Other Baptisms

Other Baptisms

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When John the Baptist spoke of baptism with fire and baptism with the Holy Spirit , what did He mean? Notice John’s exact words: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire ” (Matthew 3:11-12 Matthew 3:11-12 11 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
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The word baptize means to “put into” or “immerse” in something. John baptized in water by dipping people into the water of the Jordan River. But He was explaining that Christ would go beyond what he was doing. He immediately explained his reference to baptism with fire. Those who refuse to repent are to be regarded as “chaff” and, at the end of the age, thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15 Revelation 20:15And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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Jesus Himself explained the baptism with the Holy Spirit. He told His disciples that “John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:5 Acts 1:5For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
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). This was fulfilled a few days later on the Feast of Pentecost when the disciples of Christ “were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-4 Acts 2:1-4 1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat on each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
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What does Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 12:13 1 Corinthians 12:13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
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when he says, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body”? Later in the same chapter Paul explains what he is talking about. “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually” (1 Corinthians 12:27 1 Corinthians 12:27Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
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). That body is explicitly identified as “the church of God” in Acts 20:28 Acts 20:28Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.
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. One who receives the Holy Spirit is immediately “put into” and made a member of the “body of Christ,” the Church of God. (For more details on these other “baptisms” be sure to read the booklet The Road to Eternal Life .)