The Israelites and all nations that had dealings with the Israelites were told that a Messiah would come to the Israelite people.
So when Jesus came and fulfilled the scriptures-- Whose that believed that the scriptures were fulfilled and that Jesus was the Messiah
Or Christ--Once they professed that --they were qualified to be baptized and to do Jesus’ Way—I Am The-Way Jesus Said.
Notice that when people got baptized then there was no formulated words quoted. They Simple Believed
explaining to Jews and Others that the scriptures had been fulfilled through Jesus who was the promised Messiah’
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the
encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans/15-4.
A Good Example of a Non- Israelite Getting Baptized.
Philip Tells an Ethiopian about Jesus –
The Church is Scattered
Saul heartily approved of putting Stephen[a] to death. That day a severe persecution
broke out against the church in
4Now those who were
scattered went from place to place preaching the word. 5Philip went down to the[b] city of
9Now in that city there
was a man named Simon. He was practicing occult arts and thrilling the people
14Now when the apostles in
18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19and said, “Give me this power too, so that when I lay my hands on someone, he will receive the Holy Spirit.”
20But Peter said to him, “May your money perish with you because you thought you could obtain God's free gift with money! 21You have no part or share in what we’re saying, because your heart isn't right with God. 22So repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, your heart’s intent may be forgiven you. 23For I see that you're being poisoned by bitterness and you’re a prisoner of wickedness!”
24Simon answered, “Both of you pray[g] to the Lord for me that none of the things you have said will happen to me.”
25After they had given
their testimony and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to
26Now an angel of the Lord
said to Philip, “Get up and go south on the road that leads from
29The Spirit said to Philip, “Approach that chariot and stay near it.” 30So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah out loud.8
Philip[h] asked, “Do you understand what you're reading?”
31The man[i] replied, “How can I unless someone guides me?” So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him. 32This was the passage of Scripture he was reading:
“Like a sheep he was led away to be slaughtered,
and like a lamb is silent before its shearer,
so he does not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation, justice was denied him.
Who can describe his descendants?[j]
For his life is taken away from the earth.”[k]
34The eunuch asked Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet talking about —himself or someone else?” 35Then Philip began to speak, and, starting from this Scripture, he told him the good news about Jesus.
36As they were going along
the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, “Look, there's some water.
What keeps me from being baptized?”[l] 38So
he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into
the water, and Philip[m] baptized him. 39When
they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The
eunuch went on his way rejoicing and did not see Philip[n] again. 40But
Philip found himself at Azotus. As he was passing through that region,[o] he kept proclaiming the good news in all the
towns until he came to
1 Who hath believed our message? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due ?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his'seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and'shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. << Isaiah 53:1 >>
The word Christ or
Messiah, meaning Anointed One, could
not really apply to Jesus until he actually became anointed. His ancestor, the
shepherd David of Bethlehem, had been anointed by God’s prophet Samuel many
years before he actually was enthroned as king in
Then Jesus came from
for the Jews, the Law covenant was abolished on the basis of Christ’s death on
the tree (pole or stake) (
Consequently, after 36 C.E., all, Jews and Gentiles, have had the same standing in God’s eyes. (Ro 11:30-32; ) The people of the Gentile nations, except for those who had been circumcised Jewish proselytes, were not in the Law covenant and had never been a people having a special relationship with God the Father. Now the opportunity was extended to them as individuals to become God’s people. Before they could be baptized in water they, therefore, had to come to God as believers in his Son Jesus Christ. Then, according to Christ’s example and command, they would properly submit to water baptism.—Mt -15; 28:18-20.
O Hearer of prayer, even to you people of all flesh will come.—Ps. 65:2.
Among the many gifts from God is the opportunity we have to approach him in prayer at any time, knowing that he listens to us. Jehovah has delegated to his beloved Son the authority both to rule and to judge. However, he does not delegate to others, including his Son, the hearing of prayers. He personally listens to our prayers. The loving, personal concern that Jehovah thus shows draws us close to him. We are also drawn to Jehovah when we consider what he has in store for humankind. He has promised to bring an end to sickness, sorrow, and death. (Rev. 21:3, 4) Once mankind is brought to perfection, no one will suffer depression, discouragement, or tragedy. Hunger, poverty, and war will be no more. (Ps. 46:9; 72:16) The earth will be transformed into a paradise. Jehovah will bring these blessings, not because he has to, but because he loves us.
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