God has a plan for your life- to make you more like Jesus.
That we will be conformed to the image of his son.
Can that be our goal for this year?
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
What does it mean to follow? It means we live the way he lived. We do what he did
1Pet 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
We do this through the Word.
What does the Bible say? Read, understand and obey.
We can also have living example in our lives and we can imitate them in how they follow Christ.
God plan in choosing us is to make us like Jesus.
It is not automatic but systematic.
Jesus is just beginning his ministry. At the beginning of his ministry he got baptized.
John was baptizing people. Jn3:5
John was unique. He wore Camel's hair. Ate locust and wild honey.
Somehow people from all over came to him. His message was of repentance from sins. Baptism was a sign they were sinners.
Can you imagine John's shock when Jesus came to him?
However, Jesus lived the life as a model for us to follow.
These are Jesus last words. This is after his death. He has all authority in heaven and earth. So this command affects everyone.
What did the disciples understand?
Acts 16:13-15 Paul understood Jesus command. They did what Jesus asked them to do.
Phillip talks and explains the gospel. V36.
So this command is twofold. We get baptized and we help others to get baptized like Philip and Paul did.
Luke 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
Matt 3: 11
God wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit
So we see Jesus example.
Where is the command?
They got baptized in the Holy Spirit and they spoke in tongues.
Acts 8: in Samaria
Acts 10:44-47 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues[a] and praising God.
Acts 19:1-5 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”
Acts 9: 17 -18 Paul, got baptized immediately.
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