Into His Marvelous Light

In Preparation

The following Bible study was prepared to explain the plan of salvation in a

simple, one-lesson condensed form with a teacher to guide discussion, or by self-study. If

desired, it can be divided into two parts by taking a short break between each of two 30-

minute sessions. A recommended place for a break is after the section on “Into the

Gospels”.

Each participating student should have a copy of the study along with a Bible

(preferably the King James Version) and a pen or pencil. As each scripture is read, the

student is asked to become involved, sometimes by completing a “fill-in-the-blank”, or

responding to a question. Additional comments and supplementary scripture references

(designated throughout the text by numerals in parenthesis) are provided on page 11 for

further in-depth study at a later time.

May we also suggest that all participants take a moment to ask the Lord’s help in

understanding His Word, as King David once did when he prayed, “Open thou mine

eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” May God bless you as we travel

together, “into His marvelous light…”

The Authors

“…that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness

into His marvelous light…”

 

 

Introduction

(I Peter 2:9)

When walking out of a dark room into the sunshine, light can be

blinding. As our eyes become accustomed to the light, we can see more

clearly and enjoy the scenery that surrounds us. Likewise, when we

look into the light of the scriptures, the brightness of truth can

sometimes hurt. However, as our spiritual eyesight becomes adjusted

we can enjoy “walking in the light.”

This Bible study is designed to allow us to “walk” into the

marvelous light of the Word of God. We will be journeying into the scriptures by

imagining we are back in the days of Jesus and the Apostles, listening to them teach and

preach the plan of salvation. In order to do this, we will be careful to “rightly divide the

word of the truth” (

 

II Timothy 2:15) by concentrating on the highlights of the three mainII). Therefore, every effort has been made to present the pure Word of GodDeuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:5,6). II Timothy 3:15, 16 as we begin our journey into the Word of God…

John 1:1-4

 

In the beginning, the ____________________was God and became flesh.

Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God.

& 14

John 1:11-13

If we believe in Him and receive Him, Jesus gives us power to become the sons of

____________ by a supernatural birth. He spoke further about this new birth one night to

a ruler of the Jews…

John 3:1-8

The Lord told Nicodemus that everyone who wanted to see or enter into the Kingdom of

God must be born

 

John 3:16-21

again of ______________________ and the ____________________.

Jesus also told Nicodemus that whosoever ______________________________ in Him

should have eternal life. Jesus mentioned two seemingly different requirements for

salvation. One is being born again, the other is believing. Yet this is not a contradiction.

The next scripture explains how believing is related to experiencing the birth of the

Spirit…

John 7:38, 39

Here we discover that if we believe on Him (

______________________________. We find that scriptural belief is more than just a

change in the way we think. It also results in a scriptural experience.

 

John 12:35, 36, 42, 43

according to the Word), we will receive the

Today, just as in Jesus’ day, many believe on Him. But, they will not

____________________ Him for fear of what others will do or say.

John 12:44-48

In response to their fearfulness, Jesus warns that His _________________________ will

judge us, so we must be careful not to reject it. Rather, we should believe and obey

it…no matter what others say or do.

John 17:17-20

In Jesus’ prayer for His disciples, just before His crucifixion, He said God’s Word is

__________________. He also prayed for us, and for all those who would believe on

Him

 

To find out what the Apostles’ word was to be, let us read what Jesus told them to

proclaim. The setting of the following great commission scripture in

just after the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection…and just before His ascension into

heaven.

 

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to

rise from the dead the third day: And that

preached

of these things

in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high

DID THE APOSTLES PREACH THE MESSAGE

JESUS COMMANDED THEM TO PROCLAIM?

HOW WAS THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER FULFILLED?

 

Let us continue our journey into the Word of God by seeing what was preached and what

happened at Jerusalem…

through the Apostles’ word. Luke 24:45-49 is Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,repentance and remission of sins should bein His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye.”

Into the Acts of the Apostles

Acts 1:3-5

As we enter the Book of Acts, we discover almost immediately that the promise of the

Father is the baptism of the ____________________ ______________________.

Acts 2:1-17

When the Apostles were at Jerusalem, they - along with many others - were joyously

filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other __________________________

as the Spirit gave the utterance (ability to speak). The amazed onlookers from many

nations who heard them speaking in tongues asked, “What meaneth this?” Then Peter

explained the promised coming of the Spirit ant went on to preach Christ and

apostolic plan of salvation

 

Acts 2:36-39

the original.

When the people who heard Peter’s words believed that Jesus Christ was their Lord and

Savior, they were sorry for their sins and asked Peter and the Apostles what they should

do

24:45-49

1. REPENTANCE

2. REMISSION OF SINS THROUGH BAPTISM IN JESUS’ NAME

3. RECEIVING THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST

 

NOTICE:

mentioned in

baptism in the name of Jesus Christ! Spirit = infilling of the Holy Ghost!

Now, let’s look at some more examples of people being born again of water and the Spirit

as the Word Jesus gave His apostles continued to be preached throughout the Book of

Acts…

 

PHILIP PREACHING TO THE SAMARITANS IN ACTS 8

. Peter replied by preaching the message Jesus commanded to be preached in Luke. In light of this, consider the three elements of the Plan of Salvation. Acts 2:38 is the fulfillment of the two “new birth” requirements JesusJohn 3:5 that were necessary to enter the Kingdom of God! Water birth =

NOTICE: Some people say when they experienced joy, or when they believed in Jesus, or

when they were baptized, they were automatically filled with the Holy Ghost. But what

does the Word say?

Acts 8:5-8

 

Acts 8:12

 

Acts 8:14-17

 

Did they

separate and distinct experience?

 

PETER PREACHING TO THE GENTILES IN ACTS 10…

Did they have great joy? Did they believe in Jesus Christ? Were they baptized in His name? receive the Holy Ghost as a

NOTICE: Some people say being religious is enough, or that the Spirit-baptism

evidenced by tongues was only for the Day of Pentecost. But what does the Bible reveal?

Acts 10:1, 2

 

Acts 10:5, 6

 

Acts 10:44-46

speak in tongues

Pentecost?

 

Acts 10:47, 48

Jesus’ name?

 

YES NO

YES NO

Was Cornelius a religious man? Did God have more for him to do? Did they receive the Holy Ghost andafter the day of Did they still have to be baptized in

PAUL PREACHING TO JOHN’S DISCIPLES IN ACTS 19…

NOTICE: Many people who are believers have not even heard about the Holy Ghost that

is promised to them. Also, some people say it is not necessary to be baptized, or rebaptized.

(If you were baptized by John the Baptist, would you think it would be

necessary to be re-baptized using a different baptismal formula?) Others say it does not

matter what is spoken when you are baptized. If the Bible indicates it does not matter,

then it does not matter. But…what if the Bible shows us it DOES matter?

Acts 19:1, 2

heard of, or received the Holy Ghost?

 

Acts 19:3-5

have to be

 

Acts 19:6

accompanied by

of speaking with other tongues?

 

We have found that the Apostles preached the following salvation message:

…The life of Christ and His death, burial and resurrection

…Repentance toward God and belief in Jesus Christ

…Baptism in water by immersion in Jesus’ name

…Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (which was accompanied by the initial

evidence of speaking with other tongues)

They were believers, but had they Did those baptized by John the Baptistre-baptized in Jesus’ name? Was receiving the Holy Ghostthe initial evidence

Now, let’s read what the Apostles had to say about the message of salvation they

proclaimed in the Book of Acts. We can do this by reading the epistles (letters) they

wrote to their converts.

YES NO

Into The Epistles

As we read the Epistles we will notice how strongly the Apostles felt about the gospel

(good news) of salvation. This is not because they were being judgmental. It is because

they knew the Word Jesus had given them to proclaim was going to judge all men.

What Did Peter Say?

“Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth…being born again…by the

word of God…and this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (

1:22-25

 

Obedience to God’s Word purifies our souls!

I Peter)

Peter Asked A Question:

“…What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

(

 

Paul Gave The Answer:

I Peter 4:17, 18)

“The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire

taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord

Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the

Lord, and from the glory of his power.

(

 

It is eternally important to obey the gospel!

II Thessalonians 1:7-9)

What Did Paul Say?

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of

Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and

would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any

other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than

that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

(

 

There is only one gospel!

Galatians 1:6-9)

What Did James Say?

“…Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, (deceiving your own selves). For if

any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural

face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth

what manner of man he was.”

(

 

The Word is able to save our souls!

James 1:21-24)

JAMES TELLS US THAT IF WE SEE SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO, AS WE

LOOK INTO THE “MIRROR OF THE WORD”, WE SHOULD DO IT. LET US NOW

CONSIDER WHAT WE WILL DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE HEARD…

Conclusion

DO YOU BELIEVE the Word of God is true and will judge us?

DO YOU BELIEVE Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior?

DO YOU BELIEVE it is necessary to repent by determining

to turn from sin and giving your life to God?

DO YOU BELIEVE water baptism by submersion in

the Name of Jesus Christ is the biblical way to be baptized?

DO YOU BELIEVE the baptism of the Holy Ghost

is for you today, and when you receive this promise of God

you will speak in other tongues, just as they did in the Bible?

IF YOU BELIEVE THESE THINGS, PRAY RIGHT NOW,

ASKING GOD TO ALLOW YOU TO EXPERIENCE ALL THAT HE HAS FOR YOU!

YES NO

Supplemental Study Scriptures

Matthew 7:13-24

NOTE: God’s warning regarding false prophets and the importance of being a

doer and not just a hearer of the Word.

Matthew 16:15-19

NOTE: Peter was given the “keys of the kingdom” because of his understanding

the revelation of who Jesus Christ was.

Other “Great Commission” scriptures:

NOTE: In

baptize. The Apostles obeyed this command when they baptized only in the name

of Jesus, and did not use the

 

Mark 16:15-18

believers.

 

Matthew 16:15-19

Matthew 28:18-20 the word “name” is singular in this command totitles mentioned here. (See Acts 4:12) . The importance of water baptism and the signs following

NOTE: Peter, who was given the “keys of the kingdom”, uses them to open the

“kingdom door” by preaching the biblical message of salvation for the first time.

Acts 8:35-39

NOTE: Philip must have mentioned baptism when he preached Jesus to the

eunuch, because the eunuch asked to be baptized in water. The Greek root word

for baptize is “bapto”, which literally means “to cover wholly with fluid, to dip”,

(see also

 

Acts 10:34-43

Romans 6:3, 4).

NOTE: Peter preached the life and lordship of Jesus Christ as well as His death,

burial and resurrection.

I Peter 3:20, 21

NOTE: According to Peter, baptism is an essential part of the plan of salvation.

We encourage you to read through the Gospels, the Book of Acts and the Epistles in

detail. And continue to walk, “…Into His marvelous light”!

This Bible Study is provided by

ACTS

(Apostolic Church of Truth & Spirit)

P O Box 530

Metuchen, NJ 08840-0530

Phone: 732-906-8002

webacts@optonline.net

www.webacts.org

A Bible Study by Kirk Bates, Al Gossan, Jr. and Galen Walters

In dedication to Pastor Ron Macey for his prayerful support and wise counsel in the preparation of this Bible Study.

An IHML Publication, Houston © 1987

Adapted for web, 2006

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