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Into His Marvelous Light

 

When walking out of a dark room into the sunshine, light can be blinding.

As our eyes become accustomed to the light, we can see more clearly

and enjoy the scenery that surrounds us. Likewise, when we look into

the light of the Scriptures, the brightness of truth can sometimes hurt.

However, as our spiritual eyesight becomes adjusted we can enjoy

“walking in the light.”

 

This Bible study is designed to allow us to “walk” in the marvelous

light of the Word of God. We will be journeying into the Scriptures by

imagining we are back in the days of Jesus and the Apostles, listening

to them teach and preach the plan of salvation. In order to do this, we

will be careful to “rightly divide the word of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)

by concentrating on the highlights of the three main divisions of the

New Testament in chronological order, including:

 

1. THE GOSPELS

Covering the words and works of Jesus Christ

2. THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

Covering the actions and preaching of the Apostles

3. THE EPISTLES

Covering the letters written by the Apostles to the churches

they started in the Book of Acts

 

 

We believe the Scriptures are divinely inspired and “of no private

interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20,21). Therefore, every effort has been made

to present the pure Word of God without adding to it or taking away

from its teachings (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:5,6). It is not our

intention to diminish any personal relationship you may have with our

Lord. Neither do we desire to convince you of our own personal ideas

or the creeds of any denomination. We simply desire to share the truth

as it is written. Only by claiming the Bible as our sole authority can any

of us be confident of our salvation, for it is the Word of God and not the

traditions of men that will judge us all in the end.

 

Let us read 2 Timothy 3:15,16 as we begin

our journey into the Word of God...

 

THE GOSPELS

John 1:1-5,14

The _____________, which was in the beginning, and was God,

became flesh. Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God.

 

John 1:11-13

If we believe in Him and receive Him, Jesus gives us power to become

the sons of _____________ by a supernatural birth. He spoke further

about this new birth one night to a ruler of the Jews...

 

 

 

John 3:1-8

The Lord told Nicodemus that everyone who wanted to see or enter the

kingdom of God must be born again of _____________ and the

______________.

 

John 3:16-21

Jesus also told Nicodemus that whosoever ____________ in Him shall

have eternal life. Jesus mentioned two seemingly different requirements

for salvation, one is being born again, the other is believing. Yet, this is

not a contradiction. The next scripture explains how believing is related

to experiencing the birth of the Spirit.

 

John 7:38,39

Here we discover that if we believe on Him we will receive his

______________. We find that scriptural belief is more than just a

change in the way we think. It also results in a scriptural experience.

Faith motivates us to obey and obedience brings God’s acceptance

and blessing.

 

John 12:35,36 & 42,43

Today, just as in Jesus’ day, many believe on Him. But, they will not

_______________ Him for fear of what others will do or say.

 

John 12:44-48(1)

In response to their fearfulness, Jesus warns that His ____________

will judge us, so we must be careful not to reject it. Rather, we should

believe and obey it...no matter what others say or do!

 

 

John 17:17-20(2)

In Jesus’ prayer for His disciples, just before His crucifixion, He said

God’s Word is _____________. He also prayed for us; and all those

who would believe on Him through the Apostles’ word.

 

To find out what the Apostles’ message was to be, let us read what

Jesus told them to proclaim. The setting of the following great

commission scripture in Luke 24:45-49(3) is just after the Lord’s death,

burial and resurrection, and just before His ascension into heaven.

 

“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the

scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved

Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that

repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name

among all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of

these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you:

but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power

from on high.”

 

Questions:

Did the Apostles preach the message Jesus commanded

them to proclaim?

 

How was the promise of the Father fulfilled?

 

Let us continue our journey into the Word of God

by seeing what was preached and what happened

at Jerusalem...

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THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

 

Acts 1:3-5

As we enter the Book of Acts, we discover almost immediately that

the promise of the Father is the baptism of the _______________

________________.

 

Acts 2:1-17

When the Apostles were at Jerusalem, they, along with many others,

were joyously filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other

_____________ as the Spirit gave them utterance, (the inspiration

to speak). The amazed onlookers from many nations who heard them

speaking with tongues asked, “What meaneth this?” Then Peter explained

the promised coming of the Spirit and went on to preach Christ and the

original apostolic plan of salvation.

 

Acts 2:36-39(4)

When the people who heard Peter’s

words believed that Jesus Christ was

their Lord and Savior, they were sorry

for their sins and asked Peter and the

Apostles what they should do. Peter

replied by preaching the message

Jesus commanded to be preached in

Luke 24:45-49. In light of this, consider

the three elements of the plan of

salvation Peter preached in verse 38:

 

1. Repentance

2. Remission of sins through

baptism in Jesus’ name

3. Receiving the gift of the Holy

Ghost

 

Acts 2:38 is the fulfillment

of the two “new birth”

requirements Jesus

mentioned in John 3:5

that were necessary to

enter the kingdom of God!

 

Water birth = baptism in

the name of Jesus Christ!

 

Spirit birth = infilling

of the Holy Ghost!

 

Now, let’s look at other examples of people being

born again of water and the Spirit as the Word Jesus

gave His apostles continued to be preached throughout

the Book of Acts...

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Philip preaching to the samaritans in Acts 8...

Some people say when they experienced joy, or when they believed in

Jesus, or when they were baptized, they were automatically filled with

the Holy Ghost, but what does the Word say?

 

Acts 8:5-8 Did they have great Joy? yes ___ no ___

 

Acts 8:12 Did they believe in Jesus Christ? yes ___ no ___

 

Acts 8:14-17(5) Were they baptized in His name? yes ___ no ___

 

Did they receive the Holy Ghost as a separate and

distinct experience? yes ___ no ___

 

 

Peter preaching to the Gentiles in Acts 10...

Some people say being religious is enough, or that Spirit baptism evidenced

by tongues was only for the Day of Pentecost. If the Bible says

this is true, then it is true. But if the Word shows us through Cornelius’

experience that this is not true...then it is not.

 

Acts 10:1,2 Was Cornelius a religious man? yes ___ no ___

 

Acts 10:5,6(6) Did God have more for him to do? yes ___ no ___

 

Acts 10:44-46 Did they receive the Holy Ghost

and speak in tongues after the

day of Pentecost? yes ___ no ___

 

Acts 10:47,48 Did they still have to be baptized

in Jesus’ name? yes ___ no ___

 

 

 

Paul preaching to John’s disciples in Acts 19...

Many people who are believers have not even heard about the Holy Ghost

that is promised to them. Also, some people say it is not necessary to

be baptized or rebaptized. (If you were baptized by John the Baptist,

would you think it would be necessary to be re-baptized using a different

baptismal formula?) Others say it does not matter what is spoken when

you are baptized. If the Bible indicates it does not matter, then it does

not matter. But what if the Bible shows us it DOES matter?

 

Acts 19:1,2 They were believers, but had

they heard of or received the

Holy Ghost? yes ___ no ___

 

Acts 19:3-5(7) Did those baptized by John the

Baptist have to be re-baptized

in Jesus’ name? yes ___ no ___

 

Acts 19:6 Was receiving the Holy Ghost

accompanied by the initial

evidence of speaking with

other tongues? yes ___ no ___

 

 

We have found that the Apostles preached

the following salvation message:

... The life of Christ and His death, burial and resurrection

... Repentance toward God and belief in Jesus Christ as Savior

... Baptism in water by immersion in Jesus’ Name

... Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (which was accompanied

by the initial evidence of speaking with other tongues.)

 

 

Now, let us read what the Apostles had to say about

the message of salvation they proclaimed in the Book

of Acts. We can do this by reading the Epistles (letters)

they wrote to the converts.

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THE EPISTLES

As we read the Epistles, we will notice how strongly the Apostles felt

about the gospel (good news) of salvation. This is not because they

were being judgmental. It is because they knew the Word Jesus had

given them to proclaim was going to judge all men.

 

What Did Peter Say?

“Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth...being born again...

by the word of God...and this is the word which by the gospel is

preached unto you” (1 Peter 1:22-25).

 

Obedience to God’s Word purifies our souls!

 

 

Peter Asked...

“What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

(1 Peter 4:17,18).

 

Paul Answered...

“The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels

in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that

obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished

with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from

the glory of his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

 

It is eternally important to obey the gospel!

 

What Did Paul Say?

“But there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel

of Christ, but though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other

gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let

him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man

preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him

be accursed” (Galatians 1:7-9)

 

There is only one gospel!

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What Did James Say?

“Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save

your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving

your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer,

he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he

beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth

what manner of man he was” (James 1:21-24).

 

The Word is able to save our souls!

 

James tells us that if we see something we need to

do as we look into the “mirror of the word,” we should

do it. Let us now consider what we will do with

what we have heard...

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Conclusion

 

DO YOU BELIEVE the Word of God is true and will judge us?

 

DO YOU BELIEVE Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior?

 

DO YOU BELIEVE it is necessary to repent by determining to

turn from sin and giving your life to God?

 

 

DO YOU BELIEVE water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ

is the biblical way to be baptized?

 

DO YOU BELIEVE the baptism of the Holy Ghost is for you today,

and when you receive it you will speak in other tongues, just as

they did in the Bible?

 

If you believe these

things, pray right now,

asking God to allow

you to experience all

that He has for you!

 

 

Supplemental Scriptures

(1) Matthew 7:13-24

God’s warning regarding false prophets, and the importance of being

a doer and not just a hearer of the Word.

 

(2) Matthew 16:15-19

Peter was given the “keys of the kingdom” because of his revelation

of who Jesus Christ was.

 

(3) Other “Great Commission” Scriptures

In Matthew 28:18-20 the word “name” is singular in this command to

baptize. The Apostles obeyed this command when they baptized only in

the name of Jesus, and did not use the titles mentioned here. (See Acts

4:12). Mark 16:15-18 stresses the importance of water baptism and

describes the signs that will follow believers.

 

(4) Matthew 16:15-19

Peter, who was given the “keys of the kingdom,” uses them to open

the “kingdom door” by preaching the original apostolic message of

salvation for the first time.

 

(5) Acts 8:35-39

Philip must have mentioned baptism when he preached Jesus to the

Ethiopian official because the Eunuch asked to be baptized in water.

The Greek root word for “baptize” is bapto which literally means

“to cover wholly with fluid, to dip.” (See also Romans 6:3,4.)

 

(6) Acts 10:34-43

Peter preached the life and lordship of Jesus Christ as well as His

death, burial and resurrection.

 

(7) 1 Peter 3:20,21

According to Peter, baptism is an essential part of the plan of salvation.

 

We encourage you to read through the

Gospels, Acts and Epistles in detail...and

continue to walk “into His marvelous light!”

 

 

 *First Apostolic Church, 802 East Mishawaka Ave. Mishawaka, IN 46545*  Pastor G. A. Ebright 574-259-3993, 574-259-3033

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