Thursday, February 23, 2017

Doctrine Of Baptisms (SD06)

Heb 6:1-2a  Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms,

Doctrine of Baptisms is one of the basics of Christianity, and as Christians we must have the proper understanding.

Luke 3:16  John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

There are 3 types of Baptisms.
  1. Water Baptism by Leaders
  2. Holy Spirit Baptism by Jesus
  3. Fire Baptism by Jesus

1. Water Baptism - John's Water Baptism
Act 19:1-6  And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
     When Paul found out in Ephesus that some disciples had not heard of the Holy Spirit but were baptized into John's baptism of repentance, he knew that they did not have the Holy Spirit as the seal of redemption.
    John the Baptist only taught them that Jesus was the Lamb of God and was unaware of the Holy Spirit as a seal. Only after His resurrection did our Lord taught and gave the Holy Spirit to His disciples.
    John's disciples having already accepted the salvation gospel and now believed the promise of the Holy Spirit, were baptized in the name of our Lord Jesus (or Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Immediately they received the Holy Spirit and also the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Those disciples were then born again)

             Water Baptism in Jesus name.
We must ensure that those new converts are saved by believing and confessing the actual gospel of salvation, otherwise believing in the diluted or another gospel they will not be saved before their water baptism. All those who refused water baptism are likely unsaved (without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) for they were still unbelievers.

2. Baptism with the Holy Spirit
    Since only our Lord can baptize us with the Holy Spirit then this will be during the giving of the Helper or Spirit of truth when we love Him.

John 14:15-17a,26  “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth.

3. Baptism with Fire
Mark 10:38  But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
    This will be the baptism of suffering and martyrdom whereby we are to love and die for the brethren just as our Lord Jesus loved and died for us.
1John 3:16  By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren

Brethren, it is only when we have received the Holy Spirit as the seal of salvation by believing and confessing the true gospel of Jesus (e.g the Apostle Creed) that we are converted to Christianity or born again. Anyone without the Holy Spirit is still unsaved, and there may be many unsaved in churches for their belief in the wrong or diluted gospel.