1,2,3 Necessary Baptisms
- (Of The Holy Spirit) The Holy Spirit baptizes (Greek word for baptize is baptizo which means to immerse, submerge) us in Jesus. 1 Corinthians 12:13 for by one spirit (The Holy Spirit) we were all baptized into one body (Jesus the body of Christ)
- The disciple baptizes us in water. Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples baptizing them (water baptism) in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
- (In or with The Holy Spirit) Jesus baptizes us in (with) The Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:11 John the baptist said: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance but He (Jesus) who is coming after me is mightier than I whose sandal I am not worthy to carry, He (Jesus) will baptize you with (in) the Spirit and fire.
The baptism with/in the Holy Spirit is in all 4 gospels.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known as the synoptic (similar) gospels. The gospel of John is not a synoptic gospel. The gospel of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record the birth of Jesus and then move immediately to after the beheading of John the Baptist which is the 3rd year of Jesus’ ministry.
(The synoptic gospels) Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the birth of Jesus and the 3rd year of Jesus’ ministry.
In 70 AD John (the last living disciple) wrote the gospel of John which includes the 1st two years of Jesus’ ministry unlike the synoptic gospels.
All 4 gospels record the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (the gospel) and the baptism in/with The Holy Spirit.
- Matthew 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance but He (Jesus) who is coming after me is mightier than I whose sandal I am not worthy to carry, He (Jesus) will baptize you with (in) the Spirit and fire.”
- Mark 1:8 “I indeed baptized you with water, but He (Jesus) will baptize you with/in the Holy Spirit.
- Luke 3:16 “I indeed baptize you in water but one mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with/in the Holy Spirit and fire.
- John 1:33 I did not know Him (Jesus) but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with/in the Holy Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit had never descended and remained on a person prior to Jesus.
- He (The Holy Spirit) descended on King Saul (1 Samuel 11:16) but when King Saul offered the sacrifice without Samuel being there The Holy Spirit left him. (1 Samuel 16:14 The Spirit of The Lord departed from Saul.)
- He (The Holy Spirit) descended on David. After committing adultery David prayed in Psalm 51 “take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation”. David repented and the Spirit returned.
Jesus baptized in The Holy Spirit:
Luke 3:21-22 … Jesus was baptized too (in water by John the baptist) And as He (Jesus) was praying, heaven was opened And the Holy Spirit descended on Him (Jesus) in bodily form like a dove.
- Salvation (The Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ)
- Water (The disciples baptize us in water)
- Spirit (Jesus baptizes us with/in the Holy Spirit)
Jesus was (1.) born a child of God, without sin. Jesus was (2.) water baptized, and Jesus was (3.) baptized with the a Holy Spirit.
- We need to be (1.) born again because we were born in sin. When we are born again we are born children of God without sin just like Jesus.
- We need to be (2.) water baptized just like Jesus.
- We need to be (3.) baptized with the Holy Spirit just like Jesus.
The last words of Jesus prior to ascending into heaven:
Acts 1:4-5 and being assembled together with them He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water but you shall be baptized with/in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
Acts 2:37 They were cut to the heart and they said brethren what shall we do? Peter said to them:
- repent and let everyone of you
- be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin, and you shall
- receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off as many as The Lord our God will call.
cts 8:12-16 But when they believed (1. Salvation) Philip as he preached the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized (2.Water). Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria received the word of God they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they come down prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (3.Spirit). For as yet he had fallen on none of them, they had only been baptized in the name of The Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
(Acts 10 the Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit also.)
Acts 19:1- ...and finding some disciples (believers) Paul said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” "No, we have not even heard that 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 the one who would come after him, that is Christ Jesus (1. Salvation). When they heard this they were baptized (2. Water baptism) in the name of The Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid hands on them the Holy Spirit came upon them and they spake in tongues and prophesied (3. Baptized in the Holy Spirit).
1 John 5:7 there are three that bear witness in heaven. The Father, The Word, and The Holy Spirit and these three are one. (Revelation 19:13 … His (Jesus) name is called The Word of God.)
(Salvation is referred to as blood. Without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin Hebrews 9:22)
1 John 5:8 And there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit (Spirit baptism) the water (water baptism) and the blood (salvation/Jesus); and these three agree as one.
The three bear witness to the fact that there's a God in heaven that supernaturally changes people's lives. -Pastor Robert Morris
Three Necessary Baptisms:
- Salvation: When we get saved we become a new person
- Water: When we get baptized in water the old person is cut off
- Spirit: When we get baptized in the Spirit we get the power to walk in the new
1 Cor. 10:6-11 everything in the Old Testament is written for our instruction as an example to us.
1 Cor. 10:1-2 Moreover brethren I do not want you to be unaware that all of our fathers were under the cloud and all passed through the sea; all were baptized into Moses (symbolic of Christ/salvation) in the cloud (symbolic of The Holy Spirit) and in the sea (symbolic of water baptism).
They were baptized in:
- (Salvation) Moses a type of Christ
- (Spirit) The cloud a type of Holy Spirit
- (Water) The Sea a type of water baptism
(The bible uses figurative language that refers to The Spirit as oil or as the cloud, or fire. The Israelites were led by (God) the cloud by day and the fire by night, that is the Holy Spirit.)
Salvation - Water - Spirit
The tabernacle of Moses had only one entry point (symbolic of Jesus), it had an outer court, and an inner court which contained the Holy place and the most Holy place where God dwelled.
There were three things the people had to do before approaching the presence of God in the Holy place.
- Altar (where you shed the blood of a lamb) Symbolic of salvation
- Laver (where you washed with water) Symbolic of water baptism
- Flask (where you were anointed with oil) Symbolic of Spirit baptism