“I immerse you in water, but he will immerse you in the Holy Spirit.”
John the Immerser fulfilled a great role in God’s plan. But Jesus proved himself a far greater figure in many ways, including the immersion he would bring in the Holy Spirit.
Have I received the immersion of Christ, that the Spirit of God might dwell within me? Or did I receive a rite that does not conform to the Lord’s commandment?
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“Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each one of you be immersed in the name of Jesus Christ in order to have your sins forgiven, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'”
Acts 2.38 TGOG
The terms of salvation given in the first gospel sermon, in order to establish the church as Jesus had promised, are clear. Jesus was preached, salvation was offered, and the conditions to receive it were a part of the message.
Forgiveness comes upon being immersed, not before. This is an essential understanding of the act. Have you obeyed the gospel this way?
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I had a chance to watch a salesman in person the other day work his craft as he talked about the benefits of upgrading a home’s windows.
To help make one of his points he took two window pieces made of different materials and then he said (and I quote), “Now we’re going to baptize these pieces.”
So what did he do with them? Did he pour water over them? Nope. Did he sprinkle it on them? Nope. He simply took the pieces and he immersed them down in the water.
Now if only there was a way to get some “salesman” of the gospel to learn what that salesman of windows already knew about baptism then we’d all be one step closer to a real unity when it comes to the word of God.
“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)
Heard at a Gospel Meeting tonight: “Water is not baptism. Baptism is something that takes place in water” (Bob Gray).