It is the ignorance of this that plunges the whole world into difficulty and tribulation. God is true and His words are true.
God is not like a human being. Once He has spoken, His words must come to manifestation. It is the promise He has made from the beginning of time.
The creations of God cannot know God. The reason very many people fall apart and exist in delusion about God is that they are living in flesh and blood. This is why it is necessary that this gospel must be sent to the four corners of the world, so that no person will have anything with which to defend himself.
Knowledge cannot compel any person to know God. High education is not a means through which anyone can know God. There is no secret society which will educate you on the knowledge of God. No necromancer can know God. There is only one sure way to the knowledge of God. That is, you have to confess all sins, you have to denounce all the evil deeds you have been committing. You have to become truly contrite and repentant
and then get baptism by immersion. After this you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.
Go and announce this to churches to conform to the practices of the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Tell them to be contrite of their vices. That they should refrain from fornication and
adultery, from preparation of juju; and they should love one another. If not, they will not receive the Holy Spirit as the gift of God.
At any moment in time, let any person confess, and not continue in his sins and also be baptized, he will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. If a person does not accept this, allow him to go his own way. Do not childishly discuss with him. For if you do not have this Holy Spirit, you cannot know Him. You cannot conceive that He is in existence.
In the past people thought money could be used as an instrument through which they could get nearer to God. They glorify their high educational qualification. People boast over exalted positions in life. But today, the wind of change has blown and created phenomenal changes in the world to make the Holy Spirit the only issue for boasting. The Governments in the world also fail because they do not possess the operative virtues of the Holy Spirit. The churches also fail because they do not possess nor believe in the Holy Spirit.
All companies, firms and corporations in the world fail because they neither possess nor believe in the Holy Spirit. All institutions of learning have failed because they have not believed in the Holy Spirit, and do not have the Holy Spirit. Indeed, traders, farmers and people in all walks of life, fail because they do not believe in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is that cornerstone rejected by the builders, which has become head of the corner and is esteemed as a wonderful thing. (Mark 12:10).
Any person without the Holy Spirit is eternally dead. Indeed, possession of the Holy Spirit does not consist of running the race but depends on the mercy of God. It was the eternal covenant with the house of Israel. He said this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days. (Heb 8:10). We are those children of God, the beneficiaries of this promise.
It is a surprising thing to people, if you tell them that you have seen God face to face; that you have seen our Lord Jesus Christ and you have also seen the Holy Spirit. Indeed they will burst into laughter. But heaven and earth, will pass away until everything is consummated. (Matt 24:35/Mark 13:31). Are these words not fulfilled in your midst today?
Many little children today know the Almighty God. Aged people have also known God. Even the arch-argumentators have now accepted the present manifestation of God. There are women who are stricken in age and do not really see things clearly but they have now seen God and have accepted Him. Neighbor will not teach neighbor, neither will brother, saying know the Lord, because everyone has seen Him and all have known Him. (Heb 8:11).
In the time past, people searched for God in the moon, star, sun, etc. They went to Jerusalem, Jericho, to mountains, inside water, and everywhere in search of God, but they could not see Him, it is for this reason that our Lord Jesus Christ made a far-reaching statement saying: “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightening cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt 24:26-27). Do not advise any person to come to Calabar that he/she will see our Lord Jesus Christ. Do not go there, if anybody tells you about God, do not go there. For the new covenant does not tell you that unless you go to India, England, Israel or Nigeria, you will not see God.
He is everywhere. Whether you are in India, England or America,
and a person comes to you, tell him to kneel down, confess all his sins and denounce all his membership of secret societies. Let him become truly repentant and take him into the water for baptism by immersion. As soon as he emerges from the water, he will receive the Holy Spirit. This is a challenge I have thrown to all the inhabitants of the world.
If you claim to be a doctor, there is no argument about this. But kneel down, confess your sins and become contrite and repentant, accepting the baptism. After you have gone inside the water three times and come out, see whether you will not speak a different tongue.
If you claim to be a member of the Catholic Church, whether you are a Pope or a bishop, or an ordinary member, once you confess your sins and become repentant, go in for water baptism three times then come out. You will never fail to see a great difference in yourself. You say you are a great society man; that you can go into the Sun, the moon and star; that you can go into water and anywhere. There is no argument about this. But first come to the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star and confess all your sins. Denounce your membership of the secret societies and become truly repentant. Go three times into the water for baptism, when you come out, you will see a remarkable difference in yourself.
Do not begin to contemplate in your heart saying, “I had already been baptized in the church where I am a member. I am an Elder.” When you were an Elder did you receive the Holy Spirit? You say, “I am a Reverend Gentleman,” when you were made a Reverend, did you receive the power of the Holy Spirit? You claim you have established a church, when you established, did you ever receive the Holy Spirit?
It is a covenant that a neighbor will not teach a neighbor saying, “know God.” Every person, from smallest to the greatest, will know me.”(Heb 8:10-11). Never enter into foolishness of trying to teach people to know God. Whenever God makes His covenant, He stamps and seals it. If you like to go to the Sun, or go to right or left, or anywhere there is only one way of salvation. That is, if you are not born of water and the Holy Spirit, you will never see God, you can perform nothing effectively without the Holy Spirit. You will never possess wisdom and you will be incapable of doing anything without the Holy Spirit.
He had said that unless a precious blood was shed, I will not come back and I will never forgive people of their iniquities. Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “It is expedient that I go away, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come, but if I go, I will send Him unto you.” (John 16:7). God has never disappointed any person; and He will never disappoint any person.
At one time He said if a seed of corn does not fall on the ground it will remain alone. (John 12:24). But after it had died, it germinates and brings so many fruits. Have you not realized this? Have you not realized how the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ has yielded so many fruits unto the world? That is why, in spite of the long stay of the disciples with Our Lord Jesus Christ, they could not understand Him. Because they were not endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit. From time to time they requested to increase their faith. But our Lord Jesus told them that He would not do anything until He was absolutely veiled with power.
In a state of anxiety one day, Philip said, “Lord show us the Father then we shall be satisfied.” (John 14:8). This is because they often took pleasure in hearing Our Lord Jesus Christ referring to all his performances to the Father. He would continually say the Father did this, the Father did that. They were confounded, and curiously would like to see and know that Father. But they would not see Him because flesh and blood cannot see Him.
Do not argue with any person about the scriptures. Any person who argues that God is in existence, that our Lord Jesus Christ came and that the Holy Spirit is in existence, tell him to forget about it.
Tell him to get himself ready for baptism. Do not take him to baptism in water near Ambo Street, so that he might say that you have probably introduced incredible things unto the water. Take him to water distant from Ambo. Let him take the baptism there. Provided such a person confesses all his sins and denounces his membership of secret societies. He should as well empty his heart of all grudges against people. He should denounce and right away disassociate himself of juju and all forms of concoctions. Let him throw himself into absolute contrition over his sinfulness then get himself baptized. He will certainly receive the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is the only way. There is no other way. This is the reign of the Holy Spirit. It is impossible that you can pass through the windows and enter the house. You cannot take a roundabout road to get into the house. It is imperative that you must pass through the gateway. Then the great usher will open the door for you. If this direct way were to be of no importance, why did Our Lord Jesus Christ go to John?
Our Lord Jesus Christ in childhood was taken to the temple for blessing according to the order of Moses. Further, according to the law of Abraham, He was circumcised. Yet the two systems were not relevant for Him. In order to fulfill that which was written in the scriptures, He went on His own volition to John and requested for water baptism. Then He was baptized through immersion by John. John argued that He should rather baptize Him. But Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “do it now, for so it is right we should do this.” (Matt 3:15).
This can clearly show you that baptism is very necessary; it is the only key which can unlock the way to the Father. There is no other possible way. It was through this way of baptism that Our Lord Jesus Christ achieved the divine grace, that as He came out of water He was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. The voice came out proclaiming: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him.”
For a period of 29 years, He was in Jerusalem, going about; no person knew Him and had not even a disciple. His name was not heard abroad.From the moment He went through the normal process of baptism and received the Holy Spirit, His name generated an echo of prominence. Then He started the work. The Holy Spirit led Him to the wilderness and He started doing marvelous works. He started raising the dead, making the blind to see, deaf to hear, the dumb to speak and the lame to walk.
Now you say you want to serve God. You want to be the minister of God, you will first go to Canada, Britain, America, India and the rest of the countries in the world to study. I ask you, is God’s work ever subjected to human studies or learnings? You go to university to study. Stop studying again and worrying yourself about it. Go and process yourself through baptism and receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.Right from that moment you go through this, you will preach the gospel; you will heal; you will see God and know Him and His power. Right now you are arguing like a foolish person. A person on top of a palm tree says the palm fruit is not ripe but you stay on the ground and say it is very ripe. Are you a sensible person?
A person who has been baptized and received the Holy Spirit, tells you that he has seen God face to face. That he has seen Our Lord Jesus Christ; that he has also seen the Holy Spirit and the host of angels, you argue with him and hush him to shut up that Jesus Christ has not yet come; nor has the Holy Spirit. You are still on the ground.
I do not even talk about those people who pretend to be baptized by pouring water in the basin, and sprinkling it on people’s foreheads. What is the meaning of that? I would not like to talk about those who wrap a flag around people’s heads and describe this to be baptism. Can this be found in the Bible?