The Baptism of John and Bible Contradictions?

Good morning dear friend and lover of the truth.

Is it time to start your NEW life?

Were you ALREADY baptized into a NEW life free of all sin?

This morning I woke up hearing about Joshua crossing over the Jordan with the sons of Israel.  The Lord has parked me in the 4 Gospels for the past month or so and I keep getting brought back to “the Jordan” and John the Baptist.  He has been revealing powerful and deep things about both of these and now I am being led to the book of Joshua.

The Jordan is a central “anchor” for the 4 gospels.  By “anchor” I mean it is a central starting point to try to connect events, people and order of things.  “What is the Jordan really?” I ask the Lord.  By “really”, I mean in the true (but still hidden realm) of the Spirit.

We know there is a physical river named Jordan on the physical Earth.  I am not talking about that and neither is God.  I am confident that God put that there to get the outer man to miss the truth so that righteousness can come by faith only.  Faith is always hidden from our natural view.  The natural view of the outer man is the realm of the shadow where “all things are reserved for fire” according to Peter.  I mean “what is GOD REALLY saying about the Jordan?”.

What REALLY is the Jordan?   (By this I mean in the TRUE realm of the Spirit and not in the false realm of the shadow where our bodies are.)

What I hear is mind blowing as it goes beyond all that we know and see in our outer man.  Here are some things for you to ponder.

the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those which were flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. So the people crossed opposite Jericho Joshua 3:16

What is this saying in truth?  Please think “big picture” of the ENTIRE Bible from front to back.

Nothing is off limits and NOTHING is too crazy for God.  Let your mind be FREE and run wild with any possibilities.

I am sure that if you sit quietly and ask the Lord and use your imagination with his written Word, he WILL tell you.  He promises that if you “ask it shall be given” and if you “seek you shall find”.  As you sit quietly asking him with his Word in front of you, go look at the verses he leads you to from within.  This is true faith that pleases him.  A person without faith will not do this and simply say “its impossible”.

If you want some clues about the “waters” go to Revelation 17:15 and see what God is revealing about what the “waters” are.  Also, did you see what the name of the city is where the “waters” were stopped at?  Could it be much more than a city?

I think so.  Just remember that God is NOT LIMITED by any physical LOCATION or time in any way.  ANYTHING in the bible can happen at ANY TIME he wants it to or in ANY place he wants it to.  We are the ones who limit God because WE have a finite natural mind that is confined to a body restricted to a single point in space and time.  Please ponder that because if you truly want to see the POWERFUL things of God and what he is doing RIGHT now, you need to “become as a child”.  We need to let our imagination (who I believe is the Spirit!) inside us draw mental pictures of what God is really saying in the hidden un-ending realm of the Spirit.  It is hidden, but it’s MUCH MORE REAL and true than the “shadow” realm we are currently in while in the natural body.

So, what is the (spiritual) Jordan?  What is the “baptism of John”?

If you study the baptisms in the 4 gospels you will see that there are differences in them.  John’s message is different in each of them as is he says to the people and those sent from the Pharisee’s to ask him who he is.  If you want to know the truth, please don’t dismiss this. Details with God are very important.  God can NOT skip a detail or he would not be telling the truth.  He has to be 100% accurate and 100% detailed.  As detailed as you can get.  Please pay close attention to the details even if things contradict.

Especially  when you find contradictions!

What?

That’s right!  Let’s be honest.  There are HUNDREDS of contradictions in the written Word.  We dismiss them with “we can’t know the things of God”.

YES WE CAN!   That is why Jesus came and lives INSIDE OUR VERY HEARTS!  To reveal the hidden things of God.

So, PLEASE pay close attention when you run into what appears to be a contradiction.

God is about to reveal a DEEPER truth to you and take you deeper in your walk with the Lord when you encounter what appears to be contradictions!

I have found hundreds of them and the most amazing thing is this.

I now believe the written Word to be EVEN MORE TRUE after finding them!

I can’t wait to share this most powerful truth.  I believe it is going to SET MANY free from religious bondage and renew their mind to the truth as they begin to really believe Jesus IS inside them and HAS BEEN speaking to them.  They just dismissed his voice as he sounds just like their own thoughts.  Jesus will tell you things UNIMAGINABLE!  Please listen for him.

One closing thought.

When you think about the “baptism of Jesus” and the “baptism” of the people with “John” please remember that these are spiritual words and they occur outside of space and time.  They could happen at any time, any realm, any location.  They could have happened “before the foundation of the world” if God wanted them to.  God could even make TIME RUN BACKWARDS if he wanted to!

As you ponder the “baptism of John” don’t forget that God is ONE and in him there is NO separation.  All things he talks about are related in his Word.  With that in mind, think about these words of Paul as they relate to “baptism”.  Please open your mind to allow it to be MUCH BIGGER than you have been taught by religious traditions.   Please take the WHOLE of the entire Bible and go only with what God is revealing to you.  Please don’t allow man’s mind to limit you.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin  Romans 6:1-7

My dear friend.  My heart is on fire right now as I read these verses.  Could the very “baptism into death” that Paul is talking about be related to the very “baptism of John”?

My the Lord speak to you as you seek him on this and may his LIFE flow in and through you as he does.  I am getting goose bumps as I write these words.  I can sense he is going to do that for many who read this.  They will begin (maybe for the first time) hear from him inside them.

God bless you today.

Duane

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