One of the most exciting things about this whole experience is how God keeps giving me (and others around me) revelations about the truth that is in his Word. It is outside of everything we have ever been taught and "indoctrinated" with. Truth is at the very source, from the Spirit of God himself speaking to us with his Word. It's enthralling to have the Living God moving inside of us and revealing things to us that our finite and carnal minds cannot grasp on it's own.
I attended two organic church gatherings and bible studies this week. A question was raised by some people asking about baptism. Personally, I never questioned baptism. I grew up with the belief that after we are saved, we go to be baptized with water to represent our new life in Christ. We die, leave our flesh in the water, and we are born again in the spirit.
But someone recently questioned this verse saying there is only one baptism:
"One Lord, one faith, one baptism,"Ephesians 4:5.
But the bible speaks of two baptisms, one of water and one of the Spirit.
But that's two kinds of baptism, and the Bible says there's only one! We know the Bible doesn't contradict itself, so there must be an explanation.
And there is.
John the Baptist was a prophet of repentance. He preached repentance in the wilderness and baptized many in the water. When Jesus came to him to be baptized, John was stunned and said,
"I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?" Matthew 3:14
Imagine, the long awaited Messiah, the Son of God coming and asking YOU to baptize him. Who is worthy? Yet, Jesus replied:
"Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." Matthew 3:15
Jesus Christ said this needed to be done for now, because he has come to fulfill all righteousness!
Jesus Christ walked a perfect man on this Earth and fulfilled ALL LAWS. He ALSO fulfilled righteousness. He fulfilled BAPTISM!!!
Now there is one baptism, which is the one of the Spirit.
When the guards put a spear through the body of Christ on the cross, it sprinkled blood AND water mixed TOGETHER (John 19:34). We are baptized of Christ in blood AND water, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
John baptized with water, but Jesus Christ baptizes with the Holy Ghost! (John 1:26, 33)
All physical things have been done away, and now Christ has brought spiritual things. Christ tore down the physical sanctuaries and created a spiritual temple within us by fulfilling the law. Christ fulfilled the physical water baptism and created a spiritual baptism by fulfilling righteousness.
Water is also an illustration of the spirit in the Bible. John 7:38, 39 reveal this.
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified."
We are now baptized with the living water, which is the Spirit of God.
Behold, Jesus Christ has made all things new. Praise HIS name!!