First Principle Knowledge Necessary for Baptism

  1. Is God a trinity of persons, that is, is the Godhead composed of three separate and distinct Gods?

Answer:  No! There is only one Lord in the Godhead.  PROOF: Duet.6:4, Duet. 32:39, Isa. 44:6,8; Isa. 45:5,6,12,14,18,21,22; Isa. 46:9,10; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:5-6.

  1. Is Jesus Christ also God?

Answer:  No! He is not God, but is the Son of God.  He did not pre-exist in any form, as a God, an angel or anything else.  He was present before his birth only in God�s plan and had been promised by God to the race of mankind.  Thus any reference to Christ having existed before his birth relates only to him as a pattern and to whom all types and shadows pointed.  He was the �WORD� or promise and was made flesh when what had been only a looked for promise became a reality at the time of his birth.  He was born, not reincarnated from Deity to humanity.  I Cor. 15:21 shows that resurrection as well as salvation should and would come through a member of the race of man since death and condemnation had come through a member of the race of man. PROOF:  Luke 1:31-35; Matt. 3:16-17; Rom. 1:1-4.

  1. What is the Holy Spirit?  Is it a third person in the Godhead?

Answer:  The Holy Spirit is God�s power, which emanates from him much in the same manner as the sun�s rays emanates from it.  PROOF:  Compare Psa. 33:6 with Jer. 32:17.  See also Job 26:13; Job 33:4; Psa. 104:30.  See also Acts 2:17 and ask how one person would pour out another person if the Spirit is a person.  Also Acts 10:38.  How could one anoint another person with a third person?

  1. Was Jesus Christ the son of man also?

Answer:  Yes!  This was necessary since the redeemer was to be of the same race as the one who brought condemnation and death to mankind.  Since the mother of Jesus was a member of the race of man, Jesus was a descendant of man through his mother Mary.  Jesus had no earthly father, having been miraculously begotten by the power of God in a virgin.  Thus he was the son of God as well as the son of man.  Rom. 1:1-4; Matt. 16:27; Luke 1:35.  Notice that the angel in Luke 3:32 speaks of Jesus as the offspring of David and in verse 35 as the �the son of God�.  Mary was a descendant of David, therefore her child would also be a descendant of David.  See also Matt. 1:18-21.

  1. What terrible thing passed upon the race of man as a result of the disobedience of Adam and Eve?

Answer:  Death.  PROOF:  Gen. 2:17; Gen 3:17-19; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:18; I Cor. 15:21-22.

  1. Is man then, mortal or immortal?  Does he possess an immortal soul?

Answer:  He is mortal, so is his soul or mental capacity.  PROOF:  I Tim. 6:16; here it shows that only God had Immortality (to give).  He will give this gift of Immortality to those who are worthy on the day of Judgment.  Rom. 2:6-7; II Peter 1:4; See Job 4:17.

  1. When a man dies, is he conscious or unconscious?  Does he go to heaven at death?

Answer:  Man in the death state is totally unconscious and does not go to heaven or any other place except the grave.  Psa. 6:4, Eccl. 9:5-10, Eccl. 3:17-21, Isa. 38:18-19.  PROOF:  Against heaven going: John 3:13; Dan. 12:2-3; John 5:28.

  1. How can mankind come out from under the sentence of eternal death (Adamic condemnation)?

Answer: By being baptized INTO Christ and bringing the blood of Christ to bear upon oneself.  Immersion completely in water is necessary since the act of baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, Rom. 6:3-5.  A person will still die, but death is not eternal for those baptized into Christ as it is for those who die outside of Christ.  The blood of Christ saves OUT OF DEATH, not FROM DEATH.  It guarantees a resurrection.  PROOF:  Rom. 6:3-5; John 3:3-8; II Cor. 5:17; Gal. 3:26-29.

  1. What does baptism do for the believer?

Answer:  It transfers him from the Adamic state (in Adam) and a sentence of eternal death, to a state of �in Christ� where one is promised a resurrection.  At baptism a person is �born again� of water, or literally �out of water� and is now a new creature.  Everything which stands against us is canceled out at baptism and we start anew.  From this point on a person is on probation for everlasting life and Immortality.  PROOF:  II Cor. 5:17; I Cor. 15:21-22; Gal 3:26-29; Col. 2:11-13; II Cor. 5-10.

  1. Will the earth be destroyed?

Answer:  No! The earth was promised to Abraham and his seed (Christ) for an everlasting inheritance.  This could not be if it were destroyed.  PROOF:  Gen. 13:14-15; Ecc. 1:4; Rev. 5:9-10; Isa. 45:18.

  1. Did the promise to Abraham that he would inherit the land along with his seed mean that all of the nation of Israel would receive it forever?  That is, every person ever born in Israel?

Answer:  No. The promise was two-fold.  First it was meant that the natural, fleshly seed of Abraham (the Israelites) would possess the land as long as they were faithful and obeyed God�s laws and commandments.  Secondly, the promise declared that Abraham and his seed (Christ, Gal. 3:16) would inherit the land forever.  This promise was not dependant upon whether Israel kept the law or not.  Abraham�s faith and obedience assured the promise would have fulfillment.  All who inherit along with faithful Abraham must be faithful and obedient if he himself wishes to have an inheritance, but there are faithful men of past times enough to make up the body of Christ which will inherit the land forever.  The fulfillment of the promise does not depend on our being faithful individually, but our inheritance of the promise when it is fulfilled depends upon our faithfulness.  Israel�s inheritance as a nation was interrupted when they disobeyed.  PROOF:  Rom. 4:13-16; Gal. 3:16-21.

  1. What was the covenant which God made with David?

Answer:  That God would raise up a seed to sit on his Throne and that the throne and kingdom over which it would rule would be forever.  PROOF:  II Sam. 7:4-19; Psa. 89:3, 26-37; Acts 2:30; Luke 1:31-35.

  1. Who was this seed who would take the throne forever?

Answer:  Jesus Christ.  PROOF:  Luke 1:30-35; Acts 15:14-17; Acts 2:30.

  1. Who will reign with Christ in his Kingdom?

Answer:  All the saints who overcome the world and the things of the world.  They will be rewarded with Immortality and will reign with Christ over all the mortal inhabitants that are left on the earth.  PROOF:  Matt. 19:27-28; Rom 2:6-7; Rev. 2:7,10,11,17,26; Rev. 3:21; Rev. 5:9-10; Matt. 25:31-46.

  1. Was Jesus of the same nature as we are?

Answer:  Yes! He was made flesh and blood so that he might destroy the works of the devil, that is, the fruit or wages of sin.  Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom so he had to obtain salvation from this human nature just as we do.  PROOF:  Heb. 2:14; compare with Rom. 8:2-3; Rom 6:23; I Cor. 15:55.  See also Heb. 4:15.

  1. Did the sacrifice of Jesus also cover his inherited condition which he inherited from his mother who also was the condemned race of man?

Answer:  Yes! In Lev. 16:18 the alter which was among Israel is mentioned.  Heb. 13:10 shows that Christ was the anti-type of this alter; that is the alter represents him.  In Lev. 16th chapter, an atonement which had to be offered for the flesh and blood nature of Christ whom, the alter represented.  Heb. 7:27 shows that Christ offered first for himself and then for the people.  He was flesh and blood, a nature which was condemned and had to be atoned for.  He obtained eternal redemption, Heb. 9:12 (omit the added word �for us�).

  1. Must we obey God in order to inherit eternal life?

Answer:  Yes! PROOF:  Matt. 19:17; II Cor. 5:10; John 5:28.

  1. What is the Gospel?

Answer:  The things concerning the name of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.  This is the power God unto salvation unto everyone that believeth.  PROOF:  Rom. 1:16.  Compare Mark 16:15-16 with Acts 8:12.

  1. Is it necessary to believe the truth?  Can we believe just anything and still obtain salvation?

Answer:  No!  We must believe the truth.  We must have the true facts concerning the first principles of the Gospel.  PROOF:  Gal. 1:6-19; II Thes. 2:8-13; Mark 16:15-16.

  1. What is the relationship of those who do not believe the truth and are not baptized unto Christ?

Answer:  They are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers from the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world.  They remain in the grave if they die before Christ�s return.  PROOF:  Eph. 2:11-12; Prov. 21:16.

  1. Will Jesus return to earth?

Answer:  Yes!  PROOF:  John 14:1-4; Acts 1:10-11; Acts 15:15-17.

  1. What will Christ do when he returns?

Answer:  He will put down the nations which are warring against Jerusalem.  He will also raise the dead and call the living saints to judgment along with the resurrected dead.  The wicked among the gathered saints will be condemned to destruction.  He will give eternal life and dominion to those who are worthy.  They will rule with Jesus and the Apostles over the mortal inhabitants of the earth since only the household of Christ is judged at the return of Christ, not the whole world.  PROOF:  Ezek. 38, 39th chapters; Joel 3rd chapter; Psa. 37th chapter; and Rom. 2:12,14.

  1. What will the return of Christ mean to Israel?  What blessing will his return offer them?

Answer:  It will mean the long awaited time of blessing for them as a nation.  The whole twelve tribes of Israel will be regathered and ruled over by Jesus and the apostles.  They will inherit the land forever under Christ.  PROOF:  Ezek. 37,1-14,21-22; Amos 9:8-15; Matt. 19:28; Acts 15:14-17.

  1. What is hell?

Answer:  Hell is simply the grave.  The Hebrew word �Sheol� is translated in many instances, once in Jon. 2:2 where Jonah cried to God �out of the belly of hell�.  He was in the belly of a fish.  It is also translated grave in Gen. 37:35 where righteous Abraham said he would go.  We do not think he would go there if �Sheol� is the place of eternal torment that theologians say it is.  The same is true of the Greek word �Hades� of the New Testament.  It is translated �grave� (I Cor. 15:55) as well as �hell� in many instances.  Hades or �hell� is said to be cast into the lake of fire in Rev. 20:14.  Here Hades and the lake of fire are shown to be two different things.  Fire is a symbol of destruction and casting �hades� into the fire symbolizes destruction of death and the grave.  PROOF:  Rev. 19:20; Rev. 20:10-14; Rev. 20:8.

  1. What is the devil?  What is Satan?

Answer:  The devil is most generally our own fleshly, lustful nature.  It is many times personified or made to seem as an individual in Scripture in order to more effectively show the dangers of this lust.  Satan means simply �ADVERSARY�, either good or bad.  Compare I Chron. 21:1-3 with II Sam, 24:1-3 and it will be seen that God was called �Satan� because he opposed Israel.  This was Satan in a good sense.  Again in Numbers 22:22 we find an angel who was a Satan to Balaam because he opposed him.  The word �Adversary� in this place is from the Hebrew �Satan�.  Jesus was made flesh and blood that he might destroy him that hath the power over death, the works of the devil.  I Cor. 15:56 tells us that along with Rom. 6:23 that sin is what brings death.  See especially James 1:14.  Therefore, sin our own lustful, sinful tendencies is what is our main opposer or Adversary.  Paul in Rom. 8:3 uses almost the same phrase as he used in Heb. 2:14 and this time he calls it �sin in the flesh�.  That is, Christ came in �flesh and blood� nature in order to triumph over that nature and destroy that lustful nature which brings death, by putting on Immortality.  That way, he condemned it or destroyed it in himself and will finally destroy it in all the righteous who will put on Immortality.  Temptation comes from mans own lust, not from a supernatural devil, James 1:14.  Paul in Rom. 9:25 shows that when he does evil, it was because of �the law of sin which was in his members�.  See verse 23.  The Roman government many times was the devil or Satan to the early true Christians when they opposed them.  THERE IS NO PERSONAL SUPERNATURAL DEVIL.

  1. What is repentance?

Answer:  Repentance is a change of mind, of ways.  When a person becomes aware of the truth and the wishes of God, he must become sorry for any wrong deeds done before this time and completely turn from them, change his mind about false beliefs and cleave wholly to the truth of God and live a faithful, righteous life.  We will be judged according to the works done after we repent and submit to baptism.  II Cor. 5:10.

  1. What class is subject to judgment?

Answer:  Only those in covenant relationship with God will be raised or judged at the return of Christ because only those who have been on probation for life and rulership with Christ have anything to be judged for.  See Rom. 2:12-14.  Those who fall back will not be rewarded.  The rest of mankind who do not make a covenant relationship with Christ and God, and live until the reign of Christ will be brought into subjection and will go up to Jerusalem once a year to worship and learn God�s way.  PROOF:  Psa. 50:5; Rom. 6:23; Isa. 2:2-5; Zech. 14th chapter.  There are three classes 1. Just,  2. Unjust,  3.  Ungodly.  Read Psa. 1:1-5 and all three classes are mentioned.  Verses 4-5 declare that only the ungodly will not stand in the judgment.  Those who die before the return of Christ and have not made a covenant through belief and baptism will die and remain dead forever.  PROOF:  Rom. 2:12; Prov. 21:16; Isa. 26:13-14; Jer. 51:39,57.

  1. What happens after the 1000 years rule of Christ on the earth?

Answer:  The last of the rebellious and wicked are destroyed (Rev. 21:6) and all that is left is cleansed.  God will then dwell with mankind and be with them.  He will remove all tears, death, sorrow, and crying from the earth and mankind.  The dominion will then be God�s and he will be all in all.  PROOF:  Rev. 21:3-4; I Cor. 15:24-28.

  1. What benefits do we have as new brethren of Christ?
  1. Christ our advocate with God.
  2. Prayer to God through Christ.
  3. Strength in time of trouble.
  4. Protection for yourself, spouse and children.
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