First of all, I thank you for raising questions about the gospel of the water and the Spirit. The questions you have made are the ones that many Christians have asked before they are born again. I know that you are worrying that the born again would continuously commit sin being relieved by the perfect gospel. However, I want to tell you that people who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit are not prone to live such a life you are worrying about, but rather lead a righteous life instead.
You should first think about this. If the Holy Spirit is truly within you, then you will bear holy fruits even if you don’t wish to do so. On the other hand, if the Holy Spirit does not dwell within you, you will not be able to produce any of the fruits of the Spirit, no matter how hard you may try. How can a person possibly bear fruits of the Spirit if he/she does not have the Holy Spirit in his/her heart, even if he/she believes in Jesus somehow? This is impossible. The Lord said that a bad tree could never bear good fruits (Matthew 7:17-18).
I now want to ask you this question and also give an answer to it. You do believe in Jesus, but are you truly leading your life while having triumphed over worldly sins? Are you living as a righteous servant of God overcoming worldly sins; serving the Lord more and letting others be saved from all their sins by delivering the gospel of the water and the Spirit to them? Have you truly become a righteous person who does not possess even the slightest amount of sin after having believed in Jesus? The only faith and gospel that lets you answer yes to this question is the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which the Lord has born witness to in the Old and New Testaments.
We continue to sin in the world even after we believe in Jesus. However, our Lord was baptized by John and shed His blood on the Cross to save us from all the sins of the world. Therefore, the Lord has done a righteous deed for us and we have been saved from our sins through faith in God’s righteousness, the Lord’s baptism and blood by which He has eliminated our sins.
I want to ask you some questions again. Are you free from the sins of your conscience? Were you not a sinner even after you believed in Jesus, just like you were before you believed in Him? If this is true, it is probably because you did not know about the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Therefore, you have fallen into the problems and distractions inherent in the flesh because you don’t possess the Spirit in your heart. No matter how faithful of a believer you may be, you can only escape the thoughts of the flesh by emptying your heart and taking in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. You should discard your carnal thoughts and return to the written words of God in order to understand the fact that the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the truth.
There are many people in this world who change the law of salvation that the Lord has established in any way they wish, even though they confess to the Lord with their lips. If you are one of these kinds of people, the Lord will abandon you on the last day. I hope that this will not happen to anyone in this world. I pray that you are not a person who believes that Jesus’ blood on the Cross is the only thing that can save you, and that you have asked questions out of the desire to live the remaining time of your life apart from sin.
However, your thoughts are thoughts of the flesh that are “not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). Paul says, “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8). If you truly wish to have the faith that pleases God, you should believe in the remarkable work of the Lord, in which He came to this world through the Virgin Mary, took over the sins of humankind through the baptism received by John the Baptist at the Jordan River, and thereby fulfilling all the righteousness of God.
Who do you think can carry out God’s righteous work, a righteous person or a sinner? A sinner is still in the midst of sin because he/she has not received the remission of sins before God. Therefore, the only thing awaiting such a person is the judgment for his/her sins. God cannot let sinners enter His Kingdom because “God is not someone who takes pleasure in wickedness” (Psalms 5:4). God said that if a sinner came out to Him and asked something from Him, He would not listen to the prayers of the sinner because their “iniquities have separated them from God” (Isaiah 59:2). A sinner will definitely fall into hell since the wages of sin is death.
Only righteous people who have become holy and therefore possess no sin in their hearts can do righteous works. In addition, the Holy Spirit dwells inside the hearts of the righteous, who possess no sin after believing in Jesus’ baptism and the Cross. The Apostle Peter said on the day of Pentecost, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
What this passage is saying is that if you want to have true faith and receive the remission of all your sins by faith, then you should believe both in Jesus’ baptism and His death on the Cross. Such faith can let you “be baptized in the name of Jesus,” that is to say, you can receive the remission of your sins by having faith in His righteous deeds. Of course, the disciples of Jesus also ministered the ritual of baptism to the born-again believers, who had faith in His baptism and the Cross. Jesus commanded His disciples to baptize everyone in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
Furthermore, the Apostle Paul said, “Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” (Romans 8:9). God gives the Holy Spirit to the righteous in order to seal them as His children. The Holy Spirit can never dwell inside sinners because they possess sin. The Holy Spirit does not like sin; instead, it prefers holiness (becoming apart from sin). The Spirit also guides righteous people along the righteous way and leads them to follow the will of the Father. Then, what is this will of the Father? It is to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit to the people of every nation and to baptize them according to the Great Commission.
The flesh of the righteous and sinners commit sin until they die. However, the Lord has done the righteous deed of eliminating all the sins people commit with their flesh and hearts by His baptism and blood. This is the righteousness of God Jesus has fulfilled. Therefore, it is written in the Bible, “For in it (the true gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:17). A person who has received the remission of sins by believing in God’s righteousness will win over ‘the law of sin and death’ and follow His righteousness instead. This is only possible through the Holy Spirit, who comes on and dwells in those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
All the sins of the past, the present and the future of a righteous person have been passed over to Jesus at the time He was baptized by John the Baptist. The flesh of the righteous have also died together with Jesus. When a person believes in this, he/she unites together with Jesus and in the likeness of His death. This becomes the judgment for all his/her sins (Romans chapter 6).
Therefore, even though the flesh of a righteous person also commit sins continuously throughout all his/her life, the Holy Spirit dwelling in his/her heart guides him/her so that he/she can follow the Spirit. A righteous person follows the Holy Spirit and does God’s work because the Holy Spirit dwells within him/her.
Even at the time of the Apostles, many people used to unreasonably blame the born-again because they had the cheek to worry over the lives of the born-again people, who were ruled by the Holy Spirit. However, these kinds of people misunderstood the true gospel of the water and the Spirit the Apostles preached, as the instinctive thoughts of the flesh. Therefore, the Apostle Paul said to these people, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Romans 6:1-2) He added, “I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin” (Romans 7:25).
In conclusion, the flesh of the righteous is still insufficient and has no other choice but to continuously sin, but they still follow the Holy Spirit, preaching the gospel to the whole world. The righteous walk in the Spirit because their hearts rest under grace. “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that ones slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:15-16)
Just like real flowers are far different from artificial flowers, the master inside the heart of a righteous person and a sinner are different from each other. Since the master inside the heart of a righteous person is the Holy Spirit, the person is able to walk in the Spirit and follow the righteous truth in his/her life, which pleases God. On the other hand, a sinner has no other choice but to follow sin because the master inside him/her is sin itself. A sinner is unable to lead a holy life because he/she does not possess the Spirit, due to his/her many iniquities.
The assumption that believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit are not able to lead holy lives is just a fallacy arising from the instinctive thoughts of the flesh. God warns them saying, “But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves” (Jude 1:10). Many people nowadays do not understand the lives of the righteous, even though they acknowledge the gospel of the water and the Spirit as the true gospel, because they don’t fully know it and haven’t received it in their hearts.
What do you think about the righteous works of the born-again saints? They have offered all their precious things, even themselves as the living sacrifices, for the good works of spreading the gospel to the whole world. According to your own thoughts, why do you think that the believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit would purposely commit a sin on the pretext of the gospel?
The righteous do good works by faith in the midst of the light of truth and God’s righteousness. Those who practice the righteousness of God have been born of God. We just hope that all sinners will return to the gospel in which Jesus has washed away all their sins by His baptism and blood.
Yes, our earnest wish is that you will receive the remission of sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit truly with your hearts, and wait for the Lord until the last day without sin.