KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:3 KJV “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”
The word baptism has been transliterated into English, from the Greek word “Baptizo” It means to be immersed, dip into or submerged in something. The Bible speaks of so many kinds of baptisms.
1 There is baptism in water unto repentance. (Matt 3:7),
2 Baptism in the name of Jesus, in water (Acts 19:5)
3 Baptism of suffering (Matt 20:22),
4 Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:6)
5 Baptism by the Holy Spirit (Rom 6:3&4)
In this study we will be looking at what baptism by the Holy Spirit is. There is a difference between baptism by the Holy Spirit and baptism in the Holy Spirit. When a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit his or her spirit is dipped into the Holy Spirit, and this is manifested by speaking in tongues. When one is baptized by the Holy Spirit, this time the Holy Spirit dips your spirit into Christ as an initiation into Jesus Christ. This happens at salvation. Gal 3:27, put it this way, ” For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”. This act of being baptized into Christ is done by the Holy Spirit. That is why we say, baptism by the Holy Spirit. (1st Corinth 12:13).
What is the significance of this baptism by the Spirit.? To be baptized into Christ is to be immersed in Him. It also means to be identified with Him in everything about Him. (Romans 6:3–6) It also means you have been made one with Jesus in His suffering, crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection. Every suffering He went through, you have likewise gone through with Him, because you were in Him. Although you were not physically present when He died, yet He went through everything, for you and me. It becomes real when you surrender your life to Jesus. Through baptism you died with our Lord Jesus. In his death, the old nature or old man of sin was crucified (Rom 6:6) You do not have this sinful man in you again. (To be continued)
I have been baptized into Christ. I have put on Christ. I am one with Him in every way. I suffered with Him when he was beaten, and all my diseases were laid on Him.
1Corinth 12:13 NET” For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or free, we were all made to drink of the one Spirit.
Rom 6:4 NET” Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.