Spiritual Baptism– 5 Outcomes
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Water baptism is a God ordained ceremonial act of faith that Jesus Himself commanded for the believers. Matt 28:19-20. It is of utmost importance that a believer understands the real spiritual meaning of water baptism explained to him. Only a believer who truly believes in the Gospel of the water and Spirit that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection is qualified to be water baptized. Only faith in the righteous act of Jesus baptism at the River Jordan by John the Baptist constitutes the righteousness of God. This is how all the sins of humanity were passed upon Jesus by the way of laying on of hands and how He faced the vicarious judgment on the cross by death. On the third day He was raised from the dead to secure our justification of faith in the righteousness of God.
Participating in the outward act of water baptism may seem to be meaningful but it still must be seen only as a result of salvation and not a cause of it or even a partial cause of it. Spiritual baptism is the initial work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts before we participate in the outward ceremonial act of water baptism. There are at least 5 distinct outcomes experienced by a true believer before being water baptized.
27 For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ.
Spiritual baptism enables a new believer to join into living union with Christ and His body, the Church, here on earth. This happens to every person the moment he believes in Christ’s baptism, death and resurrection for personal salvation. We don’t need to ask for it or seek it, it is done to us by the Holy Spirit as a part of salvation at the point of conversion.
1 Corinthians 10:1-2
10 For I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, that our forefathers were all under and protected by the cloud [in which God’s Presence went before them], and every one of them passed safely through the [Red] Sea, 2And each one of them [allowed himself also] to be baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea [they were thus brought under obligation to the Law, to Moses, and to the covenant, consecrated and set apart to the service of God];
Spiritual baptism invokes obedience to the faith in the righteousness of God. It leads us from law to grace (Spirit). It causes us to leave the past behind and trust in the new future in Christ. It delivers us from slavery to liberty in Christ Who now rules our hearts. It sets us free to serve Jesus by faith all the days of our life.
1 Peter 3:20-21
20 [The souls of those] who long before in the days of Noah had been disobedient, when God’s patience waited during the building of the ark in which a few [people], actually eight in number, were saved through water. 21And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Spiritual baptism provides a perfect conscience before God and man. It cleanses the conscience of our inner man from fear of punishment and condemnation. More so, it provides a inner cleanness and peace even though when we continue to sin in the flesh.
11 In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts). 12 [Thus you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.
Spiritual baptism is an act whereby a true believer is spiritually circumcised from his sinful Adamic life and raised by faith through baptism into a new life in Christ. As such the resurrection power of Christ becomes evident in one’s life.
6 What shall we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow? 2 Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? 3Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
Spiritual baptism resonates a new born again life by faith in Christ through His baptism, death and resurrection. This new life enables us to see, experience, know and to be acquainted in the Kingdom of God.
At NCCkl, it’s been particularly thrilling for me to see so many who have desired to express in a tangible way the act of water baptism once again after experiencing the outcome of spiritual baptism through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
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