What does the Bible say about Baptism?
NKJV, NIV
Is it better to be baptized by water or by the Holy Spirit? Does man have the power to baptize us? Should we put our confidence in water baptism or is there a better baptism?

These NIV Bible Verses Have The True Answer!

Acts 18:24-26 ...a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. ...knew only the baptism of John. ...Priscilla and Aquila... ...invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.

Here are some scriptures we would have used if we were Aquila and Priscilla.

Question...

Acts 19:2 "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"

Those in Ephesus answered...

Acts 19:2 (continued) "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."

If you have answered similarly...

Acts 19:3 "Then what baptism did you receive?"

Those in Ephesus answered...

Acts 19:3 (continued) "John's baptism,"

1John 5:7-8 ...there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism...

Surly...

Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved...

But into what baptism?

John 3:5-6 (Jesus said) ...I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

Mark 1:4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Matthew 3:11 (John said) "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

John 1:32-34 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."

1 John 5:6 This is the one who came by water and bloodóJesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

Matthew 20:23 (Jesus said) ...You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with...

Acts 1:5 ...John baptized with water, but ...you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."...

The baptism of Jesus' word, blood, water, fire and Holy Spirit is the...

1Peter 3:21 ...baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Did you know that the antitype is that which is foretold by a type or symbol. For example, a New Testament event symbolized in the Old Testament, such as the annual sacrifice of a lamb which foreshadowed Jesus, the lamb of God, being sacrificed for our sins.

Acts 19:4-6 ..."John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." On hearing this, they (those of Ephesus) were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

Have you been baptized by Jesus' word, blood, water, fire,and Holy Spirit or are you like those who only partook in John's baptism? If the latter is so...

Acts 2:38 "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

To those who are and will be baptized Remember...

Romans 6:3-11 ...all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Revelations 22:1 ...the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb...

Jeremiah 17:13 (The Lord is) the spring of living water...

What really washes us clean?

Ephesians 5:26 ...washing with water through the word...

John 15:3 (Jesus said) You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

Praise Jesus...

Revelations 1:5 ...Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood...

Ephesians 1:7-8 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

1John 1:7 ...the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.

Acts 10:44-48 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.†Then Peter said, "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Isn't the evidence of baptism a life that has been redeemed from sin by the blood of Jesus? One that is committed to the water of His Word, and filled by His Holy Spirit? Or are we putting more confidence in the tradition of John's baptism, trusting in it for our cleansing rather than trusting in Jesus for our purification?

What are you baptized into?

Have you been baptize in the Holy Spirit?

If you've been baptized and don't see a change in your life, you haven't been baptized into Jesus' baptism of the Holy Spirit!

If you would like to be baptized by Jesus with His Holy Spirit and power... Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

These Bible verses were compiled from the New King James Version by Brian & Jon Israel, Truth Ministries, PO Box 25096, Cleveland, OH 44125 www.ConnectionMagazine.org, email: jon@connectionmagazine.org

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