Home
Search
Topics
Contact
About

Baptism 2

This article is almost three type-written pages. I suggest you read it when you have sufficient time.

John 16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

*He will guide you into all truth.* Any truth that we have comes from the Holy Spirit. *He will shew you things to come.* All knowledge of eternity comes through Him. *He shall not speak of Himself.* I believe that proves that He has great humility. Even though the Holy Spirit does not speak much of Himself, Jesus spoke of Him and the Bible speaks about Him. If we want to give the whole counsel of God we will speak accurately about the Holy Spirit and His work.

John 14:26: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

*He shall teach you all things,* Without the Holy Spirit we would be taught nothing of spiritual value and we would remember nothing of what Jesus said.

John 15:26: But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

The Holy Spirit will speak about the Lord Jesus. When we are filled with the Spirit we will also speak about the Lord Jesus.

Luke 3:16: 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:

I agree with Dr. J. Vernon McGee who said that the baptism with fire speaks of judgment. Jesus baptizes those who receive Him with the Holy Ghost and those that receive Him not with fire.

We must not be so foolish as to believe that water baptism is equal to the baptism with the Holy Ghost or causes it. Entire religions attach too much importance to water baptism. They actually believe that it causes salvation. It does not. Being baptized with water is evidence of salvation. There are many other evidences of salvation. Some of the evidences of salvation are called the fruit of the Spirit. If an individual has been baptized with water but does not have the fruit of the Spirit, he is obviously not saved.

Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Ephesians 5:9: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Being baptized with water is a one-time evidence of salvation. The fruit of the Spirit is life-long evidence of it. Most passages in the Bible dealing with salvation make no mention of baptism. The most important passages that do mention baptism deal with being baptized with the Holy Ghost. Being baptized with the Holy Ghost is part of salvation. Being baptized with the Holy Ghost is what Jesus does for us when we receive Him.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Ephesians 1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

When we are baptized with the Holy Ghost He seals us. He seals eternal life into us. He seals eternal death out of us. The Holy Spirit IS the seal.

There are many matter-of-fact statements in the Bible that tell us who Jesus saves and how and why He saves them that make no mention of water baptism or Spirit baptism. *Whosoever believeth in him* *He that hath the Son* *as many as received him,* *Except a man be born again,* *whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord* *him that cometh to me.* Etc.

John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

When we come to the Father through Jesus we are baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

When we are saved by Jesus we are baptized with the Holy Ghost.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

When we believe in Jesus we are baptized with the Holy Ghost.

1 John 5:11-12: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

When we have Jesus we have been baptized with the Holy Ghost.

John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

When we receive Jesus we are baptized with the Holy Ghost.

John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

When we have been born again we have been baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

When we ask the Lord to save us we are baptized with the Holy Ghost.

John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

When we come to Jesus we are baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Romans 8:16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

When we have been baptized with the Holy Ghost, He assures us that we are the children of God.

Romans 8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

When you have been baptized with the Holy Ghost, He will dwell in you. If one has not been baptized with the Holy Ghost, he does not belong to the Holy Ghost.

Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

When we have been baptized with the Holy Ghost, we can walk in the Him. When we walk in Him our flesh will not control us.

Ephesians 5:18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

When we have been baptized with the Holy Ghost, we can be filled with Him.

Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

When the grace of God impacts us we are baptized with the Holy Ghost. When we have faith in God we are baptized with the Holy Ghost.

2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

When we repent we are baptized with the Holy Ghost.

James 4:6: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

When we became humble we were baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Psalm 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

When we had a broken heart and a contrite spirit we were baptized with the Holy Ghost.

Mark 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Believing and being baptized with the Holy Ghost are the same thing. Believing and being baptized with water are not the same thing.

Psalm 108:12: Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

Jeremiah 17:5: Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

If the help of man is vain and trusting in man is cursed, the baptisms performed by man cannot save. Since Jesus is the only way to the Father, His baptizing us with the Holy Ghost is the only baptism that saves.

Can one be baptized and still be unsaved? Yes! I was there. Is one who has received Jesus but has not yet been baptized with water saved? Yes! As soon as possible after receiving Jesus one should be baptized by immersion in water.

Luke 23:39-43: And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

In light of the fact that the malefactor was not baptized with water, what was more important, acknowledging that he was a sinner and asking Jesus to save him or water baptism?

Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Since (water) baptism without faith is not pleasing to God, what is more important, diligently seeking the Lord or being baptized?

Acts 8:36-38: And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

The eunuch had faith before he was baptized in water. Willingness and a desire to be baptized in water is evidence that one is already saved. It is a physical action performed by men that pictures the spiritual operation of God which has already been accomplished. In water baptism, those who have received Jesus publicly identify themselves with His substitutionary death and resurrection. These verses describe the operation of God The Holy Spirit on the saved and their lives:

Colossians 2:12: 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.

Romans 6:4: 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.

Romans 6:8: Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Ephesians 2:5: Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,

Colossians 2:20: Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Colossians 3:3: For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Romans 6:11: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

It is utterly ridiculous for men to believe they can accomplish any part of what the baptism with the Holy Ghost accomplishes and believing that they can is idolatry.

Care to discuss Baptism 2 with Ron?

He'd also like to hear your prayer requests