God's True Plan of Salvation Cont.
By The Late Apostle Bishop Randolph Goodwin
Now dear reader, this is what the New Birth consists of: Water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins and receiving or being filled with the gift of the Holy
Ghost. Let us notice Peter and the rest of the apostles who were with him when he
was here in the flesh according to I Tim. 3:16. He had commanded them to preach
repentance and remission of sins in his name beginning at Jerusalem among all nations,
Luke 24:47. Notice how they obeyed him in Acts 2:38 after they had heard Peter preach
the gospel with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. They were pricked in their
heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what
shall we do?" Notice here now the question, "What shall we do?" The answer: "Then
Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
Now you see the apostles didn't tell the people to join the church, raise their
hands, and bow their heads, and accept Christ as their personal Saviour, nor to
make an hour of decision, and go to any church of their choice. Nothing like this
is in the Bible. So, they following Jesus' instructions; they believed on him as
the scripture hath said, St. John 7:38.
Notice they didn't tell the people to repent and be baptized in the titles, Father - Son- Holy Ghost, but they left off the titles
and said to them, "Repent and be baptized in the NAME of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Notice Acts 4:12, Neither
is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved.
Now the name of the Father - Son- Holy Ghost is JESUS CHRIST. Let us look at Matt. 28:19, go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the NAME (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost. Now question, what is the name of the Father? What is the name of the
Son? What is the name of the Holy Ghost? Now let us go to the Bible, Matt. 1:21
and she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shall call his name JESUS: for he shall
save his people from their sins.
Now in St. John 5:43 Jesus speaks, "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not; if another shall come in his own name,
him ye will receive." Now you see that the name of the Father and Son is the same.
The name of the Father is not father, and the name of the Son, is not son, but JESUS
CHRIST is the name.
Now the name of the Holy Ghost. In St. John 14:26 Jesus said, "But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name."
Now you can see here plainly that the apostles have obeyed Jesus according to the
scriptures; and that the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost
is JESUS CHRIST as is stated in Acts 2:38 by Peter and the rest of the apostles.
No one can be saved without using the name JESUS CHRIST in water baptism, see Acts
Concerning Jesus being God Almighty. Read Isa. 9:6. If you don't believe the
prophets then Jesus called you a fool, Luke 24:25. See Isa. 44-24, 43:10 and Rev.
1:8. If Jesus is not God, then tell me, when did God purchase the church with his
blood as stated in Acts 20:28? When did God have blood and where did he get if from?
Let us go to the Bible again, Heb. 2:10 "For it became him (God) for whom are all
things, and by whom are all things in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the
captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
Now dear reader, God is a Spirit, St. John 4:24. He could not suffer being a Spirit, and he had no blood
to purchase the church with, as stated in Acts 20:28, and the Bible says, without
the shedding of blood is no remission, Heb. 9:22. Matt. 26:28, For this is my blood
of the New Testament which is shed for many for remission of sins. So God had to
get some flesh and blood before he could save us from our sins. How was this done?
Alright, let us go to the Bible in Heb 2:14. Forasmuch then as the children were
partakers of flesh and blood, he himself (God) likewise took part of the same that
through death he might destory him that had the power of death, that is the devil.
Now this flesh and blood is the temple, was taken from Mary's womb and was called
the Son of God, Luke 1:35. So you see dear reader, the son of God was God manifested
in the flesh, I Tim. 3:16, when he was put to death in the flesh on the cross at
Calvary, this is when he got blood to purchase the church according to Acts 20:28.
Jesus said, in St. John 8:24, "For if ye believe not that I am he (God) ye shall
die in your sins." Read More