Text: John 1:10-12, Matt. 28:18-19
The commandment in Mathew 28:18-19 to, “Go ye therefore, teach all nations and baptize them” () far transcends water baptism like we saw Philip baptise the Ethiopia Eunuch in the book of Acts 6:27-40. This is a teaching for the soul. THE SOULS OF MEN ARE BAPTISED BY TEACHING THEM THE NAME OF THE FATHER, OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST – Matt. 28:19
Jesus was talking about God’s programme to all nation that will last throughout this age and he was saying “that the baptism of nations will continue to the end of the world”. Jesus has said, “He would be with us to the end of the world”, and that means this baptism (teaching) will continue to the end of the world. Those who will carry out the works of this baptism must know that He is with them.
The Lord will not put His approval on our work in the vineyard if we are not baptising men in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Ghost – Matt. 28:19. If you want His approval on anything you are doing for Him, then, do what He has commanded – baptize men.
Another word for baptism is “to immerse”, which also means, “to put into”. So Matthew 28:19 can be paraphrased as, “Put them into the Father, put them into the Son and put them into the Holy Ghost” – and that is the order of authority, though the functionality starts with the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Baptism into the name of the Holy Ghost begins with the new birth is a pre-requisite for being baptized into the name of the Son. It will not be easy to receive the name of the Son when you have not received the name of the Holy Ghost.
The name of the Holy Ghost means the allocation that is in the Holy Ghost by the Godhead. It is a decision made by the Godhead that the Holy Ghost has to start first. Before Jesus came to the earth, the Holy Ghost has been coming in measures and then He would go away. The Holy Ghost can manifest a token of His Person among men, but that is not all of Him.
Before the Holy Ghost was released to stay on earth, it took Jesus thirty–three and half years of work. Jesus said He would pray the Father and the Father would give us another comforter. He said the Holy Ghost would be in us and with us. (John 14:16-18). While Jesus was on earth, and also after His resurrection, He prepared the soul of the apostles to different degrees.
Baptism into the Name of the Holy Ghost was what the Holy Ghost came for on the day of Pentecost. In Acts 2 – on the day of Pentecost, the disciples of Jesus were not just filled with the Holy Ghost, but their spirits were also birthed into God. At Cornelius house, while Peter was yet speaking, the Holy Ghost fell on the people and they spoke in tongue because they believed in their heart, the word of the Lord from Peter. All this happened even though Peter hadn’t made an altar call for repentance.
Baptism begins with being sealed with the name of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost begins with you from the foundation of your faith – He births you as a baby and then fills you with Himself. That initiates you into the realm of the Spirit so you can relate with spiritual things.
This baptism does not start with the name of the Father, because that is the greatest and much more complex. For instance, you start school from the elementary level, then you graduate unto a tertiary level. Our elementary teacher is the Holy Ghost, and receiving this dispensation of divine resources is known as “baptism with the name of the Holy Ghost” – and evangelism, speaking in tongues e.t.c, are all contained in the name of the Holy Ghost.
In the name of the Holy Ghost, there is also the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit, because each NAME has its gifts. With each coming of the persons of the Godhead, there are manifestations. The Bible says, “The manifestation of the Holy Ghost is given to every man to profit withal” – 1 Cor. 12:7. All the nine gifts of the Spirit are from the Holy Ghost. He gives the gift of: prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues, discerning of spirits, healing, working of miracles, faith, word of knowledge and the gift of the word of wisdom.
The word of knowledge is to know something supernaturally without being told by anyone. It is the Holy Ghost telling you about something, about a person or about a situation that will occur in the future, has occurred in the past or is occurring in the present. The word of wisdom is to know how to solve a problem supernaturally, because wisdom is profitable to direct.
Inside these baptisms, apart from the encounters, are doctrines that each of these Personalities carry, which fully unveils their names. The doctrine that the name of the Holy Ghost carries are highlighted in Hebrews 6:1-2, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment”.
To “leave” the principles of the doctrine of Christ means to leave the little beginning of the doctrine of Christ. All these principles of the doctrine of Christ are all contained in the name of the Holy Ghost.
The message of faith towards God is meant to help our hearts to believe God for our natural needs to be met. These churches were powerful churches – God started them and they are His God’s works.
The doctrine of baptisms in Heb. 6:2, has to do with the new birth: with the Holy Ghost baptism and with water baptism. “Laying on of hands” was not taught in those days, but we found ourselves doing so. The Jews do it because it was a tradition from the Old Testament, shown in the New Testament.
The doctrine of resurrection of the dead refers to “rapture” – that is our dead bodies being raised from the graves. We are waiting for Jesus to come so that our bodies can be change to His. We have heard such messages several times and we even have songs about it.
The doctrine of repentance from dead works is the so called “holiness message”, which some churches are built around. Repentance from dead works purified people’s heart in those days. The S.U. (Scripture Union) Movement for example, was purely based on repentance from dead works and was characterised with “discipleship messages”. When the message of faith towards God came, the message of repentance from dead works” waned a bit, but many people misunderstood the actual interpretation of faith towards God.
The reason for faith towards God is to train our souls to get used to the invisible, so as to trust in the One who is not seen. GOD WANTS TO USE FAITH TOWARDS GOD TO TRAIN OUR BELIEVING SYSTEM. The intention of God for this provision is that, through this, we should be trained to believe Him for Christ, and be attain his likeness. God is moving us from faith to faith, until we will trust Him completely.
The actual trusting in God is that of positioning our hearts on the unseen. The reason is that, no matter what you get with your faith (faith towards God), it will neither change you nor profit you.
In this end time, God is sealing men, not just with the name of the Holy Ghost but also with the name of the Son – until we get to the last name, which is the name of the Father. If Nations of the earth can come fully into the allocation of the name of the Son, Nigeria will not be an ordinary country. The earth will not be an ordinary place, and the church also will be strong.
God wants to raise churches that will be sealing men, not only with the name of the Holy Ghost, but also with the name of the Son. It is God wills to raise churches that will take the name of the Father and put it on people’s forehead – Rev. 14:1/22:4
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:
When you begin to grow up spiritually, you will begin to discern and understand the scriptures. If you don’t believe on the name of the Holy Ghost, you will never be a son but rather remain a baby and the best that can happen to you would be to make it to heaven.
Neither a Heavenly nor earthly status is our destiny. You are born again for a purpose, and that purpose cannot be revealed “seminars” that centres on “what we can do on earth”. Attaining such goals is no fulfilment.
There is only one work a man will do, and that is what God is raising New Testament ministers up for. To point to men what they should do. Every other work is nothing if this is not done. I am not against hard working in our offices. It is good and lovely. For the fact that you are a Christian, you should even work harder than your colleagues, because of the grace you carry. The Bible says, “Anything you are doing, do it heartily” – Col. 3:23. When you are working for somebody, serve that person with all your might – that is how you show you are of Christ. People will see you that you are serious. At times, what reflect outside is as a result of what is inside.
You cannot become a Son of God until power is given – John 1:12. Despite the fact that you have received Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you still need to receive the power God that’s given for the making of sons. The word “power” in that passage is not the “miraculous power” which can be easily understood by unbelievers or carnal believers. Power here is not to heal the sick; rather, this power is to make sons. This is where we make mistakes and err, because we neither know the scripture nor the power of God.
Jesus became the Son of God with power after He was raised from the dead, so for you to be a son in the order of Christ, you need to receive power Romans 1:3-4. The power He manifested before resurrection was miraculous power but the power for making sons is given to us after Jesus was raised from the dead.
Mat. 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, BAPTIZING them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: TEACHING them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The power Jesus was referring to here, was the power to make sons and not miraculous power. According to Mathew 28:18-20, “Jesus did not say, go and preach the gospel, raise the dead and heal the sick because all power in heaven and on earth has been given unto Me”. But before He went to the cross, He gave them power to cast out demons (Matt. 10). This is telling us that the resurrection power does much more than raising the dead, cleansing the leper and opening the eyes of the blind, which are things He did before he went to the cross.
Resurrection power is to form the person of the Son in you, and this starts with sealing us with the name of the Holy Ghost. IT TAKES POWER TO MAKE YOU A SON. The church of Christ is coming to a place where she will understand this concept of divine power beyond what has been previously known before.
God is gradually reducing the activities of the gift of the spirit in the churches especially in the power gift so that the church can move to the next phase of God’s programme. What God is saying now to the church is that the church should be built up. God wants us to move into the next allocation of power. The next allocation of power is for believers to graduate from babyhood/childhood state and become sons of God – that is the power you need!
When you see Jesus, you are seeing power because God has raised Him to become both the power and the wisdom of God (1Cor.1:24). Power Is Not Just What One Does, It Is Who One Is – It’s Ones Internal Configuration.
Your inward change by the Spirit is much greater than the external activities of the Holy Ghost around you. The apostles performed miracles, not because they fasted for seventy days but because the Lord was confirming their words. Miraculous power can even be wrought through a new believer. Working of miracles, healing etc. are not the real power of God; they are gifts of the Spirit which are signs that points to God’s real power.
Also, demonic operation is not Satan’s power; it is Satan’s gift. The real power of Satan is blindness. Satan can allow you to deal with his gifts (demonic operations), but he does not want you to touch his power. Once you overcome his power, Christ will be formed. A minister of the gospel is one who takes down the power of Satan from people’s lives and installs in them the power of God.
Tongues and Interpretation:
The Son is being given to you. Sonship is being given to you. There is a distribution of this allocation even upon you. Sonship is being given. For it will not be long, you will see the manifestations of my sons which you will see in the lives of many. You will see power – power for supernatural life. Life that is branded by Me, life that is different from that which is seen here on earth. I will raise for myself a high banner for all to see. I will raise a high banner in the spirit for all to see. I will raise a high banner in the churches for all to see that which I have done.
Giving the Son is giving you power, and people that receive this power are those who believe on His name. At this point, a man can experience the new birth but refuse the power to become a son of God.
THE POWER OF THE SON IS THE NAME OF THE SON, WHICH CAN ONLY BE TRANSFERRED BY TEACHINGS – BAPTISMS. The word “teaching” also means colonizing, culturing and nurturing. This baptism is to nurture people by the advent of these names. The name of the Holy Ghost is the Power of the Holy Ghost. The name of the Son is the Power of the Son. The name of the Father is the Power of the Father.
The name of the Son is the key the two other names. The Holy Ghost acts on the name of Jesus Christ and on the revelation of the father’s name. This shows that it is not the MENTIONING of the person but the REVELATION of the person behind the name. None of these names is the name of man, not even the name of Jesus, because “man” (flesh and blood) cannot be the son of God.
The new birth is the total migration of our spirit from that which pertains to man, and the revelation of all the names is our total migration from the realm of man. You need to have your constitution and configuration changed into that of a son of God – that was why God got you born again and made you His son by faith.
Your spirit is God’s son but you cannot show all the characteristics of God by your spirit alone. When they (the Godhead) see you, they do not see a son. This shows that not all believers are sons of God. If all of God’s children have already become sons, why would Satan fill the heart of Ananias and Sapphira? With the Holy Ghost in them, they still lied (Acts 5). True sons of God would not do that. Ananias and Sapphira could do that because their souls had not changed, even though they were born again.
It is not easy to take Jesus’ name, but it is easy to embrace that of the Holy Ghost’s. To appropriate the name of Jesus needs some death. To appropriate the name of the Son, you need the revelation of Jesus and Him crucified. A preacher can unveil the word, but the Holy Ghost carries out the baptism of that name in us and He does that by working out the operation of that name in us. It will take power to receive the power of God.
Rom. 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
Apostle Paul was simply saying that, “he was raised to teach obedience”. Obedience here is to obey faith. He was raised to teach a system of believing which has to do with the syllabus of the Son – just for His name. The Father has packaged a lifestyle for us as saints, and this is the core of believing in the Son. When God begins to teach us about the name of the Son, we are being taught to believe in what the Son stands for; in who the Son is and how He lives.
Rom. 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
It is not everyone that will believe the gospel of Christ. The gospel of Christ is the teaching of power. No man knows the power of God; it has to be revealed. You cannot understand the power unless you are prepared to receive it.
Judas Iscariot casted out demons, yet, He betrayed Jesus. Peter’s shadow healed the sick and yet he did not come into the understanding of God’s power as at then. Peter had preached the gospel under the allocation of the name of the Holy Ghost, but not the understanding of the name of the Son He had not come into it by then; no, not until Jesus found Saul of Tarsus whom knew Jesus in the Spirit. He saw the resurrected Lord dwelling in light. It takes time to reveal the Son of God.
All Paul’s teaching was the operation of the name that he bore – Act 9:15.To bear the name means people will see that name in you – Gal. 1:13-17. What was revealed in Apostle Paul was the power of God. Paul was not just born again and filled with the Holy Ghost; he also had the privilege of receiving the revelation of the Son in him. It was not on him but in him; meaning – Jesus was formed in him before he preached. When he taught from morning till evening, he was unveiling the unsearchable mysteries that had been formed in him.
The revelation of Jesus in the heart is the bearing of the name of the Son, which is revealed from faith to faith – Acts 9:15. This was what Paul Bore and this is the way by which God gives power to sons. The measure of the Son you have is the measure of His life that can live. You can be born again and Christ is still not in your heart Ephesians 3:17.
To reveal His Son in me – Gal. 1:13-17, is to be sealed with the name of the Son which is baptism into His name. The baptism of the Holy Ghost will give you the Holy Ghost and the baptism into the name of the Son gives you the revelation of the Son in the heart.
1John 2:28-29 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
What makes up the Son is His righteousness, and as you “do righteousness” – 1John2:29, as revealed from faith to faith, you are “doing” the name of the Son – Romans 1:16-17. When you finish it, you will become the son of God. By faith, you have the Son revealed in you and the corresponding action that accomplishes this is – doing the Son! To do the Son means living and aligning yourself to what the Spirit reveals concerning the Son.
The natural man does not appreciate this job of doing the son, because it is not a natural work. No company or establishment will pay or you reward for this. When you are doing this work and you have done it to completion, the Godhead will come to reward you, because “God is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” – Heb. 11:6.
The “good work” is to “work Jesus” – to do Christ, and then to build Christ in people. This good work comes by the gospel of Christ which is the material for making Sons. A powerful man is one who has received the power of God – the Son. (1Corinthians. 1:24)
When the Son is revealed in you, you will begin to live in Him with a unique destiny. When He is fully formed in you, He will begin a journey through you which no man can begin. The journey is towards the father, because if you have not received power, you will not get to God (the Father). The Son is living a life that ends in the Father. If you want to get to God, you need the Son’s life. Without the Son’s life, there will not be door to the Father. The Son’s life is what opens the door way to the Father. The Father is a terrible being whom no man can approach, except the Son is formed in such. When the Son is in you, He will begin to walk through towards the Father, because the feet and the path of the Son head to His Father.
You would hear Him saying constantly while He was on earth, “I go to My Father”. His greatest inheritance has always been His Father. What He was crazy about was His Father. One of His disciples asked Him, “show us the Father and we would be satisfied”. He looked at them and “confused” them further again by saying, “He that has seen Me, has seen the Father” (John 14:8-10).
Jesus was not talking about physical mansion when He said He wanted to go and prepare a place for us – John 14:1-8. To prepare a place, He needs to talk to the Father on our behalf. When Jesus arose from the dead and got to the Father, the Father looked at Him and said, “This is My Son, today have I begotten Thee. Sit down at my right hand”. The Father was pleased with Him and Jesus told the Father that it was not only Him that would sit at His right hand. There were other guys coming that I died for. No one can declare the Father, except the Son.
The ultimate house of the Father that Jesus spoke of was the Father’s heart. The Trinity are watching our order in the spirit to know who has found help from the Son into the father.
Tongues and Interpretation:
As I have told you, even as I have spoken to you. These are the days of sons. Let him that has ears hear that which the Spirit is saying for these are the days of sons. I am raising sons. I am harvesting sons. My Son is standing waiting and I am harvesting sons that will be as bright as Him for He is the Bright and the Morning Sun. I will bring sons that will be bright as He is. I will raise sons that will be after His brightness, after His likeness and after His image. I am raising such sons that will look exactly like My Son. They will be bright sons.
Yes, press on for this blessing. For this is a great blessing. For only they will have the Father – for only these ones will have the Father. It is a great blessing to have the Father. Press in for this blessing for this is the final blessing.
This is a transcribed message from Writing the Vision January Edition. Writing the Vision is a monthly meeting organised by the Eternal Glorious Fountain Ministeries every third Saturday of the month. The message was transcribed by Tayo Fasan. Any error noticed might be due to typographical error.