September 2007 Newsletter
“..freely ye have received, freely give..” (Matthew 10:8)

Issue Date : September 01, 2007

Text Box: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” [Matthew 10:8]

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Dear Brother Branham, my question is on baptism. When is a person saved? I have heard it was when a person believed. Some say that when you receive the Holy Ghost you are saved, even though you haven't been baptized in water, as in the case of Cornelius at Acts 10:47. Some say Paul was saved on the road to Damascus, but in Acts 22:16, says that he still had his sins three days later. Can a person be baptized in the Holy Spirit as Cornelius was, and still have his sins, since he has not had water baptism, on--or is a person's passage to heaven not until he has had water baptism, even though he has the Holy Spirit?
[Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

“Now, I kinda believe that the brother may be saying to me or getting me to say it (or maybe he believes in it; I don't know) and--of something that I do think is just a--a little bit contrary to real, true faith in the Word. I... This sounds like that the brother is saying... Now, which is all right. Brother, you may be setting here; and that's fine. I--I think that's a good... I'm so glad you put it on here. Now, see? But I do not believe in being baptized in water to regeneration (See?), because when you do, that omits the Blood. See? You are baptized in water to show that regeneration has taken place. See? That's just an outward--a symbol of regeneration. The whole thing rests solemnly upon predestination. See? But we don't know who is and who isn't; therefore, we preach the Gospel. By faith we just go preaching.” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]
“Now, I believe the reason that Paul had to be baptized there, because it's officially and it's essential in the Bible that we are baptized. Because I take right back to this then: when the thief was hanging on the cross... And he died without being baptized at all, and yet with a promise that Jesus would meet him in paradise that day--in paradise, not in the regions of the lost, because it was the first time the opportunity was presented to him. And I believe the same conditions was with those hearts at the house of Cornelius when they had received the Word of God with gladness. And the Holy Spirit is that Word quickened, and It had been quickened to them. That's the reason the Holy Ghost begin to speak out in other tongues and prophesy. It was the receptacle hearts of the people that the Word fell into, seeing all the supernatural. That's what puzzles me today in this hour that we're living in. After that bunch of Romans had--and Greeks, as they were, had just seen the manifestation of a vision made sure, the Holy Ghost so alarmed them hearts till while Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on them. See?” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]
“Just like... See, Cornelius said, "Go call up..." He was a centurion, and that come, "century" is from a hundred. He was over a hundred men. He's a Roman centurion; and he'd--he had seen a vision while he was praying, and an Angel come to him. He was a good man. He say go down to Joppa, one Simon, a tanner, and there's one named Simon Peter. He's up... You'll find him there, and he'll come tell you the Word." Well, he thought that vision was so real. "I couldn't have been asleep; I was looking right at the--the Angel." So he sent some of his faithfullest soldiers down. And while there, God was making the apostle ready at the other end of the line. And He said, "Now, rise." He said... Seeing he was up on top of the house waiting for the--Mrs. Simon to fix the dinner. And while he was up there... He'd been hungry, probably walking, the apostle had, through the--the deserts. And--and he was laying up there on the house just before dinner, on the housetop, as it was customary. Still do the same thing, lay upon the roof, and they go down a ladder and sometimes steps and things, off the roof--set up there in the cool of the evening.” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

“Now, now, he yet, while he yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell. Then Peter said, "Can we forbid water, seeing that these received the Holy Ghost like we did up there." I believe their sins were already gone, for the Holy Spirit would've not come in; and He would not have come in 'less it'd been a predestinated vessel. He knew that they would follow. ” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

“I believe Paul, the reason that he had to be baptized again is, he'd persecuted the Christians. That's right. And he--God knew, 'cause He said, "I have chosen him," He said to Ananias, the prophet. When He noticed Saul was down there in a room, blackened face and darkened eyes, and he'd--he'd prayed so hard and dust all over him, and he was blinded from the Pillar of Fire that appeared to him on the road down; and He said, "I have chosen him a vessel to the Gentiles." God knew that--that Ananias would be able to baptize him in the Name of Jesus Christ in the Damascus River three days later. But I believe his sins were already remitted, but he had to do this to show to the world. And I believe that that's the reason that we must be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ.

And I believe predestinated seed will see it, and only them will see it.” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

“Now, I believe that you are--are--are saved by accepting Jesus Christ. And water baptism is an outward expression to show that something inwardly has happened, because water has no virtue; it's just a symbol. And I believe that you're saved when you... Now, there's many people... Let me straighten this for brother. There's many people that are--say they're saved; many are baptized in Jesus' Name; many speak in tongues, and have all kinds of signs of the Holy Ghost, and still not even saved. That's right. "Many will come to Me in that day and say, 'Lord, have not I prophesied in Your Name?' (preacher), 'Have not I in Your Name cast out devils and done many mighty works.'" He'd say, "Depart from Me, you that work iniquity; I never even knew you." See? So all those things, yet it--it's--it's God; it's in His hands. But when I see that...You say, "Well then, why do you recall the people to be rebaptized?" Is because I'm following the pattern of the beginning. We can't lose that blueprint.” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

“Now, we take apostle Paul when he found certain disciples that were wonderful people. I believe they were saved, and yet they had not been baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, though they had been baptized (Acts 19). Paul passed through the upper coast of Ephesus; he finds certain disciples. And he said unto them, "Have you receive the Holy Ghost since ye believed?"And they said unto him, "We don't know about the Holy Ghost, whether there be any Holy Ghost." He said, "Then unto what were you baptized?" They said, "We've been baptized. John baptized us, the same man that baptized Jesus." That's a pretty good baptism. Watch this stern apostle though. He said, "But John only baptized unto repentance," not for remission of sins, because the Sacrifice had not been killed, baptized unto... And when they heard this, they were rebaptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost came upon them.” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

“Now, what did this do? Showed that these people who were predestinated unto Life, as soon as they saw the Scriptural Truth, they walked in the Truth and received the reward of a believer: the Holy Ghost came upon them, and they spoke in tongues, prophesied, magnified God. You get it now? See? They did that after they'd already had great joy, shouting, and praising God. In the Bible they had a Baptist preacher up there; he was baptized too. But he was, and he was--proved by the--by the Bible that Jesus was the Christ. And the people had great joy, and--and they was just so happy over it; and still they didn't have the Holy Ghost. They had to be rebaptized again. And Paul said in Galatians 1:8, "If a Angel from heaven comes and preaches any other gospel than this I've preached unto you, let him be accursed." Don't care what it would be...” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

“Therefore, knowing these things... Maybe you don't know them, my brethren; but knowing these things, then I'm constrained and duty bound to God to carry out the plan of the first foundation, 'cause no other man can lay any other foundation than that which already laid; that's the apostles and the prophets. The prophets foretold it, and the apostles carried it out; and we're supposed to keep on carrying it till the building's completed. Now, I believe then, that a man is saved when he believes on the Lord Jesus Christ with all of his heart, and from his heart, not from his outside conscience now...” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

“So I believe that the pattern has been laid down. Every person in the Bible was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Never one time was anybody ever baptized in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost. See? Never was anybody ever sprinkled; they were all immersed. So I believe that when you are actually... To your question, precious brother, I believe that when God knows your heart... There'll be thousands there that's been baptized in Jesus' Name. You just go down a dry sinner and come up a wet one. See, see? But as the genuine, true believer, that you must walk in all of the faith and good conscience towards God, when you see it, you are baptized. But I believe that it's only in an outward expression showing that a inward work of grace has been done.” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

“Just same as God built the ark. Said, "Noah, get into it, you and your family and household." And they got into it. Now, I believe if there had not been an ark there, God would've let Noah set on a log or walk on the water. See? But he made an ark for him to get into, and that was the way of doing it; that was God's provided way. I believe that God saves a man by grace. In the Name of Jesus Christ through an outward expression is God's provided way to enter into it, for they was all baptized that way. I'm not condemning the other fellow, but that's just... I think that that's what it is. Water does not save a man, it only shows that he has been saved; it's an outward expression. Now, that might not be right, brother. If it isn't, well, we'll get it some other time or... All right.” [Questions And Answers 1 Jeff. IN COD 64-0823M]

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