In my own walk before and after I truly repented and came to Christ, I’ve come across many Christians that actively continue to live in sin. Some struggle with lying, some with pornography, some with lust, some with coveting (constantly wanting what they don’t have and never satisfied), some with anger and hate, some with extramarital sex, some with drunkenness and drug use among other addictions, some with partying, some with jealousy, some with gossip, some with bitter strivings, some idolizing other Gods, and the list goes on and on. Is this the condition of the Christian today? Slaves to sin? Before I was born again, I too was a prisoner and slave to sin. I thought I was a Christian, having believed in Christ- yet I didn’t know that I hadn’t yet been reborn. I was baptized as a baby with sprinkling of water (a practice foreign to the Word of God), yet when you examine the Word you will find that this is not how rebirth takes place. Because I was never reborn, I couldn’t help but live a sinful life. It wasn’t until I was truly reborn through baptism according to the Word, that I was freed from my slavery to sin. Jesus did not die to save us from hell, rather he died to save us from our sin. If you are today a Christian yet you remain a slave to sin, I’m telling you the truth when I say, you still need to be saved! If you are constantly beat up by guilt from your bondage to sin, you need to be reborn to receive salvation and freedom from sin! We can know this by looking at the Bible/The Word/The Rock, and what IT says about those that are reborn. When we are born again, we are saints:
“And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.” ~ Acts 9:32
“Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.” ~ Acts 26:7
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33
“But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints” ~ Romans 15:25
“Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.” ~ Romans 16:15
Any time Paul addresses the congregations in the NT, he refers to them as “saints,” not sinners. The greek term used for “saints” in the Bible is:
hágios – properly, different (unlike), other (“otherness“),holy; for the believer, 40 (hágios) means “likeness of nature with the Lord” because “different from the world.”
To be a saint, is to be holy like God is holy. This means we walk free from sin (disobedience to God’s laws). This is very different from today’s religious perception of Christians as sinners. Most religions today teach that we all are sinners, again taking a single verse here or there out of context. When examining the entire Word, you will find that those born again no longer continued in sin. You may ask, how can this be? The answer- it is SUPERNATURAL! Only by the Holy Spirit can anyone walk free from sin. If you continue to walk as a prisoner to sin, you have not been transformed into the new creation. If you continue to be a slave to sin, you have yet to truly repent and be reborn! To tell someone to “believe in Jesus and you will be saved,” is only a half truth.
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” ~ Mark 16:16
In Mark, we are told that we must believe AND be baptized. The Word tells us what we must do WHEN we believe in Jesus. This can be found all throughout the book of Acts. To sum it up- take a look at what Peter said:
“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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” ~ Acts 2:38
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” ~ Matthew 28:19
Notice something, a mystery. Jesus said to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, yet when Peter was speaking he mentioned #1 Repentance, #2 Baptism in the name of Jesus, and #3 you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The baptismal rebirth is a three-fold baptism with 3 steps! Explained further:
STEP 1- Baptism in the name of the Father
REPENTANCE towards God for our sin (disobedience to His laws). This is a changing and purifying of our hearts toward the Father, Creator of all things. Repentance defined means (1.) To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite. (2.) To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one’s mind regarding it: (3.) To make a change for the better as a result of remorse or contrition for one’s sins. Sincere repentance in turn is death of your sinful flesh. Scripture refers to this as “dying with Christ,” or being “crucified with Christ.”
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.” ~ Romans 6:3-10
“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.” ~ Colossians 2:20-23 (Teaching that in our death with Christ we are no longer subject to traditions, doctrines and commandments made BY MEN. Don’t confuse this with the commandments of God.)
STEP 2- Baptism in the name of the Son
WATER BAPTISM by submersion in water as Christ was baptized as our example, FOR THE REMISSION OF SIN! This is forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ. As Christ died for our sins, Water Baptism is the process of us BURYING our body/flesh IN THE WATER (with Christ), because IT IS NOW DEAD from sin. When we come out of the water we RISE TO NEW LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST. This is a physical act that carries with it a spiritual effect of rebirth! You will rise from the water changed. Water Baptism according to the Word of God occurred only after someone heard of Jesus, repented for sin and believed. Note: There isn’t a single case of a baby being baptized in the entire Bible. In every case, the individual had to consciously decide (hence being reborn). Water Baptism can be performed by any Holy Spirit filled Christian as made evident in the NT scriptures.
STEP 3- Baptism in the name of the Holy Ghost
RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST by one of two biblical methods:
(a.) The prayer and laying on of hands of someone that already has the Holy Spirit:
“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:5 (This comes from a scolding by Paul towards the Corinthians for declaring a following after Paul or Apollos, instead of Christ. He tells them that he himself, and Apollos are nothing but ministers whom they believed, yet the Lord gave this ministering ability to every man, not just them, summarizing to follow Christ.)
“Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:13-17 (Here Paul the Apostle makes clear he did not baptize most of these Corinthians (remember baptism is 3 fold). If he didn’t, than who did? The answer is other Spirit filled believers including the well mentioned Apollos. He indicates that Christ didn’t send him to baptize but rather to preach the gospel. Three Fold Baptism is the responsibility of every Holy Spirit filled Christian! The Apostles began this teaching and work, and now we carry on just like the Corinthians did. We know from scripture that Apollos (not an Apostle) did a considerable amount of the baptizing in Corinth to the point that some wanted to follow him rather than Christ.)
Or (b.) Receive the Holy Spirit by asking for it yourself in prayer:
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” ~ Luke 11:9-13 (Jesus)
The Holy Spirit is a new Spirit, a perfect Spirit that dwells within us and leads us into all understanding of the Word/Rock/Jesus. When one receives the Holy Spirit, it carries with it signs that it has been received. It is a teacher, comforter, guide, companion, and with it comes POWER to walk in the Spirit free from sin. It brings with it gifts of healing, prophecy, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, signs and wonders, and tongues.
This is the rebirth. It is a three step process of cleansing and reconciliation to God our Creator. This is how we become and can walk as Sons & Daughters of God, no longer foreigners of heaven. This is the ministry of reconciliation that we are entrusted with as SAINTS! We walk in freedom from sin, no longer slaves to sin. We are freed from depression, addiction, lust, anger, malice, drunkenness and partying, unlawful sex, sickness and every form of sin and bondage that Satan has brought. We are reconciled to our Creator.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” (Prophecy of Christ’s Mission)~ Isaiah 61:1
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” ~ Luke 4:18 (Jesus)
We all have sinned because we were all born of Adam’s seed. This is why no man can claim he has no sin:
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” ~ 1 John 1:8
But then we become reborn by the seed of God through Holy Spirit, washed, clean, no longer walking in sin, but now walking according to the Holy Spirit!
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” ~ Romans 6:1-2
“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.” Galatians 2:17-18
“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” ~ 1 John 5:18-19
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.“ ~ 1 John 3:22
“And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.“ ~ 1 John 3:24
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” ~ 2 John 1:9
You see, over and over again the Apostles told us that when we are reborn, we cannot continue in sin. We no longer transgress the law and way of God, rather we fulfill it just as Jesus fulfilled it. We are no longer prisoners to the lusts of the flesh, rather we are FREE. Our flesh is dead, buried in baptism. We are no longer of the seed of Adam, rather we are now of the seed of God. The Holy Spirit is amazing and active today in a supernatural way! If you are a Christian, but you are living in sin, we encourage you to not only believe on Jesus name, but be baptized in the name of the Father (Repentance), the Son (Water Baptism by submersion), and the Holy Spirit (Receive the fullness of God’s spirit). This is the rebirth! This will transform your life in a way that you could have never dreamed. You will be given everything you need for your walk the moment you receive the Holy Spirit, lacking nothing. You will be filled with love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, goodness, faith and self control. It will be no longer you that lives, but Christ that lives in you! If you remain living in sin you still need to be saved and reborn, and we encourage you to believe in Jesus our savior, Repent to the Father, and be Baptized with Water in Jesus’ name, and pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit or have another Holy Spirit filled Christian lay hands on you today!!!
One more thing- we should not judge anyone in their walk, especially those that are newly reborn to the faith still feeding on “milk” rather than “meat.” As every born again Christian learns to walk with Christ as a baby, they stumble here and there until finally they are grown and able to walk on their own with Christ in the Spirit. Don’t beat each other up, rather love and correct one another. As the body of Christ, we should pick each other up, teach, and edify one another in the Word with all patience. Only then will we come to a place where we are walking as “The Body of Christ” one in the Holy Spirit in righteousness together. If you need help or training with Baptism, please don’t hesitate to contact us for help.