03/24/2012 Sabbath Meeting Transcript


"Mikveh or Baptism, It's Meaning and Importance"


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EliYah's message:

I believe we are going to get started here, and today's study topic-- which I feel is an often misunderstood thing that we are supposed to be doing as believers in Yahushua-- is the question of baptism.

I've been wanting to talk about this. I believe that it is often misunderstood and misapplied and misused. It's one of the most basic things that we are supposed to be doing as believers, and yet there are so many different opinions about this baptism.

Yet, at least in my mind, it couldn't be any clearer in the written Word. But, you know, through tradition, both Christian tradition and Jewish tradition of late, there have been a lot of people that are saying we've got to do the mikveh. "Got to do that mikveh." And so, they believe that.

I want to go over that question today, and we are also going to go over what baptism represents, why it's important. Probably one of the most important things we can do as believers in Messiah. So, our study topic for today: Mikveh, or Baptism? It's Meaning and Importance.

If you have never heard this word "mikveh," we will explain it to you here a little bit later, but the word "mikveh" is commonly used in Messianic circles to describe what is essentially supposed to be a baptism. Some people don't like the term "baptism" because it happens to come from Greek. They like the term "immersion" better.

Me, I'm not quite the stickler on that. Almost every word in our language comes from some other language, anyway, so whether you choose the word "immersion," whether you choose the word "baptism," to me it basically means the same thing, and I don't get too excited either way.

I'll just do a quick scan here on the word "immerse." I don't know that that's even a 100% English word. It comes from Latin, so what's worse, "baptizo" or "immerse"? One is from Greek. One is from Latin. I don't know.

But I do know this-- we do need to be baptized. We do need to be immersed. We do need to properly understand this so that we can, you know, do it correctly and do the things that we are supposed to do correctly.

It really is very, very simple and basic. But we need to know why. Why do we get baptized? What is the spiritual significance of it? Does it really matter one way or the other whether we get baptized or, as some say today, "mikvehed" (which doesn't make any sense, mikvehed)?

So, what is this all about? What are the basics of it? Why do we do it? We are going to address some major errors circulating amongst Messianic congregations today.

And because there are so many Messianics who are doing this, what is called "mikveh," there are a tremendous number of believers in Torah, and even believers in using the true names, who are not being baptized. They're just not, at least not in a biblical way.

Anyway, we need to understand the enemy hates baptism. He hates it. He hates baptism. He hates everything it represents. And so, he has done everything he can to inspire two thousand years of confusion over something that should be so simple and basic.

For centuries, when people heard the term "baptism," they thought, "Oh, the sprinkling of water," because that was what was done by the Catholic Church.

It wasn't until the reformers a little later decided that they were going to try to do things more biblically, and someone noticed, "Well, baptism is full immersion-- that has nothing to do with sprinkling water on you," that some of them began to do it correctly.

I also believe baptism is pretty important. It is a circumcision of the Messiah, as it says in Colossians 2. And as a circumcision of the Messiah, I think that it would be appropriate that we get baptized prior to partaking of the body and blood of the Messiah.

Now, if you were baptized wrong, incorrectly or something, I'm not saying everything has to be perfect and all your "t's" crossed and "i's" dotted, but at least some kind of public profession like baptism, I think, would be in order if you are able to. And hopefully, you are.

But, it is very important. It's one of the major tenets of the Great Commission. Yahushua said in Matthew 28, verse 18:

Matthew 28:18 - And Yahushua came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Matthew 28:19 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28:20 -

So, we read in the book of Acts, chapter 2, verse 36, Kepha (Peter) is announcing to the crowds the fact that Yahushua has resurrected. He says:

Acts 2:36 - "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that Elohim has made this Yahushua, whom you crucified, both Master and Messiah."

Acts 2:37 - Now when they heard [this], they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men [and] brethren, what shall we do?"

Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahushua Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:39 - "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as YAHWEH our Elohim will call."

That is a promise to everyone. And we are the ones who are "afar off." Do you get that? This is a promise to you-- to all of us who are within the listening sound of my voice today. This is a promise to you, and it says, "and to your children, and to all who are afar off." That's who we are. We are the ones who are afar off.

And since this promise is for us... what promise? The promises that are given here are: Remission of sins. That's one of the promises. Remission of sins. We need that. We need forgiveness. And another promise is the gift of the Holy Spirit. So the promise here that's given, it's to everyone.

And if we have heard Yahweh's call-- "as many as Yahweh will call"-- if we've heard His call and we respond, we can receive this promise. And what a promise it is, considering the hopeless state mankind is in. We need this. We need this promise. And we see that baptism is a major part of that promise.

I mean, who can say, "I've made my heart clean"? Nobody. And he goes on to say:

Acts 2:40 - And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."

Acts 2:41 - Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added [to them].

And so, he told them that they needed to be saved from this perverse generation. And we live in a perverse generation today, perhaps even more perverse than the generation they were living in. Although, there are a tremendous amount of similarities.

So, if we seek salvation, then the answer is very simple. We repent. That means we turn away from sin, and we become believers in Yahushua as evidenced by the external confession and display of baptism. There is no way around this Scripture. It's very simple. We need to be baptized.

This is why we need to be baptized:

Proverbs 20:9 - Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin"?

Ecclesiastes 7:20 - For [there is] not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.

Now, because we have sinned, we need to be reconciled to Yahweh. The only thing that is going to dwell eternally is righteousness. Wickedness will not live forever. The wickedness that you see on the earth today, it won't always be here. Praise Yahweh for that!

The evil we see in our own world today and in our own hearts will not always be there. And so, we need to somehow find a way for us to become righteous. The problem is we have not been righteous. And yet, the only hope of entering into this age to come is that we are righteous.

Do we really believe all this wickedness is going to continue forever and ever and ever? No! You see, the enemy has his little tricks. He has a bag of tricks. And there are different theologies being taught today.

There's theology in Disney movies, that there's always going to be a battle between good and evil, and there's never any resolution to it. It's taught in a lot of films and media. The enemy wants you to think there will always be this battle.

The truth is, it is not always going to be there. Yahweh has a plan to resolve it, and He's only waiting now for others to come into the sheepfold, to be a part of this eternal Kingdom, to become baptized, repentant believers in Yahushua.

So, we have a Good News. The enemy has bad news, and we have a Good News. So how do we, being wicked sinners, attain righteousness? You know that we can find this plan of salvation not only written in the history of Israel, as we've shared here in the past several weeks, but also predicted in the Prophets.

The inner workings and the more in-depth teachings of how Yahushua is able to make us righteous is found in the Prophets.

Isaiah 54:17 - No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue [which] rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of YAHWEH, And their righteousness [is] from Me," Says YAHWEH.

Their righteousness. Whose righteousness? Our righteousness. It says, "their righteousness is from Me." How do we get Yahweh's righteousness? We see in this verse this is our heritage. This is our inheritance. You give an inheritance to your children. Well, this is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh-- that we will receive Yahweh's righteousness.

We can't manufacture our own righteousness. We've all sinned greatly in Yahweh's eyes. And so, how do we attain it? He's willing to give it to His servants. So, how can we receive that? How can Yahweh's righteousness be in us? This is what the prophets all predicted.

Jeremiah 23:5 - "Behold, [the] days are coming," says YAHWEH, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.

This Branch of righteousness, this King, shall reign and prosper. He's going to come as a reigning King.

Jeremiah 23:6 - In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this [is] His name by which He will be called: YAHWEH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Ha! Salvation! Judah will be saved. Israel shall dwell safely. What about the Gentiles? They will, too. They are grafted in.

"This is His name by which He will be called." Who? This Branch-- this Branch of righteousness. This is the name He will be called. He will be called Yahweh. Messiah is called Yahweh? Absolutely! This is not the only place He is called Yahweh. Does that make Him the Heavenly Father? No. But He does, being the Son, carry His Father's name: Yahweh.

Well, the name is-- "Yahweh Tzidkenu" or "Yahweh our Righteousness." What does this mean-- "Yahweh our Righteousness," this righteous Branch that reigns? He's called "Yahweh our Righteousness." Well, it's through Him that Yahweh brought us His righteousness.

It's through this King, this Branch of righteousness that reigns and prospers, that we will receive righteousness. Now there are other Scriptures that speak of Yahweh's righteousness, also.

Isaiah 45:23 - I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth [in] righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath.

Isaiah 45:24 - He shall say, `Surely in YAHWEH I have righteousness and strength. To Him [men] shall come, And all shall be ashamed Who are incensed against Him.

Isaiah 45:25 - In YAHWEH all the descendants of Israel Shall be justified, and shall glory.'"

So, only in Yahweh will this happen-- will we be justified and shall glory. The reason why it is through Yahweh that we are justified is because He sends the Messiah to become "Yahweh our Righteousness" so that we can receive righteousness through Him. Now that's an awesome gift!

That's an awesome blessing that we can be thankful for because we don't deserve it. We don't deserve it at all.

Notice here He swore an oath. There is only a few times in Scripture where Yahweh actually swears an oath. He says, "I have sworn." By whom? Well, He can only swear by Himself. There is no one greater to swear by, so He sworn by Himself.

And every knee will bow and every tongue will say, "Only in Yahweh do I have (what?) righteousness and strength." Only through Him. Only in Him. If we are in Him and He dwells in us, then we can receive righteousness. And the ones who are incensed against Him saying, "Oh, I can be righteous by myself," they will be ashamed. And so, only through Yahweh.

Another Messianic prophecy-- this is Messiah here, Yahushua:

Isaiah 53:10 - Yet it pleased YAHWEH to bruise Him; He has put [Him] to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see [His] seed, He shall prolong [His] days, And the pleasure of YAHWEH shall prosper in His hand.

Whose soul? The soul of the Messiah. Messiah's soul becomes "asham" (in Hebrew). A guilt offering.

"He shall see His seed." What He is talking about here is not the Messiah's literal seed, but His spiritual descendants. Yahushua says, "Here I am and the children whom Elohim gave to Me." That's in the book of Hebrews and the Psalms.

And so, "He shall prolong His days and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in His Hand." This is predicting a resurrection where He shall see the results, the seed that He has planted in people, the Word. See, He is the living Word. And the Word is the seed. And since the Word goes forth and produces fruit, He will see His seed.

And we are the result of that seed. We are bearing fruit. And the only way He could see it is if He were actually resurrected and was witnessed today of us. And He is. So, His soul was an offering for sin, and yet, He would see His seed and prolong His days. So, the resurrection is predicted here.

Isaiah 53:11 - He shall see the labor of His soul, [and] be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

He (that is Yahweh) shall see the labor of His soul (that is Yahushua), and be satisfied. "My righteous Servant" is the same Servant of Jeremiah 23, verse 5-- this righteous King. It says He shall reign and prosper. This righteous Servant shall do what? Justify. That word "justify" (we read that earlier) means to be declared righteous.

He says, "In Yahweh all the descendants of Israel shall be (what?)" Justified (there in Isaiah 45, verse 25). And His Servant is the one who does it. Yahweh uses His Servant to do it. He shall bear their iniquities. So, Yahushua is the one who bears our sin.

And through Him, through this offering for sin (this Hebrew word "asham," this guilt offering), Yahushua bears our iniquities. And Yahweh sees the labor and travail of Messiah's soul and is satisfied that the punishment that we deserve has been borne properly through the Messiah.

He is that trespass offering without blemish, so our iniquities would be upon Him. But Yahushua's righteousness, which really was Yahweh's righteousness because even the Messiah says, "Why do you call Me good? There is one who is good-- Yahweh the Father." So even Messiah's righteousness was Yahweh's righteousness.

Messiah's goodness He had in Him came from Yahweh the Father. And so, He is able to justify many, declaring many righteous. And this word translated "justify" is also translated "righteous." It's just different in it's verbiage, but it's the same word. So, we're declared righteous. We become righteous through this Servant Yahushua.

You know, you can find what is called "the Gospel" in the Old Testament. Just got to look a little closer. Another place:

Isaiah 59:15 - So truth fails, And he [who] departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then YAHWEH saw [it], and it displeased Him That [there was] no justice.

So people who decided they were going to be righteous ended up being victims.

Isaiah 59:16 - He saw that [there was] no man, And wondered that [there was] no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

Yahweh's own arm brings salvation? "His own arm brought salvation for Him." "His own righteousness, it sustained Him." There was no intercessor for man. He saw that truth was failing among men, and the ones who "depart from evil make themselves a prey."

And so, He decided to use His own arm to bring us righteousness that we needed and bring salvation that we needed. What is it talking about when it says the arm, "His own arm"? If we go back to Isaiah 53, where we were earlier, in the first verse:

Isaiah 53:1 - Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of YAHWEH been revealed?

This is Yahushua. Yahushua is the "Arm of Yahweh." He is the one sitting at the right hand of Yahweh. And so, He's called the "Arm of Yahweh." He went out as Yahweh's arm-- "a mighty hand and an outstretched arm"-- to bring salvation to us.

Isaiah 53:2 - For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, [There is] no beauty that we should desire Him.

There's that Branch, that tender Branch of the root of Jesse, coming up out of the ground that we read about in Jeremiah 23. He wasn't a fancy-looking guy. He wasn't necessarily handsome. He just looked like a regular person. And maybe because of that, people couldn't look beyond His appearance.

Isaiah 53:3 - He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, [our] faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

This whole chapter is talking about Yahushua. Everything in here matches up with other Messianic prophecies, wonderfully and perfectly. So it is through this Servant of Isaiah 53, whom we know as Yahushua haMashiach, that we are declared righteous.

Now look at this. We talked last week about the beautiful unity of the Old Testament and the New Testament, and no one could have made that up-- the history of the nation of Israel actually picturing our salvation. And here are these prophecies of all the details of how that's going to happen in what's called the Old Testament.

You know, we actually have copies of Isaiah in our possession. It's in Israel, but, I mean, they've been discovered. And these copies of Isaiah date back 200 years before the Messiah was even born. And yet, they predict Him like this. Awesome! And so, it's only through this Servant that we could possibly be declared righteous.

It says (we read earlier), this arm brought salvation. We see earlier that this Servant will justify many. So unless we receive His Servant, we cannot be justified. We have to receive the Servant, and that's where the doctrine of "only through the Messiah can we be saved" came from, because it is through Him that we are justified.

So, Yahushua was able to say:

John 14:6 - Yahushua said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

And so, because of Yahweh's and Yahushua's love for us, Yahushua came and gave of Himself that we might have life. HalleluYah! And this is all from the love of the Father, to give His only begotten Son, as we've read.

So, John 3:14, Yahushua said:

John 3:14 - "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

Now that serpent that was lifted up in the wilderness, you might recall the story: The people were being afflicted and bitten by snakes, and so Moshe made this bronze serpent and put it on a pole, not a cross. He put it on a pole, not a cross, in the same way the Son of man was lifted up on a pole, not a cross.

And the Son of man is lifted up, and that is how He was going to die. Even the serpent on the pole was a sign. See, they were looking for the serpent on the pole, and they would be delivered from the venom of the enemy, the venom of the snake.

But why would Yahushua be pictured as a serpent? Why? Because Yahweh has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all. Yahweh has laid upon Him our sin. And so, all of our "yuck" that came from our desire to follow the enemy was laid upon Him. All of Yahushua's righteousness was laid upon us.

And so, we are delivered from the power of the enemy because all the punishment that we deserve from following the enemy fell upon Yahushua. Again, you can't make this up, brothers. This is New Testament perfectly fulfilling prophecies of the Old.

John 3:15 - "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 - "For Elohim so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

I don't like to stop there. I like to keep reading.

John 3:17 - "For Elohim did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

He could have easily sent Yahushua to come and condemn everybody. We would all deserve it. But He didn't come for that purpose. He came so that we could be saved.

John 3:18 - "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Elohim.

I just believe there is something important about the name... "because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Elohim." Now that's something. They will often quote John 3:16, but what about (verse) 18?

John 3:19 - "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

What? You mean they do get condemned? Yes, "... this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." So basically, men condemn themselves. He didn't come to condemn anybody. Men condemn themselves because they love darkness rather than light.

Why do they love the darkness? Because when you step into the light, all your evil deeds will be exposed. But they loved darkness rather than light, because they did not want to see their evil deeds be exposed.

What about us? Will we humble ourselves and allow the light of Yahushua to plainly expose that we need Him? We need Him for salvation. We are sinners. We need salvation.

Isaiah 53:6 - All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And YAHWEH has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

That's why He is pictured in the bronze serpent-- because Yahweh has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all. What an awesome, awesome thing! And so, He was hung on a tree. He was accursed for our sakes.

Galatians 3:13 - Messiah has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed [is] everyone who hangs on a tree"),

Yahushua received the curses in the law. Now, the law is not a curse, but the law does curse the ones who are disobedient to it. We need to be saved from that curse.

Some people think, "Oh, the law is a curse." No, the law is not a curse. The law has cursed us, and we are the ones cursed, unless we get bought back, unless we get redeemed, because the Messiah became that curse for us. So, they got it backwards. They got it all mixed-up. Hope you followed that one.

Anyway, we understand. We need the Messiah. We need Yahushua haMashiach. And without Him, we are cursed. With Him, He became cursed for us, because "cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree."

And the Jews, they couldn't fathom in the first century that the Messiah would become hanged on a tree because they didn't read the prophecies and accept them. Well, some did. Some didn't.

But the law brings a curse on those who disobey it. Therefore, we have been under that curse. Yahushua became that curse for us, and on Him were laid the sins of us all. But it was necessary that He should die and that He should suffer.

Romans 5:17 - For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Yahushua Messiah.)

Who is that "one man"? That's Adam. Through one man's offense (that's Adam) death reigned. Because Adam chose to sin, all of his offspring (we) receive that inheritance, that inheritance of death. We will all die.

"Much more those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life (not death) through the One, Yahushua the Messiah." And so, in the same way death reigned through Adam, life reigns through the second Adam-- Yahushua haMashiach.

The first Adam was unrighteous. The second Adam was righteous.

Romans 5:18 - Therefore, as through one man's offense [judgment came] to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act [the free gift came] to all men, resulting in justification of life.

"Through one man's offense (that is the partaking of the tree of good and evil in the Garden) judgment came to all men (because we are his children), resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act (Yahushua's righteousness) the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life."

So that is why Yahushua is called the second Adam.

Romans 5:19 - For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

Beautiful! Just beautiful! And what a blessing to behold-- that we might have eternal life, being redeemed from death and finding life and peace. Let's continue to read:

Romans 5:20 - Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,

That is the law given through Moshe. See, if we didn't have a law telling us what sin was, then we wouldn't recognize the offenses that we have committed. And so, the offenses are revealed to have abounded because we have received this law that tells us, "Do not do this."

"But where sin abounded (through Messiah Yahushua), grace abounded that much more." So through the Messiah now, we have grace. Wherever sin might have abounded in our lives, we have Yahushua and the grace that can abound just as well.

Romans 5:21 - so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Yahushua Messiah our Master.

In the same way sin produced death in us, "even so grace might reign through righteousness," because we receive the righteousness of Yahweh.

Just as sin reigned, so will grace reign. Just as death reigned, life reigns. But now that we are justified (and this is where everybody gets mixed-up), now that we are justified is it okay, we just keep relying on that grace to abound? Where our sin abounds, we just got His grace there to pick up the tab? Let's go into chapter 6, here:

Romans 6:1 - What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

Well, the law was given for what? To show us that we are sinners (the offense). That is the law of Moshe. So, do we continue breaking the law so that grace may abound? Certainly, certainly, certainly not!

Romans 6:2 - Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

He didn't just say, "No." He says, "How can it even be possible?" How shall we who died to... what? Sin, which is the transgression of the law. How can we live any longer in it? It's not something that if we mess up or that we fail Him through weakness, that's one thing.

But if we live in sin and wallow in it like a pig going back to the muck, to the mire? No. How can you live any longer in that when you died to it? Through Yahushua we did die to it.

Romans 6:3 - Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Messiah Yahushua were baptized into His death?

Now here we are getting into baptism. What is he talking about? He's talking about everybody-- everyone who's been baptized, right?

Romans 6:4 - Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

This is our mindset now, brothers. Our mindset is: The "old man" is dead and buried. We were buried with Messiah. We were crucified with Him, and we died with Him in the grave. As He went into the grave, all of our sin, all of our "yuck" went with Him! Because He bore it, right?

He bore our iniquities. And so, all of our "yuck," all of our sin, all of our flesh, all of the disgusting things that we did-- that was all buried with Him. How can we say we live in that now when it was buried with Him? Through what? Through baptism.

Do we see that baptism is important? Absolutely! "That just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we shall walk in newness of life." So the old man dies, but since we've decided to put and bring Yahushua into us, we now regard our old flesh as dead, and the Messiah is alive in us!

"Even so we also should walk in the newness of life." He is alive. He is not a dead Messiah. He is alive. So, walk in that newness of life.

Romans 6:5 - For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be [in the likeness] of [His] resurrection,

So we will be raised again. But we consider it already done because we believe it. We believe in Him. We believe in His promises.

Romans 6:6 - knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [Him], that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

That old "yuck" man, that old, disgusting, filthy, dirty, "yucky" man was crucified with Him. HalleluYah for that! In our minds, we consider this body of sin to be history.

See, the world who does not accept the Messiah Yahushua-- they are slaves. They are captives. They are still bound by Pharaoh and his taskmasters. They are still slaves of what? Of sin. And they can't stop. Only through Messiah can we stop. And if we consider ourselves as being those who have died already, then we will be free from sin.

Romans 6:7 - For he who has died has been freed from sin.

So Yahushua's death, and our own participation in His death, brings us eternal life. And when we die with Him, we also shall live with Him. But first, we have to die with Him. This is SO important. So important, brothers.

I dare say, if we can get this and make this a part of who we are, there won't be ANY sin that will have us bound. We can overcome any addictions, any struggles, any challenges, if we believe this-- if we really, really believe this.

Galatians 2:20 - "I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Can you say that? Can you say that right now? Can you say with me, "It is no longer I who live. It is no longer I who live. It is no longer I who live. All things about self are no longer alive. It is Messiah who lives in me."

What that means is: "The life which I now live in the flesh, I only live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Can we get this in our minds? Can we implant this word in our hearts, that we don't consider ourselves to even be alive-- it's Yahushua who lives in us?

Imagine Yahushua living in you. Close your eyes and think-- "Yahushua lives in me." So what is Yahushua going to do? You'll walk as He walked, won't you? If we can keep this in our minds constantly, and no matter what the distractions are-- what would Yahushua do in this instance? What would He be doing right here in this scenario?

What would He be doing right now, before I go to bed? I'm sure He would be praying. What would Yahushua be doing at any instance, at any moment of any day? What would He be doing? If you don't know, ask Yahweh to show you, or ask Yahushua-- "What would You be doing?"

So, we don't consider ourselves to be alive. We consider Yahushua to be alive. And it is not we who live; it's Messiah who lives in us. And if that is true, then all things about self have all died. No self-seeking. No works of the flesh. Because the flesh is dead.

And when the flesh is dead, there is no works of the flesh proceeding from us. This is so important. And it is something that we receive. We believe by faith. We accept by faith. If you believe something, then some kind of works is going to come out of that. That is the basis of what Messiah has done for us.

I wonder how many of us really ponder that and receive that, completely understand it. And so, when we are tempted to do some kind of sin, we speak the words of faith-- "I reject that in Yahushua's name. I'm dead to that. That was buried with the old man. That is not who I am. The Messiah lives in me. I don't even live. It's Messiah who lives in me."

And so, it gives you power to overcome in times of temptation if you are willing to act on it, if the faith is going to have some footwork to it, something firm to it, some works to it, some life to it, not dead works-- living faith.

Then when we are approached with temptations, our mind goes, "Well, I'm not alive to that anymore. I'm dead to that in Yahushua's name." And that is what baptism is a representation of. Do we see why Yahushua wanted us to be baptized?

He wanted us to understand the power that we have, not only to be cleansed from our sins, but also to be overcomers through this power, this grace.

So not only would Yahweh be our righteousness, but as we read earlier-- "Only in Yahweh do I have righteousness and strength." The strength to overcome temptations. The strength to endure trials and tests and tribulations.

So our baptism is a representation of that-- the righteousness we receive and the strength that we are able to tap into to be righteous, to be holy, to do the things that Yahweh has called us to do.

I'm preaching to myself, by the way, in case you're wondering. I'm talking to this guy. His name is Tom, EliYah, and he needs to listen to this really close. Certainly we all do, right?

Colossians 2:11 - In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Messiah,

This is where the circumcision of the Messiah comes in, partaking of the Passover. Yahushua is the Passover, and so, I would think we would need the circumcision of the Messiah to partake of the Passover. We still got the body, but the sins of the flesh have been put off.

Circumcision takes parts of the flesh and cuts it away, right? So this is the circumcision of the Messiah taking away the sins of the flesh.

Colossians 2:12 - buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with [Him] through faith in the working of Elohim, who raised Him from the dead.

We were buried with Him in what? In baptism. We are not only buried, we are also raised with Him through faith. Something you have to accept by faith. Didn't see it. Didn't smell it. Didn't feel it. Maybe you did feel it, but... it's by faith and "the working of Elohim who raised Him from the dead."

So, in the same way we believe Yahushua was raised from the dead, we believe we also are raised, and we have a new life. And baptism is representing that very change. When you go down into the water, the old man drowns, and the new man rises up and takes his place. And that new man is Yahushua haMashiach.

And so, when you go down into the water, that's representing your death. And then when you come up out of the water, that's representing your resurrection-- actually, Yahushua's resurrection. You participate in His death. You come up a new person. Then nothing anybody holds against you is legitimate.

No sin that you've done wrong, no evil that you've done wrong in your former life can be held against you, because through Yahushua that whole record is erased and you are new-- brand new in the spirit.

So, baptism is representing that change to those who receive it. So through Him we are made righteous. The righteousness of Yahweh is placed upon us. Imagine that. As wicked as we have been, Yahweh can look upon us, and it would be like we never sinned. It would be as if nothing we have done wrong to Him. Ever.

And it is only through His work and His own righteousness that He makes it possible-- justifying us, declaring us righteous. Again, so what do we do? What do we do if we believe this? If we believe this, then we will have the power to overcome temptations, and we will begin this life, this new life.

Romans 6:8 - Now if we died with Messiah, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

Romans 6:9 - knowing that Messiah, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

So, even though you may die physically and go into the grave and everybody would cry and, you know, be sad that you've gone into the grave, that's not it for you.

Romans 6:10 - For [the death] that He died, He died to sin once for all; but [the life] that He lives, He lives to Elohim.

So you will be raised with Him, and death does not have any dominion over you. But if you don't receive Him, if you don't receive Yahushua, death will have dominion over you, and you will pay for your own sin. Not Yahushua. You. You will pay for your own transgression.

So, let's treat our minds to the "treat." The treat is, the gift is, the blessing is-- we have righteousness through Him.

Romans 6:11 - Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to Elohim in Messiah Yahushua our Master.

You also what? Same way. Messiah died and in new life now lives to Elohim. You also. Say, "My old self died. I live to Elohim."

Maybe this is one of the most important Scriptures-- "Reckon yourselves to be dead to sin." So... "In the name of Yahushua, I am dead to that sin, but I'm alive to Elohim. I'm alive to Him. In Yahushua our Master, I'm alive to Elohim. I'm dead to whatever that temptation is."

Romans 6:12 - Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

Let Yahushua reign. Do not let sin reign.

Romans 6:13 - And do not present your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to Elohim as being alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness to Elohim.

Have you ever played an instrument? I played the shofar earlier today, didn't I? That's an instrument. Well, your body is an instrument. The body that you have, that's an instrument. Your eyes are instruments for the body. Your hands are instruments.

So when you use your instruments, make sure those instruments-- the eyes, the ears, the mouth, the tongue, the hands, the feet-- are being instruments that are used for righteousness now, because you have yielded those instruments unto Yahweh.

If you were presenting your instruments as unrighteousness, then you would be presenting yourselves as being dead in sin. But we are now alive from the dead, and your members are instruments of righteousness to Elohim. Why? Because you are now part of the body of the Messiah, and sin shall have no dominion over you.

Romans 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

No one can claim, "Oh, I can't overcome this. It's too hard." Uh-uh. That's a lie from the pit of hell. "Sin shall not have dominion over you." That's what the Bible says. That's what Scripture says.

You cannot claim any excuse saying it's too hard, because through Yahushua, if we believe the good news, we will believe that we are no longer alive to sin. We're dead to sin, and now we are alive to Elohim.

We're not under law. We're under grace. Now what does that mean? If you're under law, what does that mean? That would mean you are condemned, that you would be the one who is cursed, not the Messiah. If you were under the law, you would be cursed, not Yahushua.

When Yahushua came, as one born under the law, He was righteous, and yet, He bore our curse. So, we can't live and have eternal life if we consider ourselves to be under the law and the curse. We need to be found under grace.

Now, does that mean we can sin and break the law? That's the next logical question, and that's the next thing that Paul answers here:

Romans 6:15 - What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!

Just because you're not under the law doesn't mean you're above the law. It doesn't mean you are free to transgress the law. Don't believe the Christian ministers who tell you you're free to disobey the law. Just because you're not under the law does not mean you are free to disobey the law all you want. After all:

Romans 6:16 - Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin [leading] to death, or of obedience [leading] to righteousness?

So, do you want to be a slave to transgression of the law (to sin), or do you want to be a slave to righteousness? Whatever you present yourselves as slaves to obey, that's what you will obey. And that's where you will end up.

Yahweh forbid that we would live a life as though we were slaves to sin. Sin does not have dominion over us. HalleluYah! We are set free. And that is Yahushua's promise-- that we would be set free and we would have peace. There is no peace unless we have peace with Yahweh. There's no peace.

That is one thing that the whole world seeks and cannot find-- peace. Unless we are at peace with our Creator, it's a vain search, unless we find the end of that search being in Yahushua, our Master and our Redeemer.

So, where do we seek that peace? That is an important question. Where are we going to find that peace? We just found it when we were reconciled to the One who made us. And that reconciliation binds all of us together.

So we see in these Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, a great deal of effort has been made to show us the plan of salvation through Yahushua, and also that Yahweh wants us to live a holy, righteous and clean life. We can do it with the strength that Yahweh gives to us. With men it's not possible, but with Yahweh all thing are possible.

And when Yahushua lives in us, we can overcome-- any addiction, any challenge, any temptation, any trial, any tribulation. We are more than conquerors through Him. We can do all things through Messiah who strengthens us. And so, we respond to this with love.

Yahweh demonstrated His love for us. Keeping Yahweh's commandments is our expression of love to Him. If we love Yahweh, we will want to do the things that please Him. We will want to walk in righteousness. We will have no desire to go back to Egypt, to the sinful things that we were involved with in our former life.

Part of living that holy life is keeping the things holy Yahweh made holy-- the Sabbath day, His name. It's not all of it. It's part of it. Now, if we purposely, willfully defile or disregard the things that Yahweh makes holy, then do we love Him?

Our works are an expression of our faith in Yahweh through Yahushua the Messiah. So show Yahweh that you do have faith through the things that you do.

Now I want to address the manner of baptism. As we mentioned here at the beginning of the study, there is something called "mikveh" that is being taught in Messianic circles today.

In an effort to make baptism less "Christian looking" and more "Jewish looking" (and maybe to make it more appealing to Judaism, or to the Jews who are in Judaism), there is something being taught in the Messianic movement that baptism is actually tied into, and is the same as, the Jewish concept of getting a mikveh.

Now, what is a mikveh? In mainline Judaism when a person gets a mikveh, they go down and they dip themselves into water and get fully immersed in water, and then they rise up again out of water of their own accord. It's all done by themselves. And that's biblical. I mean, look at Leviticus chapter 15, verse 19. It says:

Leviticus 15:19 - `If a woman has a discharge, [and] the discharge from her body is blood, she shall be set apart seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening.

Leviticus 15:20 - `Everything that she lies on during her impurity shall be unclean; also everything that she sits on shall be unclean.

Leviticus 15:21 - `Whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.

So the Jews today, they practice this mikveh, and they do the bathing in water, which is what they are trying to accomplish through this mikveh. They're trying to accomplish this bathing in water. And so, they dip down into the water.

Now this word that is translated "bathe" is not "mikveh." The word translated "bathe" in this particular chapter is from the Hebrew word "rachats." It means: to wash, to wash off, to wash away, to bathe, to wash yourself. So, if you're not clean, you go and wash.

So, where are they getting this idea of a mikveh? Well, actually, "mikveh" does not mean "baptism." Mikveh comes from the Hebrew word "mikveh" (yes, mikveh is a Hebrew word) and, believe it or not, here are some of the definitions of mikveh: 1) hope (Do you get that one? Mikveh means hope.) 1b) ground of hope, 1c) things hoped for, outcome.

But a second meaning of the word would be: collection, a collected mass.

Now, to those of you who have been taught differently in Messianic circles this may come to you as a bit of a shock, but this is what the word "mikveh" means in Hebrew, and here are the different ways it is translated: linen yarn (4 times), hope (4 times), gathering together (1 time), a pool (only once).

A pool of water, only one time is it translated "mikveh." Now the idea is a collection of something. It could be a collection of water. It could be a collection of yarn. That's the kind of idea, and so, when we see this... here is part of a phrase here in Leviticus 11, verse 35. Let's read this whole thing here:

Leviticus 11:35 - `And everything on which [a part] of [any such] carcass falls shall be unclean; [whether it is] an oven or cooking stove, it shall be broken down; [for] they [are] unclean, and shall be unclean to you.

Leviticus 11:36 - `Nevertheless a spring or a cistern, [in which there is] plenty of water, shall be clean, but whatever touches any such carcass becomes unclean.

"Nevertheless a spring or a cistern, in which there is plenty (#4723 "Mikveh" collection) of water, shall be clean, but whatever touches any such carcass becomes unclean."

So this is dealing with the clean and unclean mentioned in Torah, and I can kind of see where some people would have a connection. But we have to get our facts straight. The term "mikveh" is not a verb meaning "baptism." It is simply describing this collection of water.

Then the obvious question becomes: What does the Greek word "baptizo" line up to in the Hebrew? Well, it's not quite as glorious sounding, but I'll go over it with you here. Here is an example in Acts chapter 8, verse 36:

Acts 8:36 - Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, [here is] water. What hinders me from being baptized?"

Well, if you look, in this Greek word "baptized" comes from "baptizo." If you look this up in the Septuagint, which is a Greek translation of the Old Testament, this word "baptizo" would be found in the Greek Old Testament, would be found here in 2 Kings 5, verse 14:

He is talking about Naaman, the Syrian. He was dipped (#2881 "Tabal") seven times in the Jordan. He was baptized (baptizo) in the Jordan.

I have some copies of the Hebrew Matthew (the book of Matthew in Hebrew). They found a Hebrew manuscript of the book of Matthew. It's not very old, maybe 600 years old... maybe 500... 600 years old, but it does appear to be copies of the original because it has place holders for the Sacred Name, whereas the Greek copies don't have that.

But in this Hebrew Matthew, everywhere you see "baptize," it all comes from the Hebrew word "tabal," not "mikveh." Not "mikveh." "Tabal." So, what's "tabal" in Hebrew?

There it is-- (#2882 tabal {taw-bal'}). So it is: "tet," "bet" and "lamed"-- Tabal. "Hi, I was 'tabaled' yesterday." No, it doesn't sound quite as glorious as "mikvehed." But it is the word, whether you like it to be or not, meaning: 1) to dip, to dip into, to plunge, 1a1) to dip into, 1b) to be dipped.

Okay, so you dipped into the water. You went completely into the water. And so, the terminology used in the Messianic movement today is not biblical. It's not accurate. That's the first error.

Now, the second error is the way they do it. They believe that the term "mikveh" is so tied into with the bathing aspect that you do what you normally would do in a mikveh, and that is to go down to the water, baptize yourself, dip yourself into the water, and stand back up again.

So, you basically squat, and then you stand back up again. That's a baptism, or that's a mikveh. Now, if I was ceremonially unclean, that would be the appropriate action to take, except I would wash. I would actually take soap and wash, not just dip in water, because the word that we found there in the Hebrew, "rachats," means "to wash."

So, it is more than just stepping into some water and squatting and standing back up again, because the way it was done by the disciples was this (talking about Phillip and the eunuch):

Acts 8:38 - So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

What happened? Did the eunuch baptize himself, or did Phillip baptize the eunuch? Which one of those happened? It says, "He baptized him." Who's "he"? Phillip. Phillip baptized the eunuch. Phillip took the eunuch and put him into the water-- baptized him.

So... he (PHILLIP)... baptized (TABAL)... him (THE ETHIOPIAN)! Phillip is the one doing the action. Now I have checked both Greek manuscripts and Semitic manuscripts (Hebrew manuscripts... actually, Aramaic or Syriac). Those all support this. This is not just some Greek thing. They all are unanimous. Phillip is the one doing the action, verbally.

The way the sentence is structured, Phillip is the one doing the action. So, Phillip IMMERSED the Ethiopian in water. The Ethiopian did not immerse himself. Phillip did it, and that's what it says-- "he baptized him."

Now the practice in many Messianic groups today is the person goes down into the water and baptizes himself while others watch as witnesses. But biblical baptism is not a self-baptism with people watching. Now there should be people watching. There should be witnesses. But in this case there were only two. There was Phillip and the eunuch, right?

But Phillip was the one doing the baptism. So, the actual practice of bringing someone under the water is done by the baptizer. I mean, John the Baptist was called "John the Baptist" because he baptized. He immersed people in water.

It wasn't "John the Watcher of Baptisms" or "John the Witness of Baptizing." No, it was John the Baptist/John the Baptizer.

Now, you might think, "Oh, Tom... EliYah, stop splitting hairs. Does it really matter who does it?" I think it does. We are the body of the Messiah. We just read about this. It is no longer we who live. It is the Messiah Yahushua who lives in us, right?

We cannot cleanse ourselves of our own sin. We cannot go down to the water by ourself. We need Yahushua, don't we, to cleanse us from our sin?

And so, the Messiah Yahushua is represented in another believer in whom the Messiah lives. And that other believer comes and puts us into the water and raises us back up again. That is representative of Yahushua whom we are buried with, and we are raised with Him. HE'S the one doing the action. Yahushua is the one doing the action.

The person is just a shell. It doesn't matter the person, as long as they have Yahushua living in them. If they are repentive, baptized believers in Yahushua, they can baptize. And it should be a man. That is the other thing we see in Scripture.

We can wash our own bodies, but it takes Yahushua to give us a full cleansing from sin. So, I do believe that's very important. When Yahushua sent out the twelve (and all of us) He says, "Go, therefore, and do..." What? Watch people get baptized? No, go out and baptize. Baptize them.

So, here is another area where, you know, we've got John the Baptist, we've got all these examples in Scripture, and yet, because people want to grab a hold of anything Hebraic, they are actually not doing it correctly. And there are tons of people who are simply not being immersed as Scripture has said to be immersed.

I don't judge their soul. They are doing what they understand is the right thing. I'm not going to judge their salvation, but it's sad that it's not being accurately done. We want to do things correct according to the Word. So, this is the way it was done:

Matthew 3:1 - In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

Matthew 3:2 - and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

John the Baptist came preaching, right? The "Immerser"/The "Tabal." The guy who did the "tabal" stuff. John, the "Immerser" (Tabal).

Same message by Peter:

Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahushua Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

"Repent, and let everyone of you be 'tabaled.'" I don't know if I like the word "tabaled." Just because we have the English word "bald," it just sounds a little strange.

Acts 2:39 - "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as YAHWEH our Elohim will call."

These are the promises. This is what we are supposed to be doing-- baptizing in Yahushua's name.

Now, look at this Scripture here for a minute (Acts 2:38-39), and notice that there is another area where Christianity has messed it up. It says, "Let everyone of you be baptized in... (what?)... the name of Yahushua Messiah for the remissions of sins."

How about us? Have we been baptized in the name of Yahushua Messiah? Probably a lot of you listening to the broadcast today have not been baptized in the name of Yahushua Messiah. Probably a lot of you have been baptized in the name of "Jesus" or maybe the generic titles-- Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Maybe you feel being baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is appropriate, but let's take a look at this. I mean, He did say to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Now, since this is the case, how do these two Scriptures agree with eachother? You've got one, we read earlier (Acts 2:38), it says baptize in Yahushua's name, and here it says be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. How can we have it both ways?

One just says be baptized in the name of the Son, Yahushua. The other includes the name of the Father and the name of the Holy Spirit. Do these two Scriptures contradict one another? No. But if you have been baptized into a Christian church, chances are they took one position or the other.

There are some Christians who say, "No, you've got to be baptized like it says in Acts 2:38." Others go by the one in Matthew 28, and they see the two Scriptures as clashing against one another.

I went to a gathering one time where they did both. I came up to the minister and explained this to him what I am about to explain to you, because the answer can only be found when you baptize in the true name of Yahushua. It cannot be found in any other name.

Now, we know that in Matthew 1:21 an angel came and told Joseph:

Matthew 1:21 - "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name YAHUSHUA, for He will save His people from their sins."

The name "Yahushua" means "Yahweh saves." That's what the name means. And Yahushua came and He said:

John 5:43 - "I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.

So, the name of the Father is actually in Yahushua's name, because the name of Yahushua means "Yahweh is salvation." NAME OF THE FATHER: Yahushua = Yahweh is salvation, Heavenly Father's Name is within the Son's Name.

This "Yahu" in the beginning is referring to Yahweh, and "salvation" is the word "shua" in Hebrew. And so, the Heavenly Father's name is actually found within, inside, the Son's name.

And the Name of the Holy Spirit, it says:

John 14:26 - "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

What is Yahushua's name? Yahushua. So, within this name of Yahushua we have the name of the Father, right? Because Yahushua means "Yahweh saves." And we have the name of the Holy Spirit because the name of the Holy Spirit is found in Yahushua, because the Spirit comes in Yahushua's name.

And so, within the name of Yahushua we have the name of the Father. We have the name of the Son, of course. We have the name of the Holy Spirit. YAHUSHUA contains the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

What about Jesus? Within the name of "Jesus" you don't have the name of the Father there. JESUS? Name of the Father? You don't have the name of the son there, either, because that's not really His name. JESUS? Name of the Son?

And you don't have the name of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit comes in the name of Yahushua. JESUS? Name of the Holy Spirit? And so, you don't have anything.

Now, what about the name of the Father being in the name of the Son? Let me explain this to you a little bit. In the name of Yahushua, we have the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and many of you are going to ask the question, "Why is that "u" (in "Yahu"), why is that there?"

Well, Yahushua contains the short form of the Father's name. Now look closely. You will see "Y-a-h-u" in Yahushua, and I've spelled the Father's name a little different here: "Y-a-h-u" and then "e-h" (Yahu-eh).

If you were to pronounce the heavenly Father's name very slowly, you would say, "Yah-u-eh." Yah-u-eh... Yah-u-eh... Yah-u-eh. And you can say it quickly-- "Yahweh." So, when you come to the Father's name, you do see the Father's name in Yahushua, if you have this becoming a "u" here (Yahu-eh).

But I don't spell it as Y-a-h-u-e-h. And the reason I don't spell it this way is because most people when they see Y-a-h-u-e-h, they would pronounce this "h" right here. They would end up pronouncing the "h," and they would end up saying "Ya-hoo-eh." My goal is when someone sees the letters in English that they are able to pronounce the name Yahweh.

And for that reason, I substitute the "u" for a "w." And you're going to come up with the same pronunciation-- Yahu-eh/Yahweh. Yahu-eh/Yahweh, either way.

And this is not uncommon in our English language. For instance, the word "persuade." Notice that normally this word "persuade" is pronounced with a "u" here. Okay? Well, you could put a "w" there and get the same exact pronunciation (persuade/perswade). It doesn't really matter-- a "w" is a "double-u."

So, do you see a connection between the two letters? And so, I do go ahead and spell the name Yahweh with a "w." That's the reason why, just in case you are wondering about that. And so, in the name of Yahushua, we have the name of Yahweh.

So, when the people were baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, when Yahushua taught the disciples to do this, they understood it, and they immediately began to baptize in the name of Yahushua. And we see that in Acts 2:38.

They didn't ask any questions. They apparently just understood it, and that's what they began to do. That's what they did. They always baptized in the name of Yahushua.

Now, there are some people who believe they need to be baptized in the name of Yahweh. And the reason why they believe that (even though it says to be baptized in the name of Yahushua in the Scriptures)is because they believe that the name of Yahushua is Yahweh.

In other words, they are using this phrase "in the name of Yahushua" as what's called a "metonymy."

Metonymy: "a figure of speech that consists of the use of the name of one object or concept for that of another to which it is related, or of which it is a part, such as "scepter" for "sovereignty," or "the bottle" for "strong drink," or "count heads (or noses)" for "count people."

So, they believe that when it says to be baptized in the name of Yahushua, that they would go out and use the name Yahweh when baptizing. But there's a real problem with that because the actual Scriptures don't use Yahushua's name as a metonymy for anything. Here is an example, a direct quote:

Acts 3:6 - Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Yahushua Messiah of Nazareth, rise up and walk."

Did he say "Yahweh"? This is a direct quotation here. No. "In the name of Yahushua Messiah of Nazareth, rise up and walk." It is a direct quote from Peter's voice to the written page. He never said, "In the name of Yahweh, rise up and walk." He said, "In the name of Yahushua Messiah of Nazareth, rise up and walk."

Acts 3:7 - And he took him by the right hand and lifted [him] up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

Acts 4:9 - "If we this day are judged for a good deed [done] to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well,

Acts 4:10 - "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Yahushua Messiah of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom Elohim raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

This is a quotation here, again, once more. He didn't say "in the name of Yahweh." He said "in the name of Yahushua." If we continue to read here:

Acts 4:11 - "This is the `stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'

Acts 4:12 - "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

How is that for importance of names for you? Don't tell me names are not important when we see Scripture saying there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. I'm not judging or condemning anybody who didn't know any better. But now you know! There is only one name under heaven, so pronounce it as accurately as you can, okay?

So, this name Yahushua contains the name of the Father. It references the Father, that through Yahweh we receive salvation, and through Him we are saved.

And so, they were using the vocalization of Yahushua haMashiach, not treating it like some little symbol or metonymy, not just the character or the authority of the Messiah-- but His name. No other name.

The word "name" in Hebrew both means character and authority, but also means a literal, written and spoken name. If I said, "Hi, what's your name?" you wouldn't start describing your life and what you did. You'd tell me what your physical, written, spoken name is.

And that literal, written and spoken name would represent you and your life and the things that you've done. The same is true in Hebrew.

You have someone's authority, the things that they've done (in the name of Peace I come), but you also have a literal, written and spoken name that, in this case, Yahweh Himself chose to apply as a representation (literal, written and spoken representation) of our Messiah and His character and what He's all about. And we have no business changing that.

So, the only thing that is really required for us to be baptized is that we would repent and believe in the Master Yahushua.

Another error that goes out there today-- "Oh, we have this list, you know. You've got to do this, this, this, this, this. And when you get to a certain level of righteousness, we will baptize you." "Oh, you need pre-baptism counseling to make sure you are doing all these things right. And then we will baptize you."

One denomination has a two or three page questionnaire you have to fill out before they will be willing to baptize you. See, they are not baptizing you in Yahushua's name. They are baptizing you into their church. We are not baptized into a church. We are baptized in the name of Yahushua haMashiach. We are baptized into the Messiah.

We become a part of the body of the Messiah once we are baptized, but we are not baptized into some church or some other person. And that is the error of First Corinthians 1. You know, you've got the Lutherans, you've got the Mennonites... am I of Luther? ... am I of Menno Simons? No! I'm of Messiah! And that's the error of all these denominations.

They have named themselves after their leaders rather than after Yahushua the Messiah. And for you, if you are waiting until you attain a certain level of righteousness before you say, "Okay, I think I am ready to be baptized now," -- forget it.

The only thing Scripture requires is a heart willing to walk in righteousness, to turn away from unrighteousness and believe in Yahushua the Messiah, the Son of Yahweh. That's all! No denominational nothing. No signatures. No agreements, other than you want to follow Yahweh.

And so, anyone who comes to me and says, "I want to be baptized," all I need to know is they want to be baptized, they believe in Yahushua, and they repent. And so, prior to me baptizing them, I have them pray to Yahweh-- anything that you want to talk to Yahweh about, anything you want to repent of, say it now.

And then I ask them, "Do you believe in Yahushua the Messiah, the Son of the living Elohim, through faith in Him you receive salvation and forgiveness of sin?"

"Yes."

"I baptize you in the name of Yahushua haMashiach."

Down into the water they go. It's that simple. You're a new man. Done. Over with. You didn't become an EliYah-ite. You didn't become a part of EliYah.com when you got baptized. You became a part of the body of Messiah, which is worldwide. Nothing to do with me. It is everything to do with Him.

Even Simon the Sorcerer who had bitterness in his heart, even he was allowed to get baptized.

Acts 8:9 - But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great,

Acts 8:10 - to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of Elohim."

Guess what? That's what happened to those believers in Yahushua.

Acts 8:11 - And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.

Acts 8:12 - But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of Elohim and the name of Yahushua Messiah, both men and women were baptized.

Acts 8:13 - Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

Now, you notice first of all here (I want to point out), the very first step of a new believer-- they were baptized. No waiting around. No wondering what to do... do you have to get circumcised and then follow the law before you get baptized? No. Immediately! Get baptized!

Acts 8:18 - And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

Acts 8:19 - saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit."

Acts 8:20 - But Peter said to him, "Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of Elohim could be purchased with money!

Acts 8:21 - "You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of Elohim.

Acts 8:22 - "Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray Elohim if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

Acts 8:23 - "For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity."

So, there was no long list of qualifications for people to get baptized. Even this man was baptized, and he was "poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity." He was not fully heart-turned to the Father. He wanted to do "the works." He liked the glory of getting the power here.

We see Paul. How long did he wait around for before he got baptized?

Acts 9:17 - And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Master Yahushua, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

"Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and..." filled out the two or three page questionnaire? No. "Was baptized."

Acts 9:18 - Immediately there fell from his eyes [something] like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.

HalleluYah! How freeing is that?

The Philippian jailer:

Acts 16:31 - So they said, "Believe on the Master Yahushua Messiah, and you will be saved, you and your household."

Acts 16:32 - Then they spoke the word of YAHWEH to him and to all who were in his house.

Acts 16:33 - And he took them the same hour of the night and washed [their] stripes. And immediately he and all his [family] were baptized.

No beating around the bush. Immediately, he and his whole family were baptized. And when Paul did come to faith in the Messiah, he was told, "What are you waiting on?"

Acts 22:16 - `And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of YAHWEH.'

There are some of you listening today who are waiting. Why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling upon the name of Yahweh.

So, if you have repented, my brothers, my sisters, and you are a believer in Yahushua and have not been baptized-- don't wait around. Do what it takes to be baptized in the name of Yahushua.

Some of you have said, "You know, EliYah, I've been baptized. I was baptized incorrectly. I was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus. Are you trying to tell me I'm not saved until I get baptized in Yahushua's name?" No, I'm not trying to tell you that.

I'm trying to tell you that if you've been "mikvehed," if you have not been baptized correctly-- whether it be baptized in the wrong name or baptized through a (not really a baptism) in a "self-baptism"-- then go and do it correctly, because we have to.

We want to stand before Him on the Day of Judgment, and say, "Yes! I did what you said. And once I found out I didn't do it right, I fixed it. I went and corrected it." We want to be able to say that, even if you are far away from anyone being baptized.

I know one brother who flew from Norway back in the year 2000. He came to faith in Yahushua through the chatroom. He repented of his sins and came to faith in Yahushua, and he flew from Norway. He was living with a woman. He had a baby with her. He moved out. Around Passover, 11 years ago, he came out to our property, and I had them get married.

I officiated a marriage ceremony in the name of Yahweh and Yahushua, and he got baptized. And I thought, "Boy, that's a testimony!" A few years ago we had a brother come from Germany to the Feast and got baptized.

So, it's important. And if you don't believe me that it's important:

John 3:5 - Yahushua answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of Elohim.

And so, upon hearing this command to be baptized, I encourage everyone-- do what it takes to be baptized as soon as possible. I am willing to baptize anyone who repents and believes in Yahushua. I live in the Central United States, in a centrally located place. If you have any money at all and you can drive, drive out here. I will baptize you.

Now there are some, in spite of these very, very clear directives, who resist baptism. Their idea-- "Well, baptism doesn't save you, so there is no good reason to be baptized." It blows my mind why this would even be an issue. They say, "Oh, I'm not saved by it. So, why do it?"

You are not saved by any act of obedience. It is not one act of obedience that saves anybody. It's a repentant heart and faith in Messiah that saves us.

So, if Yahweh came to you in a bolt of lightening and said, "I want you to wake up at 6:00 every morning and stand on your head," and you said, "No, I'm not going to do that," wouldn't that be rebellion? Would that be evidence of a repentant heart? It would not be evidence of a repentant heart, would it?

It would be evidence of a rebellious heart that refuses to obey His clear directive to you. If you would stand on your head ten minutes a day for Yahweh if He came down in a bolt of lightening and told you to do it, why can't you do what He said here and get baptized in Yahushua's name?

You are right. Baptism doesn't save us.

It's not the cleaning of the flesh that makes you saved. It's the condition of your heart, the answer of a good conscience toward Elohim. We want to have a good conscience before Elohim. We want to do the baptism.

And so, let's repent, everyone of you, and be baptized in the name of Yahushua the Messiah for the remission of sins. And you get a promise when you do that. You get a promise. The promise is the gift of the Holy Spirit. And that promise is to all who are afar off.

Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahushua Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:39 - "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as YAHWEH our Elohim will call."

And so, if you don't have the Holy Spirit, how can you really be overcomers to overcome sin? Some people think, "Well, I've got to overcome sin, and then I will be good enough to get baptized." No, you get baptized so you can have the Holy Spirit so that you can have the power to be an overcomer.

Now, I don't deny for a second that Yahweh can send us His Spirit even before being baptized. I wouldn't suggest anything other than that. I'm just saying it's part of the process, the way it's suppose to operate.

So, Paul-- he taught repentance. He was talking to King Agrippa. He says:

Acts 26:19 - "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,

Acts 26:20 - "but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and [then] to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to Elohim, and do works befitting repentance.

So our works have to back up our repentance. And through the power of Elohim dwelling in us, we can receive the power to be overcomers. After all, if you ask Yahweh for His Spirit, He wants to give you His Spirit.

Luke 11:11 - "If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if [he asks] for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?

Luke 11:12 - "Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

Luke 11:13 - "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

See, Yahweh wants to pour out His Holy Spirit upon us. The Spirit is the evidence of Yahushua living in us. And the Spirit will guide us into all truth. He will lead us. That will be one of the evidences that Yahweh's Spirit dwells in us because we are being led into all truth.

John 14:26 - "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

That's the role of the Spirit-- to teach us, to implant the Word of Yahweh in our hearts, to write the Torah in our hearts.

Brothers, we live in a lost world where lies and traditions of men have hidden the truth. But if we heed the call and we walk in the light as Yahushua has revealed to us by His Spirit, we can see through it all. We can cut right through all the traditions, all the falseness of it, because the truth will be in His Word. It's been here all along.

We need to seek it, walk in it, with a repentant and true heart that wants and yearns and longs for His course, that longs for righteousness, that hungers and thirsts for what's right. And then Yahweh will take care of us. We just need to have the faith that He will no matter what. And He will.

We do have to count the cost of being Yahushua's disciple. We need to be willing to give up our lives and lay it all at His feet, and put our trust in Him... and store up our treasures for eternity.

There is nothing in this world worth hanging onto. Everything will perish. Everything will melt away. The only thing worth hanging onto are the eternal things. Let's cleave to those things. Walk away from our past sins. Walk a new life. Because great rewards await those who choose to live the way Yahushua did. We can be where He is in the heavenlies.

So, in baptism, brothers, we have an outward confession of an inward change. In baptism, we are saying that we have repented of our sins and that we are committed to living a new life in Yahushua haMashiach.

In baptism, we are confessing that we have made our decision. It separates the believers from those who are riding on the fence too ashamed to walk with Him openly.

In baptism, we are saying that we have decided to follow Yahushua. We are putting the world behind us. We are putting the Word before us, as the old hymn goes. We are saying that though few go with us, we will still follow-- to the point of death, if needed.

And in baptism, we are saying, "We are not ashamed. We are honored to be called His disciple." We are honored to be called Children of the Most High because He is eternal, and He is the unchanging Hand to which we can cleave unto with all of our strength that He gives us. And that Hand will lead us into eternity with Him forever.

There is no point in holding onto anything. All things will pass away, but those who seek the mercies of Yahweh will endure forever.

Psalms 103:17 - But the mercy of YAHWEH [is] from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children,

Psalms 103:18 - To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

Psalms 30:4 - Sing praise to YAHWEH, You saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Psalms 30:5 - For His anger [is but for] a moment, His favor [is for] life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy [comes] in the morning.

It is the change that we are looking for when corruption puts on incorruption, when our suffering and weeping in the darkness of this age will cease, and the shout of joy comes as a new age dawns. Let's live out that changed life and that baptism represents, where the old man has died. There is a new man, Yahushua haMashiach, dwelling in us now.

Let us endeavor to make our calling sure, letting Yahushua live in us in all His fullness, walking as He walked, keeping the Torah as He did, so that we might be faithful, brothers-- faithful when the Last Trumpet sounds.

May Yahweh bless you, and may Yahweh truly, truly have mercy upon us all!