“I indeed have baptized you in water, but He shall
baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:8 MKJV).
A correspondent, who considers himself a Christian of many years, has
never been water baptized because he cannot find a worthy place or person
to baptize him. We explain the Lord’s unfolding revelation of what
He came to do, what He did, and what He is presently doing, all related
to the act of water baptism.
We answer a proponent of water baptism and his many arguments
in support of what he considers to be the one essential baptism, showing
him that he is missing the Substance while focusing on Its shadow.
The physical act of water baptism never changed anyone’s
sinful nature. It is the new birth from above, the baptism in the Spirit
of Christ, that joins a person to God and makes one a member of His Body.
My experience with water baptism, and what the Lord has taught me about
it through His understanding.
Richard contacts us with his esoteric theories about baptism
and charges that the apostles had no authority to water baptize. This
gives us the opportunity to respond with the Scriptural record
and sensible view of water baptism and baptism in the Spirit, the latter
being the substance Christ came to give us.
A man falsely accuses us of requiring
water baptism for salvation and criticizes the fathers of the faith
for water baptizing Gentiles.