A lot of people refer to “The Baptism “of” the Holy Spirit,” but that is not correct. It is The Baptism “with or in” the Holy Spirit.
1)The Holy Spirit baptizes us in Jesus.
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 – This is the first baptism.
2) The disciple baptizes us in water.
Once we are saved, we get water baptized: 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,…”
There are people that will argue, using a passage in Ephesians, that says there is only one baptism. However, are there not three persons in the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all making One? So yes, there are three baptisms. But even people who say there is only one baptism, believe in two. They believe that when we are saved, we are baptized into Jesus, the body of Christ. They also believe in water baptism, so there’s two right there.
3) Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit.
Look what John the Baptist says in Matthew 3:11, “I indeed 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.”
First of all, John the Baptist was not speaking to the twelve disciples. The twelve disciples had not been called as of yet. The disciples were called in Matthew, Chapter 4. John was saying that when the Messiah comes, He is going to baptize you with the Holy Spirit. This was and is for everyone!
Here’s the problem: Many people believe that the baptism in Jesus and Jesus baptizing us in the Holy Spirit are the same thing. It is not. If a person believes that, it’s because they don’t understand the “grammar.” You can’t say they are the same because they have different subjects.
In the first baptism when we are saved, the Holy Spirit is the One doing the baptism into Christ. In the other, it’s Jesus that is doing the baptism, so they can’t be the same, different subjects doing the baptisms!
When we are first saved, it is the Holy Spirit that introduces us to Jesus. Then it is Jesus that introduces us to the Holy Spirit. The first introduction by the Holy Spirit is what is called, “The Baptism “of” the Holy Spirit.” That is when we first get saved.
Then Jesus baptizes us in or with the Holy Spirit. God believed that this was so important for us to know that He put it in all four gospels.
Mark 1:8 – “I indeed baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 3:16 – John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” John 1:33 – “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.”
How could so many miss this? Why is it not taught properly in the churches today? It’s almost as if the Holy Spirit is ignored.
Salvation – Water – Spirit
The Bible says that when we are saved, we are “born again.” When we are born again, we are born as “Children of God.” We are born as “perfect” children of God. Not perfect in our performances though. We are perfect in our position with God. Because of what Christ did, we are in right standing with God. We are now “in” Christ because the Holy Spirit baptized us “in” Christ Jesus. Jesus is our example, however, Jesus didn’t need to be born again because He was born perfect the first time.
Now was Jesus water baptized? Yes! John baptized Him. Was He baptized with the Holy Spirit? Yes, the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove and remained! “Like a dove,” it can be taken out of the sentence and the sentence means the same.
If Jesus needed the Person of the Holy Spirit when He was on this earth, how much more do we need him? This is a pattern in Scripture: The Holy Spirit baptizes us in Jesus – we get saved – then we get water baptize – then Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit. Salvation – Water – Spirit.
Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
First, we repent and then get water baptized, and we shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Right there are all three baptisms.
Acts 8:12 – But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (don’t’ stop there as some do) (Verse 14) Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God they sent Peter and John to them, (Verse 15) who when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
And then the Bible explains: (Verse 16) For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (water). (Verse 17) Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 19:1 – And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (Verse 2) he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
Paul, the greatest apostle to ever live asked, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Why would he ask that if they had received the Holy Spirit when they believed? So many people have ignored this question that Paul asked. Their answer was that they hadn’t even heard there was a Holy Spirit. They had repented and believed, they were saved, had gotten water baptized and they thought that was it as so many do today.
Acts 19:3 – And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” (Verse 4) Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who comes after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” (Verse 5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Verse 6) And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
This also happened in Acts 8, 10, and 19. It’s also helpful to note that Acts 8, happened five years after Pentecost. In Chapter 10, ten years after Pentecost the disciples were still telling people, salvation, water baptism, and baptism in the Holy Spirit. Acts Chapter 19, was 25 years after Pentecost, and they were still telling the people that after water baptism they needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. It has never stopped!
1 John 5:7 – For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. (These bear witness to the supernatural life, now look at the next verse.) (Verse 8) And there are three that bear witness on earth; the Spirit, the water, and the blood (salvation); and these three agree as one.
Plain as day, our three baptisms! These three also bear witness to the supernatural. When we get saved, we become a new person. When we are water baptized, the old person is cut off, buried. And when we get Spirit-baptized, we receive “power” to walk in the new! In order to walk in a victorious life, we need all three baptisms!
Let me say this: If a person was baptized as a child but didn’t get saved until later in life, they need to be water baptized again. Salvation comes first, then water baptism, then Holy Spirit baptism.
Could it be that this is why so many believers are defeated because they only have the first two baptisms out of three? They don’t have the power to walk the victorious life.
So my question to you is: Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?