TEXT: Matthew 3:7-12:
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 70, day 437 since Jan. 1, 2016.
Cyprian of Carthage said, “He who has been sanctified, his sins being put away, and spiritually reformed into a new man, has become fitted for receiving the Holy Spirit; since the apostle says, ‘As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.'”
In our last message, we talked about the baptism of “water unto repentance” that John administered. Now, he speaks of two other baptisms that the Messiah will administer when He comes — the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the baptism of fire.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is something that only Christ can give. Whereas John’s baptism signified something changing on the outside of man — that is, his behavior, the baptism of the Holy Spirit signifies something changing on the inside of man — the condition of his soul. Society places much value on reform, rehab, and helping people to change for the better, and that is something that is good. But, the only thing that can save a person from Hell is a change on the inside. And that change can only be brought about by salvation through Jesus Christ which is followed by the baptism of the Holy Ghost. (The ritual of baptism, of course, continues in churches today. But that is symbolic of our death, burial, and resurrection in Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not symbolic; it is a reality for every believer.)
The baptism of the Holy Ghost took place at Pentecost and continues to this day. The book of Acts tells us of how the members of the early church had the Spirit of God poured on them after Jesus’ resurrection. Every believer since then has also been filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the life of Christ inside of the believer. It is He who empowers those who are saved to do what is right. A man might reform himself and strive to do what is right of his own will, but his will is only so strong. The Holy Spirit living inside of him gives him the power of God to conquer sin and his flesh everyday.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is also what empowers natural beings like us to take up supernatural works such as preaching the Gospel and serving others in the name of Jesus. John Piper said, ‘The baptism of the Holy Spirit fills us with an overwhelming sense of God’s greatness and a sense of wonder at his works. The Spirit fills us with His own vision of God and His own passion for God and His own prophetic words of praise.’ There are things that God has planned for us to do that we can only do by the power of His Holy Spirit. We are not just repentant believers, but empowered believers who are set apart to make an impact on the world.
Barney E. Warren wrote:
Let cloven tongues of holy fire
Baptize each soul with power;
Come, blessed Spirit, sanctify
With Jesus’ blood this hour.
Come, blessed Spirit, and restore
God’s image in my heart;
By faith now cleanse me, I implore,
This crowning grace impart.
Come, blessed Spirit, Comforter,
Dwell in my heart, Thy throne;
Make me over sin a conqueror,
Oh, seal me for Thine own.
Oh, let Thy glory, Lord, descend
Upon my waiting soul;
Preserve me spotless to the end,
And every whit made whole
If you, like John, are ready to confess your need for Jesus, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him as your Saviour:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.