Living the Gifts of Christmas – Baptism

I talked a few days ago about how John the Baptist baptized Jesus with water and how if being baptized was good enough for Jesus it should be for us as well. But John also talks about Jesus and the baptism He brings to believers. In Matthew 3:11 he says:

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”

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Then in Acts chapter 2: 1-4a, we are told:

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,”

and in I Corinthians 12:13 Paul in his letter to the Corinthians reminds them, and us:

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

So what is this baptism of the Holy Spirit? Is it a different baptism? When do Christians receive this baptism?

According to Dr. John Brechte on http://www.christiananswers.net:

“All believers share the reality of being baptized by the Spirit.  It makes us part of the body of Christ, the Church.  If every believer has been baptized in the Spirit, then it must happen at the moment you accept Christ and become a Christian.

Great Christians down through the years have often experienced dramatic encounters with God after salvation. There is no reason to deny that this is a genuine way that God works with His people. It is also true that equally devout, effective Christians have gone through life without such a “second work” of grace.

We may use whatever words we want to describe our experiences with God. But it is most accurate to say that the Bible uses “baptism of the Spirit” to refer to one of the wonderful things that God does for us the instant we trust Christ and enter His family!”

Good news! If you are a follower of Christ, you have been baptized with the Holy Spirit. Rejoice! This is just another of the wonderful gifts of Christmas.

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Lynn

 

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