Thursday, April 3, 2014

resurrection and life

Good evening friends,
In today's reading Jesus goes to Bethany to Lazarus. His sister, Martha, thinks Jesus is offering theological comfort when Jesus promises resurrection. Martha thinks Jesus is talking about the resurrection at the end of history, which they both believe in. Jesus has something more immediate in mind.

God bless,
Sam

John 11: 11-27
11After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” 12The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.”13Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”

23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

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  1. WATER BAPTISM-IMMERSION, SPRINKLING OR POURING?

    What is the meaning of water baptism? Is it immersion in water? Is it being sprinkled with water? Is it having water poured on a person? Is it all three?

    The Greek word baptizo was not translated into English, in most translations. Baptizo was transliterated into English as baptize. The definition of transliterate is; to change letters, words, etc. into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language.

    I am going to quote from a translation that translates the Greek word baptizo into English. THE BETTER VERSION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT BY CHESTER ESTES (TBVOTNT)

    Matthew 3:16 And when Jesus was immersed, he went up from the water, and, behold, immediately the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and resting upon him.

    There is no translation that reads-Jesus was sprinkled or poured.

    Acts 8:38 Then he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he immersed him.

    There is no translation that reads-he sprinkled or poured him.

    Acts 2:38 The Peter said unto them, Let each of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    There is nor translation that reads-repent and be sprinkled or poured.

    Acts 10:47 Can any one forbid water, that these should not be immersed, who received the Holy Spirit , even as we did.

    There is no translation that reads-that these should not be sprinkled or poured.

    Galatians 3:27 For as many of you have been immersed into Christ, have put on Christ.

    There is no translation that reads-have been sprinkled or poured into Christ.

    Romans 6:4 We were, therefore, buried with him by immersioninto that death; that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, thus we also should walk in newness of life.

    There is no translation that reads- buried with him by sprinkling or pouring.

    Colossians 2:12 Having been buried with him by immersion, by which also you were raised up with him, through the belief of the strong working of God, who raised him from the dead.

    There is no translation that reads-buried with him by sprinkling or pouring.

    1 Peter 3:20-21.....to safety by water. 21 The like figure, in which immersion does, also, now save us (not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but seeking of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ;

    There is no translation that reads- to safety by water. The like figure which is sprinkling or pouring.

    Acts 14:4 Paul then said to them, John immersed with the immersion of repentance, saying to the people that they should should believe on him who would come after him, that is, Jesus.

    There is no translation that reads-John sprinkled or poured with the sprinkling or pouring of repentance.

    Matthew 28:19 Go you, therefore, making disciples of all nations, immersing them into the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit;

    There is no translation that reads-sprinkling or pouring them into the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed, and has been immersed, will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

    There is no translation that reads-and has been sprinkled or poured, will be saved.

    BAPTIZE MEANS IMMERSION AS TRANSLITERATED FROM THE GREEK WORD BAPTIZO.

    BAPTIZO TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK MEANS IMMERSION.

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