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Lesson 27 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course 3

The Meaning of Baptism

LESSON 27 “Teaching them to observe ALL THINGS
The religious ideas and teachings of men YOU" (Matthew 28:19-20).
are varied and confused. Even the great The Apostle Paul taught the same way of
denominations have repeatedly changed their life that Yeshua did, and he recognized that way
basic doctrines from time to time. But the as being what “Christianity” is! He speaks of
teachings of the Bible are CONSISTENT and having formerly persecuted the Christians: “And
UNCHANGING. I persecuted THIS WAY unto the death, binding
“Thy word is truth,” Yeshua said (John and delivering into prisons both men and
17:17). And again he said, “The scripture cannot women" (Acts 22:4).
be broken” (John 10:35). YEHOVAH GOD In Paul’s day, Christianity was recog-
DOES NOT CONTRADICT HIMSELF IN HIS nized as a way of life. Of exactly what does this
INSPIRED WORD! We should always bear this way of life consist?
in mind when studying the Bible. The Apostle Peter answers: “For even
Yeshua continued to teach the same hereunto were ye called: because Christ also
truths all through his ministry, and the apostles suffered for us, LEAVING US AN EXAMPLE,
preached the same Gospel. The true servants of THAT YE SHOULD FOLLOW HIS STEPS:
YEHOVAH God in all ages have written and Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his
taught the same basic WAY OF OBEDIENCE mouth" (I Peter 2:21-22). Yeshua gave up his
to YEHOVAH God. own will and suffered for us. He did no sin. He
A young man once asked the Messiah, set us an EXAMPLE that we should follow his
“Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I steps. This, Peter says, is our “calling.”
may have eternal life?" Yeshua answered, “Why In Galatians 2:20, Paul explains this
callest thou me good? there is none good but one, even further: “I am crucified with Christ," he
that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, KEEP writes, “nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
THE COMMANDMENTS" (Matthew 19: CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: and the life which I
16-17). now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son
This is the WAY Yeshua taught would of God, who loved me, and gave himself for
lead to eternal life. He said nothing about a me."
meaningless ceremony of “joining” a church and Could anything be plainer?
“accepting” him as Savior. He taught that if he is Paul wrote that he had crucified his own
to be your Lord you have to OBEY him. will, and that THE MESSIAH was living in him
Did Yeshua know what he was talking -- directing his life. He was not only living by
about? faith IN, but by the very faith OF, the Son of
Many organizations of men seem to YEHOVAH God!
think that he didn’t, for they have substituted a But no human being can naturally and
dead faith and belief in his PERSON, and deny normally yield himself to obey YEHOVAH God
the WAY of salvation which he taught! in his own strength. Paul explains why this is
The apostles of the Messiah continued impossible: “Because the carnal mind is enmity
preaching the SAME message Yeshua did. against God: for it is NOT SUBJECT to the law
Before his ascension to heaven, he commanded of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that
them to go forth and instruct all nations, are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not

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