When walking out of a dark room into the sunshine, light can
be blinding. As our eyes become accustomed to the light, we can see
more clearly and enjoy the scenery that surrounds us. Likewise, when
we look into the light of the scriptures, the brightness of truth
can sometimes hurt. However, as our spiritual eyesight becomes
adjusted we can enjoy "walking in the light".
This Bible study is designed to allow us to "walk" into the
marvelous light of the Word of God. We will be journeying into the
scriptures by imagining we are back in the days of Jesus and the
Apostles, listening to them teach and preach the plan of salvation.
In order to do this, we will be careful to "rightly" divide the word
of the truth (2 Timothy 2:15) by concentrating on the highlights of
the three main divisions of the New Testament in chronological
1. THE GOSPELS
- covering the words and works of Jesus Christ
2. THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
-covering the actions and preaching of the
3. THE EPISTLES -
covering the letters written by the Apostles to the churches
they started in the Book of Acts.
We believe the scriptures are divinely inspired and, "of no
private interpretation" (2 Peter 1:20-21).
Therefore, every effort has been made to present the pure Word of
God without adding to, or taking away from its teachings
(Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:5-6).
It is not our intention to diminish any personal relationship you
may have with our Lord. Neither do we desire to convince you of our
own personal ideas or the creeds of any denomination. We simply
desire to share the truth as it is written. Only by claiming the
Bible as our sole authority can any of us be confident of our
salvation, for it is the Word of God and not the traditions of men
that will judge us all in the end.
Let us read 2 Timothy 3:15-16 as we begin our journey into the
Word of God...
Into the Gospels...
John 1:1-5 & 14
In the beginning, the Word was God and became flesh. Jesus Christ is
the Living Word of God.
If we believe in Him and receive Him, Jesus gives us power to become
the sons of
God by a supernatural birth. He spoke further about this new birth
one night to a
ruler of the Jews...
The Lord told Nicodemus that everyone who wanted to see or
enter into the
Kingdom of God, must be born again of water and the Spirit.
Jesus also told Nicodemus that whosoever believeth in Him
should have eternal life. Jesus mentioned two seemingly different
requirements for salvation. One is being born again. The other is
believing. Yet, this is not a contradiction. The next scripture
explains how believing is related to experiencing the birth of the
Here, we discover that if we believe on Him (according to
the Word), we will receive
the Spirit. We find that scriptural belief is more than just a
change in the way we think. It also results in a scriptural
John 12:35-36 & 42-43
Today, just as in Jesus' day, many believe on Him. But,
they will not confess Him
for fear of what others will do or say.
In response to their fearfulness, Jesus warns that His
Spirit will judge us, so we must be careful not to reject it.
Rather, we should believe and obey it... no matter what
In Jesus' prayer for his disciples, just before His
crucifixion, He said God's Word is
truth. He also prayed for us; and for all those who would believe on
Him through the
To find out what the Apostles' word was to be, let us read what
Jesus told them to
proclaim. The setting of the following great commission scripture in
Luke 24:45-49 is just after the Lord's death, burial and
resurrection... and just before His ascension into heaven.
"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ
to suffer, and to
rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and
remission of sins should be preached in His name among
all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. And ye are
witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of
my Father upon you:
but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power
from on high.
DID THE APOSTLES PREACH THE MESSAGE JESUS
COMMANDED THEM TO PROCLAIM?
HOW WAS THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER FULFILLED?
Let us continue our journey into the Word of God by seeing what
was preached and
what happened at Jerusalem...
Into The Acts of the Apostles...
As we enter the Book of Acts, we discover almost
immediately that the promise
of the Father is the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
When the Apostles were at Jerusalem, they, along with many
others, were joyously
filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as
the Spirit gave
the utterance (ability to speak). The amazed onlookers from many
nations who heard
them speaking with tongues asked, 'What meaneth this?" Then Peter
promised coming of the Spirit and went on to preach Christ and the
apostolic plan of salvation.
When the people who heard Peter's words believed that Jesus
Christ was their Lord
and Savior, they were sorry for their sins and asked Peter and the
Apostles what they should do. Peter replied by preaching the
message Jesus commanded to be preached in Luke 24:45-49. In light of
this, consider the three elements of the Plan of Salvation that
Peter preached in verse 38:
2. REMISSION OF SINS THROUGH BAPTISM IN JESUS' NAME
3. RECEIVING THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST
NOTICE: Acts 2:38 is the fulfillment of the birth requirements
Jesus mentioned in
John 3:5 that were necessary to enter the Kingdom of God!
•water birth = baptism in the name of Jesus Christ!
•spirit birth = infilling of the Holy Ghost!
Now, let's look at some more examples of people being born again of
water and the
Spirit as the Word Jesus gave His apostles continued to be preached
the Book of Acts...
Phillip preaching to the Samaritans in Acts 8
NOTICE: Some people say when they experienced joy;
or when they believed in
Jesus, or when they were baptized, they were automatically filled
with the Holy Ghost. But what does the Word say?
Did they have great joy?
Were they baptized in His name?
Did they believe in Jesus Christ?
Did they receive the Holy Ghost as a separate and distinct
Peter preaching to the Gentiles in Acts 10
NOTICE: Some people say being religious is enough,
or that the Spirit-baptism
evidenced by tongues was only for the day of Pentecost. If the Bible
says this is true, then it is true. But the Word shows us through
Cornelius' experience that this is not true... then it is not....
Was Cornelius a religious man?
Did God have more for him to do?
Did they receive the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues after
the day of Pentecost?
Did they still have to be baptized in Jesus' name?
Paul preaching to John's disciples in Acts 19
NOTICE: Many people who are believers have not even
heard about the Holy Ghost
that is promised to them. Also, some people say it is not necessary
to be baptized or
re-baptize (if you were baptized by John the Baptist, would you
think it would be necessary to be re-baptized using a different
baptismal formula?) Others say it does not matter what is spoken
when you are baptized. If the Bible indicates it does not matter,
then it does not matter...but, what if the Bible shows us it DOES
They were believers, but had they heard of or received the
Did those baptized by John the Baptist have to be
rebaptized in Jesus' name?
Was receiving the Holy Ghost accompanied by the initial
evidence of speaking in
We have found that the Apostles preached the following message:
...the life of Christ and His death, burial and resurrection
...repentance toward God and belief in Jesus Christ baptism in water
by immersion in
...receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (which was accompanied by
evidence of speaking with other tongues)
Now, let us read what the Apostles had to say about the message
of salvation they
proclaimed in the Book of Acts. We can do this by reading the
epistles (letters) they wrote to their converts.
Into the Epistles
As we read the Epistles, we will notice how strongly the Apostles
felt about the
gospel (good news) of salvation. This is not because they were being
it is because they knew the Word Jesus had given them to proclaim
was going to
judge all men.
What did Peter
"Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth.. being
born again.. by the word of God.. and this is the word
which by gospel is preached unto you." (I Peter
Peter Asked A Question:
"...What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel
of God?" (I Peter 4:17-18)
Paul Gave The
"The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his
mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them
that know not God, and the obey not the Gospel of our
Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the
glory of his power." (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)
What did Paul say?
"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called
you into grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not
another, but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel
from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that
which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As
we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any
other gospel unto you than ye have received, let him be
accursed." (Galations 1:6-9)
What did James say?
"....Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able
to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearer
only, (deceiving your own selves). For if any be a hearer of
the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his
natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his
way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was."
Word is able to save our souls!
JAMES TELLS US THAT IF WE SEE SOMETHING WE NEED TO
DO, AS WE LOOK INTO THE "MIRROR OF THE WORD", WE
SHOULD DO IT. LET US NOW CONSIDER WHAT WE WILL DO
WITH WHAT WE HAVE HEARD...
DO YOU BELIEVE the Word of God is true and will judge us?
DO YOU BELIEVE Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior?
DO YOU BELIEVE it is necessary to repent by determining to
turn from sin and giving your life to God?
DO YOU BELIEVE water baptism in the same of Jesus Christ is
the biblical way to be baptized?
DO YOU BELIEVE the baptism of the Holy Ghost is for you
today, and when you receive it you will speak in other tongues, just
as they did in the Bible?
IF YOU BELIEVE THESE THINGS, PRAY RIGHT NOW, ASKING GOD TO
ALLOW YOU TO EXPERIENCE ALL THAT HE HAS FOR YOU!
Supplemental Study Scriptures:
NOTE: God's warning regarding false prophets and the
importance of being a doer and not just a hearer of the
(2) Matthew 16:15-19
NOTE: Peter was given the "keys of the kingdom" because
of his revelation of who Jesus Christ was.
(3) Other "Great Commission" scriptures":
NOTE: In Matthew 28:18-20 the word "name" is
singular in this command to baptize. The Apostles obeyed
this command when they baptized only in the name of
Jesus, and did not use the titles mentioned here. (see Acts
Mark 16:15-18. The importance of water baptism and the
signs following believers.
(4) Matthew 16:15-19
NOTE: Peter, who was given the "keys of the
uses them to open the "kingdom door" by preaching the
original apostolic message of salvation for the first time.
(5) Acts 8:35-39
NOTE: Philip must have mentioned baptism when he
preached Jesus to the Eunuch, because the Eunuch asked to
be baptized in water. The Greek root word for baptize is
"bapto", which literally means to cover wholly with fluid,
to dip. (see also Romans 6:3-4).
(6) Acts 10:34-43
NOTE: Peter preached the life and lordship of Jesus
as well as His death, burial and resurrection.
(7) I Peter 3:20-21
NOTE: According to Peter baptism is an essential
part of the
plan of salvation.
We encourage you to read through the Gospels... in detail... and
continue to walk "into His marvelous light"!