Saturday, September 18, 2010

daily text 9/18

Saturday, September 18th, 2010
"Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19, 20)

Jesus Christ considers the loyal support given to his brothers as being given to him. (Matthew 25:40) In what way, then, can those who have the earthly hope support Christ's spirit-anointed brothers? Principally by helping them with the Kingdom-preaching work. (Matthew 24:14; John 14:12) While the number of anointed ones on the earth has decreased over the decades, the number of the other sheep has increased. When those who have an earthly hope share in the witness work, perhaps as full-time evangelizers, they support the spirit-anointed ones in fulfilling the disciple-making assignment. Not to be overlooked are the opportunities to support this work by making financial contributions in various ways.
(Watchtower issue: 2/15/09, 4:14)

Wow, I just realized how much the Trinity doctrine confuses the meaning of the Christian baptismal vow itself. For instance, when a police officer says: "Stop, in the name of the law"...what he's basically saying is: "I want you to stop [in recognition] of the law." and "in recognition of my authority and appointment as a law enforcement officer" ... and if a person respects and complies with the laws of the land, than they will respect and comply with the direction given by appointed officers who represent and enforce the law.

Well the same thing applies when it comes to baptism.

But if a person believes that the holy spirit is *a person* or
*a ghost* (rather than God's *active force* which He uses to accomplish His will), then they won't fully understand the meaning and responsibility involved in their baptismal vow.
Because being baptized "in the name of the holy spirit" or
"[in recognition] of the holy spirit" would require understanding the important role that holy spirit plays in connection with the preaching work, and in directing & empowering Christ's spirit-anointed brothers to accomplish it...which Jesus makes clear in the following verse:

"YOU will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon YOU, and YOU will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

So fully living up to our baptismal vow would *require* that we assist and comply with Christ's spirit-anointed brothers in their witnessing and disciple-making commission, which God's holy spirit is directing and helping them to accomplish.