“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” -John the Baptist (Matt 3:11)
Most churches still observe water baptism in this present day, but even John himself said that there was someone greater coming, with something even greater to offer us…
A lot of the old covenant observances were physical, carnal ordinances that had this glimpse of the Spiritual things yet to come. These things were a shadow of things to come that are true and holy.
Water baptism is one of them. It was the fleshly version of the Spiritual. In the end, a water baptism only gets us wet if they do not receive the true baptism of Christ. God is a Spirit, and He desires for us to worship Him in Spirit and truth.. forsaking the flesh and its carnal ordinances & observances that never pleased Him. Why would He demand for our bodies to be dipped in water? God only demands for us to receive His Son.
If a water baptism was sufficient in itself, then Paul would not have sought after other disciples that were already baptized by John and tell them about a far greater baptism.
“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should 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 his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” Acts 19:1-6
Others will dispute and say that Christ Himself was baptized with water. In doing so, He must have expected us to do the same. The answer lies in the passage below, that Christ came to fulfill.
“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.” Matt 3:13-15
Christ came to fulfill all things and all righteousness. In Him, we have the fulfillment of all things. We simply enter into His rest. We reap where we have not sowed. We receive all things from Him.
Another interesting fact is that Christ Himself never baptized anyone with water while He was on earth.
“Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples.” John 4:2
But Christ indeed baptized with the Spirit. He told the disciples to wait because that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from hence (the day of the Pentecost).
“..wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Acts 1:4,5
This is the true baptism. This was not given before because Christ was not yet glorified (John 7:39). Now we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Just as we saw that Christ had the Spirit of God decending upon Him like a dove during baptism, and Christ walked forth in His journey in God, being completely in the Father’s will.. we too shall receive this anointing (the receiving of the Spirit) and walking forth into new life in Christ.
Water baptism is the image of the true Spiritual baptism of Christ. A water baptism won’t condemn you, nor save you, but the true baptism is required in order to have fellowship with the Father and Son.
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Cor 12:13
There is only one baptism, and it is by Spirit, through Christ our Lord.
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Eph 4:4-6
Don’t miss out on this one.