The Two Baptisms
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The Two Baptisms,
October 3, 2020
[Scriptures speak of two, possibly three, types of baptism. Let us look at them in scriptures and perhaps your questions about your own baptism and what changes it brought forth in you will be answered.]
Baptize G907From a derivative of G911; to make whelmed (that is, fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial absolution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: - baptist, baptize, wash.
G911A primary verb; to whelm, that is, cover wholly with a fluid; in the New Testament only in a qualified or specific sense, that is, (literally) to moisten (a part of one’s person), or (by implication) to stain (as with dye): - dip.
[We know that Israel had places, usually in the synagogue, where the people went to wash after repentance so they were ritually clean to enter the temple and take part in the service. Yet only in the renewed testament is it named baptism. Still Psalms speaks of the intent of the rite.]
(Psa 51:1-13 KJV) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O Almighty, according to Thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 51:4 Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest. 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 51:6 Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.51:9 Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O Almighty; and renew a right spirit within me. 51:11 Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy set-apart spirit from me. 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.
[David is seeking forgiveness, but he is also seeking to have not only his body washed but the heart that led him into sin to be washed within him, also that those sins be blotted out of memory. He is declaring that Yahweh is the one who has the power to accomplish the deed, no one else. That said when the washing is complete he asks for the return of the JOY known to those that have entered into covenant with Yahweh. He admits that Yahweh is free to give or withhold His spirit from us, it is this spirit that lifts man above sinful intent. David vows to teach others what sin is so they can see why they need to be converted.
This then is the reason for baptism. To have your repented sins forgiven.]
Repent H7725 A primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbially again: …
[When we repent we have agreed to turn back to Yahweh and/or to turn away from the sin spoken to. This is NOT a promise to enter into covenant with Yahweh, it is a desire to put the confessed [to Yahweh] sins from out lives and to be forgiven for those sins.]
(Mat 3:1-6 KJV) In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Master, make His paths straight. 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
[This is the baptism of John, to wash away repented sins. Nothing is said about agreeing to follow Yahshua, for His ministry had not yet began. John went to prepare a people to HEAR THE WORDS OF SALVATION!]
(Act 18:24-26 KJV) And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Most High; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Most High, knowing only the baptism of John. 18:26 and he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of Almighty more perfectly.
(Act 19:1-5 KJV) And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Set-apart Spirit since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Set-apart Spirit. 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him which should come after him, that is, on Messiah Yahshua. 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Master Yahshua.
(Act 10:42 KJV) And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of Almighty to be the Judge of quick and dead.
10:43 To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins. 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Set-apart Spirit fell on all them which heard the word. 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Set-apart Spirit. 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify Almighty. Then answered Peter, 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Set-apart Spirit as well as we? 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Yahshua. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
[Thought the years I have seen many baptized. For most baptism came after a period of study on what promises a person was entering into; both those promises to Yahweh and the promises the denomination required for membership. I have seen many stay the course, but I have seen even more drift away from the group they had been baptized into, and some back into the world.
If you are keeping track of who stays and who goes it can become discouraging. I would remind all of us that it is not our job to count the sheep.
I have come to see that the majority, including those who are baptized after evangelistic meetings, do not stay. They have been convicted of their sins and the need for repentance, but not for a relationship with the one who has covered those sins.]
(Act 15:14-21 KJV) Simeon hath declared how Yahweh at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His name. 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Master, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My name is called, saith the Master, who doeth all these things. 15:18 Known unto Almighty are all His works from the beginning of the world. 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to Yahweh: 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach Him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
[Here is the difference! All have been convicted they are sinners. All have desired to be forgiven for their past sins. All are willing to admit their sinfulness, and the need to be forgiven publicly by submitting to baptism.
Not all have desired to learn of the Way the one earning their forgiveness leads!
Not all have received the Set-apart Spirit. Those who have might drift from the group where they were baptized, but the Spirit that cleansed them will continue to lead and teach them. That Spirit will lead them to the pasture where they will be nurtured and instructed in right living.
Our job is to be willing to nurture those Yahweh places in our path. It is not our job to make sure they have received the right spirit for we cannot know the heart of man.
Our job is to provide the words of invitation, the rest is up to the Set-apart Spirit to convict of sin and lead to repentance.
No matter which baptism takes place, the person has received forgiveness of their repented sins. Therefore they have left a burden in the water and are the better for it. True repentance leads to a changed life, even if they stay in the world.]
[The third baptism which is the first:]
(1Co 10:1-4 KJV) Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Messiah.
[I would never discourage anyone from being baptized, who knows when they will die and carry those sins to the grave. Neither would I push someone to be baptized for if it is not their hearts desire then it is a worthless rite but may give the person the idea they have had those sins forgiven.]
(Eze 3:17-19 KJV) Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me. 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
[When we know someone is on the path or considering the path to hell we are to warn them of the danger and if they will listen you have led them to the Savior. After that it is a work for the spirit, BUT if our spirit is right will we not continue to encourage them in a righteous life? How does this deliver us? If we are guilty of un-repented murder [blood on our hands] can we be assured of our own salvation? I just thought of an example
You see a child kicking a dog or doing some other meanness. Do you warn them that is a step on the path to hell? Do you warn them that when they take their hurts and frustrations out on those weaker than they, they have become the same as those that hurt them? Do You?]
(Eze 3:20-21 KJV) Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 3:21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
[Many think that Yahweh has a balance for each of us and if we keep the good heavier than the bad we will be okay. Verse 20 tells us this is not true. Each choice stands on its own merits. These scriptures plainly state that it is our choice to warn or not to warn. But we are now not ignorant on this subject: if we do not warn we are guilty of their blood, murder. We are now in need of repentance, but if you would do no different because ….. then you are not repentant. So what can you do?
I would ask Yahweh to change my heart since I cannot do it in my own power. I have had to do this and in some cases many times after I thought the battle was won. But Yahweh has given me the victory over self, until the next test, and He can do the same for you if you are willing to submit the problem to Him. Best to 'let Yahweh judge between me and you'.]