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The Epistle of Barnabas

The Epistle of Barnabas

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He's traditionally seen as one of apostle Paul's fellow servants or helpers, and died a martyr's death around 61 A.D. The letter that bears his name could of been written then by him or even around 130 A.D. Nothing is known for certain. Nevertheless the importance of it is that it reports the need of the sacrifice of Christ along with baptism in His name, prayer and sanctification unto righteousness.
He's traditionally seen as one of apostle Paul's fellow servants or helpers, and died a martyr's death around 61 A.D. The letter that bears his name could of been written then by him or even around 130 A.D. Nothing is known for certain. Nevertheless the importance of it is that it reports the need of the sacrifice of Christ along with baptism in His name, prayer and sanctification unto righteousness.

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THE EPISTLE OF BARNABASHe's traditionally seen as one of apostle Paul's fellow servants or helpers, and died amartyr's death around 61 A.D. The letter that bears his name could of been written then by him or even around 130 A.D. Nothing is known for certain. Nevertheless theimportance of it is that it reports the need of the sacrifice of Christ along with baptism inHis name, prayer and sanctification unto righteousness. The early church fathers never mentioned a trinity nor of any baptism other than the one recorded in the book of Acts,which is in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. The Didache (Thesupposed teachings of the apostles written around the year 140 A.D.) mentions baptism inthe name of the Lord (Jesus), but also a later addition speaks of one into the titles of thefather, son and Holy Ghost. Regardless, the baptism in the name of Jesus is the one baptism unto salvation by the apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians. In fact he bearsrecord that any change from his baptismal formula (and he baptized many in that name -see Acts 16:15, 33; 18:8; 19:1-5; 22:16; 1 Corinthians 1:1-25; Romans 6:1-5; Galatians3:26-28: Colossians 2:10-12; 3:17, ect) is cursed in Galatians 1:6-12. Jesus said that manwas to live by every word of God, and that by our own words we would be justified or condemned. If one can only heal, cast out demons and do many wonderful works in Hisname, why would you want to use any other? Jesus died for your sins and not another. Healone has all power or authority in heaven and in the earth. His name is the only way toGod. It was commanded for use in all things. Some say that the titles mean the samething but if so why did not the apostles use them. Not ever did they do so. It was thatimportant to them. And so it should be to us if we wish to earnestly contend for the faiththat was once shown by His early church.Barnabas 1:1I Bid you greeting, sons and daughters, in the name of the Lord thatloved us, in peace.Barnabas 1:2Seeing that the ordinances of God are great and rich unto you, Irejoice with an exceeding great and overflowing joy at your blessedand glorious spirits; so innate is the grace of the spiritual giftthat ye have received.Barnabas 1:3Wherefore also I the more congratulate myself hoping to be saved, for 
 
that I truly see the Spirit poured out among you from the riches of the fount of the Lord. So greatly did the much-desired sight of youastonish me respecting you.Barnabas 1:4Being therefore persuaded of this, and being conscious with myself that having said much among you I know that the Lord journeyed withme on the way of righteousness, and am wholly constrained also myself to this, to love you more than my own soul (for great faith and lovedwelleth in you through the hope of the life which isHis)--considering this therefore, that,Barnabas 1:5if it shall be my care to communicate to you some portion of thatwhich I received, it shall turn to my reward for having ministered tosuch spirits, I was eager to send you a trifle, that along with your faith ye might have your knowledge also perfect.Barnabas 1:6Well then, there are three ordinances of the Lord; *the hope of life,which is the beginning and end of our faith; and righteousness, whichis the beginning and end of judgment; love shown in gladness andexultation, the testimony of works of righteousness.*Barnabas 1:7For the Lord made known to us by His prophets things past and present, giving us likewise the firstfruits of the taste of things
 
future. And seeing each of these things severally coming to pass,according as He spake, we ought to offer a richer and higher offeringto the fear of Him. But I, not as though I were a teacher, but asone of yourselves, will show forth a few things, whereby ye shall begladdened in the present circumstances.Barnabas 2:1Seeing then that the days are evil, and that the Active One himself has the authority, we ought to give heed to ourselves and to seek outthe ordinances of the Lord.Barnabas 2:2The aids of our faith then are fear and patience, and our allies arelong-suffering and self-restraint.Barnabas 2:3While these abide in a pure spirit in matters relating to the Lord,wisdom, understanding, science, knowledge rejoice with them.Barnabas 2:4For He hath made manifest to us by all the prophets that He wantethneither sacrifices nor whole burnt offerings nor oblations, saying atone time;Barnabas 2:5What to Me is the multitude of your sacrifices, saith the Lord I amfull of whole burnt-offerings, and the fat of lambs and the blood

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