Doctrine of Baptisms: Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Pastor Don
I love our Friday Bible study. It is a lunchtime Bible study, attended by so many. Here is a picture taken last year, but the people in this picture are still attending. Pastor Don is the one standing up, in the blue shirt on the far right. I am also on the far right, in the first row, between the woman in the brown sweater and the woman with the purple sweater.
We are still dealing with our basic tenets of faith as mentioned in Hebrews 6:1-3.
Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.
Pastor Don in a previous study mentioned the reason the word “baptisms” was plural was because there were more than one. Because we had some newcomers to our group, we went over the baptisms we had already covered as a review. It made the study on baptisms so clear and concise that I am sharing it with you.
Baptism is a rite of purification. We read Hebrews 6:1-3 in the Amplified THEREFORE LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God, With teachings about purifying, the laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment and punishment. [These are all matters of which you should have been fully aware long, long ago.]If indeed God permits, we will [now] proceed [to advanced teaching].
(Heather’s note, I love seeing how the Word is expressed in different translations, and am beginning to like the Amplified for its extra wording that adds clarification.)
1. Baptism into the faith, born again The first Baptism is being born again with the water and the Word. We hear the Word of God, immerse ourselves into the Water of the Word. It does not require physical water. We are born of the Spirit and Truth, the Water of the Word. The Holy Spirit brings us to repentance and convicts us of our sins. It occurs because we heard the truth, which is why the Bible tells us that blessed are the feet of those who share the Gospel of Truth. We hear the Gospel and our conscience is seared. Before the Holy Spirit intervenes, we can try to convince ourselves that our adultery had a rational cause because our spouse drove us to it. We can convince ourselves that we are in charge of our lives, we are gods, we know what we want to believe and do what seems right to us. But then the Holy Spirit comes in and convicts us of our sins, and that brings us to repentance which is the necessary state for us to be ready to be received into the faith, to know that we need a Savior. When we repent and believe, does that make everything in our lives perfect? No. Do we know all there is to know about Christ? No. Do we believe everything yet? No. We need to grow into the faith. So the next baptism follows. (Heather’s note, the baptisms are not necessarily in this numeric order with two following one, with three following two, etc. God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus can choose to give a baptism that is right for the person. For example He may give the Baptism of the Holy Spirit before the person is Baptized into Christ, etc.)
2 Baptism into Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and we are born again, but we have to get knowledge and information about Jesus. We are given knowledge about who our Savior is. Knowledge about who redeemed us. We come to Jesus and ask Him, “Who are you?” And we begin to gain revelation of Christ. We develop a relationship with Him. The Holy Spirit introduces us and leads us to places were we can learn about Christ, opens up the Word of God so that we understand.
3. Baptism in the Father The work of Christ is to show us about the Father. Christ shows us the God/man. Christ reveals to us God as Father. He wants us to approach the Father. Sometimes this is the hardest step for some who have had bad earthly relationships with their earthly fathers. To begin to see the Heavenly Father as He really is, to know His love and mercy and grace is very difficult for some. So Jesus begins to show us the Father. We see who the Father is by what we have seen Jesus do, for He told us that He did only those things His Father (God) told Him to do, and when we see Him, we see His Father, Our Father. We need to come to the realization that our Father wants to hang out with us, to be immersed into Him so that we can know the love of the Father.
4. Baptism into the Body/Christ This is another tough step, to begin to see ourselves as part of the Body of Christ, the Church (not denomination) but we are all the Body of Christ. Some people who are saved can’t stand the church and church people. They say they can’t do church because they had bad experiences in earlier times, they can’t stand the people, personalities get in the way of worship. Church people drive some crazy. But Pastor Don told us that most of us cannot stand the kids (believers) unless we have the heart of the Father. We need to learn to love our brothers and sisters in faith, to come together and help each other. We cannot stand alone.
There are some who refuse the doctrine of baptisms and this one is one of the hardest – to be baptized into the Body of Christ. Jesus had the hardest job, He had to love His sheep enough to die for them. That is where the rubber meets the road, at the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus told God, “Not my will, but thine be done.” We find it easier to love Christ, a lot harder to love fellow believers, to love people. To love Christ is to love people. Pastor Don asked us, how can a pastor rob the church? How can he sin against the sheep? A pastor who can rob the church has let their greed become greater than their love for the Christians.
5. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit This baptism can come at any time that it is needed. It can come before the baptism into the faith, into the Body of Christ, into Christ, into the Father. This baptism gives us power for service. Some people never see signs, wonders, miracles in church because they have refused the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. In the Church there are wonderful people who do good works for Christ, but they have no power for they have refused the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the devil gives them a run around.
When we speak in tongues God translates from the heart what we are praying. Praying in the Holy Spirit allows the supernatural to be released. It is the dunamis, dynamite power of the Holy Spirit and God meets us at our need and brings life and power.
All the baptisms work together and it is best to gain all five. Yes, you can get by on one or two, you can be baptized into the faith and into Christ, but not know the Father. Not realize that we are joint heirs with Christ, and still approach the Father with uncertainty. The Father wants us to believe and wants to be our Lord. When we refuse to know Him, it breaks the heart of the Father. He wants us to know that Daddy (God) will be with me, even when my earthly father always failed.
Some churches teach falsely that once we receive Salvation that the Holy Spirit comes in us, and that is what the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is. It is true that the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us, but that does not mean that we have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with power.
These baptisms purify.
1. The baptism of repentance helps to free us from the ignorance of pride.
We then looked at Scriptures that helped us to understand the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We looked at a lot of Scriptures quickly, with minimal commentary. Pastor Don wanted us to see the relevant scriptures, most of which speak for themselves.
Matthew 16:24-28 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
The Holy Spirit empowers us to do the Works of Christ, works we cannot do in our own strength.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
All the Baptisms are mentioned in verse 19 – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations (repentance) (Disciples are trained in the Body of Christ) baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus even preached repentance – Repentance is the Gospel.
Luke 24:47-49 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. 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.”
We can’t get around repentance, there is NO ultimate reconciliation without repentance. Repentance is tied to salvation. The disciples had repentance, knew Jesus, knew the father, but they were still cowardly, hiding out until the received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 1 Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will be given and it will give people power.
Acts 1:4-8 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit gives us power to do all the works that Jesus has called us to do.
Pastor Don suggested that we read all of Acts Chapter 2. But we looked at Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
This mentions that people needed to repent, then they were to be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins AND receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. These are not one baptism, they are mentioned individually. And this passage also mentions us, for it talks about all who are AFAR OFF, as many as God will call. We are afar off, and also we are called by God.
Acts 5:15-16 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
Not some were healed, but ALL were healed. This is the dunamis power of the Holy Spirit. and all tormented by unclean spirits were healed. Peter’s shadow also caused healing.
Acts 5:29-32 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
We have to get to the place where we obey God, and when we do, it will be seen for the Holy Spirit will be active in those who obey.
Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
Grace implies power, it is not unmerited favor (that is Mercy) but grace stems from a root of a word that means dynamite power, dunamis.
Acts 4:8-16 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
They received great grace and it affected their Christian walk – these timid disciples had boldness, were able to speak even though they were considered uneducated.
Acts 3:1-10 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
The Holy Spirit healed this man and people saw it and were filled with wonder and amazement. It was a healing in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, but the Holy Spirit picked the right time and place. This man was a beggar who sat at that gate day in and day out, and one day the Holy Spirit caught Peter and John’s attention, at the right moment for the miracle to happen. And immediately the healing occurred.
Acts 6:4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
The disciples picked deacons to do necessary jobs, so they could spend time in prayer and ministry of the Word. Pastor Don pointed out this is the pastor’s job, prayer and ministry of the word, but today many pastors are burnt out because they are expected to fill many roles that others could do as well.
Acts 6:3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;
The deacons and those who work in the church were filled with the Holy Spirit. God knows who is filled with the Holy Spirit, and workers in the church need the Holy Spirit.
Acts 6:5-7 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Notice that hands were laid on them, and the Word of God spread and disciples multiplied for they were obedient to the faith.
Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people
The power came on Stephen through the Holy Spirit. He was not one of the original disciples, he was a deacon and he did GREAT SIGNS AND WONDERS among the people. That can only happen when you are baptized into the Holy Spirit – which comes from the laying on of hands.
Acts 7:55 (Stephen when he was being stoned to death) But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
Stephen was given power to deal with this trying situation by the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit allowed him to see the Glory of God and Jesus at the right hand of the Father.
It is worth reading all of Acts 8 for it is a Spirit-filled chapter.
Acts 8:6-8 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.
The people were saved, but they were not filled with the Holy Spirit. Yet they observed Philip doing healings and there was great joy.
Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.
The people were baptized, but they were not filled with the Holy Spirit, this was the baptism of the Word of God, for they believed Philip as he PREACHED.
Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.
Simon believed, but he did not do signs and wonders. Only Philip did the signs and wonders.
Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,
The disciples saw that the people at Samaria received the Word of God, the first baptism.
Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
The disciples prayed that the people would receive the Holy Spirit. They did not receive it before, because if they had, why would the disciples have had to pray for them?
Acts 8:16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
They had only been baptized in the NAME of the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit had not fallen on them. There had to be a way that the disciples could recognize that the people did not have the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Notice that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit comes from the laying on of hands, not water baptism. And they saw something to show that the Holy Spirit baptism had taken effect. (Heather’s note, we will see later that there is evidence of tongues).
Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
Simon saw that the Holy Spirit came on the people, it had to be something visibly evident that happened. Simon wanted to buy the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, this just shows us that his heart was not changed when He received Christ. Pastor Don contends they saw that the people fell out in the spirit with evidence of tongues. Remember that in the upper room when the Spirit fell people were speaking in tongues as well.
Acts 9, Paul is anointed.
Acts 9:10-12 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
Ananias, who functioned with the Holy Spirit, had a vision of what he was to do with Paul/Saul. He was not an apostle, he was just a believer, yet God would empower him to restore Paul/Saul’s sight. All Ananias did was be obedient to God.
Acts 9:17-18 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
No water is mentioned, this was a laying on of hands. Paul/Saul was being baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Acts 10 the Italian people get the Holy Spirit. Acts 11 even more,
Acts 19 Many more receive the Holy Spirt and are baptized in the Holy Spirt.
The Holy Spirit allows us to operate in the gifts that Jesus told us we would use.
We ran out of time, and I know Pastor Don will continue this study later on. This was presented on Nov. 28. I am catching up on some old Bible studies. I had typed more recent ones out of order for various reasons.
Praying your New Year was blessed. My son cooked dinner – homemade stromboli. It was incredibly good tasting.
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