Foundations of Faith Part 3: The Different Baptisms
Hebrews 6:1-2 (TPT) Now is the time for us to progress beyond the basic message of Christ and advance into perfection. The foundation has already been laid for us to build upon:  turning away from our dead works to  embrace faith in God,  teaching about different baptisms,  impartation by the laying on of hands,  resurrection of the dead, and  eternal judgment.
The Bible reveals 3 baptisms:
- Baptism into Christ Spirit Righteousness
- Baptism of Water Body Repentance
- Baptism of Holy Spirit Soul Faith
Jude 1:20 (MSG) Dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love.
God is immersing each part of our being into Christ Jesus for the purpose of reproducing Christ’s features in us.
BAPTISM INTO CHRIST
To “baptize” means to immerse or place into something.
1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body . . . .
When we accepted Jesus as Savior we were placed into Christ’s body and given Jesus’s name. The name of Jesus has to do with position and authority.
John 16:23-24 (NLT) You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
God now relates to you the same way He relates to Jesus.
Romans 6:4 (STREET) When the Spirit identified us with Jesus the Messiah, He identified us with His death [our old spiritual condition]. That identification is so total that when Jesus was buried, you were buried with Him. And just as the Father raised the Messiah from the dead, we too have been raised to a brand-new life [given a new spiritual condition].
God put everything He wanted you to be in Christ Jesus and then immersed you in Christ; giving you instant access to it all!
In Christ you are:
- Loved (1 Jn 3:1)
- Blessed (Eph 1:3)
- Chosen (Eph 1:4)
- Forgiven (Eph 1:7)
- Redeemed (Gal 3:13)
- Healed (1 Pt 2:24)
- Delivered (Col 1:13)
- Victorious (1 Cor 15:57)
2 Peter 1:3 (TPT) Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power.
BAPTISM OF WATER
Water baptism is where we personally identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ identified with us by going to the cross. We identify with Christ by going to the water. For many this is where the grace to live this new life becomes a reality.
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
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 . . . .
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is also called the baptism of fire. It’s the fire of the Holy Spirit that brings the faith for transformation into our lives. We shine brightest as a witness for Christ when people see our lives being transformed by God’s power.
Romans 8:26 (CW) The Holy Spirit is always ready to help us. We don’t even know how we should pray or what we really need, and when we think we do, we don’t know how to say it right. The Holy Spirit takes our deepest emotions and longings and puts them into the beautiful language of heaven, pleading with God for us as if we were right there.
Act 19:1-8 (NIV) While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 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.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. 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.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied [inspired utterance]. There were about twelve men in all.