BAPTISM

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20140622_165011Greetings and blessings to my elders of The Mystical Order. To all ministers, members, friends and families, I entreat you with the peace that passeth all understanding. As we assemble once more, let us give Almighty God thanks and praises for He is good and His mercies endureth forever. Amen! In keeping with tradition, today let’s look at baptism, for we were taught, one have to repent, believe and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Amen! In St John’s gospel we read a question was asked of John, “why baptizes thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?” John’s answer was, I baptize with water, but there’s one coming after me, who is preferred before me. However, brethren we know Jesus Christ came baptizing with fire and The Holy Ghost. Hallelujah!

 

Baptism is a stepping stone or a necessity on one’s journey to Salvation. Whether it’s done in the river, ocean or a pool, once the proper rituals and ceremonies are performed and it is done in the name of Jesus Christ, an individual has entered into a bonding covenant with The Redeemer of mankind. Those of us who live in the Caribbean or other tropical parts of the Universe have access to the rivers and the ocean, but in some countries baptism are done in pools. { I know there are questions out there whether it should be done in open air and the water should be running and not stagnant, that’s debatable but not my agenda today}. Amen!

 

Brothers and sisters another important factor is that one must not get confused with christening / baptism of an infant and the immersion of an individual into Christ’s Kingdom. For when one has reached a proper age, have acquainted oneself with reading the Bible, having attended classes wherein they were taught about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, and was lectured to, on how one should carry oneself (Psalm 1) & (St Matthew 5 verse 16). Having done these things and one’s fully persuaded and ready to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, then one becomes a candidate for baptism. [please note, some people get their calling for baptism in different ways]. Praise the Lord!

 

In concluding brethren, we are all children of God by faith in Jesus Christ, for as many of us have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Amen! Heavenly Father we thank You for another blessing today, Master we thank You for Your only begotten Son – who humbled Himself to be baptized by John, even demonstrated further humility by washing His disciples feet, showing us what we should for our brothers and sisters. God of Abraham, please look over our elders, keep them as the days come and go. O great Physician, some of us need healing; renew our faith, cover us with Your grace and keep us on praying grounds, in Jesus Almighty name. Amen!

 

Your humble servant,

His Eminence, Eric Alleyne. LOM. OHPA. OSM.

Cardinal of The Mystical Order.

Commanding Officer of The Mystical Court.

 

 

 

 

 

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