Rebirth Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

These are my notes from tonight's sermon Rebirth Sermon 12/29/2001
I have uploaded the audio to http://www.onenessapostolic.org/audio

There is much opinion, theory, and doctrines regarding salvation, but
if we look at what was taught by Jesus Christ, then preached upon His
authority by Peter, and then practiced by the apostles consistently;
we see two essential elements that make up the Christian new birth.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God.

Those essential elements are: WATER and SPIRIT. A grown man was
told by God manifest in the flesh that he had to be born of water and
that he had to be born of the Spirit.

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him;

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

Whenever either ingredient of the Christian New Birth was missing,
the apostles IMMEDIATELY added the missing one. If a person was
baptized in Jesus Name then the Apostles prayed for them to receive
the Holy Spirit. (that also proves that people don't automatically
receive the Holy Ghost when they "believe" as some false-christian
cults teach. When people received the Holy Ghost with the evidence
of speaking in tongues, the Apostles immediately baptized them in
Jesus Name.

Those who had even been baptised personally by John the Baptist were
re-baptised in Jesus name for the remission of their sins. John's
baptism was only for a temporary period of time. Jesus Name baptism
does remit sins by the POWER of the shed blood of God.

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and
wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

How does a person have their sins washed away? Clearly it is by
being baptized in Jesus Name which is the METHOD whereby one calls on
the Name of the Lord. That is the reason that trinitarians will all
die in their sins because they reject Jesus Name water baptism.

Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are
risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath
raised him from the dead.

Note the essentiality of both WATER and SPIRIT:

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be
that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the
Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Notice here that the Bible speaks of the Spirit of God and the Spirit
of Christ as EXACTLY the same Spirit.

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned.

How could Jesus have been more clear regarding the essentiality of
Jesus Name baptism? False-christians are simply not being honest
with themselves.

Deceivers who suggest that non-believers would be baptised and that
Jesus would have needed to mention lack of baptism WITH non-belief,
are not being even remotely honest, so we need not waste time with
them.

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born
of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Notice here that Jesus was telling a grown man what he STILL needed
to do in order to be saved. The grown man still had to be reborn of
WATER and of the SPIRIT.

This is so very consistent with the plan of salvation that the "man
with the keys to the kingdom" preached on the birthday of the New
Testament Church.

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and
upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall
not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Acts 2:38 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.
Acts 2:39 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 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort,
saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and
the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.

Here is an example where the re-birth of WATER preceded the re-birth
of SPIRIT

Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that
Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and
John:
Acts 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they
might receive the Holy Ghost:
Acts 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Acts 8:17 Then laid they [their] hands on them, and they received the
Holy Ghost.

Here is one where the re-birth of SPIRIT preceded the re-birth of
WATER:

Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were
astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles
also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
Then answered Peter,
Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be
baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the
Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Another here where the re-birth of the WATER preceded re-birth of
SPIRIT.

Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth,
Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and
finding certain disciples,
Acts 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye
believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard
whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And
they said, Unto John's baptism.
Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:5 When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of
the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy
Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

The apostles made sure that folks had been re-born both of the WATER
and re-born of the SPIRIT, the Acts 2:38 plan of salvation that has
always been adhered to by true Christianity.

2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when
the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and
that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the
presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the
house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of
them that obey not the gospel of God?

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias
saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

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

Pastor Steve Winter