Spiritual Hitch hiker; The Bus ride

school bus small 1010report Spiritual Hitch hiker; The Bus rideI’m not fond of dried bananas but I love my sister; she had given me a baggie of the overly sweet chip like substance as she dropped me off just past the Willamette valley area. I was embarking on another excursion and she figured I’d need something to eat.

We prayed before she left me and I was excited to get out on the road. By this time my hitchhiking career was like 2nd nature and my friends and family were no longer looking at me like I was crazy when I told them how I travel the country. By this time I figure they knew I was and just accepted it and no longer tried to talk me out of it.

It was a gorgeous day and I soon had my first ride, then another and another. My average time on my treks was 5 days and I thought at this rate I’d beat that by a day or better. It was getting late but not so late that I couldn’t try for at least one more ride.

I didn’t have to wait long and a school bus pulled to the side of the road. It was filled with children or maybe they were young teens. The driver opened the door and I boarded the bus just as I had back in grade school. The side of the bus had the logo of a church organization and indeed they were on a field trip heading home. I figured this was going to be a great ride but I knew it wasn’t going to be a long one but that was perfect. I was right about one of my assumptions.

I no more sat down and the entire bus was fixed upon me as if I jesus baptized 1010report 150x150 Spiritual Hitch hiker; The Bus ridewere a bug under glass in a science class room. Two adults (chaperones I guess) came to sit near me with bibles in hand. They began witnessing to me and were very enthusiastic. I smiled and let them speak figuring that the blessings would go both ways. When I had a chance to speak they were so happy to hear that I was born again and believed in God. From there however we started down different paths.

To them it was not good enough that I believed only Romans 10:9, 10

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

It’s been over 25 years so I don’t recall all of what was said but I know I couldn’t convince them that our salvation was that of grace and not works.

Rom 11: 6

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

This went on for awhile and no matter what scripture I quoted they were adamant that I must live a Godly life (good works) and be baptized (also works). Now I realize many in the church today teach baptism and there are many kinds of techniques for it.

Dunking
Sprinkling
Emersion
Dipping

And more I’m sure. The word is pretty clear on the subject and yes it was a vital part of believers up to the time of Jesus. He even was baptized by John himself.

As with many things of God, with the coming of the greater the lesser is done away. When grace came the law was removed, with the sacrifice of Christ the need for lambs was no longer and with the advent of being baptized in the holy spirit the baptism of John was no longer used.

Acts 18: 24-26

And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

What did they expound “more perfectly?” This man was well versed and people obviously believed Gods word when he spoke; with the context you can see they expounded on baptizing. In chapter 19 it continues and Paul comes through the area Apollos had been teaching in, see what Paul teaches.

Acts 19:1-5

And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Paul was concerned that all they knew was the water baptism of John. In the early church those who got born again received (lambano=into manifestation) the holy spirit. These people did not, so Paul needed to show them the word that that Apollos had started to build and take it ‘to the greater’ which was now available leaving the lesser behind.

Peter shows us even more clearly;

Acts 11:16

Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

baptism by holy spirit 1010report 150x150 Spiritual Hitch hiker; The Bus ridePeter was recalling his account to church leaders about some folks who he wanted to baptized with water, the word but in this verse shows contrast. He wanted to baptize them but he remembered the word of the Lord. That being water is no longer necessary with the coming of the gift, holy spirit. Thus salvation is not works but of grace and what great grace it is.

Well perhaps you may want to get off here, that’s what happened to me on the bus. When the chaperones had heard enough and could not stand seeing most of the youth beginning to agree with the plainness and truth of the Word, the bus was stopped and I was ordered off.

As the diesel engine spewed a black cloud and dust on me while they drove away, I prayed that God would open their eyes of understanding. It’s the same prayer I pray for you.

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