Tim Cole: Do you know the 3 baptisms?
You’ve heard about baptism, but what about the doctrine of baptisms? This is in Hebrews, Chapter Six.
There are three baptisms taught by the New Testament. The first is baptism by the Holy Spirit into Christ and His Body. This a spiritual baptism. Jesus’ Church is made up of all born again believers in Heaven and on earth. We can’t attend the universal Church here on earth, so we must commit ourselves to a local expression of the Body of Christ to grow spiritually.
The second baptism is baptism by a man of God into water, identifying ourselves with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. It is a testimony of what God has done in your heart. It is also a funeral service for the old man (sinful nature) and a resurrection service for the new man in Christ. We walk forth in newness of life after being buried with Christ (the water a symbol of the grave). Water baptism is an important part of our Christian experience. Acts 2:38 says to repent, be baptized in water, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. These are the three foundational experiences of the Christian life. They lay a strong foundation for our Christian experience. These three experiences are the same as the three baptisms.
That brings us to the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Ghost) and fire. Jesus never baptized anybody in water, though His disciples did. In the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Jesus baptizes, immerses, fills and overflows us with the precious Holy Spirit of God. We receive the Holy Spirit baptism just like we do salvation. By faith through prayer. Ask Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit. Then lift your hands and praise God. God’s presence will cover you and clothe you with power. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus. Jesus told the disciples before He left that He would not leave them orphans. He came to them in the person and power of the Holy Spirit.
We are living in the last days of history, the end times. God is pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh like never before. The Holy Spirit gives us power over the devil, power to live for God, and power to witness of Jesus. Just a short list.
The Holy Spirit makes Jesus and God the Father more real in our life. He gives us boldness to share Jesus. He teaches us, opening the Word of God to us. He anoints us for ministry. He comforts us. He empowers us to be able to love people we couldn’t love before. He shows us things to come, preparing us for the future. He guides us into all truth. He makes us holy. He enables us to worship God in spirit and in truth. He brings us into a more intimate relationship with God where we share divine mysteries with each other. Such sweet communion of the Holy Spirit.