Is it true that baptism in water is not meant for our time?

Asked by: Sis Bailey Seledon Alvarado from Managua, Nicaragua

Sis Bailey: I need clarification regarding baptism. About the baptism of John and the baptism of Jesus, because it is said one will come who will baptize with fire. Many are saying that the baptism of John or the baptism in water is not meant for our time. In Ephesians, brother, it is said, one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Why baptize in water and in fire if there is only one baptism? I need clarification about this, brother, when we were baptized in water, we were forgiven from our sins. And when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, also. There are many doctrines that say that the baptism in water is not for our time. That is my question, brother. May God bless you.

Bro. Eli:

First of all, the baptism of John was before our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why there were disciples of John whom were baptized by him and afterward became disciples of Jesus and were baptized again by the apostles. They received two baptisms. Because the baptism of John existed before our Lord Jesus Christ.

But after the death of John, our Lord Jesus Christ preached the gospel, baptizing in His own way of baptism. Let us read in Mark 1:14 –

Mark 1:14

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.

After the capture of John he pas put in prison and later when he was in prison he was beheaded by Herod. During that time when the Lord Jesus Christ heard that John was in prison, Christ started preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. While He was preaching the gospel, He was baptizing. Let us read in John 4:1 –

John 4:1-3

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John

although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 

So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

 

It is very clear, isn’t it? Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he (Our Lord Jesus Christ) was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.

 

During the time of our Lord Jesus Christ, while He was preaching His disciples were baptizing, because John can not baptize because he was in prison and later was beheaded by Herod. Thus, started the baptism taught by our Lord Jesus Christ, when He started preaching the gospel.

 

Now, what is the difference between the baptism of John and the baptisim taught by our Lord Jesus Christ? During the time of the apostles, let us read in Acts 19:1 –

 

Acts 19:1-5

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “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 were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 

Those who were baptized by John, again they received the baptism in the name of Jesus. Therefore, they experienced two baptisms. Why? Because the baptism in Ephesians 4:4-5 is the baptism of the apostles and not the baptism of John.

 

When the apostle Paul said …

 

Ephesians 4:4-5

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;

Apostle Paul was referring to the baptism taught by our Lord Jesus Christ to the apostles and not the baptism taught by John. Why? Because the time of our Lord Jesus Christ is different from the time of John the baptist. Because the time of John the baptist is a preparation while the time of our Lord Jesus Christ is the appropriate time for Christianity. That is why the baptism taught by our Lord Jesus Christ to the apostles is the baptism mentioned by apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:4-5 which says –

Ephesians 4:5

one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

For your question, sistes Bailey, is it the baptism in water? The apostles were baptizing in water. Because the baptism in the Holy Spirit and in fire is only done by our Lord Jesus Christ. The apostles were taught by our Lord Jesus Christ to baptize were baptizing in water. Let us read in Acts 8:36 –

Acts 8:36-38

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

Even during the time of the apostles, in the book of Acts, the disciples and the evangelist like Philip were baptizing in water Just like what happened with the eunuch.

 

Acts 8:36-38

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

 

Therefore, the apostles and the evangelist during their time were baptizing in water. They were not baptizing with the Holy Spirit nor with fire. Because the only person who can baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire is our Lord Jesus Christ. Did you understand, sister Bailey?

 

Sis. Bailey: Yes, I understand it very well. Thank you very much!

 

Bro. Eli: Thanks be to God! May God bless you, sister.

 

 

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