Due to the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, today we are on this side of the Law of Moses and we are under the Law of the Lord Jesus Christ. The commandments of the Law of Christ – with some additional commandments - look similar to those of the Law of Moses. What are missing are the commandments that have to do with the ceremonial animal sacrifices of the temple and the keeping of a weekly seventh day Sabbath. The temple sacrifices were fulfilled by Jesus and the weekly Sabbath is fulfilled in us when we are saved during the Church Age (Hebrews 4:2-4) when we enter together into the rest of the Lord mentioned in Genesis when God rested on the 7th day from His works. What is also missing in the Church Age is the administration of death found in the Law Moses when the same sins are committed under the Church Age. Under the Church Age, we can repent and get another opportunity to make it to heaven.
The NT of the Bible outlines the plan of salvation for the Church Age. What is the specific plan of salvation today under the Church Age? We need to:
1.) Repent –
This means that we are truly sorry for living a sinful filled life and now we want to change that life style and live a life in obedience to God’s commandments as required in the Bible, with God helping us. With that attitude God then gives us a Godly sorrow, a true Godly repentance – as told in 2 Corinthians 7: 9-11.
2.) Be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins–
Read about baptisms in Acts 2:38-39- Jews; Acts 8:16- Samaritans; Acts 10: 44-48- Gentiles; and Acts 9:15- disciples of John the Baptist.
3.) Be baptized by the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance-
Read about Holy Ghost infilling in Acts 2:4- Jews; Acts 8:17- Samaritans; Acts 10:45-46- Gentiles; and Acts 19:6-disciples of John the Baptist.
4.) Taking the Lords Supper and foot washing – see explanations below.
We take the Lord’s Supper as stated in 1 Corinthians 11:23-27.
We also wash one another’s feet as Jesus did in John 13:3-5.
5.) Living in holiness, sin free – Hebrews 12:14, Isaiah 35: 8-9.
We make a very strong effort to live sin free. If we do sin, we repent and God reconciles us to Him once again.
Note: See Important Bible lessons on Apostolic-Pentecostal doctrine.