The Church of God of The Firstborn
|A LIFE FULL OF FAITH --The Book on Bible Facts
written by A. G. Etterman
By the Bible and the Holy Ghost, it shall be made possible to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, the right way. This book is to be read and compared with the Bible prayerfully. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is for every believer. It was spoken by the Holy Apostle in the book of Acts 2:38-39, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
It is impossible for intelligent people to believe such doctrine, that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is not for us, although it has been preached for centuries that it was only for the Apostles. Some preach that we receive the Holy Ghost when we are converted and others, when we are baptized in the water. There must be some mistake, as the Bible tells in the Book of Acts about the first Gentiles receiving the Holy Ghost the same as the Apostle did. We know that these Gentiles were saved, and we also know that the Lord does not hear the prayers of a sinner, as will find the following in St. John 9:31, "Now we know that God heareth not sinners, but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth."
Also we know that he heard the prayers of those peoples, because the angel of the Lord appeared and tells them that their prayers have been answered. Now let us look in the Holy Scripture for the only proof that will stand at the Judgment Bar of God. In the Book of Acts 10:31, "And said Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God."
From these verses, we have found that man cannot receive the Holy Ghost by conversion; let us then go on and prove that no man receives the baptism of the Holy Ghost by immersion in water. Peter, in speaking to the house of Cornelius, Acts 10:47, "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?"
Now we find from the reading of the Scripture, that they received the Holy Ghost first, and then were baptized in water. So thank God for the Bible, as no man, woman, or child needs to become lost if they are honest with their own self. It is also false doctrine that man receives their baptism when they are sanctified. Sanctification is not the baptism, and we can find in the Bible that the Holy Ghost has nothing to do with sanctification. In the book of Hebrews 13:12, "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate."
Here we see that the blood of Jesus is doing the sanctifying. May God help us that we don't misunderstand sanctification. It is a wonderful blessing from God, but let us go on and receive the blessing. It does not say to seek for the Holy Ghost to bless us, but rather to be filled with the Holy Ghost. We say in the Book of Ephesians 5:18, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit."
We can be sure when we have received that feeling, there is a difference in us. No man needs to advertise or make a great noise, for the life of that person will show its works. There is a great deal of preaching going through the world concerning the so called full Gospel. This is a false alarm, as they teach that all people that have received the Holy Ghost can speak in time in tongues. This is false, because every gift from the Holy Ghost is given to every man to profit with all. In I Corinthians 12:30, "Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?" No!
The Bible does not say that they all speak in tongues, but aim the question to all. We know it is the evidence of receiving the Holy Ghost by being able to speak in tongues, and is the Spirit giving utterance. When we receive that blessed Holy Ghost as the first Gentiles did, we do not talk in other tongues as the Disciples. And there is a difference in our reception, as shown in Acts chapter 2 and chapter 10. Acts chapter 10 belongs to us Gentiles, it is the same Holy Ghost as in the day of Pentecost, but the Gentiles spake in tongues to glorify God, not in other tongues, which means a language. If we receive the Holy Ghost we speak in tongues as they did and glorify God. And no man can understand, neither can anyone interpret, for this is a gift to us, the least gift of all.
If we ask the Lord of it we are due to have it, he will give it to us. Otherwise, when the Holy Ghost takes control of our tongue and uses it for His glorification, that is sufficient and from that moment we may speak in tongues. As long as we have the fruit of the Spirit or some of the other gifts, which are given by the same Spirit, speaking in tongues is not a sign that a person still has the Holy Ghost, for speaking in tongues while receiving the Holy Ghost is only a sign for the unbelievers. Let us make a few remarks to avoid misunderstanding the sign for the unbelievers. When there are some present that do not believe as the Bible teaches, often times these will hear the tongues, and in many cases begin to search the Bible and become saved. Now let us read Acts 2:4, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
Notice these words: "The Spirit gave them utterance." This was necessary, as on that day there were many different languages present. The great need in this day is for us to be saved and then be sanctified by the precious blood of Jesus. After this we should seek for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, letting God have his way. Then we will receive as shown to us in the Book of Acts 10:46, "For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God, then answered Peter."
Note the difference in these instances, and they spake with other tongues, while the Gentiles spake with tongues, yet both did receive the same Holy Ghost. So will we receive in this day the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues, if we are honest and pure in heart. And if we want the gift of tongues, we must ask God for it, not babbling our tongues after one that has the gift. Many people have poisoned whole communities with their imitation of tongues, and we shall prove to our readers why we call it imitation of tongues. When you come to certain churches seeking for salvation, the so called preacher or his assistance tells you to seek for tongues, which, we have explained, is one of the wrong doctrine. No man has the right to seek for a gift before he is saved and sanctified and has received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. And as we have proved in the beginning, the speaking in other tongues is one of nine gifts as found in I Corinthians 12:10, "To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues."
The reason we speak so much about tongues in this book is to avoid that great confusion, which was spread throughout the world. Many churches have built their whole salvation on tongues and others have done nothing but fight Apostle Paul has to reprove the church that built their salvation on tongues in his day, and it is just as true in our day. Read I Corinthians 13:1, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal."
So if we appear in God sight only as sounding brass, let us be more careful, and not do as those churches that built their hope on tongues. God helps everyone to understand that it is not just to take one verse in the Bible and make a doctrine. The word of God is not to be divided and scattered, as most of the preachers do. Let us divide the word of God correctly, so we may prove those who fight speaking in tongues are wrong. Paul speaks to the churches in I Corinthians 14:39, "Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues."
Here we find that we are not to forbid speaking with tongues. Many preachers stand and preach of confusions and forbid talking in tongues, thus condemning the gift of the Holy Ghost, and it is the unpardonable sin and will not be forgiven. The words of the Lord Jesus spoken 1900 years ago are just as true today. And just as the gift of healing, as it was received from the Holy Ghost, was blasphemed in that day, do many preachers blaspheme talking in tongues in these days. God speaks concerning the blasphemers in the Gospel of Matthew 12:32, "And whosoever speaketh a word against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven him, neither in the world to come."
It is such a fearful thing to blaspheme against one of the gifts, rather let us pray for the things we do not understand. The lack of knowledge is one of the reasons that some children of God fail to lead a clean and holy life. Another thing is wrong teaching. These two classes of preachers, ignorant and misinformed are themselves deceived if they preach to the honest hearted children of God, and are preaching just for a gain. They are preaching, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof from such turn away. The word of God says not to follow in this way. There is confusion among the churches, because they are not reading the Bible, but following some ideas of men or their own imaginations. They have not received the Holy Ghost that leads in all truth, but have the spirit of err which the word of God speaks of. They have refused the truth. Everyone that received the Holy Ghost is also led by him. The word tells us in I John 2:27, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and it truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
Here we see the Holy Ghost will not lead astray and when a man or woman teaches an unclean or unholy life, we know that person is not a Holy Ghost preacher. Thank God for the Bible speaks, "By their fruit ye shall know them." So let us be very careful what we hear and what we do, for it we be partakers of the false doctrine, we are guilty of sin. But in proving the wrong or right way, we find the Bible says the right way is to be born again, which no man can explain. Jesus speaks in the Gospel of John 3:3, "Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
We find this is the beginning of the right way, and if we have done our part, which the Lord requires, and confess our sins as is found in Epistle of I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive use our sins, and so cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
After we have gone thus far, believing the word and in faith, we must go through the baptism of water, like our Saviour, Jesus. He set this example and commanded it in the Gospel of St. Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
Lord Jesus gives us this command and many preachers use Peter's word. This is not right, God says, "This is my beloved Son, hear him, or him shall ye hear." Instead of hearing his command, we follow mans doctrine or our own imaginations. God help us to understand the word of God and then to it. We find the form of baptism in Romans 6:4, "Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life."
The next step is to be sanctified, as the word commands us and not as some preachers tell us. We see plainly that sanctification is not the definite work of grace, and is not thus found in the Bible, but we find it is the will of the father, I Thessalonians 4:3, "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication."
Sanctification means a full surrender to Jesus so that the blood of Jesus flows continuous over our soul and mind, also, we must keep our mind on heavenly things, and not on things of the earth. Or in other words, we must become a pure and holy person before the Holy Ghost can enter into us. After our soul and body are made pure, we become candidates for the baptism of the Holy Ghost. We must seek for it and ask God to give it to us, and nothing else. We find in the Gospel, that Jesus tells us, "As evil fathers give good gifts to their children, how much more will the father in heaven give the Holy Ghost to them that ask him for it." This is a very small task required of us, merely asking, "And ye shall receive that your joy might be full."
Let us remind the reader of this book, as was said in the beginning, that the receiving of the baptism by the Bible way, and the evidence that we have received this baptism shown by our power of speaking in tongues and glorifying God, just as the first Gentiles did, has not changed. Our God has not changed, as we read in the Book of Malachi 3:6, "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."
God is the same as he was in the beginning when he created heaven and earth. Let us come boldly before the throne of God, asking of him abounding, for he will give to him that asketh. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. My heart desires that this book might be used in every home, as a key to the Holy Bible, and lead many to the cross of Calvary. The reason I urge the believers to be very earnest in seeking for the blessing, is not so much for itself, but because in these evil days it will be very hard to stand without the baptism of the Holy Ghost. So may God help and give every reader of this book a great longing for more of God is my prayer, and the great God of heaven, which be praised through all eternity.