The Church of Christ with The Elijah Message
    What Must I do to be Saved  (continued)


Jesus said, Saint John 12:26, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; ...” The steps of Jesus lead us first to
the river where John was “... baptizing with the baptism of repentance for remission of sins.” (Mark 1:4) Not that
He had sin, but leading the way for others that all who would follow Him through the waters of regeneration
might have remission of sin through the shedding of His blood. For it is written, I John 1:7, “But if we walk in the
light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanseth us from all sin.” Mark 1:10-11, “And straightway coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens
opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him: And there came a voice from heaven saying, Thou
are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” We notice that Jesus did not receive the Holy Spirit before He
was born of the water. Jesus said John 10:2, “But he, that entereth by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep.”
Verse 11, He said, “I am the good Shepherd: …” John 3:5, Jesus points Nicodemus to the very steps that He
Himself had taken, saying, “... Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom
of God.” Soon after, we read in John 3:26 John’s disciples came to tell him that Jesus was also baptizing
beyond Jordan. Let us turn to Matthew 28:18-19,”... All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost:” Let us listen to Peter preach about ten days later at Jerusalem. Acts 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.” Then in Verse 41 we read these words, “Then they that gladly received his
word were baptized: and the same day there were added three thousand souls.” How could the Blood of Jesus
Christ cleanse from all sins except they come in under It by obedience to Christ’s commands and examples?
After Saul had been healed of his blindness by contacting God’s true servant, he was told, Acts 22:16, “And
now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Truly Paul and Silas told the Philippian jailer to “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and he would be saved.” They
knew the results of faith and how it would move one to obedience. It must have, for they went the same hour of
the night and were baptized. How beautiful God’s Plan wherein we die to sin, are buried by baptism with Christ
in the likeness of His death and arise from that death to walk in newness of life, led and protected and
enlightened by that Holy Spirit of promises, as explained by Paul in Romans, the 6th Chapter. And again he
said in Galatians 3:27, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Need we say
more in regard to baptism? There are many more things we will need to know as we follow on and develop in
the likeness of Christ. But once we receive that abiding comforter and teacher we are told by Peter that we shall
be neither barren or untrust in Him to convey that knowledge as we prove fruitful in the knowledge of the Lord.
So we may be worthy of it. But just as God had true servants, who knew His Will and Gospel, and whom He
inspired to preach His Truths, He also recognized their works and by the laying on of hands the sick were
healed and the Holy Ghost was given. Let us see.

Christ appeared to His eleven apostles in the evening after His Resurrection and said, Saint John 20:21-22, “...
Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when He had said this, He breathed
on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:” They received the Holy Ghost just fifty days hence as
they tarried at Jerusalem awaiting the promised gift from Heaven. From there they went out preaching and
practicing the things that Jesus had taught them, and as the Holy Ghost directed. Let us follow them in some of
their preaching and practice. In the eighth chapter of Acts we find Philip preaching Christ unto them (fifth verse)
and when they believed Philip they were baptized both men and women (twelfth verse).

Acts 8:14-17, “Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of
God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might
receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet He had fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the
Lord Jesus) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.” Meantime, Saul was
persecuting the Church, but God struck him blind while on his way to Damascus. He was told to go to Ananias
who lived at Damascus, where he would be told what he must do (Acts 9:6-10). In verse 17, we find this
servant of God putting his hands on Saul that he might receive his sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Verse 18, he received his sight and was baptized at once. Now in the 19th chapter of Acts we find this same
Paul preaching and laboring for Christ as a minister.  He is talking to twelve men who had been baptized with
all sincerity by someone who was not called of God, for they did not have a right understanding of baptism and
had not even learned of the Holy Ghost. Acts 19:5-6, “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of
the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them ...”

In II Timothy 1:6, Paul writes Timothy thus, “Wherefore I put thee in rememberance that thou stir up the gift of
God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” So Paul must have laid hands on Timothy for the gift of the
Holy Ghost.
Was this sacrilege? Had Peter and John and Philip and Paul and Timothy departed from the true doctrine and
practice received from Jesus Christ? In Hebrews 6:1-2, Paul said, “Therefore leaving the principles of the
doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works,
and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead,
and of eternal judgment.”

Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3, “... Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Truly
Christ’s Kingdom (which was His Church) was not a visible Kingdom except to those who were born again,
receiving Life and Light from on High, and having entered by the door. For Jesus again said, Mark 4:11-12, “...
Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things
are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not
understand ...”
Christ’s Church or Kingdom was a real organization but its identity was obscure to non-members for even the
King, Jesus Christ, had to be identified by Judas for which He received a reward. By the Holy Spirit, which was
the Life giving Light, its members and their leaders were identified and no other. Without this Spirit none could
identify or be identified. They had their names on no church record, neither could they be removed from their
membership, or ministry by any other than God. Romans 8:9, “... Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ,
he is none of His.” This Spirit is Life, Light, and all that pertains to man’s redemption. For by this we receive all
that we can ever expect to know or have. It supplies food to the soul (or Spirit) of man that he may grow in the
likeness of Jesus Christ, and a knowledge of Spiritual things revealed from Heaven (Read I Corinthians). Our
efforts continually should be to seek this kind of a life. When God draws us into this Life and Service our
continual aim should be to please Him in all things that there be no end to our growth, adding daily such
virtues as the Life of Christ reflected.

II Peter 1:5-8, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue: and to virtue knowledge; and to
knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience Godliness; and to Godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye
shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Whether you are Jew or Gentile, Catholic or Protestant, we want you to understand that the Lord God of Israel is
now sending the long awaited Elijah Messenger as it was foretold by the Holy prophets and promised by
Jesus Christ. Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to
their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

This Heavenly Messenger is coming from the presence of God and His Message is for all. You, too, need to
give His Word prayerful consideration. Matthew 4:4, Jesus said,” ... It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’ “  It is true? Has God again spoken? You
need to know for yourself.

May God bless the readers of this with a love for more Truth as it is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

What Must I do to be Saved (part 1)