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Eric Aboadwe       ( Ghana ) 2017-02-12     Views : 246     Touched : 56

Our Bible reading for today is taken from the book of Apostle Matthew which reads:

"I indeed baptized you with water unto repentance, but He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, who sandals, I am not worthy to carry. HE WILL BAPTIZED YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE. His winnowing fan is in His hand and He will thoroughly purge His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:11-12)"

The above quotation is a very powerful witness by John the baptist which must strengthen our faith in Jesus' baptism.

John the Baptist was telling the Israelites that, the baptism they are receiving from him is just a baptism of repentance, but Jesus will come and be baptized by him to wash away their sins, and by doing that He will baptized them with the Holy Spirit and fire.

After John said this, the next verse which is verse 13 says, "Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by Him." The word "THEN" which connotes time, refers to the exact time when Jesus took the sins of the world upon Himself which is THE PURGING OF HIS THRESHING FLOOR as John foretold the people before baptizing Jesus.

The passage in Matthew 3:11-12 contains so many mysteries. I just want you to take your time and read the passage very carefully and you will understand these mysteries which God is teaching us in the passage. We must understand every word in the passage.

John spoke about the work of Jesus in that Scripture passage saying, “His winnowing fan is in His hand and He will thoroughly purge His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire" ( Matthew 3:12).

The words “HIS WINNOWING FAN” which he says is in Jesus hand, ( refers to Jesus' baptism, His blood, and His resurrection). And the statement “HE WILL THOROUGHLY PURGE HIS THRESHING FLOOR” (refers to the cleansing of believers from sin), whiles the statement “AND GATHER HIS WHEAT INTO THE BARN” (refers to the gathering of the righteous Saints to Heaven), whiles “HE WILL BURN THE CHAFF WITH UNQUENCHABLE FIRE” (refers to the burning of sinners in hell).

In other words, John was saying that Jesus will use His baptism, blood and resurrection to purge the believers and gather them to the Kingdom of Heaven, but He will burn the sinners (chaff) with unquenchable fire because they were not baptized by the Holy Spirit fire by believing in JESUS BAPTISM.

Don’t forget that the Apostle Peter told us that unless we are baptized through faith in Jesus baptism, we cannot receive the forgiveness of sins which qualifies us to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in order to be baptized by His fire (Acts 2:38).

You must know that when you are baptized with the BAPTISM OF FIRE after believing in JESUS BAPTISM, your faith becomes the type of faith which over-comes all types of fire whether it a physical fire or hell-fire.

It is this same faith which enabled Sharach, Meshack and Abed-Nego to overcome any fire including the physical fire of the burning fiery furnace which Nebuchadnezzar kindled against them (Daniel 3:15-17). WHY? The reason is because they also believed in the salvation work of Jesus Christ.

Therefore Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and told his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the King, “True, O King.” And Nebuchadnezzar told them, “Look! I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire: and they are not hurt, and THE FORM of the FOURTH is like THE SON OF GOD” (Daniel3:24-24).

Daniel, Shedrach, Meshack, and Abed-Nego believed in the salvation work of Jesus through the sacrificial system. They offered a lamb (Jesus Christ), laid their hands on its head to pass their sins onto it (Jesus baptism), and they killed the animal for it’s blood to ooze out (Jesus death on the Cross).

In fact the Bible tells us clearly that they were offering these sacrifices on different time intervals in the morning and evening (Daniel 9:20-21). Therefore it is their faith in the MESSIAH to come which the Apostle Paul says enabled them to “stopped the mouth of lions,” and “quenched the violence of fire” (Hebrews 11:33-34).

It is our faith in Jesus baptism and His blood which enable us to be baptized with the HOLY SPIRIT FIRE, and when we are baptized in this fire of favor and grace, we are able to quench any “violence of fire” including the hell fire because IT HAS NO POWER OVER THE CHILDREN OF GOD.

Jesus is GOD (1 John 5:20), and the Holy Spirit is GOD (Acts 5:3-4). But it is very shocking and surprising that many Christians are interested in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but they are not interested in the Baptism of Jesus Christ.

How can someone love THE BAPTISM OF THE SPIRIT whiles he doesn’t love the BAPTISM OF JESUS? Why should a Christian choose one leaving the other? Satan is very cunning! Therefore IF YOU DON’T KNOW JESUS BAPTISM, then you must believe in it today before it is too late.

Jesus told us that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will testify of what He did to save us from our sins and bear witness to the truth. He said, “But when the Helper comes, who I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me” (John 15:26).

Did the Holy Spirit testify of Jesus? YES HE DID! In fact the Bible says, “This is He who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth” (1 John 5:6).

Have you now seen that the Holy Spirit actually bear witness of Jesus as He told the disciples? You must know that NO PASTOR OR THEOLOGIAN IS GREATER THAN THE HOLY SPIRIT. Therefore if the Holy Spirit bears witness that Jesus came by WATER and BLOOD, and your pastor also tells you that Jesus came only by blood, which of them do you believe? Do you believe in God or you believe in man?

If a pastor or theologian does not tell you that Jesus saved you with His water and blood, he is a false teacher and preacher. He can never help you to be BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT FIRE, because his testimony is different from the Holy Spirit.

And if you are not baptized with the Holy Spirit fire by believing in JESUS BAPTISM, then you must know that you cannot escape the judgement of hell.

Believe in the BAPTISM OF JESUS today, and you will surely be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.



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