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"What Shall We Do?"

       Notice the very beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15). Jesus said, “REPENT ye, and BELIEVE the gospel.” The very first words He pro­claimed, at the very beginning of His Gospel, were to command the TWO CONDITIONS to becoming a Christian: REPENTANCE, and FAITH. Those are the two things we must do! Repentance is toward GOD. Faith is toward Christ. Repentance means to quit sinning, and sin is the transgression of God’s spiritual LAW — so repentance means to begin living according to God’s Command­ments! And Jesus said “believe the GOSPEL.” And the GOSPEL is the Good News of the Kingdom of God — which means GOVERNMENT of God, and government means obedience to LAWS, in this case God’s laws, which express the will of God — government by the WILL OF GOD, no longer by human self-will!
       After Jesus had completed His earthly ministry, had paid the penalty of your sins, had risen from the dead and ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost.
       Thousands were in Jerusalem for this festival. When the Spirit of God came upon — and into — the disciples that morning, thousands found themselves in awe and wonder at the majestic spectacle. Peter then preached the first inspired sermon of this Christian dis­pensation. Thousands were convicted in their hearts. They realized their lost condition. They realized Christ was indeed Messiah — S
AVIOUR!
       “What shall we do?” they cried out to Peter and the disciples. “H
OW SHALL WE BE SAVED?”
       Peter was now inspired. The answer came straight and direct!
       “
REPENT”! shouted the inspired Peter in great power, “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 SPIRIT”! (Acts 2:38.)
       There are the conditions —
JUST TWO — the same as Jesus gave them at the very beginning of His Gospel — REPENT, and BELIEVE! For one cannot be rightly bap­tized except he believe (Acts 8:37). Baptism is an ordi­nance symbolizing FAITH in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
       Once these conditions are complied with, God stands bound by a
PROMISE to put within the repentant believer HIS SPIRIT — which means His LOVE, faith, understanding, gentleness and goodness, power, etc. — His attitude of mind — the Spirit of a sound mind — His very LIFE — the impregnation and begettal of eter­nal life, and the very character of God! The HOLY SPIRIT in one CHANGES one!
       “For the
PROMISE is unto you, and to your chil­dren . . . even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39).
       W
ATER BAPTISM, THEN, IS A REQUIRED PART OF THE WAY OF SALVATION!


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Source: “"What Shall We Do?"”, pp. 8-9 in booklet:
All About Water Baptism
by Herbert W. Armstrong, © 1948, 1954, 1972.

(To be continued . . .)


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