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- Faith Baptism vs Water Baptism

Water baptism has been very much misunderstood by the church. It will be shown to be nothing more than a Jewish ritual of old covenant ceremonial law that was done away with. This is not to say that it doesn’t have meaning for us to learn from about the saving baptism into Jesus. The saving baptism into Jesus is spiritual. Christians today know and understand that circumcision is not something we physically do today. True circumcision is repentance which is turning away from sin and cutting off sin from our lives. Saving baptism is immersion into Jesus by believing the gospel and declaring in faith that Jesus is Lord. 

What Is Baptism?  - When we think of baptism, we typically just think of someone getting dunked in water. But the Bible has a much broader definition for this word.

Baptism Of The Holy Spirit And Fire Is NOT For Today - This baptism will be shown to be its own unique baptism. It brought power, spiritual gifts, and manifestations of the Spirit for the 1st century church.

Baptism Into Jesus IS For Today - How is this baptism distinct from all the others? This is the baptism that we should be looking for and focused on.

Water Baptism Is NOT For Today - What!? Everyone knows this is a pillar of the entire evangelical church throughout the church age. How could it be that it’s not for today? Click the link and find out.

The Baptism Of Cornelius

Cornelius was a Gentile. He received the Holy Spirit before water baptism when he believed and heard the message of the gospel from Peter. One objection is that Peter seems to still insist and demand that they be water baptized. But this is typical response of a Jew who is converting a Gentile to his religion. Peter was still learning as he was being taught in this story about how Gentiles are no longer unclean. And Peter does not yet fully understand the spiritual baptism into Jesus, he is just beginning to learn. So he and other Jews gradually learn that water baptism is no longer necessary as Christ has come to fulfill that aspect of the law that required ceremonial washings or baptism. In the same way, as was a big subject at that time, the Jews continued in circumcision against the teachings of Paul. So a transition period was happening at this time.

Then Peter said, “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Acts 10:47-48 (Also note they received the Holy Spirit before water baptism.)

He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’ “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” Acts 11:14-17 (Here we see what the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire is. It’s the same thing that occurred to the apostles at Pentecost. It’s a manifestation of the Holy Spirit onto someone that gifts them with the power of tongues, prophecy, and healings. This was done in the 1st century to help build up the church.)

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. Acts 8:36-38 (This account of the eunuch is even before the baptism of Cornelius in Acts 10. This is traditional Jewish ceremonial washing. Any convert is baptized in water. We have to remember there is a transitional period. Everyone didn’t just get this change from old covenant types to new covenant spiritual realities with the snap of a finger. So we must be careful that we don’t jump to doctrinal conclusions apart from context.)

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