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I am a Christian have I been baptized in the Spirit?

 

By Pastor Dean Honeycutt

Mitchell County

When I was a child I was playing in the ocean and a big wave came and knocked me down covering me with water and rolling me over and over, I thought I was going to drown. But the water went away. The water immersed me, it baptized me.

First let’s consider water baptism. Water baptism does not save you and is not a prerequisite to enter heaven. Water baptism is a public testimony of a new life in Christ, symbolizing His death burial and resurrection. The word baptism in trusted Theological dictionaries of the Greek New Testament means to dip, baptize, immerse, sink, drown, bathe, and wash. Therefore, we can conclude literally speaking, Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water i.e. the complete covering of the body in water. In John 1:26 it is said by John the Baptist “I baptize with water”. What did John do? He immersed, dipped, or sunk people into the Jordan River. Concerning the baptism of Jesus in Mark 1: 10 “And straightway coming up out of the water” would mean when Jesus’ body was under water and then came up out of the water. 

This doctrine is very important to our understanding of baptism in water and baptism in the Spirit. In Romans chapter 6 the Bible teaches us that water baptism is a picture of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Consider verse 4, “therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death,” and verse 6 “knowing this that our old man is crucified with Him.” How are we buried? Do we throw dirt on us? No, we are buried under the water in baptism. When we go underwater in water baptism it is a picture of the death of the old man, we publicly identify with the death of Jesus on the cross for our sin. When we come up out of the water it symbolizes the resurrection of the new man. Consider verse 4 “that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life” and verse 5 “for if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.” What a beautiful way to picture our new life in Christ. Water baptism is a Christians first step of obedience and accountability to a New Testament church.

If water baptism is the immersion of the believer in water that publicly identifies him with Christ and a New Testament Church, what is Spiritual baptism? Spiritual baptism is the total immersion of the believer at the moment of salvation in God the Holy Spirit.  Consider John 1:33, John the Baptist speaking about Jesus, “and I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” And when does this happen to the believer? John 7: 38 -39 tells us plainly, Jesus speaking; “he that believes on me as the scriptures has said out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” and John the Apostle tells us “this spake Jesus of the Spirit which they that believe on Him should receive:” In the book of Acts we see people believing and at the same moment receiving the Holy Ghost. In Acts 10: 47 Peter says, “can any forbid water, that these (Gentile believers) should not be baptized (water baptism) which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we.” Therefore, at the moment of salvation we are baptized in the Holy Ghost.

When you go to purchase a new car the sticker on the window tells you what is available on that particular model of car. When you purchase a car with every available option you call that “loaded”, in other words that car has everything and nothing is held back. When we receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of Salvation we are “loaded” with the Holy Spirit. We receive everything the Spirit should offer and nothing is held back. Ephesians 1: 3 teaches us “the Father has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:13 tells us, “in whom you also trusted, after that you believed you were sealed with the Holt Spirit of Promise.” Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 12:13, “for by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” In conclusion, the command to every Christian is to “be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18. The Apostle John in the words of Jesus teach us that the Holy Spirit lives in the believer and remains with us forever. (John 14: 16-17) To be filled with the Spirit is different from the one-time event of being baptized in the Spirit. Every Christian should strive to be filled with God’s Spirit every day to walk in obedience to the Spirit “speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5: 18-19) and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5: 22-25) I hope this article has helped you understand that all true saved believers have been baptized in the Spirit and we are commanded to be filled with that self-same Spirit of God. May the word of God encourage you and “Live life with No Regrets”.Pastor Dean Honeycutt