The Hope Journey Community

Written by Tina

WHAT IS BAPTISM?

In many churches, baptism is a widespread practice. However, there is a lot of dispute regarding what it entails and how it should be applied.

Some churches merely use a small amount of water and pour or sprinkle it on members, while others completely submerge them. Some churches only baptize adults, while others baptize newborns and children.

In light of all these various notions and customs, we must inquire: What does the Bible actually teach regarding baptism?

The Bible describes baptism as a ritual in which a person is fully submerged in water as a way of symbolically being cleansed of sin.

The Holy Spirit is given to a Christian by the laying on of hands that comes after it. When the Holy Spirit of God resides within a person, that person becomes born of God.

The fundamental goal of baptism is to symbolically change a person’s spiritual state through an external rite.

The act of baptism in the Bible indicates identification with Christ’s death and resurrection; according to Romans 6:3–4

Followers of Jesus have risen with him into “newness of life” after having been crucified with him. Amen!

Day 2 TYPES OF BAPTISM

Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men. Amen [Psalm 107:15]

From yesterday’s lesson we got to know that, “Baptism is one of the most important events in the life of a Christian.”

It symbolizes a person’s decision to follow Jesus Christ and become a member of His Church.

In today’s devotion, we will explore the different types of baptism in the Bible and what they mean for believers.

The Bible describes three types of baptism: baptism in water, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and baptism into the body of Christ.

Each type of baptism represents a unique aspect of a believer’s spiritual journey, and understanding them can help us grow in our faith.

A. Baptism In Water

Baptism in water is perhaps the most well-known type of baptism.

It involves the physical act of immersion or sprinkling with water, symbolizing a person’s decision to follow Jesus Christ.

The Bible teaches that water baptism is an outward expression of an inward change that has taken place in a person’s heart.

When we are baptized in water, we are publicly declaring that we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and that we have turned away from our old ways.

One of the most notable examples of water baptism in the Bible is the baptism of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 3:13-17, we read that Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized.

Although John initially refused to baptize Jesus, Jesus insisted, saying that it was necessary to “fulfill all righteousness.” After Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove.

God’s voice also spoke from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

In short, Water baptism is a crucial step in a Christian’s life, • As it symbolizes their commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

  • It is not a requirement for salvation, but it is a commandment of Jesus Christ that we should follow.

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells His disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

◼️This commandment still applies to Christians today, and we are encouraged to obey it as an act of faith and obedience to God.

Our Heavenly Father we’re grateful for your word…we pray that You guide and lead us through the day, keep us safe O Lord and show us your wonderful deeds in Jesus’s Mighty Name. Amen

Day 3 Baptism Into the Body of Christ

Baptism into the body of Christ is a type of baptism that is often overlooked but is just as important as water baptism and baptism in the Holy Spirit.

This type of baptism takes place at the moment of salvation when a person puts their faith in Jesus Christ.

“For we were all baptized by one Spirit to form one body whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free and we were all given the one Spirit to drink,” 1 Corinthians 12:13 states.

A. This baptism depicts the believer’s union with Christ and their inclusion in His body, the Church.

Through this baptism, believers become part of a larger spiritual family and are given spiritual gifts to use for the building up of the Church. Reference [1 Corinthians 12:9-12].

Lastly, this baptism also represents our unity with other believers, regardless of our differences, and it is crucial for the building up of the Church.

DAY 4 : Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a type of baptism that is often less understood than water baptism.

It is not a physical act like water baptism, but rather a spiritual experience.

In Acts 1:4-5, Jesus tells His disciples, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 2:1-4, also states that on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in the form of tongues of fire. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

This event marked the beginning of the Church and empowered the apostles to spread the gospel message throughout the world.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a spiritual experience that empowers believers to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a also a gift from God that helps believers to grow in their relationship with Him and to be effective witnesses for Christ.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a one-time event but rather an ongoing experience that can be renewed and strengthened as we seek God. Amen

As Christians, we are called to obey God’s commandment to be baptized in water, to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and to recognize and embrace our baptism into the body of Christ. May we continue to grow in our understanding of these different types of baptism and may we be encouraged to live lives that reflect the love and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

Day 5; Baptism of the Holy Spirit Continues.

Heavenly Father we thank you for today. We pray you grant us understanding and in depth to your word in Jesus’s Mighty Name . Amen

Please we are continuing from yesterday’s lessons ….thus Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

When we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit fully baptizes us (“immerses”) into Christ and the family of God (Refer to Romans 6:1–10).
Simple faith in Christ is required to obtain the Holy Spirit Baptism.
The Baptism follows naturally, placing us in Christ and solidifying our place in God’s family. Paul discussed these ideas of “position in Christ” in Colossians 2:12

In 1 John 4:15, Peter also state that By means of a spiritual-organic union caused by the Holy Spirit, the new Believer is added into the body of Christ by the baptism of the Spirit.

Acts 2:28’s sermon by Peter made a similar declaration. The newly converted person is now “in Christ.”

When a person converts, they receive a permanent spiritual baptism.

It is not to be repeated(Acts 2:38). No verse in the Bible exhorts Christians today to seek out the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

The point is that it is not possible to receive what we already have!

📌The filling of the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is something that the Bible does encourage us to look for and receive.

Ephesians 5:18 is the essential text in this case. “Don’t drink too much wine… Instead, let the Spirit to fill you. Greek translations of the phrase “be filled” frequently read “keep on being filled” with the Spirit. It is a continual present tense.

This leads us to the conclusion that the filling of the Spirit is not a one-time event but must be repeated continually. As a drunk is saturated and directly affected by alcohol, so are we to live saturated and directly affected by the Holy Spirit. Amen

This leads us to the conclusion that the filling of the Spirit is not a one-time event but must be repeated continually. As a drunk is saturated and directly affected by alcohol, so are we to live saturated and directly affected by the Holy Spirit. Amen

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

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