Before I post Chapter 2 of the Book of Acts, some might need to understand some things about the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind when you start to read Chapter 2, there are 120 in the upper room that are already saved, born-again, and have been water baptized, but they had not been filled with the Holy Spirit.
When we get saved, the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the “body of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For by one spirit we were all baptized into one body… we are baptized in Jesus.
But the controversy is: “Do we need to be baptized in Him? Most believe in 2 baptism’s already. The second baptism is when we are baptized in water after being saved. Matthew 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Water baptism is a sign, a cutting of the flesh, it’s a burying of the old person and coming out new.
People will argue because of Ephesians 4:5 – one Lord, one faith, one baptism. However, we know there are three in One God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. There are 3 baptisms and they all agree. Even people who say there is only one baptism, believe in two. They believe that when we get saved we are baptized into Jesus, and they also believe in water baptism.
So, here’s the third baptism – “Jesus” baptizes us in the “Holy Spirit!” Proof: Matthew 3:11 – “Indeed I baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
John the Baptist wasn’t speaking to the “twelve disciples.” The twelve disciples had not been called yet. John was saying that, “The Messiah is coming and He is going to baptize you with the Holy Spirit!” and it’s for everyone!
You cannot say that all three of these baptisms are the same. Why? Because they have different subjects.
Look in the 1st baptism – when you get saved, the Holy Spirit baptizes you in Jesus. Number 2 – when you get water baptized, the subject is water. In the third baptism, it is Jesus doing the baptizing.
This is where some might get confused: There is a difference between “of” and “in”. When we are saved, the Holy Spirit baptizes us in Jesus. This is the Holy Spirit doing the baptizing.
Now, in the third baptism it is “in” or “with” the Holy Spirit, and Jesus performs this baptism.
This is in all four Gospels – Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, and John 1:33.
Is Jesus our example? Salvation – when we are saved, the Bible says we are “born-again.” When we are born-again, we are born as perfect children of God. Not perfect in our performance, but perfect in our position, because of what Christ did. But because Christ lived the perfect life, He was born right the first time. Now that we are saved, we are in Christ.
Was Jesus water baptized? Yes, we have all read this. But what happened right after He was water baptized?
The Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove. If Jesus needed the person of the Holy Spirit while He was on this earth, how much more do we think we need the person of the Holy Spirit while on this earth?
This is a pattern in Scripture of Salvation, Water, and Holy Spirit, baptisms.
Proof – Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
If you look in Acts Chapter 8, starting in verse 12, you will see that when Phillip preached, they believed (salvation) and were baptized (water). Now look at verses 14 and 15, when the apostles heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, Peter and John came to them and prayed for them that they might receive “the Holy Spirit.” Verse 16, explains it; because the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen on none of them, they had only been baptized in water. Now read verse 17 – Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 19:1-6 – Paul was traveling through Ephesus. He found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They told him they had only been baptized in water, for repentance. Paul told them, “Indeed John baptized with a baptism of repentance… and when they heard this Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy “spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Do you see the patter?
If you received the fullness of the Holy Spirit when you believed, why would the greatest apostle who ever lived ask, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?
This happened not only in Acts 2, but in Acts 8, 10, and 19. Acts 8, Phillip and Samaria, was 5 years after Pentecost; Acts 10, is about the Gentiles receiving the Holy Spirit, and was 10 years after the Day of Pentecost; Acts 19 was 25 years later, the apostles still believed after being saved and water baptism, they still needed to be baptized in the “Holy Spirit!”
1 John 5:7 – For there are three who bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy spirit; and these three are One.
What do they bear witness to? The supernatural life.
Look closely because here are the three baptisms. Verse 8 – And there are three that bear witness on earth: The Spirit, the water, and the blood: and these three agree as One. (1) Spirit, (2) Water, (3) The blood – salvation through the shed blood of Christ.
Conclusion: When you get saved, you become a new person; when you get water baptized, the old person is cut off buried in baptism; when you get Spirit baptized, you receive power to walk in the new life. It’s a complete work. Water baptism comes after salvation.
This is a huge reason why so many believers are defeated and overcome very little in their Christian walk. They have no power to walk in the “Spirit.” They haven’t been taught.
Yes, you can believe and be saved and water baptized and still go to heaven. But don’t you want to walk in power while you live on this earth?