By: Tonya Parrott
There are two baptisms mentioned in Scripture. Jesus was baptized in Matthew 3:15 to receive the Holy Spirit. The power of His ministry began after this; miracles, healings, and ultimately His resurrection from the dead. Notice how we see the Deity in the next two verses (Matthew 3:16-17) and watch the flow through Scripture and the delays in the Holy Spirit after this in reference to the timing of the end of the Old Covenant (sanctification of the Old Testament saints) and the sending of the Holy Spirit back to the New Testament saints at Pentecost (50 days later, Acts 2) to sanctify them. This is because the Deity had to be present.
John’s baptism (being baptized into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) is the ‘believer’s baptism.’ It was a baptism of repentance and how you became a disciple. This was during the transition period from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant while Jesus was still on earth before he officially defeated death and sent the Holy Spirit back for the New Covenant believers. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is being baptized into the name of Jesus Christ. This is where we receive our POWER.
Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”.
Acts 19:1-7 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples* 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.7 There were about twelve men in all.
We, being that the Old Covenant is now fulfilled by Christ and obsolete, are now baptized into Christ. In this baptism of the Holy Spirit, we literally die to self, are filled with the Holy Spirit and are resurrected into life through the Spirit and become a new creature in Christ. So, as you can see, baptism is SO MUCH MORE than an outward sign or act. You really get a deeper revelation of its meaning as you continue to read the Bible when you understand this. Look for the transition from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant as you read, as this is the key to understanding. (And remember that man has the New Covenant starting in Matthew but that is incorrect. The New Covenant didn’t start until Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost.)
The following Scriptures also show the difference in being sealed when you first believed and being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Sealed with the Holy Spirit:
Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
Filled with the Holy Spirit:
Acts 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Just some of my thoughts for today.