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.


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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 Today
Oct. 13


Paul taught the saints at Colossae that they were "complete" in Christ. In other words, being converted to Christ Jesus and belonging to his family made them completely acceptable to God the Father. They did not need to undergo any secret ritual; they did not need to perform the works of the Law that God required of the Jews; they did not need to join anything. "In Christ" was all they needed. In him, they were complete before God.

Since being in Christ is all we need in order to stand in a right relationship with God, we ought to be very interested in knowing how to get into him. Teaching people the way into Christ ought to play the most important role in all that servants of Jesus do on earth. Do you know what the Bible says about "getting into Christ"?

Paul mentions the phrase "in Christ" often, but he wrote only three verses that tell us how it is done. These are the only three verses in the entire Bible that state in simple, easily understood terms what it is that places us "into Christ". Here they are:

  1. "Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?" (Romans 6:3)
  2. "For as many of you as have been baptized into Jesus Christ have put on Christ." (Gal. 3:27)
  3. And in case there is any confusion as to whether the baptism of the holy Ghost or some form of water baptism is the baptism that accomplishes this, Paul wrote,
    "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body . . ." (1Cor. 12:13)

There is absolutely no question as to what Paul taught about when a person is born again; that is, when he gets "into Christ". The way, and the only way, for anyone to get "into Christ" is by receiving from Jesus the baptism of the Spirit (also called the baptism of the holy Ghost). Repeating Scriptures won't do it. Joining a Christian church certainly won't do it. Believing that it has happened and claiming that it has happened isn't it. Even repenting isn't it, though that must come first.

When Jesus baptizes you into his body, you are in Christ, and you stand complete before God. You will never be more "born again" than on that day. Every person on earth with the holy Ghost baptism is as much a member of the kingdom of God as Paul and Peter ever were. In other words, a holy Ghost baptized person is 100% in Christ.

If you have received the holy Ghost, rejoice that your name is written in heaven. But be mindful to walk worthy of your calling, for our God is a "consuming fire" and He is "no respecter of persons." If you have not yet received the holy Ghost baptism but desire it, you can also rejoice because that desire to be in Christ is not from you. We love God only when He first loves us. When anyone desires from his heart to be in Christ, it is really that Christ from his heart is desiring and calling that man.