Prerequisite- What Prerequisite knowledge and beliefs Did the 1ST Century Christians Have Before Becoming Baptized.

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

that Jesus was the Messiah and got baptized— In many chapters in the book of Acts Paul went from synagogue to synagogue

explaining to Jews and Others that the scriptures had been fulfilled through Jesus who was the promised Messiah’

Paul States at 2 Timothy/3-15.  and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you

the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. New American Standard Bible (©1995)

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.

International Standard Version (©2008)
You don't know what you're worshiping. We Jews know what we're worshiping,

because salvation comes from the Jews. << John 4:18 >>

A Good Example of a Non- Israelite Getting Baptized.

Philip Tells an Ethiopian about Jesus

Main Verse 26 of Act 8-Put read the hold 8th Chapter of Acts  << Acts 8 >>I S V and << Isaiah 53 >>

The Church is Scattered

Acts 8--1Now Saul heartily approved of putting Stephen[1][a] to death. That day a severe persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone except for the apostles was scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. 2Devout men buried Stephen as they mourned loudly for him. 3But Saul kept trying to destroy the church. Going into one house after another, he began dragging off men and women and throwing them in prison.

Some Samaritans Become Believers

4Now those who were scattered went from place to place preaching the word. 5Philip went down to the[2][b] city of Samaria and began to preach the Messiah to the people.[3][c] 6The crowds, hearing his message[4][d] and seeing the signs that he was doing, paid close attention to what was said by Philip. 7Unclean spirits screamed with a loud voice as they came out of the many people they had possessed, and many paralyzed and lame people were healed. 8As a result, there was great rejoicing in that city.

9Now in that city there was a man named Simon. He was practicing occult arts and thrilling the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great. 10Everyone from the least to the greatest paid close attention to him, saying, “This is what we call[5][e] the great power of God!” 11They paid careful attention to him because he had thrilled them for a long time with his occult performances. 12But when Philip proclaimed the good news about the kingdom of God and about the name of Jesus the Messiah, men and women believed and were baptized. 13Even Simon believed, and after he was baptized he became devoted to Philip. He was amazed to see the signs and great miracles that were happening.

14Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaritans had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15They went down and prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit. 16Before this he had not come on any of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then Peter and John[6][f] laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

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[7][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 Jerusalem, continuing to proclaim the good news in many Samaritan villages.

Philip Tells an Ethiopian about Jesus

26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go south on the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is a deserted road.” 27So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, who was a member of the court of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He was in charge of all her treasures and had come up to Jerusalem to worship. 28Now he was returning home, seated in his chariot, and reading from the prophet Isaiah.

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[8][h] asked, “Do you understand what you're reading?”

31The man[9][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?[10][j]

For his life is taken away from the earth.”[11][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?”[12][l] 38So he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water, and Philip[13][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[14][n] again. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus. As he was passing through that region,[15][o] he kept proclaiming the good news in all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

 

American Standard Version  << Isaiah 53:1 >>

Who hath believed our message? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed?

 

<< Isaiah 53 >>
American Standard Version

 


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 Israel. (1 Samuel 16:1-13; 2 Samuel 2:1-4; 5:1-3) It went similarly with Jesus. In his thirtieth year as a perfect human being, his relative, John the Baptist, began his baptismal work because he then started announcing God’s kingdom, saying: “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.” (Matthew 3:1, 2) From this announcement Jesus knew that the time had come for him to apply himself exclusively to the interests of God’s Messianic kingdom. As he neared the end of his thirtieth year of human life he left Nazareth and made his way to John, who was baptizing people in the Jordan River. Why? Not to be baptized as a symbol of repentance over sins, of which he had none, but to symbolize his presenting of himself completely to Jehovah God in order to do the divine will in connection with the “kingdom of the heavens,” the kingdom of God. John did not understand this. Hence we read:

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, in order to be baptized by him. But the latter tried to prevent him, saying: ‘I am the one needing to be baptized by you, and are you coming to me?’ In reply Jesus said to him: ‘Let it be, this time, for in that way it is suitable for us to carry out all that is righteous.’ Then he quit preventing him. After being baptized Jesus immediately came up from the water; and, look! the heavens were opened up, and he saw descending like a dove God’s spirit coming upon him. Look! Also, there was a voice from the heavens that said: ‘This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.’” (Matthew 3:13-17) By that descent of God’s spirit upon the baptized Jesus he was anointed, anointed not by John the Baptist, but by God. In this way he became the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One. This was in early autumn of the year 29 C.E. God also pronounced him then his Son, because now by His spirit he had begotten Jesus to be his spiritual Son. (John 1:32-34) He was now a spiritual Messiah or Christ, higher than a human Messiah.KA45 1973

 

As for the Jews, the Law covenant was abolished on the basis of Christ’s death on the tree (pole or stake) (Col 2:14), and the new covenant became operative at Pentecost, 33 C.E. (Compare Ac 2:4; Heb 2:3, 4.) Nevertheless, God extended special favor to the Jews about three and a half years longer. During this time Jesus’ disciples confined their preaching to Jews, Jewish proselytes, and Samaritans. But about 36 C.E. God directed Peter to go to the home of the Gentile Cornelius, a Roman army officer, and by pouring out His holy spirit on Cornelius and his household, showed Peter that Gentiles could now be accepted for water baptism. (Ac 10:34, 35, 44-48) Since God no longer recognized the Law covenant with the circumcised Jews but now recognized only his new covenant mediated by Jesus Christ, natural Jews, whether circumcised or uncircumcised, were not considered by God as being in any special relationship with him. They could not attain to a status with God by observing the Law, which was no longer valid, nor by John’s baptism, which had to do with the Law, but were obliged to approach God through faith in his Son and be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ in order to have Jehovah’s recognition and favor.—See SEVENTY WEEKS i (Covenant in force “for one week”). SEVENTY WEEKS is in 1914.htm and CovenantInForceForOneWeek.htm

 

Consequently, after 36 C.E., all, Jews and Gentiles, have had the same standing in God’s eyes. (Ro 11:30-32; 14:12) 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 3:13-15; 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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