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Why Water Baptism ? page 4  

What’s in a Name ?

By Pastor Jim Brenay

Taken from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, act II, Scene II,

Line 33 O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name.

Line 43 What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Line 47 Romeo doff thy name, and for that name ... take all of me. Rom. I take thee at thy word: Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized:

What spiritual lessons can we derive from the above writings? Deny thy heavenly Father and you don’t have a name. Jesus said in John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name,

How do you get your name? You are born with your family name. My family name is Brenay, then my given name is James. I had to take the family name when I was born into my family. You can not come over to my house and join my family. Just writing your name in our family bible won’t get you in. You can not say a prayer, or take it by faith to get into my family, no, the only way to get into the family of Brenay, is to be born into it.

Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things. This implies that we have an understanding of heavenly things, based on our understanding of earthly things. Jesus had to take His Father’s name, Jehovah, "LORD" at birth, or He wasn’t born into the family of God. His given name was sent by the angel in Luke1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. Paul was told on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:4, 5 that Jesus was Lord .....Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest....Acts 2:36 Says Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

When Peter stood up with the eleven, in Acts 2:14 , it was a show of solidarity. After Peter preached that wonderful sermon in Acts 2:14 -37 they were pricked in their hearts, and said unto Peter, and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? In Acts 2:38 Peter gave the reply unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. If there had been any difference of opinion as to what the name was, surly Matthew would have called a meeting of minds to sort things out. We will discuss Matt 28:19 fully, as we study the Godhead, in future studies.

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Taken from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, act II, Scene II.

This does not work in the family of God. You can not be baptized into any name you think sounds good, or according to any doctrine you think sounds right, and be in the family of God. Just cause you look like a christian, walk like one, and even have good works, it doesn’t mean you’re in the family of God. No, you have to be born into the family and take the family name, at birth. Ephesians 3:14 says For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. If you are going to be in Gods family, you’re going to haft to take the family name. We’ll talk more on "What do you mean Born again later." The family name is Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 Says, Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. If you got baptized any other way, you need to be baptized into the family name.

 

 

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