A lot of people see baptism as a way to wipe clean a slate, to start over, and to make better choices. It’s like a second chance.. but this is totally different in Christ. In Christ, flesh does not get a second chance but it is destroyed. It is also not about the commitment that we in the flesh can make, but that God has committed us unto His Son.
John the Baptist baptized with water, and many even called it John’s baptism.. but even John spoke of One whom was coming, and who could baptize with fire. Christ was the greater thing. His fire brings judgment, consuming all things outside of Him, but His fire refines His own and we are not consumed. All the things up before the time of Christ was the old covenant, the earthly things but not the very image of things which is heavenly, and which was only a shadow but the True is come. All the law and prophets were up to John. The old covenant testified of the new, and then was beheaded because only Christ can be the Head of all things.
“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: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matt 3:11,12
“And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he 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.” John 1:32,33
Christ baptizes with fire. His fire is the refining fire, burning up all our works, and adamic nature, until only Christ remains. He is the gold tried by fire. This is the Holy Ghost poured in us (the anointing, just as the dove), and refining us until we are wholly His and made in His image.
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” Zech 13:9
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. ” Rev 3:18
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Ps 51:7
Earthly water can never do this, but only the water from the Rock can purge us and purify us. Flesh turns to the earthly things that we can see, hear, taste and handle.. but God seeks for us to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. If water baptism were enough, then why would Paul and the disciples seek those who were baptized by John and tell them of an even greater baptism that is come? Christ is come in the flesh and His Spirit has been given.
“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 9:3-6
Moses was given to us as an example of a water baptism when they left Egypt and their slavery behind, and passed through the Red Sea. Just as the Israelites, we leave the world behind, where we were enslaved in sin and we pass through to our redemption and liberty. We are passed from death unto life. We have our red sea, which was the water and blood that poured out from our Lord’s side at the cross. The bride (like Eve) came out of her husband’s side, and she is born of water and blood.
This is not an ordinance or tradition which religion has made it to be, but God pouring Himself into us, and refining us with His holy fire until only Christ remains. We are baptized (translated as whelmed) with His Spirit. We as His body, are made to drink into one Spirit.. just as Christ said drink of me. He is the well springing up to eternal life.
“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
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 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.)” John 7:37-39
Everything always testifies of Christ, how He alone is sufficient for us, and how His love & mercy, not ourselves, is our salvation.
“Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ez 36:25-27