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Instructions about Baptisms

By Lan & Nita Olude


Galatians 3:26-27 (NKJV)
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ …”


Luke 3:16 (NIV)
“John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”


Would you happen to know that there is more than one type of baptism described in the Bible? Try, to see if you can identify different types of baptism, reading through the verses of scriptures stated above. Through these scriptures we can see that there are four major types of baptisms, namely:

Baptism into Christ
Baptism with water
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
Baptism with fire

We want to focus our discussion in this article, on the first type of baptism – Baptism into Christ. What does it mean to be baptized into Christ? The word, baptism, emanated from a root word which means to immerse or to dunk in a fluid (gas or water). Therefore, when we get baptized into Christ, we get immersed into Christ. To further appreciate this concept, we would like to reference Jesus’ statement in John 15:5, where he indicates that he is the vine, and anyone who believes in him is a branch. Therefore, just like every branch in a tree gets immersed into the vine or trunk of the tree, everyone who has accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, is immersed into the body of Jesus Christ, who is the vine. Please feel free to refresh your memory in this regard, by reading the article titled “Accept Jesus as Lord.”

But, some people might say: “When I read my bible, I don’t understand it.” Good question! We would like to refer such people to the experience of Moses in Exodus 33:13 and Psalm 103:7. Based on these scriptures, we can see that Moses was taught the ways of the Lord because he asked for it. Additionally, Psalm 25:9 states that only the humble or the meek will be taught the ways of the Lord. God is not a respecter of persons. If we ask to be taught the ways of God with an attitude of meekness, we would be taught, as well. If we ask God to make us understand His ways (the spirit behind the letter) in the bible, we will be taught. The bible will come alive to us when we read it, and faith will rise in our hearts. We will then be able to regulate our lives based on a complete understanding of the ways of God, which is His Word.

The concept of being baptized into Christ was also described in the book of Ephesians (Ephesians 1:13), where it is indicated that, when we got born again, we were sealed with the substance (Zoe) generated by the Holy Spirit to announce to all of creation that we belong to God. This truth is foundational and fundamental to Christianity. But, why is this concept fundamental and important?

A little measure of Zoe inside the recreated human spirit in the form of a seal is sufficient to announce to all of creation that we belong to God, but it is not sufficient to empower the believer to be a faithful witness of Jesus Christ, especially in this depraved generation. With the platform of this seal, however, Jesus encourages us, just like he encouraged the disciples, to seek for the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that we can be faithful witnesses, who can do the works of the ministry (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8). So, we want to encourage you to seek after the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, to be filled with the power of God in abundance so you can be a faithful witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Would you like to know how? If you answered “Yes” please proceed to the next article – Baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Please reference additional scriptures below to renew your mind in this regard, and access resources on www.heroesmart.com . to feed your spirit and grow your faith in Christ Jesus.



Relevant Scriptures:


Romans 6:3 (NIV)
“… all of us … were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”


Ephesians 1:13 (NIV)
“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 …”


Ephesians 4:30 (NIV)
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”


Luke 24:49 (NKJV)
“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”


Acts 1:8 (Amp)
“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.”


John 15:5 (NKJV)
“I am the vine, you are the branches …”


Galatians 3:26-27 (NKJV)
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ …”


Luke 3:16 (NIV)
“John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”



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