FOUNDATION

BAPTISMS

   There are four baptisms in scripture:

 

  1. Baptism of John No longer occurs today

Mark 1:4  John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Mark 11:30  John’s baptism tell me, was it from Heaven and not from human origin.

Acts 18:25 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”“John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 1:5  for John baptized  only with water.

Mathew 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

Mathew 3:15  Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

Was it complete submersion?

John 3:23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized.

Mathew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.

Was Johns Baptism enough?

Acts 19:1-7' While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "no we have not even heard there is a Holy Spirit." So Paul asked, "So what Baptism did you receive?" Johns baptism they replied. Paul said, Johns baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is in Jesus. On hearing this they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

          

2.  Baptism in water (Baptism of Jesus)

1 Peter 3:18-21 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand--with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Christ in baptism, in which you were also raised with Christ through your faith in the working of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

Acts 19:1-7'  Paul said, Johns baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is in Jesus. On hearing this they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Who can baptize people?

 John 4:1-2 (disciples can baptize)Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.

Acts 8:12 (Other believers can baptize)But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

What should be in place before you get baptized?

Acts 18:8 Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.

Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

What does water baptism do?

Galatians 3:27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Romans 6:3 (associated with his death to live a new life) Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

              3. Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Acts 19:4 has Paul saying, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

Acts 1:5 (Jesus is telling us to expect it) For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

What should be in place to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?

Acts 5:32 (willingness to obey) We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Mathew 3:11 (a relationship with Jesus) “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Acts 8:16 (must be saved first) because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 10:47 (can be before water baptism) Then Peter said, “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

John 14:16,17  (The Holy Spirit is not for the world but for the believer who obeys) “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

How does someone receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

Acts 11:15-17 (Through hearing a message) As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”

Acts 19:6 (laying on of hands) When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

Acts 8:16 (laying on of hands) because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Here in lies the need for wisdom and the ability to discern good from evil:

Acts 8:9-13

Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

Keep in context the back ground and the reaction Simon produced in people with his sorcery.

Acts 8:15-19

When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
Simon could not yet discern good from evil and did not understand the gravity of this request.
Acts 8:20-23
Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
Peter could distinguish between good and evil and handled the situation with wisdom. Given the exact situation, how could we handle this? Accept the money and give praise to God for such a convert. We have the advantage of hind site and an Apostle seeing through the issue with God's wisdom. Luke 11:49

Why are we to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?

1 Corinthians 12:13 (help us stay united and be useful as a part of the body) For we were all baptized with one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Romans 8:26 (strengthens the individual believer) the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes (prays for us) through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God.

1 Corinthians 14:18 (personal edification)I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.

Acts 19:6 (speak in your own prayer language and prophesy)When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

 

Who is actually baptizing you in the Holy Spirit?

John 1:33 (Jesus Himself does the baptizing) And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.

 

2. Baptism with Fire Divides Families

Matthew 3:11 John the Baptist said, I baptize you in water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Luke 12:49 I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!. But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth?   No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother in-law against daughter in-law and daughter in law against mother in-law. "

The solution to this dilemma is found in the last  two sentences of the old testament.

 

Malachi 5-6   See I will send Elijah to you before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the hearts of the children to their parents; ( a reconciliation produced by repentance) or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.

Parents with adult children feel this the most. For what appears to be no rational reason, children reject and or attack their parents. This is wide spread among Christian families. This is the fulfillment of another parable Jesus told.

Luke 1:17 And He (John the Baptists) will go before the Lord, in the spirit of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobediant to the wisdom of righteousness- to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Mathew 11:11-19  Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
“ ‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds
The Amplified refers to them as "spoiled brats". Jesus himself said this. Ass you read this you can see there is no way to appease them. They will accuse you of both sides of an argument. Notice they accuse John of one thing, which Jesus was not doing. Then they accuse Jesus of what John was not doing. The way to stay out of this is to do nothing. If Jesus said they are spoiled brats then that would indicate that someone spoiled them and continue to reward their bad behavior.
As difficult as that may be, there is no other way to deal with accusers within your own family. No matter what you say, you are wrong in their eyes!
Proverbs 29:9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, there is no peace.
Proverbs 17:21  To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.