encouraged. It is God's will to save your family. You can use
your faith and God will see to it that not one member of your immediate
family will go off into Eternity without first accepting Jesus Christ as
their Lord and Savior.
Kenneth E. Hagin once said he discovered that his faith would work quite
effectively for his family members, out as far as a first cousin.
Beyond that, he said someone else was going to have to believe for
can use your faith and God will save your grandparents, parents, siblings,
children, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
is so determined to honor your faith and to save your household, that He is
actually tolerating His enemies and delaying His judgment on all the rebels of this Earth until
everyone who can be saved will be saved. (Hebrews 12:2-28; 2 Peter 3:9;
once said, "There is nothing you can do about your family's
salvation. God has already predestined, or predetermined, who will be
saved and who will not be saved. There is nothing that can be done
about the ones whom God has predestined to not be saved. It even says
so in the Bible."
verse of Scripture in the Bible misused by those who believe this error of
"predestination" is right here in Romans chapter
whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image
of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called,
them He also justified." (Romans 8:29-30)
verse is not saying that God has pre-determined ahead of time who He was
going to save and who He was not going to save. This verse is saying
that God "foreknew" or knew ahead of time who was going to accept
His salvation plan and who was going to reject His salvation
ones whom He foreknew would accept His salvation, He predestined to be
conformed to the image of His Son. Those whom He knew would reject His
salvation, He did not predestine to be conformed to the image of His
simply put, God foreknew who would accept Him, and He predestined that they
would be assigned to Heaven as a monument to His love.
also foreknew who would reject Him, and He predestined that they would be
assigned to Hell as a monument of His severity upon the rebellious.
This is why the Bible says, "Behold therefore the goodness and severity
of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou
continue in His goodness:" (Romans 11:22)
is what Paul is teaching regarding foreknowledge and predestination.
if you have heard the "predestination" error and have been
concerned that your loved ones have been predestined to Hell and there is
nothing you can do about it, be encouraged. It simply is not
knew you were going to pray for your loved ones' salvation, and He planned
well ahead of time to answer you. As a matter of fact, the Bible even
says that God knows what we are going to pray even before we pray it, and He
moves immediately to answer our prayers.
it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they
are yet speaking, I will hear." (Isaiah 65:24)
that God is even more concerned with your family's salvation than you
are. He has made a way where through your faith in action and without
violating their God-given free will, He will influence them for good in a
greater way than Satan can influence them for evil.
will send laborers to them, even Angelic laborers if He determines that is
necessary, to continually impress upon their hearts their need to call upon
His Son, Jesus, for their salvation.
you will not give up and withdraw your faith, God will not give up and your
loved ones will not go off into Eternity before accepting Christ as their
Savior. If you will make up your mind like Joshua made up his mind,
"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord," God will jump
over a million others who will not use their faith for their families just
to get to your family. (Joshua 24:15)
some cases it could possibly take right up until moments before their passing, but
getting saved late in life is a far cry better than not getting saved at
said, "God does not accept deathbed confessions. If you don't
live for Him here, you won't arrive safely there."
that is just not true according to the Bible. Of course, living one's
life for Christ on the Earth is far better than a deathbed confession, but
deathbed confessions are acceptable to the Father of Mercies and the God of
all Comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3)
not Jesus Himself say to the man on the cross beside Him, a man who lived his
entire life as a criminal right up to within minutes of his death before
confessing Christ's Lordship, "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou
be with Me in Paradise"? (Luke 23:43)
that is not considered a deathbed confession, what is?
the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, Jesus also made it clear that no
matter how late one comes along before accepting the invitation to work in
the vineyard, he will receive the same equal reward as those who came much
earlier - salvation. (Matthew 20:1-16)
one need not be water baptized to be saved because if that were the case,
one who makes a deathbed confession has no time to be water baptized.
further word about water baptism
would be appropriate here. If it were necessary to be water baptized in order to go to
Heaven, the thief on the cross never made it to Heaven because he was not
water baptized. Yet, Jesus said he did make it to Paradise.
baptism is simply an outward expression of something that has already
occurred on the inside - the New Birth. Jesus'
Blood saves, not water. If water saved,
everyone who drowned in Noah's flood will be in Heaven and we know that is not
wrongly believe that although their loved one was Born Again, they did not
go to Heaven because they were not water baptized. This is not what
the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that remission of sins occurs
only by application of Jesus' Blood, not by submersion in water. (Hebrews
woman once told us the following. She had believed for many years for
her father's salvation. No matter how she prayed, believed or
confessed the Word of God over him, he would not believe. No matter
who witnessed to him or how effectively, he simply would not
years he would not budge off of his quiet refusal to accept Christ as his
Savior until finally one day he died. Her heart grieved that she had
believed for her father's salvation and that it did not come to pass.
She struggled, believing God had let her down, allowing her father to go off
into Eternity having rejected Christ as his Savior.
day, sometime after her father's passing, she was at home watching a video
of a Church play she and her children had performed in. She had
actually written the play. At the end of
the play an altar call was given. During the altar call the performers
had their heads bowed and were not able to see across the
the video revealed something she had not seen because her head was
bowed. As she watched the video, she noticed her father had lifted his
hand and prayed the sinner's prayer with the Minister. He never said
anything to her about it. She found out only after her father's death while
watching the video.
woman wrongly assumed God had let her down and did not answer her
prayer. She was happily mistaken. God was faithful to do exactly
what she had asked of Him.
violating her father's free will, He gently impressed upon him through
everyone and everything that witnessed to him that he must not leave this
Earth without accepting Christ.
may or may not have opportunity to have your loved ones' salvation confirmed
to you by video as this woman did, but that does not mean that they did not say,
"Jesus, You're my choice," before leaving this Earth.
you had been believing for a loved one's salvation and they left this
Earth before you could receive confirmation of their salvation. Be
encouraged. God heard your prayer and He answered your prayer.
Somehow, somewhere your loved one called upon the Name of Jesus. If
you have no evidence to prove otherwise, you would be better off believing
is faithful. You gave Him access to your loved one and He took full
advantage of it. The Bible says if we ask God for something that is promised
in His Word, He hears us. If we know He hears us when we pray, we can
know we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 John
a loved one's salvation is something that is promised in Scripture as we
have seen. Therefore, you can have confidence that if you prayed for
your loved one's salvation and they have left this Earth, God saw to it that
they were saved before leaving.
say the following constructively to help the reader. In this life I
have never had a greater enemy than my own flesh and blood mother, the woman
who gave birth to me. For
some reason, as far back as I can remember, my mother could not find it
in her heart to love me. She was quite cruel to me and at times
violent with me.
seemed to me at times that her first priority in life was to turn my father
against me with every given opportunity. I lived a life of my mother
constantly lying to my father about me, deceiving him into becoming violent
with me himself and harshly punishing me for things I did not do. Even when I
became an adult she found ways to be sure he lived his life angry with
me. It was absolutely demonic.
some unknown reason my mother was determined that I would not have a
relationship with my father and she was quite successful indeed. I
loved them dearly but both
my mother and my father were my greatest burdens in life.
Even when I became
a Christian and was delivered from drug and alcohol addiction they were not
happy for me. My father told me he would rather I were dead than I become
involved with Jesus. Because of my conversion to Christ they refused to
speak with me for a period of seven years.
day I came across Acts 16:31 where the Bible says, "Believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. You and your
household." Something leapt in my spirit that day and faith came
into my heart for my parents to be saved.
make a long story short, after seven years of reminding God of that verse, I
was able to lead my father to the Lord. My mother came sometime after.
they never grew in the things of God and they continued living lives of
deceitfulness and hatred. But they did both individually confess
Christ as their Savior before dying unnecessarily tragic
were times in the natural where it seemed like it could never happen, but I
would not allow the devil to steal the faith out of my heart that came to me
the day I read Acts 16:31 for the first time. Because I would not quit
and withdraw my faith, Holy God made it possible for me personally to lead
both of my parents to the Lord.
may or may not be the one to lead your loved ones to the Lord. Either
way, they will be saved if you believe. God promised you that in Acts 16:31.
The Lord may tell you to not even witness to them with your words. He
may have someone else preach to them while you live a life of love and
faithfulness to Christ before them.
will want to consider doing what I did with my parents. I did not
attempt to pummel them with the Word of God by overwhelming them with Gospel
tracts and books via mail, etc. I imply trusted God to send laborers to them to
whom they would listen, laborers who would preach the Gospel to them in a
way they could understand.
did a little thing and used my faith by praying for them and thanking God
that they would not go off into Eternity without accepting Christ. I
continued to say with the words
of my mouth that my family would be saved in Jesus' Name. God in turn did a big thing, using other Gospel laborers, as well as one recording of my
preaching, to minister to them, softening their hearts to the Gospel and
ultimately allowing me to lead them to Him.
the longest time it appeared that they were Hell-bound on a greased
pole. But because I would not let go of Acts 16:31, God would not let
go of my parents.
day after seven years of silence, my father called me on the
telephone. He was in tears. I asked what his problem was and he
said to me, "I need the Lord." Then and there I led him to
Jesus Christ. My mother came sometime after. As I said, they
never grew out of the babyhood stages of Christianity and they remained
their hateful selves before needlessly dying tragic deaths, but they died Born Again
are in Heaven today anticipating the relationship Satan was determined we
would not have on Planet Earth.
in God's Word worked for me. Faith in God's Word will work for you.
is a family God, so much so, that He requires even Ministers of the Gospel to
put their families first in all things. (1 Timothy 3:1-12) This is not to
say that He allows Ministers to neglect their Ministries in favor of their
families. This is to say that Ministers must never neglect their
families in favor of their Ministries. This has happened time and time
again to even some of the most well-known Ministers and Ministries.
is so family-oriented that He has chosen to be our Father, not just our
God. And He even requires that we call Him "Father."
(Matthew 6:9) As a matter of fact, this is what life is all
about. God is surrounding Himself with a family of Believers who
choose to come to Him as a conscious act of their God-given free
wills. When the Father is satisfied that His forever family has grown
to satisfy His immense love, He will send Christ to catch
us away. (2 Thessalonians
until that day, it is up to us to put our faith on our family's salvation,
believing and trusting that He will save them as promised.
are now going to go back, moving from the
Old Covenant to the New Covenant, beginning with the Book of Genesis, to see what a family-oriented God our
Father really is. It is not possible for us to look at every example,
but we will look at enough to cause the reader to see it really is God's
will to save our family members.
so desires to save your family and the Word of God reveals that He will do
just that for anyone who will put their faith on it, believing He will do as
without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must
believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek
Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
Two: Old Covenant Examples of Family Deliverance
& His Family Were Spared
God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark for thee
have I seen righteous before Me in this generation." (Genesis 7:1)
God looked out across the Earth and discovered the true condition of His
human creation. His Divine inspection resulted in Divine
dissatisfaction. Man's wickedness was exceedingly abundant.
Man's entire concept of life was nothing but evil. Every man's desire was evil
with the exception of one righteous man named Noah.
decided to destroy the Earth and its inhabitants and to start over with
Noah. But not just with Noah - with Noah and his entire
family. God did not leave Noah's family out of His plan of redemption
and God will not leave your family out of His plan of redemption.
shall thy name anymore be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham ...
and I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee
in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and
to thy seed after thee." (Genesis 17:5-7)
God covenanted with Abraham, He did not just covenant with Abraham
alone. He covenanted with his seed, or with his offspring. That
is Abraham's family. God covenanted with Abraham and his family, and
God has covenanted with you concerning your family. He is a family-oriented God.
God is determined that not one of your family members will go off into
Eternity without accepting Christ as their Savior according to Acts
16:31. Only you must respectfully hold Him to it with your faith.
your faith, not your fear, is a huge part of this equation. Without
faith in what God has promised to do with your family, it is impossible to
please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
was His idea, not your idea, that you use your faith and accept nothing
short of their eternal salvation. It is not rude and it is not
arrogant of you to accept nothing short of their eternal salvation.
is obedience to God's command to get into faith over your family's salvation
and to stay in faith until the job is accomplished.
is simply expecting God, fully expecting God, to save your loved ones.
is your faith so important in this matter? Because man, not God, is in
authority in this Earth. God initially set it up that way with Adam
and Eve. Adam and Eve fell to Satan and lost their authority to
him. Jesus came and restored man's authority in this Earth before
returning to Heaven.
is why Jesus said to Peter on behalf of all of His disciples, "And I
will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatsoever thou
shalt bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt
loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven." (Matthew 16:19)
is also why Jesus said to His disciples, "All power is given unto Me in
Heaven and in Earth. Go ye therefore ..." (Matthew 28:18-19)
Jesus makes it clear with His command "go ye therefore" that the
power Satan stole from Adam and Eve, Jesus had personally reclaimed and was now
delegating His authority on Earth to all who believe on Him. He was
placing Believers back in a position of authority in the Earth when He said,
"Go ye therefore" and take possession of the Earth once again
through the preaching of the Gospel.
of God's decision to place man back in authority over the Earth, He will now
do nothing to override man's authority because He is an honorable
in order for God to "legally" do something in the Earth, someone
must give Him access, or permission, if you will. This is why Jesus
said that even though your Father knows exactly what you have need of in
this Earth, you must still ask Him for it before He is able to give it to you.
(Matthew 6:32; 7:7-8)
is also why the great 18th Century British Evangelist John Wesley said,
"It seems as if God can do nothing in this Earth unless someone asks
must now use their faith, asking God for their family's salvation, giving Him
access to them and then fully expecting Him to save them.
God does that is no one's business but His own. All one needs to know
is God will do it legally, He will do it honorably and He will do it without
violating their free will in any way.
is an area where one must just let God be God and trust in His infinite
in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own
understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)
was the son of Issachar. Issachar was the son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac
and great-grandson of Abraham. This would mean that Job lived at the same
time as Moses. It is believed by some scholars that Moses and Job together
wrote the Book of Job. It is also believed that Job died fifteen years
before the exodus from Egypt. Job was seventy years old when his trial of
suffering began. His suffering lasted nine months and he lived another one
hundred forty years in God's blessing beyond that. (Job 42:16)
was a trusted friend of Job's. Although he wrongly assumed Job's suffering
was a direct result of some secret sin committed by Job, Eliphaz offered
some very sound counsel regardless. Eliphaz assured Job if he would repent
for his assumed secret sin, God would be able to use Job's prayers to
deliver even those who were guilty of sin. Here is what Eliphaz told
him that is not innocent shall He deliver; yea, he shall be delivered by the
pureness of thy hands." (Job 22:30 Darby Translation)
sense of what Eliphaz is saying is the human person who gives their life to
God (in the New Testament case through Jesus) becomes God's child. Because
of the connection to God as a child, the saved individual is now able to
intercede for lost individuals, including family members, to be saved from
the deserved punishment for their sin.
prayers of the child of God will be heard and answered because of the
"pureness" of the child of God. Of course, this pureness which the
New Testament calls "righteousness" is a free gift given to all
who take Christ as their Lord and Savior. (2 Corinthians 5:17,21)
prayers of the righteous child of God will be heard and answered on behalf
of family members. (1 John 5:14-16) The Holy Spirit and the angels of God
will cause circumstances to come about which will lead to the salvation of
lost family members - all without violating their free will! (Hebrews 1:14;
sentiment expressed by Eliphaz to Job lines up perfectly with Genesis 18:26
I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city I will spare all the place
for their sake."
we study the Word of God it becomes clear that God is not looking for ways
to exclude our families from His Plan of Salvation. God is looking for ways
to include our families in Eternal Life! This sentiment is repeated
throughout the Holy Scriptures.
righteous in Christ, the innocent in Christ, the pure in Christ are
permitted, even instructed, to pray for others, family members included, as
a means of bringing God's salvation and its benefits down upon them. Through
the prayers of God's children multitudes, including family members, will be
saved from calamity here and brought to Eternal Life there!
the Apostle and half-brother of Jesus knew the power of praying for loved
ones. Most of his brothers and sisters, including himself, initially
did not believe Jesus was the Christ. But through prevailing prayer he and
his siblings became convinced that Jesus was not only their natural brother
but their Savior as well. James expressed this in his Epistle.
effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James
believer in Jesus Christ should praise God without doubt and without ceasing
for the salvation of guilty, perishing people, most especially children and
family members, for God promises to save them.
Covenanted with the Israelites & Their Offspring
call Heaven and earth to record this day against you that I have set before
you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore, choose life, that both
thou and thy seed may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)
told Israel if they would choose life by choosing obedience to Him, He
would bless them in every realm of their existence. God did not force them
into surrender or obedience to Him. He gave them free will and allowed
them to choose.
God will not force your loved ones into surrender, for
they, too, have free will. But through your prayers and the operation
of your faith, God will impress your family members for good more strongly
than Satan can influence them for evil, and they will ultimately come around
and choose life in Jesus Christ. He promises you this.
must expect Him to keep His Word to you. You must be strong and of
good courage like Joshua and say, "As for me and my house we will serve
the Lord." (Joshua 1:8; 24:15)
the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord:
only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the
house, because she hid the messengers that we sent." (Joshua 6:17)
pronounced a curse upon Jericho and its inhabitants for it was inhabited not
only with sin but with militant warriors from surrounding areas helping to
defend it against Israel. Rahab, however, was exempt from Joshua's
divine curse because she hid Israel's two spies and would not tell her King
where they were. Not only was Rahab spared, but she was promised that
her father, mother, brethren, sisters, nieces and nephews would all be spared
because of her intervention on Israel's behalf.
is just another example of God's great willingness to become involved with
to help and deliver families, not just individuals. God wants to
honor your faithfulness to Him by sparing your family eternal separation
As a matter of
fact, if you will do something, anything to help Israel in her plight today,
as Rahab did in her day, God will move on your behalf and on behalf of your family even as He did on
behalf of Rahab and her family. (Psalm 122:6-9)
will go so far as to say, if you want to get God's attention take a stand
for Israel to exist in this Earth as a sovereign free Democracy. Take
a stand for Jerusalem
to exist as Israel's Capital. His attention will turn toward you
favorably in a New York minute.
have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the
decree: the Lord hath said unto Me, Thou art My Son this day have I begotten
Thee. Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the
uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.” (Psalm 2:6-8)
this Psalm of David, we see that God has set King Jesus to reign on David's
throne forever (verse 6).
Jesus, in turn, says, "I will declare
the decree" meaning "I will declare the Gospel to the people of
the world" (verse 7).
God, in turn, promises Jesus, "Ask Me and I'll give You the heathen
(Gentiles / non-Jews) as
Your inheritance" (verse 8).
is clear in these verses that God is promising Jesus to save the souls of
multitudes in exchange for His faithfulness in coming to the Earth to preach the
has also promised you, as we will continue to see, that if you will be
faithful to serve Him in the Earth, to support the preaching of the Gospel
of Jesus Christ, to
live an uncompromising existence before Him and to unleash expectation for your family's salvation, that He will indeed ultimately
save your family members.
are just a few examples from the Old Covenant of God's willingness not only to save
families but to save multitudes of people and their families.
As we move into the New
Covenant keep in mind that the
Bible says, "But now hath He (Jesus) obtained a more excellent
Ministry, by how much also He is the Mediator of a better covenant, which
was established upon better promises." (Hebrews 8:6)
God was willing to work on behalf of entire families under the Old Covenant,
how much more willing is He today to work on behalf of entire families under
the New Covenant, a Covenant which the Bible refers to as "a better
God were to neglect your family's salvation it would not be a better
Three: New Covenant Examples of Family Salvation
Gospel Laborers to Go to Your Family
when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because
they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then
saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the
labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will
send forth labourers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38)
came both to tell of and to demonstrate God's compassion for humanity in
their misery and suffering. When God looks at your family He
is not angry with them. He is moved with compassion
for them. There is nothing He wants more than to see them come into
the Kingdom. You must understand this.
Jesus also reveals that if Christians will pray for laborers (preachers /
witnesses / soulwinners) to go into the harvest field of lost souls, He will send
them. Remember, God is limited to our giving Him access. If He
could just send laborers without man's giving Him access, He would do
so. Jesus would not have told us to pray that laborers would be sent
to the harvest field if He was unwilling and it was not necessary.
may pray for laborers not only to the harvest field of the Earth but
specifically to their own families. Jesus said, "Whatever ye
shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it to you." (John
Pray and ask the Lord to send laborers to minister the message
of salvation in Christ to your family members. He will do exactly
one time for this and then begin to praise Him daily for doing so.
That is what faith will do. It will pray one time, believing God heard
and believing that God will do as He said. From that point on, to ever
ask again would be unbelief. Once the prayer for laborers is prayed,
it is time to simply pray the prayer of thanksgiving
You, Father, for sending Gospel laborers to my family members in Jesus'
Name. I can worry or I can trust You to do it. I choose to trust
You are doing it."
into whatever house ye enter, first say, peace be to this house. And if the
son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn
to you again." (Luke 10:5-6)
Jesus had just appointed thirty-five teams of two to go out ahead of Him,
announcing that He was coming behind them. He also commissioned them
to preach the Gospel as they went. He instructed them to stay in the
homes of those who invited them in.
entering those homes they were to say, "Peace be to this
house." They were not to decree a blessing solely over the
individual who had invited them in, but rather they were to decree a
blessing upon that individual's entire house, or their family. Here
again, we have further evidence of Christ's compassion for families.
It was not His desire to simply bless the one who had invited His disciples
in, but to bless their families as well.
God saved you, His desire was not to stop with you. God saved you to
gain access to your family.
Now He looks to you to grant Him that
access with your faith.
nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man
believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And
as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy
son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And
they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the
father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him,
Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.” (John 4:49-53)
nobleman with a deathly ill child approached Jesus for healing. Jesus did
not even pray. He merely prophesied and made a promise. He told
the man to go his way and that his child would be healed by the time he
was such an astounding miracle of God that the end result was the nobleman's
"whole house" became Believers. This is what signs, wonders
and miracles are all about. God uses them first to glorify Himself,
second to confirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ and third to demonstrate His
compassion on lost, suffering humanity.
once said, "Miracles are the dinner bell to salvation."
Never discount God performing the miraculous to turn your family's attention
to the Gospel. He has done so untold millions of times over the course
of human history and throughout the Bible.
once said to me, "Miracles are all over." I responded,
"You're right. Miracles are all over. They are all over the
Earth but you don't see them because you don't believe in them and God is
honoring your unbelief and your free will."
nobleman's family was not saved simply because he believed. God saves
no one on the faith of others. This nobleman's family was saved
because God moved in such a way that they could not help but to believe for
themselves. God will move in such a way that your family will not be
able to help but to believe for themselves.
as Jesus prophesied and made a promise to this nobleman concerning his son,
He has prophesied and made a promise to you concerning your family. We
will read that prophecy and promise below.
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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to
all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts
find Peter preaching on the Day of Pentecost. Visitors to Jerusalem
from sixteen different nations came running from every direction when an
explosion from Heaven came as a rushing mighty wind filling the Upper Room
where the 120 were gathered, including Jesus' Mother, Mary.
stood up and preached in his native Hebrew tongue to those who came running, yet supernaturally he was
understood by the non-Hebrew speaking visitors from those sixteen different
nations. If that is not supernatural, what is supernatural? God
is a God of the supernatural.
decreed to those men and women of multiple nations that the promise of the
New Birth and the Baptism with the Holy Spirit was not only for them, but
for their children and their children's children, however far off those
generations may be.
was a prophecy and a promise being made not only to them, but to you as
well, dear reader. God is most interested in saving your family if you
will only allow Him to do so.
Peter also said that the promise was for "as many as the Lord our God
takes us right back to our opening comments on "predestination." We
saw there that God "foreknew" who would accept His plan of
salvation. Those whom He foreknew would accept His salvation, He
"predestined" to be conformed to the image of His Son. Those
whom He predestined, He called.
foreknew from Eternity past you were going to use your faith for your
foreknew you were going to give Him access to soften their hearts to the
message of Christ, asking Him to send laborers to them.
foreknew as a result they would open their hearts to the message of Christ,
predestined them and called them.
the promise was for "as many as the Lord our God shall
include your family members because you are using your faith
the morrow after they entered into
Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and
near friends. … While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on
all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed
were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles
also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak
with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid
water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost
as well as we?” (Acts , 44-47)
Roman Centurion, Cornelius of Caesarea, was a devout man. He was a man
who had no doubt brought up his family, his soldiers and his servants to fear
God. He had a vision of an angel who came to tell him where he could
find Peter, who would come and preach the Gospel to his household.
Cornelius, in turn, sent three men to locate Peter who returned to
Cornelius' house with them.
Peter arrived he found Cornelius gathered together with all of his kinsmen
(family) and many close friends. Peter preached the Gospel to them and
Cornelius' entire household was saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and water
know this to be true because Peter later testified in Jerusalem to the truth
of this fact. Peter also said in Jerusalem that an angel had
prophesied to Cornelius that this would occur when Peter preached.
shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto
him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who
shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. And as
I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.”
It happened for Cornelius and his entire household even as the angel
prophesied and as Peter later testified in Jerusalem - his entire household
reader, you do not need an angel to come to you and tell you that your
household will be saved. You have a promise which is greater than the
word of any angel and it is found in Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira,
which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she
attended unto the things that were spoken of Paul. And
when she (Lydia) was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have
judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there.
And she constrained us.” (Acts
apparently got her name from Lydia, a province in Asia Minor, where she
lived. The Lydian women were famous for the manufacture of beautiful
purple dyes made from shellfish. She, along with her household, were
worshippers of God who heard Paul preach the message of Jesus Christ.
The Lord opened their hearts and Lydia's entire household received salvation
will see to it that your family members, like Lydia and her family members, have ample opportunity to hear the
Gospel preached or witnessed to them. He will use that to open their
hearts to the message of Christ even as He did Lydia and her household.
is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11) What He did for
Lydia and her household, He will do for you and your household, if only you
This is written in
the Bible to encourage you to believe.
God did not want His children to have hope for their families to be saved,
He would not have included so much hopeful information in the Bible. (2
he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down
before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do
to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt
be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and
to all that were in his house.And
he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was
baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his
house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his
house.” (Acts 16:29-34)
we find Paul and Silas imprisoned in Philippi for preaching the
Gospel. At midnight they were praying and singing
praises to God when suddenly a great earthquake struck, opening all the
prison doors. The keeper of the prison panicked because he was under a
death penalty if any of his prisoners escaped. He was just getting
ready to take his own life when Paul shouted, "Do thyself no harm! We
are all here!"
Philippian jail keeper sprang into the prison trembling, falling
Paul and Silas, asking what he could do that might save his life. He
realized that Paul and Silas were responsible for the miracle
of the chain-busting earthquake. Paul took complete advantage of the
opportunity to preach the Gospel to this frightened man, telling him,
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy
not have told this man that God desired to save his entire household if it
were not true. Of course, as I said earlier, God saves no one on the
faith of others. Everyone in the house must do their own believing,
meeting the same terms everyone else must meet in order to be saved.
Everyone must say, "Jesus, You're my choice" or something similar
in order to be saved. (John 3:3-5; Romans 10:13)
will cause that to happen within your family, reader, even as He caused it
to happen in the lives of the Philippian jailer's family, if only you will
continue to believe.
I explained back in Chapter One, this verse of Scripture - Acts 16:31,
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy
house" is the very verse I stood on for over seven years which resulted
in both of my parents being in Heaven today. It worked for me. It will
work for you if you will stand on it like I stood on it, refusing
to take "No" for an answer. I have stood on this for other family
members and they have been saved. I continue to stand on it for
additional family members who will be saved.
endeavor to say that Acts 16:31 is without doubt one of the most used verses
of Scripture by soulwinners around the
world. No doubt, multiple millions have been saved over the centuries
as a result of their family members standing on this verse for them.
Holy Spirit did not let them down, because they believed. The Holy
Spirit will not let you down, because you believe as well.
Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his
house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.”
came time for the Apostle Paul to leave behind his tent-making friends,
Aquila and Priscilla, Believers he had met in Corinth. He went and
lodged with a man named Justus whose home was next door to the
Synagogue. The chief ruler of that Synagogue was a man named Crispus
who himself had become a Believer in Jesus Christ. As a result, all of
Crispus' family also became Believers in Jesus Christ.
This must have been deeply
the Jews to have their chief synagogue ruler and his entire family convert to Christ.The chief ruler was the overseer of all assembly meetings, the chief
interpreter of the law,
decided for the Jewish people what was lawful and unlawful, determined the
punishment and even execution of rebels, conducted all marriages and issued
divorce decrees. For a chief synagogue
ruler to be converted to Christ, along with his entire household, was a
major event impacting the entire community over which he presided.
God knows how to get the job
done in your family, too. As with Crispus, He saw to it that you were
converted in order that He might use you to bring about the conversion of
your household, if only through your prayers. The Holy Spirit is the
greatest of all Soulwinners and He knows just what it will take to turn your
household to Christ. He will do it, if you will continue to grant Him
access through your faith.
is interesting to note that upon his conversion Crispus was forced to leave
the Synagogue as their chief leader. He was succeeded as chief
synagogue ruler by a man named Sosthenes. (Acts 18:17) Sosthenes
himself later became a convert to Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:1)
Holy Spirit sure knows how to keep the ball rolling, doesn't He? No
doubt, both of these men became great Pastors
of powerful local
your faith out there. Continue to decree and thank God daily, "As for me and
my house, we will serve the Lord Jesus Christ."
“Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my
fellow prisoners, who are
of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.” (Romans
a male, and Junia, most likely a female, were Paul's
"kinsmen." The Greek word for kinsmen here is a reference to
a direct blood relative. Andronicus and Junia could possibly have been
Paul's siblings but were most likely his first cousins.
people do not think about Paul's family being saved. They make the
mistake of seeing him as a spiritual Lone Ranger. But he had family
like everyone else has family. And we can be sure Paul knew how to use
his faith to bring his family into the Kingdom of God.
a matter of fact, we see here in Romans 16:7 that Andronicus and Junia were
in Christ before Paul. This means they were converted before Paul was
converted. It would not be a stretch of the imagination at all to
believe that these two of Paul's kinsmen were instrumental in praying him
into the Kingdom of God.
and Junia's faith worked for their family members in a huge way, resulting
in the conversion of the Hitler of their times, Saul of Tarsus, later known
as Paul the Apostle. No one is too difficult for the Lord.
faith will work for the conversion of your family members as well, no matter
how resistant and stubborn they may appear to you. Keep believing like
Andronicus and Junia kept believing, and God will move in astounding ways
you have not imagined. (Ephesians 3:20)
“Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus'
household.” (Romans 16:10)
much is known about Aristobulus except for the fact that Paul had great
respect for him and his household and paid tribute to them in his Epistle to
the Romans. Of course, because of Paul's salutation to them, we can
know of a surety that they were a family serving Christ
saved Aristobulus' household and God will save your household. He is a
“Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of
Narcissus, which are in the Lord.” (Romans 16:11)
was another direct blood relative of the Apostle Paul. He said so. Nothing much is
known about Herodion other than he was a Christian, he was a direct blood
relative of Paul and Paul had respect for him.
we have further evidence of more of Paul's family being Born Again. We
can be sure of this one thing, either Paul prayed and trusted God for
Herodion's conversion, or Herodion prayed and trusted God for Paul's
way, here we have further evidence of God honoring one family member's faith
being released on behalf of another family member.
also in this same verse, Paul makes reference to "the household of
Narcissus, which are in the Lord." Another individual greatly
respected by the Apostle Paul whose entire household was serving Jesus, the
“Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.” (Romans
another Born-Again Christian who was close to Paul. Rufus' mother was
also a convert to Jesus Christ and was so close to Paul, acting as a mother
to him, that Paul even referred to her as his "mother."
believe that Rufus is the son of Simon the Cyrenian. The same Simon
who was forced by the Romans to carry Jesus' cross when Jesus could not
carry it any further. (Mark 15:21) No doubt, Simon became a convert to
Christ right along with his wife and son. Obviously, another family
serving the Lord together.
is an interesting thought. Simon the Cyrenian was from Cyrene which
was the capital of Libya in North Africa. North African Libyans are
very dark-skinned people. This means that Simon was a
"black" man. This means it is highly likely that Paul
referred to a "black" woman as his "mother."
is something racist "Christians" who believe that
"blacks" are not as good as "whites," or vice-versa,
need to ponder. They would never find an ally in the Apostle Paul, nor
will they find one in the writer of this book.
builds walls of prejudice
on foundations of fear. Almighty God turns around and uses men like
the Apostle Paul to come along and knock them right down.
and Christian Ministers who do not believe that God's dark-skinned children
should fellowship, worship together or even marry and have children with
God's light-skinned children (or vice-versa), should be utterly ashamed of
themselves. Adam is our father. (Romans 5:17) Eve is our mother.
(Genesis 3:20) We are all made of one blood and one flesh. (Acts 17:26; 1
there may be many cultures, there is only one race of man. Christians
must never refer to "the races." The Bible reveals there is
one race - God's great human race.
“Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and
all the saints which are with them.” (Romans 16:15)
mention is made of a man named Nereus and his Born-Again sister to whom Paul
sent special acknowledgment. More Biblical evidence of God working in families.
interesting side note here. At least seven women are named here in the
16th chapter of Romans. All of them were Christians who worked in the Ministry
of Helps, were Deaconesses, Teachers
or Prophetesses who
"labor in the Lord." (Romans 16:12) This means that they labored
in the Ministry of the Word.
many Prophetesses in the Early Church. In the Old Testament there is
reference to at least six Prophetesses and reference is made to two more in
wrong to teach that "women should not speak in Church." That
is not what Paul taught nor did he condone that type of thinking. If
it is wrong for a woman to stand up and speak before a congregation, why did
God anoint all four of Philip's daughters to continually stand up in public
congregations and prophesy openly, having it recorded in the Bible as an
example for all? (Acts 21:9; 2 Timothy 3:16)
The answer is
apparent. God does indeed anoint women to
preach, teach and prophesy even as He does men, regardless of what men like
Pastor John MacArthur wrongly teach or how severely they ridicule.
matter of fact, God is going to be doing a whole lot more calling and
anointing women Ministers in the Last
Days. (Joel 2:28-29)
“Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my
kinsmen, salute you.” (Romans 16:21)
again we have further evidence of more of Paul's "kinsmen" or
direct blood relatives being Born Again.
had two blood relatives named Lucius or "Luke." One was a
Prophet and Teacher who was with Paul at Antioch. (Acts 13:1) The
other Luke is "Dr. Luke," the writer of the Gospel of Luke and the
Book of Acts. (Luke
1:1-3; Acts 1:1)
Luke was not only Paul's "kinsman" but he was also Paul's most
trusted confidante and chronicler. Luke was a medical physician. The
Apostle Paul referred to him as one. (Colossians 4:14) Paul would know because Dr. Luke
was either Paul's first cousin or his flesh and blood brother.
because they both demonstrated the same intellectual prowess, I believe Luke
the physician and the Apostle Paul were brothers sharing the same parentage.
and Sosipater are also listed here as Paul's direct blood relatives.
Not much is known about these two faithful men other than they worked very
closely with Paul somehow and they were his direct blood relatives.
Jason may be the same Jason mentioned in Acts 17:5, 7. Sosipater may
be the same man mentioned in Acts 20:4.
blood sister and his nephew, who saved Paul's life when the Jews had plotted
to kill him, are also mentioned in Acts 23:16.
let's review the list of Paul's Born Again
relatives mentioned in the New Testament; Paul's sister, his nephew, his
cousins (and possibly a brother or two) named Andronicus, Junia, Herodion,
Lucius, Jason, Sosipater and Dr. Luke.
is a total of nine of Paul's immediate family members whom God saved. And
these are just the ones Paul and Luke mentioned in their writings. We
can be sure there were more. Some of them prayed Paul into the Kingdom
and, no doubt, Paul prayed some of them into the Kingdom.
these things are written in the Bible for your exhortation, edification and
comfort. They are hidden to those who do not care to see them, but
they are revealed to you because you believe. You can pray your family members into the Kingdom, even as
many New Testament saints prayed their families into the Kingdom.
up your mind that you will stand in faith as they stood in faith, fully
expecting God to do as He promised in Acts 16:31.
beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the
firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the
ministry of the saints,)” (1 Corinthians 16:15)
is a reference to the same "household of Stephanas" Paul mentioned
as having baptized in water. (1 Corinthians 1:16)
Quite obviously, during Paul's missionary journey through Achaia in Greece,
Stephanas and his family were the first ones there converted to Christianity
by the Apostle Paul. This is why he refers to Stephanas' household as
was an easy thing for the Holy Spirit to convert Stephanas' entire
household. It is an easy thing for Him to convert your family as well,
as long as you will continue to give Him access with your faith, not your fears.
and his family were addicted to the Ministry of the saints. To be addicted
to Ministry is to be determined to minister to the Body of Christ.
Anything a Believer does on behalf of the Body of Christ is done unto the
Lord and the Lord will repay. (Matthew 25:34-46)
who becomes addicted to serving the Body of Christ finds tremendous favor
with Almighty God. (Psalm 5:11-12) When we put Christ's Body first,
God will put our needs first. Possibly the most effective thing one
can do towards seeing their family members come into the Kingdom, besides
prayer, is to become addicted to service
to Christ's Body.
is why Jesus said if we seek first the Kingdom of God, everything we have
need of, including family salvation, will chase us down. (Matthew
Jesus did also strongly emphasize the importance of refusing to worry concerning
whatever we have need of - including family salvation. (Matthew 6:34; Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7)
“This thou knowest, that all they which are in
be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord give
mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my
chain:” (2 Timothy
Paul was imprisoned in Rome the Christians there abandoned him because they
were ashamed of his imprisonment. That is what baby Christians do when
the devil persecutes their leadership for
standing tall and strong. In their lack of knowledge of Scripture,
they wrongly believe that God is punishing their leaders for secret
wrong-doing when, in fact, Satan is persecuting them for living uprightly
and seeking God's will.
is what happened to Paul in Rome. The Church there forsook him in
Paul's entire life was one of suffering and labor for
Jesus Christ. Paul rightfully named the names of those who hurt and deserted him
in his humiliation. Possibly all Christians who abandon God-ordained
leadership during times of great suffering and persecution should have their
names named publicly as well.
Paul found one Asian Christian in Rome who would not forsake him. His
name was Onesiphorus.
Paul pronounced a special blessing on the entire household of
Onesiphorus for sticking with him in his humiliation and rejection.There
are special blessings for all who stand with a Minister who is being
persecuted for preaching the strong Word.
your Pastor when he endures hardship for preaching God's Word to an evil
generation. There will be a special
blessing that will come upon both you and your family for doing so.
to your God-ordained leadership is a powerful way to open the door for the
Holy Spirit to personally minister to and save your family.
Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but
is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that
all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
stated all the way back in Chapter One, God
is so determined to honor your faith and to save your household, that He is
actually tolerating His enemies and delaying His
judgment on all the rebels of this Earth until
everyone who can be saved will be saved. (Hebrews 12:2-28; 2 Peter 3:9;
God is not
willing to see any of your family members perish. It is God's perfect
will that all of your family members should come to repentance,
confessing Christ as the Lord of their lives. I have given you no less
than thirty Biblical examples testifying to this fact. I have also shared
with you some powerful testimonies to prove to you that God will
cause His Word to come to pass if you will stand firm on His promise to save
has free will and he can choose not only his eternal destiny but he can choose
what he will do with his life here on this Earth. There are well over
4,000 times in Scripture where it is made clear that individuals are free to
choose both their own earthly and eternal destinies. God is a moral
free Agent and He has created all men and women in His image and in His
likeness. (Genesis 1:26) Therefore, man is also a free moral agent.
are two powers in the universe. Man is a neutral power who connects to
one or the other. He has the absolute God-given right to choose
which of the two he will serve.
we can make faith declarations over
our families concerning their salvation as Joshua did over his household and
God will honor it. Without violating their free will, God will cause
Gospel laborers to cross their pathways time after time after time.
You may never see it happen and you may not hear of it happening, but
through your prayers it is happening. We are to walk by faith, not
by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) God will send specific laborers who
will preach the Gospel to them in ways in which they will understand it and
receive it. He will even speak to them by His Spirit. (John 10:1-5)
is important to understand that we must resist the desire to try and be the
Holy Spirit to our unsaved family members. Constant preaching and thumping them with
Scriptures will only serve to turn them away from Christ. Hold your
peace and do not speak unless and until the Lord specifically tells you to
do so. The Bible says to be quick to hear and slow to speak. (James
1:19) Know He is answering your prayers. They are hearing the
Gospel in ways you know nothing of and the supernatural Gospel is opening their hearts
even as it opened Lydia's heart.
family members, no matter how hard-core and unbelieving, like my family
members and even like Saul of Tarsus, will not go off into Eternity before accepting Christ as their
our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In
whom the god [small "g"] of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God,
should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
Apostle Paul referred to Satan as the "god of this world" (small
"g"). Jesus called him the "prince of this world."
(John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) Paul said if our loved ones are not seeing the
light of the Gospel, it is because the god of this world is blinding their
minds to it. Therefore, something must be done about Satan blinding
the minds of our loved ones to the Gospel.
we saw in Chapter Two, we are the ones in authority in the Earth. Therefore,
as Believers we must not ask God to do something about the devil. God
has done everything He is going to do about the devil, and He has given us authority
over him. Therefore, we must use our authority and tell the devil,
"In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command you to take the Gospel
blinders off of the eyes of my loved one." We must do this in
faith and we must do it fully expecting the devil to obey when we
is not afraid of us, but certainly he is afraid of the Greater One Who lives
within us. (1 John 4:4)
When the faith command is given to loose our loved
ones, he knows he must obey us or retribution will come from God. He
would rather obey the Believer than face further retribution from Almighty
God. (Matthew 8:5-10)
yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he’ll flee from you.”
James, the half-brother of Jesus, assures us if we will submit ourselves to
the will of God for our lives, walking in love and asking forgiveness
when we are wrong, Satan will have no choice but to flee
when we resist him. You may well be surprised to discover what begins
to happen in your loved ones' lives once you have finally told those
blinding spirits to back off in Jesus' Strong Name.
perchance, once you have prayed, things appear to get worse before they get
better, do not be moved. That is Biblical as well. It happened
in Jesus' Ministry. (Mark 9:11-29) It just may happen with you, but
rest assured, it is only because Satan is stirred up and he knows, like it
or not, he must go from your loved ones. Kick and scream and complain
as he may, he knows he has to go when you tell him to go. (Mark
tell him to go from your loved ones lives over and over and over. When
you do that, he knows you do not believe his grip was broken
when you first gave the command. Tell him one time only and then remind him
as often as you feel it is necessary, "Satan, I told you once and I am
not going to tell you again. I call my loved ones free of your
dominance, in Jesus' Strong Name."
then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall
they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear
without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is
written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace,
and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15)
stated that we could pray for Gospel laborers to go to our loved ones.
(Matthew 9:37-38) Paul said the very same thing here in this Letter to
the Romans. He said it is not possible for one to believe what they have not
heard. He also said it is impossible to hear unless someone comes to
preach. And then he said someone will not go to preach to the lost
unless someone sends them.
you ready to pray?
Are you ready to command the devil to take the
blinders off the spiritual eyes of your loved ones?
Are you ready to
ask God to send preaching laborers to your family members in order that they
may hear and receive?
you ready to conquer this giant
in your life, bringing it to its knees?
in the Name of Jesus, I command you to loose my family (call their names if
you like). Take the
Gospel blinders off of their eyes and stop hindering their ability to
believe in Jesus Christ. Stop lying to them about Jesus. Stop
harassing them in every realm of their existence. I tell you this one
time and one time only. Loose them and let them go.
I ask You to send Gospel laborers to my loved ones, whether it be through
live contact, television, radio, the printed word, the Internet or any other
way You see fit. Jesus said if I asked for laborers that You would
send them, so I ask You to do that now in His Strong Name.
claim my family members salvation according to Acts 16:31. I believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ, therefore, I am saved, I have authority and I
decree that my family will come to the same salvation experience.
for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, in Jesus' Strong Name."
is just that simple.
stand strong in the faith that came into your heart supernaturally as you
read this book based upon the powerful Word of God.
your faith begins to waiver, come back and refresh your faith by reading
"Chapter Three: New Covenant Examples of Family Salvation"
again. The Word of God will keep you stirred up and well able to
believe. (Romans 10:17)
many years I have prayed the Apostle Paul's "Ephesians
and Colossians Prayers" over my family. These are powerful prayers
prayed by the Apostle Paul over all the Churches and are very
your family members begin to come into the Kingdom of God, please contact us
and share your testimonies. Possibly we will include them in this book to
encourage others in their faith stand.
you would like us to agree
with you in prayer concerning the salvation of your loved ones, please
contact us through the JHM Contact page on this website.
blessed as you continue to boldly decree by faith, "As for me and my
house, we will serve the Lord!"
is some confusion as to whether or not water baptism saves one's soul.
In some places in Scripture it appears that water baptism is necessary for
one to be saved. In other places it is clear that water baptism is not
necessary to the saving of one's soul. For example, Jesus said to the
thief on the cross who received His Lordship, "Verily I say unto thee,
today thou shalt be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43) That man
was not water baptized, yet Jesus said he would be in Heaven with Him.
This confusion is easily
cleared up when one realizes that there are actually seven baptisms
mentioned in the Bible, not just one. When one wrongly believes there
is only one baptism referred to in the Bible, it can tend towards tremendous
leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto
perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works,
and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of
hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."
the Apostle Paul stresses the importance of going on to maturity and not
remaining in the babyhood stages of Christianity. He said we do this
by becoming established in what many refer to as the
"Foundational Doctrines of Christ" listed in the above
are the plural "baptisms" to which Paul refers here? Once
one understands what they are, the door will close to the confusion of
"Does water baptism save or does it not save?"
we must consider the definition of the Greek word "baptism."
The Greek word is "baptizo." It means "to overwhelm, to
bury, to dip or immerse regardless of the element used."
element of water
is not always necessary for a baptism. For example, a letter can be
immersed or baptized into an envelope. An individual can be
overwhelmed by, immersed or baptized in suffering or even joy. So we
must not limit ourselves as to our understanding of the word
As we will see from the Word of God, baptism does
not always and only refer to water baptism.
is vitally important that the student of God's Word always understand the
context in which "baptism" is being used when they come across the
in their study. It is vital that the reader understand which of the
seven baptisms is being referred to as they are reading the Scriptures.
will list the seven baptisms of Scripture below with ample Scriptural
evidence so that you may look up the verses at your convenience.
the Baptist baptized in water unto repentance.
those days came John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and
saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. ...Then went out to
him Jerusalem, and all Judea and all the region round about Jordan, and were
baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins." (Matthew
an individual submitted to John's baptism, they were repenting for a
lifestyle of sin. (Matthew 3:1-6; Mark 1:1-5; Luke 3:2-4; 7:29-30; John
1:31-33; 3:23-26; 10:40; Acts 1:5; 11:16; 19:3)
submitted to John's baptism, but not to repent for a lifestyle of sin, of
course. He was sinless. He said He did it to set an example to
all other human beings of the importance of obeying God and fulfilling His
plan and purpose for their lives. (Matthew 3:13-17)
oversaw His disciples as they baptized those who came to Him for salvation.
these things came Jesus and His disciples into the land of Judea; and there
He tarried with them, and baptized." (John 3:22)
too, was a baptism where individuals were repenting for a lifestyle of sin.
(John 3:22; 4:1)
The Old Covenant and the New Covenant overlapped during the
time of both John the Baptist's and Jesus' Ministries and Jesus oversaw His
disciples baptizing individuals for the same reasons John
baptized. However, later under the New Covenant, as we will see, the
practice of water baptism had a change of purpose.
made it clear to Nicodemus, "Verily, verily, I saw unto thee, except a
man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
He did not say, "Except a man be water baptized he cannot see the
kingdom of God."
Jesus literally meant there must be a
transformation from God by
acceptance of Christ in order to both gain access
to and understand the Kingdom of Heaven and all its realities. This
transformation occurs only at the New Birth and not at water
baptism is now a symbol of what occurs at the New Birth, as we will see.
baptism of suffering for the sin of
said to His disciples, "But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and
how I am straitened till it be accomplished." (Luke 12:50)
Jesus refers to fulfilling the many prophecies of His needing to be immersed in
suffering in order to save fallen humanity.
The very first prophecy of the Bible refers to Christ's
coming immersion in suffering and His struggles with Satan on behalf of humanity. (Genesis
chapters of the Bible are devoted to Christ being immersed in suffering for
humanity. (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53; Exodus 12, etc.)
individual passages speak of Christ being immersed in suffering. (Isaiah
50:4-7; 52:14; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 13:6-7)
sacrifice and offering, beginning with Abel, through Moses and all the
Prophets, ending with His own death on the cross, spoke of His
being immersed in suffering in order to redeem fallen humanity and to be
restored to His former Glory. (Luke 24:25-37; Acts 3:18; 1 Peter 3:18)
baptism in the cloud, the fire and the Red Sea.
brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers
were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized
unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;" (1 Corinthians 10:1-2)
baptisms refer to when the Israelites were completely overwhelmed by and
immersed in the Divine Presence of the Most High God as they traveled
through the wilderness under the cloud by day, the fire by night and through the
parted Red Sea. (Exodus chapters 13-14; 1 Corinthians
into Jesus Christ and into His Body.
by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or
Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink into
one Spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:13)
is the only one of the seven baptisms that saves a human being from the
penalty and punishment of their sins.
the time of the New Birth, or when one is Born
Again, they are baptized or immersed into the Body of Christ. This
is not a reference to water baptism.
Remember, the Greek word
means "to overwhelm, to bury, to dip or immerse regardless of the
"element" the Christian is immersed into at the time of the New
Birth is Christ's Body, not water. (Romans 6:3-7; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27)
Earlier we used the illustration of a letter being immersed or baptized into
an envelope. In the same way a Believer is immersed or baptized into
the Body of Christ the moment they are Born Again.
is baptized into the Body of Christ, not through immersion in water, but by
accepting the sacrificial death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for
When one confesses with the mouth and believes with the
heart that God rose Jesus from the dead, they are saved from the penalty and
punishment of their sins and baptized into Christ's Body. (Romans
it is clear, baptism into the Body, not baptism in water, is the only one of
seven baptisms that saves.
Christian's water baptism.
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit;" (Matthew 28:19)
the Christian, water
baptism is an outward expression of
something that has occurred inwardly - specifically the New
The Christian is identifying
with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ when submitting to water
baptism by immersion. The Christian goes down into a watery grave,
identifying with Christ's death and burial for them. The Christian
comes up out of a watery grave, identifying with Christ's raising for them
unto newness of life.
baptizing babies is not Scriptural for two reasons. First, baptism
means to immerse, not to sprinkle. Christ was not sprinkled in death
and suffering for
us. He was wholly immersed in death and suffering for us. Second, babies do
not yet possess the mental capacity to understand what water baptism
symbolizes. Therefore, according to the Bible, it is impractical to
baptism does not save, it is simply a figure of that which does save -
acceptance of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus
once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was
a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the
putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience
towards God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter
are confused by this verse. It appears to be saying, "Water
baptism doth also now save us." However, upon closer examination,
it is clear that water baptism does not save.
It was not the water
that saved Noah's family. It was the ark that saved them from drowning
in the water. So, too, water baptism does not save the soul, but faith
in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ - that which water
baptism symbolizes - saves the soul. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Colossians
mere figure, or symbol, has no power to save. Only that which it
symbolizes has power to save.
he realized that some might trust in water baptism to save them, Peter makes
it very clear that
baptism does not save one from the filth or the moral depravity of the
flesh. He makes it very clear that only a good conscience towards God,
because one has been made clean by faith in the resurrection of Jesus,
results in salvation.
Peter uses Noah and his family as an illustration
to make the following point.
as the waters of the flood could not have saved Noah and his family had they
not made use of an ark, so, too, the water of baptism cannot save the soul of
anyone who does not make use of faith in the Blood of Jesus.
in the Blood of Jesus is to the Christian what the ark was to Noah.
Apostle Paul was fully saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and only later
water baptized as a symbol, or a figure, of his New Birth experience. (Acts
Paul makes it perfectly clear in his Epistles that the
sinner is justified by faith in the Blood of Jesus and faith in the Blood of
Jesus alone, not by water baptism. (Romans 3:24-25; 5:1; Ephesians 1:7)
are many examples of Christians being water baptized in the Scripture, none
of them indicating that salvation occurs at that time. Water baptism
occurs only after salvation in Christ. (Matthew 18:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38-41;
8:12-16, 36-38; 9:18; 10:47-48; 16:15, 33; 18:8; 19:5; 22:16; 1 Corinthians
1:13-17; 1 Peter 3:21)
Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
the Baptist said, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but
He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not
worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with
fire:" (Matthew 3:11)
is a baptizing with empowerment for service. This is why Jesus told
His disciples, "You shall receive power when the Holy Ghost has come
upon you." (Acts 1:8)
Baptism with the Holy Spirit is an experience that can only come after the
New Birth, because the Holy Spirit will not go where the Blood of Jesus has
not cleansed. (Matthew 3:11, 14; 20:22-23; Mark 1:8; 10:38-39; Luke 3:16;
John 1:33; 7:37-39; Acts 1:5; 8:14-17; 10:44-48; 11:16; 19:2-3)
after Cornelius' household received the word of salvation, were Born Again
and baptized with the Holy Spirit, did Peter say the following, "Can any
man forbid water, that these should not be baptized which have received the
Holy Ghost as well as we?" (Acts 10:47)
is a clear indication that water baptism does not save.
household was already saved and Spirit-filled when Peter stood up and said,
"It's time for a water baptism service so they can identify outwardly
with that which has already occurred inwardly."
of the Seven
Baptisms Are for Believers
Baptism into the Body of Christ at the New Birth. Paul called it
"one baptism" because it is the only baptism that saves and
immerses one into the Body of Christ. (Ephesians
who experience salvation in Christ experience this baptism.
Holy Spirit baptizes individuals into Christ's Body. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit, an endowment with power for service. (Acts
This can only occur after one is Born Again. However, it
can take place before, during or after water baptism. (Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-11;
8:12-21; 10:44-48; 19:1-7)
baptizes the individual with the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:11; John 1:31-33)
Water Baptism which can only come after one is saved, as we have clearly
Gospel Minister baptizes the Christian into water. (Matthew 28:19)