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“All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” Jesus said to the disciples when they did finally get to the mountain they had been told to go to on resurrection morning but did not.

The word ‘baptise’ carries with it the meaning ‘inundate’… that is, to overfill, overcome and saturate.  As such, after we have obeyed the earlier command that He gave them on resurrection evening, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe:  In My Name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well,” we are to take those who have been made believers, by their decision to repent and believe, into disciples.

Understand that believers make themselves believers by their decision to believe the gospel.  A preacher does not make believers, but just delivers the news.  And those who hear make themselves believers if they choose to believe and receive the assurance of salvation as they choose also to repent, which is the first baptism, for John came preaching and practising the baptism in water as part of his message of a baptism of repentance.

So what is the baptism that Jesus first spoke of that qualifies all who believe for salvation?  For Jesus did not say in Mark 16.16, “Whoever believes will be saved…” as He first did to Nicodemus in John 3.16.  However, see that in John 3.16 Jesus said, “…whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,” whereas in Mark 16.15-16, “…the good news…  Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved…” There is a difference between believing in the news about a person and believing in the person.  For those who believe in the good news, salvation must be accompanied by a baptism – an inundation, an overfilling, a soaking – of repentance, for Jesus said, “Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved…” And for those who believe in the Person… they will be saved.

So before you come to know the Person to believe in the Person, it is first the news you would believe in.  As such, the doctrine is unchanged.  The condition of the salvation remains, “Repent and believe the good news!” for salvation to come to those who have yet to believe in the Man who is the subject of the news.

In the same way, Jesus first taught the disciples that, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” However, later Jesus said, “I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” There is a difference between hearing the words without coming to Jesus and coming to the Person first and then hearing the words.  The strength of the person is greater in the one who first came to Jesus and heard the word and then put the word into practice.

From among those who have believed and are baptised in repentance, we are to make some into disciples.  However, if you have not been discipled, how can you disciple others?

See that they, the eleven, were told to make… which is a work that is done by them and not by the believers.  Unlike the earlier use of the word ‘baptised’ in Mark 16.16, Jesus used the word ‘baptising’ in Matthew 28.19 in the present continuous tense… a continuous action of baptising in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  See also Jesus did not say, “…in the Names…” but “…in the Name…” As such, there is only one Name.  As Jesus was given the Name by the Father, that Name is also the Father’s Name, for He prayed, “Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name—the Name You gave Me…”

So then what is the power of the Name?  And by the way, if you still need to ask; ‘Jesus’ is also the Name of the Holy Spirit because They are One.  So then what is the power of the Name?

The Name of the Father has the authority that Jesus spoke of… so that in the Name of the Father the authority to do such and such is given.  Since the authority has been given to Jesus the Son, He used that authority to command the disciples to go and make disciples.  See that the disciples whom Jesus made were given to Him by the Father… but now, through the authority He has received, we are commanded to make disciples, that is, we choose whom we disciple just as He chose whom would be His disciples… another fulfilment of John 14.12.

And in the process of making them disciples, we are to baptise them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, which is not only the power of the Name, but the authority that is in the Name of the Father and the salvation that is in the Name of the Son and the power that is in the Name of the Holy Spirit.  For it is the Father who commands, and salvation is found in the Son, and it is the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of Sonship, who declared Jesus to be the Son of God with power.

So the process of making disciples of all nations is the process of inundation of that nation with the gospel and with the authority, salvation and power that is in the Name until that nation is soaked through… from which individuals are then chosen to be soaked and again inundated with the same, giving rise to the final product as it were… those whose faith, repentance, authority, salvation and power so overflow from them that they too are sons of God confirmed by the Spirit of Sonship by His power… the same power that raised Jesus from the dead would now protect those who are faith-FULL not only in the words of Jesus but to the Person of Jesus from death and so fulfil what Jesus has said, “…and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” Again, see that it is “…in Me…” it is not “…whoever lives and believe will never die.”  No, it is “…and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” So it is not enough to have heard His words and put them into practice to fulfil John 11.26; it also requires coming to Him to hear His words and to put them into practice.  Many believe in the words of Jesus; they believe them, they say (confess) them, they preach them, and as the expression goes, they even stand on them, but they do not go to Jesus nor do they believe in Him.  You can live the benefit of the promise without living with the One who gave the promise.

In that process of discipleship, the disciples are to teach those they are making into disciples, be they the nations or the people within the nations, “…to obey everything I have commanded you,” so that those who are discipled are given the opportunity to bear witness to this promise:  “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching.  My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” However, how can anyone experience this incredible truth that They would come – not that we would go, but They would come and make Their home with us – if there is no making of disciples, if there is no baptising in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and if there is no teaching of what Jesus commanded?

We now know it is a fact and a truth, to which we bear witness, that that which is taught in the church is not always what Jesus taught, but rather, are traditions and doctrines made up by men who are drawing disciples unto themselves.  Just as Jesus told the pharisees that they had fine ways of rejecting (nullifying) the word of God for the sake of their traditions, so likewise, the church has cast aside the teachings of Jesus for the sake of their traditions.

So then there is now a baptism purposed for all who have heard the words of Jesus… a baptism that was promised in these words:  “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house…” and “When a flood came, the torrent struck…” a baptism not of water, nor of fire or of the Holy Spirit, nor is it a baptism of the Name, but rather, it is a baptism of the words of Jesus… an inundation of the fulfilment of the words of Jesus to such an extent that it will be first like the rain falling, then the streams rising, and finally becoming a torrent that will test the standing and foundation of all who have heard the words of Jesus, and not just those who have heard His words… it will test even those who have come to Him and heard His words.  For those who will be swept away are those who came and heard, but did not put them into practice.

So repent, cast away your idols of traditions that are not the teachings of Jesus… believe this warning and be baptised in repentance… perhaps God will remember mercy and relent… perhaps not.

As for you, elect, you who have come to Him, who have heard His words and who have put them into practice… it is time to begin the inundation of this world in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

For it is when there are those who have the commands of Jesus and obey them that He will be drawn back with the Father… and as He has said, “…We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

Obedience to the commands of Jesus is what brings Him back to us.  So it is those who have heard and obeyed what the Spirit has said, who can say, “Come, Lord Jesus, come,” and know that soon… very soon… He will arrive on clouds of glory with great power to make His home with them.

Amen

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