THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WHY JESUS CHRIST NEVER BAPTIZED ANYONE WITH WATER – JOHN 4:1 – 2 KJV
It is right to go by what the Bible says and teaches not what the denomination says and teaches about baptism.
If you search the scriptures to rightly divide the word of truth, you will discover baptisms ( plural) as mentioned in Hebrews 6:2 – 3 KJV “Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. “This Hebrews 6:2 – 3 KJV mentioned baptisms (plural). This means that we have many baptisms in the Bible.
How many baptisms are in the Bible?
There are seven (7) Baptism in the Bible:
(1) THE BAPTISM OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL
This is baptism to Moses. It has to do with Moses.
1 Corinthians 10:1 – 2 KJV “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.” Remember the book of Exodus chapter 13:21 and Chapter 14:22, 29 when the children of Israel left the land of slavery, Egypt and the Lord God went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way – and the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left…. the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
(2) JOHN‘S BAPTISM
This baptism is only for Israel: Mark 1:4 – 5 KJV “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.” Here John the Baptist baptized for the repentance, that is, the remission of sins.
Don’t forget that the ministry of John the Baptist is to announce Jesus Christ as the Messiah to the nation of Israel, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah the King of Jews that Israel was expecting to come: John 1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
John 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
John 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
John 1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
John 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
John 1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
John 1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
John 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
John 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
John 1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
John 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
John 1:33 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.
John 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
The verse 31 revealed the purpose of or the reason for the ministry of John the Baptist to introduce and announce Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the King of Jews to the nation of Israel.
(3) JESUS’ BAPTISM OF SUFFERING
This is the baptism of Jesus Christ of suffering that led to death at the Cross of Calvary.
The Lord Jesus Christ had baptism of suffering for our sins. He died for our sins on the Cross – Matthew 20:20 “Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
Matthew 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
Matthew 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Matthew 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.”
The Lord Jesus Christ mentioned here the cup of suffering which He is to be baptized with, the baptism of suffering to die for our sins.
Read this scripture also to have the clear understanding of the cup of suffering of Jesus Christ which is to mean death; Jesus’ Baptism of suffering to die for our sins – Matthew 26:38 “Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done..”
Jesus mentioned here “this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it” meaning baptism of suffering to die for our sins.
Read this 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Read this also Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Galatians 1:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.’
And read 1 Corinthians 15:1 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died
for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:.”
(4) PETER’S BAPTISM
This one takes place after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Remember that Peter started water baptism in the book of Acts chapter 2 which is only for Israel after the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
This Peter’s Baptism is not for the Gentiles.
Here God is still dealing with Israel to get them saved.
Please Acts 2:38 that many pastors used to teach water baptism which is only for Israel because no single Gentile had not been saved here in Acts chapter 2.
If you read your Bible and rightly divide, you would find out (discover) that most of the time (not all the time) water baptism is connected to the Jews (the nation of Israel). Why? It is because Israel always seek after signs – and water baptism is a sign for them: 1 Corinthians 1:22 ”For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:”
Peter always deals with Israel (circumcision) while Apostle Paul always deals with the Gentiles.
Know and understand that water baptism does not save anyone!!!
But trust and believing in the gospel of salvation ( the gospel of the apostle Paul – 1 Corinthians 15:1 – 4 KJV) by faith in the atonement of the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary for our sins saves us.
Peter was talking to the Jews if you read and study the whole content of Acts Chapter 2 – look at verse 1, 14, 22, addressing the Jews.
Pentecost means the feast of Jews (Jewish feast).
Always remember that after His resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ Himself instructed His disciples/apostles to baptize with the Holy Spirit (not with water) – Acts 1:5 KJV ”For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
(5) BELIEVER’S BAPTISM (AFTER SALVATION)
This is the baptism that is done after salvation.
This is done after you have genuinely saved.
Here we are not saved by the water but by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
It is not what we did that saved us but what the Lord Jesus Christ did through His blood for the remission of our sins – Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
We save not by what we do but what the Lord Jesus Christ did for us.
Water baptism is a work done by men – it does not save.
Water does not wash away our sins; it is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from all sin – 1 John 1:7 ”But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Believer’s baptism (after salvation) is a just a physical symbol of identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Water baptism does not save abnyone but faith in the atonement of the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the Cross of Calvary.
Later in his ministry, Apostle Peter later had this understanding that water baptism does not save any soul but it is just a physical symbol of identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” Apostle Peter is saying here that water baptism does not wash away the sin of anyone – the water baptism does not save anyone.
Read also his understanding in Acts 15:7,11 KJV “And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.. But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”
Once again! Water baptism does not get anybody saved but the faith in the blood of Jesus Christ – 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
For emphasis sake, we are not saved by Acts 2:38 KJV “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” – but we are saved by Acts 16:31 KJV “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
The gospel of salvation preached by the Apostle Paul saves us not the water baptism of Acts 2:38. Let us read what Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
1 Corinthians 1:15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
1 Corinthians 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
It is the gospel of salvation that saves not water baptism!!!
(6) THE HOLY GHOST BAPTISM
This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
This is the most important baptism.
It is the baptism that saved us.
When we are saved , we are baptized with the Holy Spirit: Mark 1:8 KJV and John 1:33 KJV ”I (John the Baptist) indeed have baptized you with water: but he (Jesus Christ) shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost….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.
Read these scriptures also : 1 Corinthians 12:13 KJV ”For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
This Holy Spirit baptizes every genuinely born again Christian into the ONE family of God once he or she saves. Once we get saved. Immediately at the same moment we get the Holy Spirit – it is not by speaking in tongues: Ephesians 1:13 KJV “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.”
Once you are genuinely born again through the gospel of salvation , you are sealed with the Holy Spirit, that is, you are baptized with the Holy Spirit unlike what happened in Acts 2: 1 -4 KJV because the book of Acts is a transitional book from the gospel of the apostle Peter who was ministering to the Jews (circumcision) to the gospel of the Apostle Paul who was ministering to the Gentiles ( uncircumcision).
Remember what the Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples/apostles while He was going back to Heaven after His resurrection that they should baptize with the Holy Ghost: Acts 1:5 KJV ”For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
(7) BAPTISM OF FIRE
This baptism of fire is hell.
Many pastors have wrongly taught their church members to ask God for baptism of fire!
This is wrong teaching because baptism of fire means hell!!
If you are asking God for baptism of fire, you are asking God to send you to hell.
Baptism of fire is not of the Holy Ghost at all.
The knowledge and understanding of this baptism of fire to mean hell is found in Matthew 3:10 KJV ”And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”
This phrase “cast into the fire “means hell.
Let us read further Matthew 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”
As you read this Matthew 3:11, please take note of comma with the conjunction and, with these two phrases “he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost,” and “with fire”: here these two phrases are talking about 2 types of Baptism:
(1) “he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost,” means the Holy Spirit Baptism
(2) and “with fire” that is he (Jesus Christ) will baptize ”with fire” – this means hell.
Read Matthew 3:12 KJV further for the clearer understanding of baptism of fire to mean hell.
Matthew 3:12 KJV “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
The correct interpretation of ”he (Jesus Christ) will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” : the chaff means the unfruitful, the unbelievers, the sinners “ will be burned up with unquenchable fire; and the unquenchable fire means hell.
Therefore, it is a wrong prayer to ask God to baptize you with fire due to your lack of understanding of this scripture.
We don’t need the baptism of fire but baptism of the Holy Spirit (the Holy Ghost Baptism).
Many pastors just take out some scriptures out of context as they don’t search the scriptures deeply to rightly divide the word of God for understanding.
Hell which is everlasting fire is also expressed in Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
Notice! Notice!! Notice!!!
JOHN 4:1 – 2 KJV
“When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,”
The reason why the Lord Jesus Christ did not baptize anyone with water (water baptism) in John 4: 1-2 is because water baptism does not save any person in this dispensation of the Holy Spirit. It is only the gospel of salvation (to trust or have faith in the blood of Jesus Christ by believing in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ).
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