From the Greek phrase baptizo which suggests “to immerse or fully dip.”
When Christians hear the English phrase “baptism” (a phrase solely transliterated – not translated – from the Greek phrase baptizo), the typical spiritual thoughts instantly thinks of “water.”

Few cease to contemplate that baptizo merely means “to immerse” however the substance into what one is immersed have to be outlined by the context of the phrase’s utilization.

For instance, you may be immersed (baptized) into work. You may be immersed (baptized) into faculty. You may be immersed (baptized) into video video games. You may be immersed (baptized) into sports activities. You may be… properly, you get the thought.

It is superb what number of Jesus followers fall out of fellowship over spiritual ritual water baptisms within the church. 

Some denominations sprinkle water as their baptismal ceremony. Some pour water on the one baptized. Some submerge in water for spiritual baptism. Few Christians are agreeable with those that disagree with them on water baptism.

Some baptize infants of believing dad and mom into the church. Some baptize believing dad and mom and all their kids (no matter perception) on the similar time into the church. Some baptize solely believing individuals into the church.

Astonishingly, literal wars have been fought amongst “Christians” over disagreements on water baptisms.

How can Scripture educate “there may be one physique and one Spirit…one Lord, one religion, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:4-5) when there appear to be nearly as many alternative sorts of baptisms as there are completely different spiritual denominations?

Reply: The “one baptism” referenced in Ephesians 4:4-5 is “the one” baptism skilled by each true believer of Jesus, and it happens when God the Father baptizes the believer “into” the Holy Spirit.

I imagine the very nature of New Testomony Christian baptism is usually misunderstood by Christians

New Covenant baptism is God immersing Christ believers “into” the Holy Spirit upon them listening to and believing the proclamation of God’s good grace via Jesus Christ.

19th-century New Testomony Greek scholar James W. Dale believed and taught that Christian baptism is “into” the Spirit, and never water. Dr. Dale taught this in his excellent books on baptism which had been primarily based on the Greek New Testomony textual content.

Greek students Phillip Schaff (Historical past of the Christian Church), A.H. Robust (Robust’s Exhaustive Concordance), and Joseph Henry Thayer (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon) all praised James W. Dale’s seminal works on baptism.

As a reminder, right here is the impressed textual content telling us what Jesus taught about Christian baptism.

“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, subsequently, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the identify of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:18,19)

This is what Dr. James Dale stated about what Jesus taught in Matthew 28:18-19:

“The language of inspiration broadcasts an actual baptism as distinctly as may be achieved by means of phrases; (however) there may be completely no proof of a ritual baptism (of water) in reference to Jesus’ phrases, both on this passage or elsewhere within the Scripture.”

This glorious baptism (Matthew 28:18-19) into the Trinity… has no direct or designed relation to a ritual baptism of water.

Baptism was, nonetheless, very quickly after the occasions of the Apostles, linked with the administration of the Christian ceremony. It’s admitted, each by historic and trendy expositors, that the apply of the Church is just not the apply of the Apostles.

The one query, subsequently, on the deserves of the case, is that this query: Have the Apostles, or has the Church, because the third century, extra appropriately interpreted the Nice Fee?”

Dr. Dale’s says Matthew 28:18-19, generally referred to as The Nice Fee, teaches disciples of Jesus that the baptism required of Jesus followers’ is God’s baptism of them into the Holy Spirit.

5 Causes that New Testomony Christian Baptism Is Into the Spirit, Not Water 

1. Baptism of water and baptism of the Spirit are contrasted within the New Testomony.

Water baptism was a Jewish ritual immersion into water representing repentance towards God. Baptism into the Spirit is one thing that Jesus’ work achieved for individuals who belief Him.

And (John) preached, saying, “There comes one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose footwear I’m not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I certainly have baptized you with water: however He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit…” (Mark 1:7-8)

Then remembered I the phrase of the Lord, how that He stated, John certainly baptized with water, however ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit—not many days therefore. (Acts 11:16)

John’s baptism of water for repentance was a name to God’s Outdated Covenant Jewish individuals to repent and switch again towards God. Identical to different Outdated Testomony shadows got here to an finish because the everlasting age of grace dawned (e.g. The New Covenant), so Outdated Covenant water purification immersions foreshadowed the everlasting actuality of Jesus follower’s from each nation being baptized by God the Father into the Holy Spirit in the meanwhile religion in Christ happens.

2. God the Father immersing Christ’s disciples into the Spirit is required earlier than the Nice Fee begins.

Earlier than Jesus’ disciples “went into the world” to make extra of His disciples, they had been advised to “wait in Jerusalem” as His disciples. Ready earlier than going.

Look forward to what?

They had been to attend for God the Father to baptize them into the Holy Spirit.

“Jesus gave them this command: “Don’t depart Jerusalem, however await the present my Father promised, which you might have heard me discuss. For John baptized with water, however in just a few days you may be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4).

The New Covenant Church started at Pentecost.

For 40 years after Pentecost, the Gospel went “to the Jews first.” Why “Jews” first? As a result of the New Testomony prophets introduced to them the top of the Outdated Covenant with Israel and the inauguration of the New Covenant to the world (Hebrews 8:13), an Outdated Covenant that formally and at last got here to an finish in AD 70.

3. Our baptism into the Holy Spirit on the time of religion in Christ is how we develop into disciples.

John’s water baptism (like trendy church baptisms) could make individuals outward disciples of church buildings, nations, or spiritual actions.

However it’s biblical baptism into the Holy Spirit is the qualifier for making extra disciples of Jesus and His Kingdom.

Jesus commissioned His disciples to enter the world to make disciples of Him via educating and proclaiming every little thing they realized from Him, however to solely go after being baptized at Pentecost with the Spirit.

Then, the disciples had been to…

“Go, subsequently, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the identify of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19).

Henry Alford in his Crucial Greek New Testomony and ExegeticalCommentary writes:
It’s unlucky that our English Bible does in Matthew 28:19 give us the drive of ‘eis.’ (translated “in”). It ought to be ‘into’ as in Galatians3:27.

The Greek preposition eis means“into.” The Greek phrase en, means “in.” Using eis in Matthew 28:19 signifies that this baptism is definitely the location of the repentant believer “INTO the particular person of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

That is the one baptism that issues.

4. As we educate and preach what Christ stated and did, the Father immerses new believers into the Spirit.

“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, subsequently, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the identify of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:18,19) 

It has been identified by many biblical students that the above passage from Matthew doesn’t say the disciples instantly do the baptizing.

The disciples of Jesus Christ commanded to do just one factor—“disciple all nations.”

“Baptizing them” stands as an adverbial phrase modifying the phrases “make disciples.”

In different phrases, the making of disciples of Jesus Christ by the messengers of these issues Christ taught will end result within the “baptism” of true believers within the message.

However baptism into what?

Reply: The Holy Spirit

Those that go to satisfy the Nice Fee of constructing disciples of Christ from all nations via preaching and educating the Good Information will discover the Father“baptizing believers (into the Spirit), saving believers from the punishment of their sins, altering the center of believers from hearts of stone (onerous hearts) to hearts of flesh (smooth hearts), and changing the minds of believers.”

Salvation is a piece of God, together with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for He’s the direct administrator of the Spirit’s baptism.

Those that share the gospel (women and men) not directly administer the baptism of the Spirit via their proclamation of the gospel which is “energy of God to salvation” (Romans 1:16).

However God baptizes believers in Christ into the Spirit.

In John 14, Christ comforts His early disciples by promising that the Holy Spirit would come to take up His residence inside them whereas they remained on earth to satisfy Christ’s Fee of constructing new disciples.

Solely God the Father baptizes us into the Spirit.

Our job as disciples of Christ is to proclaim Christ and what He is achieved to different sinners.

Christ gave all believers “the Promise of the Spirit” in John 14:26 and this promise is the equal to “the baptism of the Holy Spirit” in Acts 1:4-5.

It’s via the Father’s baptism of us into the Holy Spirit that the very Lifetime of God takes up residence our souls.

“…the Comforter (or) the Spirit…will abide with you, I (Christ) will come to you…and my Father will love him, and We’ll come unto you…” (see John 14).

Our immersion“into Christ” by way of religion in Christ (Gal. 3:27-28) and “into one physique” by way of that very same religion (I Cor. 12:13) are an identical to and simultaneous with God’s “baptism of us the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:7-8).

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). 

This baptism in Mark 16:16 is the believer’s into the Holy Spirit because the lifetime of God begins to indwell the soul of that believer.

5. The baptism of Cornelius is the transition from Outdated Covenant water baptism to New Covenant Spirit baptism.

Learn Acts 10:43-44 and Acts 11:16.

“All of the prophets testify about Him that everybody who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins via his identify.” Whereas Peter was nonetheless talking these phrases, the Holy Spirit got here on all who heard the message. Then I remembered what the Lord had stated: ‘John baptized with water, however you may be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

Peter would later say that “hearts” of the Gentiles who heard his message (Acts 10) had been “purified” from sin “by religion” (Acts 15:8-9). The baptism of the Holy Spirit brings proof of the Spirit’s indwelling presence: 

“The acts of the flesh are apparent: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, suits of rage, egocentric ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did earlier than, that those that stay like this won’t inherit the dominion of God.

However the fruit of the Spirit is love, pleasure, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In opposition to such issues there isn’t any regulation. Those that belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and needs. Since we stay by the Spirit, allow us to maintain in line with the Spirit. Allow us to not develop into immodest,upsetting and envying one another” (Galatians 5:19-26)

Some may object, “However did not Peter later command these Gentile believers to be baptized in water?”

Sure, however permit Dr. Jack Langford to clarify why Peter, the Apostle to the Jews, commanded water baptism, and Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, didn’t.

“Peter’s command for water baptism was solely the momentary continuation of John’s baptism which, from the start of its inception, was additionally carried out upon Roman troopers who desired to determine with the Messianic hopes of Israel (see Luke 3:12-14 and the Gentiles coming to John the Baptist for water baptism). This (water baptism) is its objective for Cornelius and his family. They’re merely ritually purified unto Israel’s Messianic Kingdom hope. They had been saved beneath Peter’s ministry, who was an Apostle to the Jewish individuals (Gal. 2:7-8), and nonetheless anticipating their nationwide hope (editor’s be aware: a hope which disappeared in AD 70).

Between Acts 10 and Acts 15 many hundreds of Gentiles had been saved beneath the ministry of Paul, who is known as—“The Apostle to the Gentiles (nations).” On the convention of the Church in Acts 15 it’s clearly determined, by Paul’s distinctive revelations (Gal. 2:2) and robust willpower (Gal.2:5), that the Regulation with its “meats and drinks and number of baptisms” was to not be imposed upon the Gentile converts—see Acts 15:5, 19, 24, 28; 21:25 & Hebrews 9:10. This included John’s water baptism, which was the final act of righteous purity beneath the Regulation system—see Matt. 3:15. The Jewish believers would proceed to watch the Regulation till the shut of the e-book of Acts (Acts 21:20-26 & Heb. 8:13).

Based on the judgment by the Spirit led counsel in Jerusalem, the Gentiles had been completely free from the Jewish ritual Regulation system. All of the Regulation’s “meats and drinks and number of baptisms” (Heb. 9:10) had been to not be imposed upon the Gentiles—Acts 15:24-29. Because the nationwide Kingdom hopes of Israel had been steadily diminished, then this water baptism would stop as properly. The e-book of Acts is the historical past of the transition out of Judaism into pure Christianity. As new revelation progressively unfolds, then the ceremonial and ritualistic Regulation system will fade away till it “vanishes” altogether (Heb. 8:13).

In New Covenant world Christianity, the one baptism of the New Testomony is God the Father immersing believers in Jesus Christ into the Holy Spirit, thereby receiving the facility of God to make different disciples.


1. The necessary baptism in your church is Spirit baptism, not water baptism, for that’s the “one baptism” of the New Testomony.

2. Present concern for these church members with out the “fruits of the Spirit” regardless that they’ve skilled water baptism, for the previous is the doorway into the everlasting Kingdom of Christ, and the latter is just entrance into the temporal, institutional church.

3. Water baptism generally is a great testimony of conversion, however the mode might be able to symbolize completely different features of the work of the Trinity:

a. Pouring water over one’s head can symbolize the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
b. Immersion into the water can symbolize the “demise, burial, and resurrection” of Christ the Son..
c. Sprinkling water on to the top can symbolize hope in God the Father bringing covenant grace.

4. Hearken to the testimony of 1 who has skilled the water ritual, however all the time keep in mind that the baptism which counts is Spirit baptism. “One religion (in Christ); one baptism, (within the Spirit), one LORD (over all believers).”

5. Nothing unsuitable with an institutional church requiring a sure type of baptism, however heaven itself requires Spirit baptism. Subsequently, after we get to heaven there will probably be no separate rooms partitioned by completely different water rituals.

There is just one everlasting Church and all who enter there 
should be baptized within the Spirit of the Residing God.