2. Note V. 5, "One Lord, one faith, one baptism".
3. How could the writer say one when we read about six?
A. John came to prepare the way for Christ
1 . He came in the spirit and likeness of Elijah "to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for
him" (Lu. , Mal.4
came preaching in the wilderness of
heaven is at hand." (Mt.
5. There had been a long spiritual famine (Amos 8
B. John's baptism was from heaven, and those who rejected it remained in a lost condition
(Mt. 21-23-32; Jn.3
to what some of Our brethren have said, John's baptism was for (KJV) unto (ASV)
remission of sins (Mk. 1
D. John's baptism was valid until the baptism of the great commission was given on the first
Pentecost after the resurrection of
Christ (Mt. 28-.18-20; Mk. 16
1 . There is no reference that teaches that those baptized by John were baptized again, but
rather the 3,000 on Pentecost were added to the charter members (Acts 2-41, ).
2. The Ephesians that Paul baptized again had been baptized by Apollos after John's
baptism was no longer valid (Acts -19
II. The Baptism Of Christ And His Apostles Under The Limited Commission.
taught that one greater than he would come (Mt. 3
1. Jesus and His apostles baptized more
than John (Jn. 4
2. This commission was to Jews only (Mt. 10
B. This baptism was a continuation of John's baptism, and was valid until Pentecost like John's was.
A. Jesus knew that he would be overwhelmed in suffering on the cross (Jn. -16, ,
B. Jesus asked His apostles if they were willing to be baptized with His baptism (Mt. -
23; Mk. 10
1. Jesus told them that they would be baptized with His baptism.
2. This baptism was fulfilled when Christ was crucified on
IV. Holy Spirit Baptism.
A. Joel prophesied that in the "Last days" God would "pour out my Spirit upon all flesh" (Joel -
1.The first fulfillment of Joel's prophecy was when the apostles were baptized with the Holy
Spirit on Pentecost as
representatives of the Jewish people (Acts 1
2. Those at Cornelius' house, several years later, were baptized with the Holy Spirit to fulfill the
pouring out on "all flesh" including not only Jews but also the Gentiles.
B. John had promised that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit (Mt. )
1 . Jesus, before his ascension, promised the apostles that they would be baptized "in the
Holy Spirit not many days
hence" (Acts 1
He also promised them, "But ye shall receive power
when the Holy Spirit is come upon you
and ye shall be my witnesses --- (Acts 1
3 . The kingdom was to come with power during the life time of the apostles, and it came with
power on Pentecost (Mk. 9
C. Only the apostles were baptized with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
They were the ones that Jesus had promised Holy Spirit
Baptism (Acts 1
"They" of Acts 2
3. Note 2
D. The primary purpose of his out pouring on the apostles was to aid them in the giving and
confirming of the New Testament.
1. Jesus had promised the apostles that he would send them the Holy Spirit to
guide them into all truth,
and to give them the New Testament (Jn. ,
Holy Spirit Baptism gave them miraculous power to
confirm the word (Acts 2
3. The apostles could give gifts of the Holy Spirit to others by the laying on of their hands, but
those who received gifts could not transfer them to others; and no miracles, signs and
wonders were done by any one except the apostles until after they had laid their hands on
those of (Acts 6
4. There were nine miraculous gifts that were given by the laying on of the apostles' hands
5. Paul referred to this miraculous period as the childhood period of the church, and that all the
gifts would cease "when that which is perfect (Jas. ) is
come---" (I Cor. 13
E. Cornelius and those gathered at his house were also baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts -
1 . It took this out pouring to fulfill the promise of God through Joel that His Spirit would be
poured on "all flesh" which included the Gentiles.
looks like another purpose of this outpouring was to convince the Jews that the
gospel was to be preached to the Gentiles (Acts -26; Isa. 56
F. Holy Spirit Baptism did not directly save anyone.
1. The apostles were already saved when they were baptized with the Holy Spirit.
2.Those at the house of Cornelius were saved by the words of Peter and water baptism (Acts 10-
A. John promised that Jesus would also baptize with fire (Mt.3-11-12).
B.Some say, "Jesus gave us three baptisms, water, Holy Spirit, and Fire and we believe in all three".
We do also but not in the sense they were speaking.
C. I remember seeing a sign in front of a church building that read, "A Fire Baptism Church".
D.The Bible teaches plainly that fire baptism will be administered at the second advent of Christ (Mt.
VI. The Baptism Of The Great Commission
A. This commission was given by Jesus after His resurrection (Mt. 28
I.Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be
condemned (Mk. ). The conjunction “and” joins two things of about equal rank together.
See also Jn. 3
2.This baptism was first commanded on Pentecost (Acts ). It is for or unto remission of sins.
The conjunction “and” joins repentance and baptism as being necessary for salvation. The
Greek word for
(KJV) or unto (ASV) is the same Greek word as used in Mt. 26
die because sins were already forgiven?
3.The Bible teaches that this baptism saves repentant believers from their sins (Acts ,
-13, -39, -48, -34, 18
4. It accomplishes
the new birth or regeneration that Jesus talked to Nicodemus about (Jn.3
"let God be found true, but every man a liar - -- (Rom.3
5. Preceded by faith, repentance and confession this baptism puts one into Christ and His
spiritual body the church (Gal.3;26-27; Rom.6
saved out of Christ and His church (Jn. 1 4
6. Christ's blood was shed in his death and baptism is a likeness of his death, burial and
resurrection (Jn, -34;
alien sinner applies the blood which is necessary for salvation (Ex. 1 2
23; Eph. 1