Sunday, December 4, 2011

Revisiting Christian Doctrine Part 5 (The Baptisms)

 There are three baptisms that are talked about in the Bible. Some describe the baptisms in a different manner.

There are three main types of Baptisms found in Scripture [Hebrews 6:2]

Hebrews 6:1-2  With this in mind, we should stop going over the elementary truths about Christ and move on to topics for more mature people. We shouldn't repeat the basics about turning away from the useless things we did and the basics about faith in God.  (2)  We shouldn't repeat the basic teachings about such things as baptisms, setting people apart for holy tasks, dead people coming back to life, and eternal judgment.
    1. The baptism into the Body of Christ
    2. The baptism of water as a symbol for the believer to other believers.
    3. The baptism of the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost.

The writer of Hebrews talks about the basic teachings such as the baptisms. Theses were teachings that were taught to new believers and brought to them a greater foundation. 

 The Baptism of  the Body of Christ.
At the moment of rebirth, we are grafted into the Body of Christ through the working power of the Holy Spirit.
   1. Ephesians 4:4-6, Galatians 3:27

Ephesians 4:4-6  There is one body and one Spirit. In the same way you were called to share one hope.  (5)  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,  (6)  one God and Father of all, who is over everything, through everything, and in everything.

Galatians 3:27  Clearly, all of you who were baptized in Christ's name have clothed yourselves with Christ.
     - Ephesians 4:4 declares that we are a part of    “ONE BODY”. It is referring to the baptism into the Body of Christ. It is not referring to baptism of water.

  Characteristics of being Baptized into the Body of Christ.
   1. It is a baptism of suffering.
   2. It is a baptism of death.
   3. It is a baptism that requires the walking of the newness of life.
   4. It is a baptism of Crucifixion.
   5. It is a baptism that requires no more service to sin.
   6. It is a baptism that frees us from the bondage of sin.

Water Baptism

Read the above link about baptism in Judaism.

 Water baptism is just a symbol.
1 Peter 3:20-21  They are like those who disobeyed long ago in the days of Noah when God waited patiently while Noah built the ship. In this ship a few people-eight in all-were saved by water.  (21)  Baptism, which is like that water, now saves you. Baptism doesn't save by removing dirt from the body. Rather, baptism is a request to God for a clear conscience. It saves you through Jesus Christ, who came back from death to life.
 It was not the water that saved Noah and his family. In the same sense it is not the water baptism that saves us, but what it represents is what saves us from the life of sin.

So what does water baptism stand for or represent? It represents Jesus’ death and resurrection and how we got saved, we became partakers of Christ’s death and His resurrection.

  Romans 6:3-4  Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  (4)  When we were baptized into his death, we were placed into the tomb with him. As Christ was brought back from death to life by the glorious power of the Father, so we, too, should live a new kind of life.
Where did Water Baptism Come From?
Matthew 3:1-3  Later, John the Baptizer appeared in the desert of Judea. His message was,  (2)  "Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near."  (3)  Isaiah the prophet spoke about this man when he said, "A voice cries out in the desert: 'Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths straight!'
  John the Baptist or the Baptizer preached the message of repentance and of the coming Savior. He used water baptism to demonstrate what the coming Messiah would do with His Blood for our sins.
Well if just a symbol, why do we need to be baptized, with water at salvation? Jesus was a demonstrator of all the things we needed to do. If he was baptized, so should we.

 Mark 1:1-11  This is the beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  (2)  The prophet Isaiah wrote, "I am sending my messenger ahead of you to prepare the way for you."  (3)  "A voice cries out in the desert: 'Prepare the way for the Lord! Make his paths straight!'"  (4)  John the Baptizer was in the desert telling people about a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  (5)  All Judea and all the people of Jerusalem went to him. As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.  (6)  John was dressed in clothes made from camel's hair. He wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.  (7)  He announced, "The one who comes after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to bend down and untie his sandal straps.  (8)  I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."  (9)  At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River.  (10)  As Jesus came out of the water, he saw heaven split open and the Spirit coming down to him as a dove.  (11)  A voice from heaven said, "You are my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with you."
  - It is command for all believers to do.
    1. Matthew 28:19
  - It was the practice of the First Century Church.
   1. Acts 8:12-13, I Corinthians 1:13-17
  - Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection.
   1. I Peter 3:21
    -Note: When a Jewish person came to Christ, he was giving up everything. He was giving up Judaism and all other practices.

Baptism in the Spirit

  The Spirit baptism is for every disciple of Christ. Once the disciple is filled; they receive power for Christian service.The Spirit baptism was not something made up by the New Testament believers. It was a promise by God. It was prophesied about many years before.
     1. Joel 2:28-29
     2. Jesus fulfilled it when He became the example of complete baptism. (Matthew 3:11)
     3. Jesus came to baptize with Holy Ghost and fire. Jesus desires for every Christian to have this type of baptism.
     4. Jesus is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. (John 7:37-39)
 The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a request from the living God but is a commandment. Every believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit. The evidence of that infilling is speaking in tongues and prophesying. The bible is clear that we need Holy Spirit to baptize us. It is the power for the Christian walk.

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