Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted: April 3, 2022
The word “baptize” and “baptized” in the Greek is Strong’s G907 which means “to make whelmed; fully wet.” It is taken from the root word G911 which means “to cover wholly with a fluid; to stain.”
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is received when those called of God have received the Word which is Jesus Christ (Acts 1:5, Matthew 3:11). After repentance, the called will be washed clean by the blood of Jesus which covers all sin.
Earthly water is not needed to receive the Holy Spirit baptism. The blood of Jesus Christ has overcome everything in this world (John 16:33).
Water baptism is a physical act that we do among the brethren to share our testimony of Jesus Christ. God’s kingdom is spiritual. He sees our hearts and minds (1 Samuel 16:7) and does not require our physical vessels to be dunked in water — we have been completely covered and washed in the name of Jesus Christ by His blood (Acts 2:38).
Whether sprinkling or dunking, or an infant, child or adult water baptism, none of them are “wrong” — all are declarations to the brethren of our testimony to live according to the doctrines of Christ and to abide by God’s laws which He has written in our hearts and minds (Jeremiah 31:33).
Coming To Baptism
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
God Will Call You To Jesus Christ
We see here that the people were “pricked in their heart” after hearing they crucified their Lord and Savior. This moving of the heart is from God — when His children hear His truths, they will know it. God foreknew His children from before the foundation of the world.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
1 Corinthians 2:7
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Ephesians 1:5, 11 & 2:10
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We Then Will Repent
Once God moves us to know His Son, we realize how detestable our earthly flesh and human nature is, and we seek forgiveness in Jesus Christ for our sins.
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Our conversion comes through repentance.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
We see in Revelation 2:5 that repentance is not a one time thing. We must die to self daily and to what the flesh wants and take up our cross (1 Corinthians 15:31, Luke 9:23).
Receiving Of The Word
The Truth is the Word and the Word is Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:13).
After the call comes repentance, and with repentance comes the receiving of the Word, and with the receiving of Jesus Christ comes the Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 2:41).
Our New Heart
With the receiving of the Holy Spirit, God gives us a new heart of agape love, often referred to as “charity” in the KJV bible (1 John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 13:13).
Our agape hearts are New Jerusalem which will descend from heaven into the new earth and the new heaven (Revelation 21:1-4) — this will fulfill God’s land promise to His children under the new covenant (see my article “God’s Chosen People”).
An agape heart in Christ Jesus is an unconditional love for the brethren/fellow believers, and a genuine concern that the lost hear the gospel message of Christ (1 John 3:14-18). God tells us not to continue to pray for those who have heard the gospel message but refuse to obey the laws of His covenant (Jeremiah 11:1-14) — we plant the seed and trust that God’s will be done in watering it. Jesus taught us to pray that “God’s will be done in earth as in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-13). Jesus’ blood conquered ALL sin, not just the sins for a few called to enter through the narrow gate — see my article God Created Evil for details.
Our Life In The Spirit
We see in Acts 2:42 that the newly saved continue in the doctrine of Christ (obeying God’s laws), fellowship with one another, break bread together (remembering Christ’s sacrifice with every meal), and lift up prayers to God (see this article for details). They go house to house building one another up (John 15:12-13) — their houses were their “church” building because their physical bodies/new hearts are God’s temple. They are of one mind in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 13:11).
But with this new life comes extreme persecution from the world — this is our going through the Refiner’s fire so the second death will have no power over us (John 15:18-27).
To be a friend of the world is to be an enemy of God (James 4:4). Being loved by the worldly is not of God (John 15:19). Through MUCH tribulation do we enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).
But take heart! The love of our Father is unconditional and like no other… He has provided us with a complete set of armor that is more than adequate for the persecutions we will suffer during our short time on this earth. See my article Never Be Without Your Armor.
Agape and peace to you all in Christ Jesus.
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