God has granted mankind a threefold spiritual foundation upon which to build his spiritual life. These gifts are given to provide man with complete sanctification as he grows in the Nature and Likeness of Christ.

The Apostle Peter revealed the threefold foundation on the Day of Pentecost and upon the establishment of the New Testament Church.

Then 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” (Acts 2:38).

A. REPENTANCE. Sanctification through the Blood.

Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate” (Hebrews 13:12).

A repentant soul is washed clean and sanctified by the shed Blood of Jesus.

(Please see Article 7 for more Scriptures references on the Blood of Jesus)

B. WATER BAPTISM. Sanctification through the Water.

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26).

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

Baptism by water and the ongoing washing of the spiritual waters of Truth sanctify the believer. The power of Water Baptism is in the Name of Jesus, the Name that has all power in heaven and in earth.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:18-19).

Be baptized in the Name of Jesus.“Then 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” (Acts 2:38).

Then 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” (Acts 2:38).

Phillip baptized in Jesus’ Name.

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women” (Acts 8:12).

Saints in Samaria were baptized in Jesus’ Name.

For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:16).

Gentiles commanded to be baptized in the Name of the Lord.

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord…” (Acts 10:48).

Paul re-baptized the Ephesus Christians in the Name of the Lord Jesus.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:5).

Baptism is about the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:3-6).

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commanded His disciples to go and baptize in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. He mentioned “Name” in the singular. There is a Name that unifies the three in one; that Name is Jesus.

The Father is not a name, but a title. The Holy Ghost is not a name, but a title of the third Person of the Godhead.

Jesus said that He came in His Father’s Name.

I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43).

The Works Jesus did, He did in the Father’s Name.

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me” (John 10:25).

The Father’s Name in Hebrew is יהוה, and in the Old Testament of the King James Bible it is usually printed as LORD. This Name appears in the Scriptures over 6,400 times. But these four Hebrew letters have no vowels in the original Hebrew Scriptures and depending on which vowel you use, the name יהוה can be spoken in many different manners. This is why some call the Father Jehovah and some call Him Yahweh. Many sects of Judaism will not try to pronounce the name of the LORD יהוה, because it is too holy; therefore they will call Him “Ha-Shem”, which simply means The Name.

The truth is that the Name of the Father יהוה is unknown. God is a Spirit, and to pronounce His Name is simply a breath sound. God is a Spirit, a Breath that is unknown to man. But the unknown Father made Himself known through the Son. The Father poured himself into the Son when He begat the Son, before creation.

I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth…” (Proverbs 8:23-24).

Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him” (Proverbs 8:30).

When the Son came to this world, He did not try to make a Name for Himself, but rather only made the Father known. He didn’t come in His own Name, but He came in the Name of the Father.

For in him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:9-12).

Water Baptism in the Name of the LORD Jesus Christ has absolutely nothing to do with whether God is One or Three because God is both One and Three. Rather, Water Baptism is all about the believer taking on the Name, Death, and Life of our LORD Jesus Christ.

We pray in Jesus’ Name. Therefore, since All Power is in the Name of Jesus, why would we not Baptize in Jesus Name?

C. HOLY GHOST. Sanctification through the Spirit.

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit…” (I Peter 1:2).

The believer is sanctified by the burning fires of the Holy Ghost within his/her heart.

John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Luke 3:16).

On the Day of Pentecost, the believers in the upper room experienced the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4).

This experience was evidenced by the speaking in other tongues.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:17).

The Apostle Paul laid hands on believers, and they spoke in tongues.

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied” (Acts 19:6).

God gave gifts to the Church, one being diversities of tongues.

“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (I Corinthians 12:28).

There are tongues of men and of angels.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” (I Corinthians 13:1).

Unknown tongues are not for the benefit of speaking to other men, but rather for the edifying of the believer.

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church” (I Corinthians 14:2-4).

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also” (I Corinthians 14: 14-15).

The threefold foundational experiences are gifts God has given and are three experiences that the believer must have to be able to grow and build his or her spiritual life.

The BLOOD, FIRE, and WATER are God’s sanctifying gifts. Each one of these gifts was given as an initial experience, but when used daily, by faith, the body, soul, and spirit are sanctified. Upon these gifts of sanctification, we build the spiritual tabernacle – or temple – within our hearts.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:23).

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification…” (I Thessalonians 4:3).

As the believer repents daily through prayer, confession, and applying the Blood of Jesus by faith, as he uses the Waters of Truth, the Word of God, to wash his mind, and as he fans the fires of the Holy Ghost through praying in the Spirit, his threefold being is sanctified wholly and preserved blameless.