|Mark 16:16 |
16 This verse was not written by Mark and was later added by scribes. This fabricated verse has been the basis of much error.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved;2 but he who does not believe will be condemned. [believe and be baptized with the one baptism, the baptism of fire that burns up all the remaining sin in man, the Holy Spirit's baptism of death to man's selfish spirit.]
2 He who believes and is baptized will be saved. Not water baptism, but the one baptism: one Lord, one faith, one baptism, Eph 4:5; the baptism of the Holy Spirit with unquenchable fire that burns up the chaff (sin) after purging the floor (cleansing your heart), and the wheat (the newly created man) has been gathered in the garner. This is the baptism that destroys the residual spirit of Satan that still lives in you, though at that time, greatly diminished in power by the Lord's grace already; he destroys the man of sin [in you] with the brightness of his coming, with the spirit (sword) of his mouth, and bruises the head of Satan under your feet. From Stephen Crisp's The Necessity of a Holy Life:
Woeful experience has told us in our days, that a great many have believed the truth, and yet they are never likely to be saved. They have made shipwreck of their faith; but if they had been baptized [with fire], if they would have endured the baptism, if they would have been buried with Christ in baptism, they should have been saved every one of them. And now there are a great many who remain in the belief of the truth, and yet they are not baptized. They are not dead, not buried, despite the fact that they have received like precious faith with us; that faith which is of the operation of God, and that is like precious in its nature to all who receive it, and would work the same effect in all too, if it were not obstructed. But despite the fact that they have received faith towards the saving of their souls, yet their souls are captives; their souls are subject to lusts, and pleasures, and vanities, and to empty and foolish things, and to passions and corruptions, after they have received faith.
For if you take one who is a believer of truth and is overtaken with his lust, and passions, and corruptions, he will commonly own that he believes the contrary; he believes that these things should not be, that it ought to be otherwise. This is the sign of truth against untruth. If it should be otherwise, why is it thus then? Why does he finds a life to spring up in what is corruptible, that is always contrary to the life of God, and at enmity with it. What shall I do? I believe the truth. I know truth is a holy thing, and that it leads all who submit to it to a holy life; but there is this and that unholy thing, this and that corrupt thing that remains, what shall I do?
It is an evident demonstration that you lack the baptism of him in whom you believe. You have believed in Christ Jesus that comes after John, and was before him; and now having believed in him, you lack being baptized by him. For the lack of the baptism of fire, the pollution and corruption that had grown up in your nature in the time of your alienation still prevails upon you, contrary to your faith. There is no coming to obtain this baptism, but by sinking down into what will slay you, what will kill you. But there is such a shifting to save one's life, there are so many twistings and twinings of people to save their lives, that at last they lose them. But no one can ever find life that is eternal, but those who are willing to be given up to the dead, and submit to this baptism — that is, by the Holy Ghost and by fire. Only such come to life; they come to the resurrection. For you never knew any that died this death but that they rose again; it is as impossible for death to hold any one down that is buried in this baptism, as it was impossible to hold Christ down, when he was in the grave. The same power that brought again our Lord Christ from the dead, the same power it is that quickens us, while we remain in these mortal bodies, after we have sustained this death and crucifixion, [on the inward cross of self-denial].