“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
thereby”[1 Peter 2:2]
Question Number 56
Question: What is the meaning and method of water baptism?
Answer: It is a picture, and confession, before the body of
believers (the church), pointing to your death, burial and resurrection in
Christ accomplished at your new birth. This baptism is by immersion in water
after being BORN AGAIN.
WATER BAPTISM IS TO POINT TO SPIRITUAL BAPTISM
To worship God who is SPIRIT, we must be spiritually born again. “Jesus
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and
of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born
of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” In
John 3:5-6: we see the first birth and second birth.
BORN OF THE FLESH
The first birth is being born of the water, and happened at our natural
birth coming into the world out the water of the womb OF OUR MOTHER.
BORN OF THE SPIRIT
The second birth is being born again, which is OF THE SPIRIT.
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or
Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into
one Spirit.” [1 Corinthians 12:13]
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The “spiritual milk” for the 21st Century believer in Jesus Christ is the
same spiritual milk that was recommended by the Spirit of God for now almost two
This SINCERE MILK is the basic starting food so necessary for every new
born-again believer to GROW.
[2 Timothy 3:16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
[2 Timothy 3:17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished
unto all good works.
Next: Lesson Number 57
Bible Study Hints
2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
Prophecy involves future things … in future events. Prophecy is a
foretelling; a prediction; a declaration of something to come. History is
the record of the fulfillment prophecy.
Bible “prophecy” came not “by the will of man”. Man’s “will” was not
involved at all. Bible prophecy came by the Holy Ghost WHO is GOD. God
“moved” certain men to speak certain words that are God’s words in “old
• God’s words that “holy men” “spake” “in old time” are preserved … for all
• God’s words are kept.
• God keeps them. Man does not keep them. The scholars do not keep them.
• God preserves them … in spite of the scholars. This is a direct promise of
This promise is found for all generations of men forevermore to see in
Psalms twelve: “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a
furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou
shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” [Psalm 12:6-7]
Do you see what I see?
• The words of the Lord are pure words.
• The words of the Lord are purified seven times.
This promise literally extends [in the English language] to all of US [the
English-speaking nations on this Earth today].
Now, the seven purifications [or the translations] into the English for the
English-speaking nations on this Earth are these:
• The Tyndale’s New Testament … in 1526.
• The Coverdale’s Bible … in 1535
• The Matthews’ Bible … in 1537
• The Great Bible … in 1539
• The Geneva Bible … in 1560
• The Bishops Bible … in 1568
• The King James Bible … in 1611
This seventh book represents a purified BOOK, and is the word of God in the
Therefore, we have this promise from God that God actively maintained the
“pure words” of God.
We have therefore, in the Authorized Version of 1611 [A.V. 1611] Bible … the
“settled” words of God:
“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”
The A.V. 1611 King James Bible, or any of its editions [1613, 1644, 1676,
1680, 1701, 1769], is the settled forever.