3 Types of Baptism

3 Types of Baptism

Update 08/20/2017

3 types of baptism in the New Testament:

1)- Water Baptism: which is perform by anyone who has been born again, and not only by ministers. Water baptism doesn’t save anyone, since it is a symbolism of our internal experience. In other words, baptism in water is a way or form to exteriorized the experience of being born again. When we do that in from of witnesses, we are saying by that act that we were once death but in Christ we are resurrected. The believer or minister is the instrument of God to do this act.

Let’s explain Mat. 3:13-17;

“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
  • Few things involved in these passages:

  • “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.” verse 13. Jesus came to John as a confirmation of a word given to him by God. Observe what John 1:33 says;

“And I knew him not: but he (The Father) that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.”
  • Jesus baptism was just a symbolic expression of his sacrifice upon the cross and his resurrection.

  • The baptism was performed by “immersion in water”, and NOT BY SPRINKLING WATER, as many do today. Observe what Mat. 3:16.

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, WENT UP STRAIGHTAWAY OUT of the water”. The water baptism was done by submersion, or being submerged inside the water.

In Mark 1:10 confirmed the same meaning:

“And SRTRIGHTAWAY COMING UP OUT of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him”

In Acts 8:38-39 expressed the same position:

“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. And when THEY WERE COME UP OUT of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

The Scriptures DOES NOT SUPPORT the water baptism by sprinkling water, or by pouring a cup of water into a person. If we are going to do what the Scriptures says, we should do it right!

You are saved not by what you do or you don’t do, but by the grace of God.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Ephesians‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians‬ ‭2:7-9

When we get submerged into the water, we are testifying that: “We are dead to the old lifestyle and we have a new life, through the experience of being born again”; “We are identified with Jesus in his death and in his resurrection”.

Water baptism without the experience of being born again is useless. Why is that? Because the act of being baptized into the waters it’s just a “symbolic act”, which is done in obedience to The Word of God. Observe what the scriptures says:

“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

once more the Scriptures used the sequence and the appropriate or correct orden, which is “Believes” first and then after that “Baptized”

also en Acts 8

“Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.” V. 35

“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?” V. 36

“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.” V. 37

This eunuch experience what is written in Rom. 10:9-10 and he was saved, not he was

“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.” V. 38

  • Two different baptisms in Acts 8:12-18:

“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.” V. 12

They BELIEVED before getting BAPTIZED, which is the correct order and lineup with the Scriptures.

“Then Simon himself BELIEVED also: and when he was BAPTIZED, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.” V. 13

That’s the order expressed by the Scriptures.

“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had RECEIVED the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John.” v. 14

Meaning they received the Word and were SAVED.

“Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST.” V. 15

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

Proving that the baptism of water is different from the baptism into the Holy Spirit.

“Then laid they their hands on them, and THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST. V. 17

“And when Simon SAW that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money.” V. 18

The Scriptures expressed that there’s a external manifestation through which people can notice the evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit.

Another passages that expressed the differences between receiving The baptism of the Holy Spirit and baptism into water. Acts 9:17-18.

“And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. V. 17

“And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was BAPTIZED.” V. 18

Two different experiences; “He was FILLED with The Holy Spirit” and “He was BAPTIZED in water”.

Nowadays many people are struggling to follow the principles and divine directions from God, because they’re relying on the own strength and abilities, instead of relying on God’s power. Why is the reason for it? Because many are teaching that the manifestation of The Holy Spirit is not for this time but it was over in the apostle’s era. Which is something that had caused damage to many. This kinda of teaching doesn’t come from the Scriptures but rather from demonic inspiration. The Scriptures are very clear on this subject, that without the help and guidance of The Holy Spirit, we are doomed. These deceiving teachings have been infiltrated into the body of Christ by satan’s agents, which purpose is to diminished the effectiveness of the work of every born again against the works of Satan. Compare Eph. 4:14.

Jesus spoke about the effectiveness of every believer through the person of The Holy Spirit:

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you ANOTHER COMFORTER, that HE may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the WORLD CONNOT RECEIVE, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17

Why the World connot receive the Holy Spirit? Because of their sinful nature, they need to born again and then, they would be able to receive him. Jesus said it very clear:

“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.” John 3:3

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5

No religion can provide you with salvation but Jesus Christ. John 14:6.

2)- Baptism into the Body of Christ: which happens in the same moment when we are born again. At the moment that we confess Jesus as our lord, the Holy Spirit come upon us and make us a new creature. 2 cor 5:17; Jn 3:3-10. Also we are inserted into the body of Christ and become members of the same. 1 Corinthians 12:13 explain it;

“For by one Spirit (The Holy Spirit) are we all baptized into one body (The body of Christ), whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit”.

In fact, Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit explained our functions as the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the divine agent to do this act.

3)- Baptism with the Holy Spirit: Jesus is the divine agent to do this act. Observe what John the Baptist said;

“I (John the Baptist) indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he (Christ) that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: HE (Jesus) SHALL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and with fire:”. Matthew 3:11
Jesus is the divine agent to do this act.

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”Luke 11:13

The first step for someone to ask for the Holy Spirit is to be baptized in the body of Christ, then such person can ask for the baptism with the Holy Spirit. Through the experience of being born again can can remove our sinful nature and place His nature, which is “eternal life”.

Another passage;

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I (Jesus) will send him unto you”. John 16:7

Why the lost can’t receive the Holy Spirit? Because of the sinful nature. They need the experience of being born again and become part of the body of Christ.
“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world (sinners) cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you”. John 14:17

Praise to be The Most High God for giving us of His Spirit!!!

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