The hunger for “Somebody Save Me” is beyond anything in this physical world could ever offer. The relaxation of drinking beer, whiskey, and wine is always under a limited time for the body to be released from the worries of the mind. The floating away feeling from marijuana, meth, and cocaine is a separation from reality and another method of disconnecting from your mind and body. These are things that come to an end and the hard reality returns for the need to repeat what you know is a temporary fix with only a tragic end.
You are looking around still hungry for a fix that will be the ultimate fix. You are tired of coming down to only return to the life you see in the mirror and in the eyes of others. You are saying to yourself, “I am sick of the same old thing and going nowhere” no matter what I try it is not enough. You begin to search other things you could try to satisfy your hunger and thirst you feel inside that has no bottom to it in your soul.
You think, “I will try religion. I have tried everything else, but which one?” There are so many, which one is the right one. Religions are like flavored drinks and mixed drugs to take your pick, but which one? Which one has the true power and not fluffed up with man’s fixes and rules? Alcohol and drugs are man made fixes and what I need is a God fix. I cannot afford to be lied to like drugs and drinking has done to me. “Somebody Save Me” beyond this world’s concoctions and make believe.
Please tell me, shoot straight with me, and tell me what God says and not man. I have lived in a world of lies, pretending to be friends, and acting out in a way to whatever it takes to get my fix. “Somebody Save Me” from beyond this world. I cannot find any satisfaction.
You want real salvation with the real power of God? Do you want the real power of the blood of Jesus to wash away all your sins making you a new creature? Do you want the real power of the Holy Spirit of Jesus to empower you with the ability to overcome your habits and temptations to never thirst or hunger again? The transformation into a new creature in Christ takes the power of God and not man’s mind over matter positive thinking.
How to be saved by God satisfying your eternal soul with an eternal fix is found in the book of Acts in the Bible. The book of Acts is THE ONLY book in the entire Bible for lost souls who desire for “Somebody Save Me“. The three steps are simple: first, repent (means turn away, want to change), second, water baptism (totally under water) in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of all your sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38).
The powerful blood of the Lamb of God to wash away all your sins is in the total immersion of water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ and not in the Father or the Holy Ghost. Father and Holy Ghost does not have blood. You cannot kill a Spirit, bury a Spirit, and resurrect a Spirit that does not know death. Sin can only be handled by applying the blood of God, which is in the name of Jesus who did die, was buried, and rose again. This is why in the book Acts for sinners it is written “12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.
When you think of God you think of the most powerful being in all things. How can you have an encounter with Him and it be any less when it comes to Him saving your life and filling you with the power of His Spirit? Would it not be something beyond this world? When He fills you with His powerful Spirit would you not feel Him bubbling inside coming out through your voice with praises you cannot put in your own native words while you surrender your voice and He helps you speak praises in a language beyond yourself. This is the true power to the born again of the Spirit of God beyond this world as you and Him become one in spirit. He does not want you to fight alone.
GOSPELS REFLECT SALVATION
To put it simply the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) are about the life of Jesus leading up to salvation. The book of Acts is the plan of salvation put into action. The other New Testament books after the book of Acts are to the churches or saints that have already experienced the plan of salvation. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament (Genesis – Malachi) in the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), the book of Acts was the plan of salvation put into motion, and the other books tells the churches how to behave and what to look for in life.
Jesus said to Nicodemus while they were both under the old law of the Old Testament in the Gospel John chapter 3, “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.“, “…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Jesus said to Nicodemus. This was not salvation, but the elements in the plan of salvation in the future events of Jesus Christ. Jesus went onto say, “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.” Again, Jesus was telling Nicodemus in the future there will come a time the actions of your faith in water baptism and the infilling of the Holy Ghost will bring eternal life, just not right now. Jesus was trying to get Nicodemus to see the future of God’s plan. Salvation is not in John 3 because “…the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” Jn. 7:39.
SALVATION NOT IN THE GOSPELS
What about salvation at the end of the gospels when Jesus talked to the disciples after resurrecting from the grave? The scripture was still in affect because not all was fulfilled as of yet, “…the Holy Ghost was not yet given…” Jn. 7:39. None of the gospels override the authority of the book of Acts. There is no controversy between the gospels and the book of Acts. If there is any controversy it would be with mankind’s interpretation and not the scriptures.
MATTHEW 28:19, 20
Mtt. 28:17 “And when they saw him…” The “they” is Peter and the disciples. v19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” This did not happen right now, but started later and went into motion in the book of Acts chapter 2. v20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:..” The “…whatsoever I have commanded you” is Jesus, Himself, giving the apostles direct orders, which goes above all preachers after this point, to start doing what was done in the book of Acts and not right now in the gospels.
Now, back to “…baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” as the water baptism plan of salvation, which it IS NOT because the church started in the book of Acts and not here. The first saved souls under the born again of the water and the Spirit experience was in the book of Acts not in Matthew. Jesus here in the gospel was explaining to Peter and the disciples what all was IN that name, THROUGH that name, and BY that name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus was focused the three stages of God with mankind. One true God coming to us at three different times, stages, or phases.
In the name of Jesus was the Spirit Word presences of God that created all things through Jesus. In the beginning Adam was made in the Spirit likeness and Spirit image of Jesus into physical form known to be stage one from what we know as the Father of All Creation. Stage two with mankind was the same Spirit Word of God focused into the body/flesh of Jesus (Col. 2:9) being made flesh to walk among us bringing salvation and redemption through his blood. Stage three is the focused wind of the Holy Spirit of God through Jesus Christ into us as as a pledge or earnest of our inheritance.
This is what is inside the name of Jesus: the Father of Creation, the blood Son of redemption, and the Holy Spirit of reviving life or quickening spirit. So, water baptism in Jesus name in the book of Acts is not a contradiction to Matthew 28:19 because Jesus is “the name of the Father” (Jn. 5:43, I come in my Father’s name), “and of the Son” (Mtt. 1:21), “and of the Holy Ghost” (Jn. 14:26, send in my name). Salvation did not start here in Matthew 28:19 because”…the Holy Ghost was not yet given…” Jn. 7:39. Look for the day the Holy Ghost was given and you will find the plan of salvation put into motion.
The gospel of Mark after the resurrection has Jesus telling his disciples, not preachers interpretations today, to go into all the world and preach to every creature. Jesus said about those in the future “…that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…“, which tells us there is more to being saved than just believing only and it also lines up with “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” in Acts 2:38, but at the end of that scripture it concluded with “…but he that believeth not shall be damned.“. You can see the importance of Jesus name baptism. Also, in verse 17 Jesus points out signs that will follow the presence of God in those born of His Spirit casting out devils and speaking with new tongues, which also lines up with what happens in the infilling of the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts2:4, 6, 8).
The Gospel Mark did not have salvation right at that moment because “…the Holy Ghost was not yet given…” Jn. 7:39, but it was for the things to come in the book of Acts. It is the biggest eternal mistake to write off the book of Acts as some dead history book of the Christian church. It is the only book with the active plan of salvation put into motion with Mark sealing this plan of salvation was more than just believing with other things being required.
Jesus told Peter and the disciples what should be preached in the days to come, but not now because “…the Holy Ghost was not yet given…” Jn. 7:39. Peter and the disciples were to preach “…repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Did you notice “…in his name…” referring to Jesus name and “…beginning at Jerusalem.” the starting place for the plan of salvation to be put into motion? v49 Shows us salvation has not happened in the gospels, but to wait for the promise will come later in Jerusalem as Peter along with the other disciples to “…be endued with power from on high.”
Salvation had not happened yet at the end of the gospel Luke. At the end of the gospels salvation had not happened yet. It was about the things to come, which occurred on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. We should never box God into our ideas, but let God flow freely as Himself throughout His word from (Genesis – Malachi) into the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) putting into motion the plan of salvation in the book of Acts to the other books telling us how to behave and what to look for in life today.
Any religion that proclaims salvation from the gospels need to read all the scriptures in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John with the thought from John 7:39 “…the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” The Lord is soon to come and we do not need to play around connecting His scriptures for our own plan of salvation.
BOOKS AFTER THE BOOK OF ACTS
You do not have to read all of the scriptures below, but they are there for you to see ALL of them are written to saints and to the churches who have already been born again (Romans – Revelation). There is NO plan of salvation in them only the encouragement and warnings of daily living as an already saved people in God who needs to improve.
Romans 1:7 “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints…”; 1 Corinthians 1:2 “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth…”; 2 Corinthians 1:1 “…unto the church of God which is at Corinth…”;Galatians 1:2 “…unto the churches of Galatia:”; Ephesians 1:1 “…to the saints which are at Ephesus…”; Philippians 1:1 “…to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi…”; Colossians 1:2 “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse…”; 1 Thessalonians 1:1 “…unto the church of the Thessalonians…”; 2 Thessalonians 1:1 “…unto the church of the Thessalonians…”; 1 Timothy 1:2 “Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith…”; 2 Timothy 1:2 “To Timothy, my dearly beloved son…”; Titus 1:4 “To Titus, mine own son after the common faith…”; Philemon 1:2 “And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house…”; Hebrews 12:23 “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn…”; James 1:1,2 “…to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.” v2 “My brethren… “; 1 Peter 1:2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God…”; 2 Peter 1:1 “…to them that have obtained like precious faith”; 1 John 1:4 “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”; 2 John 1:1 “The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth”; 3 John 1:1 “The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.”; Jude 1:1 “…to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ…”; Revelation 1:4 “John to the seven churches which are in Asia…”.
Any religion that proclaims salvation from the books after the book of Acts (Romans – Revelation) needs to read all the scriptures as to already saved Christians and who have already been born again according the Acts 2:38. The apostles only preached one plan of salvation to everyone and anything outside that gospel has a curse laid upon them (Gal. 1:8) until they repent and change their ways.
GOD FOCUSED ALL IN JESUS
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Do you see the power of the name of Jesus? The blood and the Spirit in that name is one with knowing “…the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom ‘He’ hast sent“, “this is life eternal…” (Jn. 17:3).
The real born again of the water and of the spirit powerful second birth experience comes from the original fountain that has never ran dry, but it is a promise from God unto ALL generations and for ALL who are afar off (Acts 2:39) from Jerusalem as many as the Lord our God shall call because “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Heb. 13:8).
When did the book of Acts die in the power of God’s living word? When was the book of Acts cut off to be only dead words of history? Who dares to stand before mankind proclaiming the book of Acts void of the plan of God’s living salvation? Apostle Paul wrote, “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.” (Galatians 1:8,9). It is a very scary thing to deny Acts 2:38 “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.“
I pray that you study for yourself and decide for yourself how much of God’s word you will allow to live in your life. After all you will face God alone and be accountable for your decisions as well as I. Who has the power to stand before God to plead your case? I want the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, and the Spirit of Jesus applied to my life for it is ALL in Him (Col. 2:9, 10, 13).
Please feel after the Lord though He is not far from you and you will never be the same. You will walk in the light of the knowledge of good seeing glory that this world will never be able to give you.