Ascension Thursday:

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris

Mark 16:15-20 KJV
(15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
(16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
(17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
(18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
(19) So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
(20) And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

In some traditions of some churches that tradition of baptism in the flesh is so important that without it some are consider unsaved or at least that is how it is understood by those not a member of these groups. Verse 16 is not talking about physical baptism but the spiritual baptism that begins with belief and continues on throughout the believers life. Physical baptism though important can not save you, but it is a testimony of faith. Do not think if you get dunked or sprinkled that it makes you part of the Christian community by faith. Until you believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit you are unsaved. By tradition you only need to believe in Jesus. Yet Jesus is clear in Matthew that one is to baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Throughout Acts this tradition is continued. Some even only receiving the baptism of God not knowing of the Holy Spirit, or never hearing also of Christ. The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament teaching seems to only be segregated to only the Jewish people by tradition. Yet upon conversion of faith it did not keep God’s Spirit from baptizing the believer in Jewish tradition of faith.

Some might be wondering then why a sudden change in tradition of Christ coming and departing to bring about the Holy Spirit. It is a testament of faith for the Gentile or non believer in God so they too might believe. Jesus did not come for the righteous but those that were lost might be saved. Are the Jewish then our brothers and sisters in faith it depends on if you ask a Christian or a Jew and what knowledge they have of scripture.

Can you be saved without Jesus, not if Jesus is the Word of God. Belief in his word is important. Belief in the coming Messiah and that He has already come and will return. It opens up a new problem in faith for some who are still learning, yet for a believer with knowledge it only proves how ignorant of faith and belief in God we truly are as we continue the road between belief and unbelief. It is not a matter of unbelief but believing all that God says and does. What point does God declare a person an unbeliever would be at the point one reject Him and His Word or at the point of where one knowledge and understanding of His word is not received. Fact is no one believes like they could or should. That is why Jesus on that cross, who died for you and me, breaks the sound barrier between faith and unfaith. Anyone looking to God’s Son on that cross would be saved. Looking to the Word of God and knowing by faith that God is able to keep us from sinning against Him. Faith comes by hearing the word of God, and if faith comes by hearing then that my friend is what is needed is to hear the Word of God and know his departure into heaven and sitting at the right hand of the Father was part of the prophesy of Jesus. By God’s Spirit we receive the truth of tradition of faith along with Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit baptism who teaches the believer all things of who He is.

Dear Heavenly Father remind us of Christ ascension so your Spirit can do the work in every believers life. That the Spirit would manifest in the believers heart upon belief. Remind us how important the baptism of the knowledge of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is to salvation. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Acts 19:2-3 KJV
(2) He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
(3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Peter 1:2-5 KJV
(2) Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
(4) To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
(5) Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

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