Matthew 3:16 And having been baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon Him.
This was where the whole mission got real. Receiving power for the purpose of His coming. Training time was over. He’s graduated and about to start some real business. Call it an induction if you wish. Then ofcourse He needed a team and He choose Him one.
Mark 3:16 And He appointed the twelve: and to
Simon He gave the name Peter
Twelve men of the likes of timid fishermen and tax collectors. Simple men of whom the world had no interest in (except maybe the tax collector). Twelve men enrolled in this school of His and in 3 years and 6 months they would be restoring sights and healing the blind (can’t fathom why med school has to be 6 years, atleast).
Let’s go back in time a lil’ bit
Luke 3:16 John answered and said to all, I 1baptize you in water, but He who is stronger than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He Himself will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire,
Ofcourse His arrival was much anticipated. Dating from the time of the prophets, prophecies a thousand years old, older ones and the more recent, to minutes before His baptism, “the induction”. And the mission?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
As simple as A, B, C. Cool huh! “Believe”, the golden word, is all it takes to be a big shot, to have life evalasting, to be made whole, to have access to the power that created all from nothing. Doubt that?
Acts 3:16 And upon faith in His name, His name has made this man strong, whom you behold and know; and the faith which is through Him has given him this wholeness of health before you all.
Could this get any better? What a free gift. What a priviledge. Wait a minute; what if one decides to reject this offer (is that even possible?) What happens then?
Romans 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Oops! A word, they say, is enough for the wise. So what happens to us exactly when we accept this cool offer?
1 Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
OMG! Is this true or is this true? One of the divinity of trinity comes to live in you. Yet, its impossible to seperate into different entities the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; so actually, God in completeness lives in us.
Boy!!! Am I dancing already??
2 Cor 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
It gets better, we would see things even more clearly. A lot more must have happened at Eden than Moses documented.
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
That’s right. Another assurance of the promises of God. I can’t stop loving You, You are my everything, You bring melody to my soul. I can’t get enough of You…hold on dear, be mindful of this
Phil 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Uh huh! Be mindful of these, that we may remain in Him, and Him in us; lest we fall out of the grace of this gift
2Thes 3:16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
yes; after we have minded what we should mind in all sincerity and godliness the peace of God floods our very souls.
Hey! Before you start arguing, read this..
1Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
All your doubts, I believe, have been cleared. What a beautiful array of witnesses to this testament. Irrefutable proof indeed.
Did I hear you say what is the credibility of the source of my information?
2Tim3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Thats right. Still doubt? Take heed to yourself. Things didn’t work out soo well for the last set of people that toke that path.
Heb 3:16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
You don’t wanta go down that lane, Trust me. Nevertheless, if you insist, you have a right to know your fate.
Jam 3:16 For where envying and strife is , there is confusion and every evil work.
Like Martin Luther said as he was prepared to be burned at the stake “My conscience is my guide, the Scripture is my authority…”
1Pt 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
Its my sincere prayer that the Lord open the eye of your understanding. Praying for you is the only thing I can really do having realised that many have spoken to you about such ..
2Pt 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Alas! Maybe I can do a lil’ more than pray..
1Jn 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God , because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
And for those of you who believe. You should strive to remain in Him. Pursue your salvation in all fear and trembling. It doesn’t end at acceptance of the gift. We should prove ourselves worthy of His calling. Trust me on this one, it would be better if you remained ignorant of this Gift, because …
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.