Paul told the Ephesians that there was just one baptism. So is it John the Baptist's water baptism that he was sent by God to perform or is it the holy Spirit baptism that John said that Jesus would perform.

Baptism is essential but you need to know what baptism it is that you need. Study these articles to understand why you need to be baptized by Jesus and to understand what happened to water baptism.


The New Birth CD Set

"You must be born again.", but when were the disciples born again? Speaking in tongues, baptism of the holy spirit and the New Birth. A 3 CD set, 3 hours of wonderful teaching Was it before they received the baptism of the holy spirit? What did Jesus have to do to make the new birth available? This reasoned discussion of the bible's revelation will answer these questions and remove the confusion. Learn how the spirit of antichrist has confused God's people on this fundamental issue. This 3 CD set available at cost price from our eBay storePurchase at cost on ebay. Knowing who is, and who is not born again is perhaps the most important understanding that you can gain.

Suggested Further Reading

Four fundamental truths of the faithSpiritual Light is the result of four visitations from the Lord over a period of 4 years. Starting with the 3rd commandment and then insight into Christ's sacrifice the book reveals desperately needed understanding that dispels the confusion about conversion, baptism, salvation and works.

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Thought for the Evening


"The LORD your God will raise up unto you a prophet from your midst, from among your brothers, like unto me; unto him shall you hearken."
Moses, in Deuteronomy 18:15
"The people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts concerning John, whether he were the Christ or not."
Luke 3:15

In times past, I often pondered over what it was about John the Baptist that caused the Israelites of his time, including the elders and priests, to wonder if he was the promised Messiah. It was easy to understand why people would think of John as a great man, but what would cause them to go so far as to think that he might be the Messiah?

After years of having that question spring up in my heart, and then fruitlessly contemplating it, the Lord directed my attention to something God sent John to do, a holy act that God had never ordained any man to do since Moses. God commanded Moses to perform that ritual only once, many centuries before John. This act, which no prophet had performed since Moses, was to carry out a ceremonial washing of people, the way Moses had ceremonially washed Aaron and his sons at Mount Sinai. Moses washed Aaron and his sons with water as part of their being ordained to be God's priests for Israel. Since that time, no one in Israel's history had been ordained by God to wash anyone else. No one, that is, until John.

Understanding that, it is easy to understand why all men "mused in their hearts concerning John, whether he were the Christ or not." He certainly was a prophet like Moses, as far as performing a water-cleansing ritual is concerned. But the men looking on and musing in their hearts about John did not know that John's watery baptism was just a temporary shadow of the real washing to come, the one that Jesus gives to every soul who truly repents. The difference between John's baptism and the baptism Jesus gives is that Jesus baptizes souls, not bodies, and he uses eternal life, not the water of the Jordan River. Jesus baptizes men in the invisible river of life that flows from the throne of God, a powerful flow that cannot be seen by those who receive it, but that can very much be felt.