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The New Testament Church 0002 - Lesson 5

Its Ordinances (Continued)

    1. What It Is Not. (Continued)
      1. It is not the baptism with the Holy Ghost.
        1. The breakdown of this baptism (Acts 1:5; Matthew 3:11; Luke 3:16)
          1. The administrator: Jesus Christ
          2. The subject: Believers at Pentecost
          3. The medium: The Holy Ghost
        2. The historical event
          1. To understand the baptism with the Holy Ghost, you must understand that it was an event.
          2. Acts 1:6 teaches that the baptism with the Holy Ghost would occur “not many days hence.”
          3. This baptism occurred in Acts chapter two on the day of Pentecost.
          4. On that day, the believing Jews were brought into the baptism with the Holy Ghost.
          5. Other groups were brought into the baptism with the Holy Ghost at a later date.
            1. The day of Pentecost gave the Holy Ghost to the Jews.
            2. The Samaritans received the Holy Ghost in Acts 8:14-17.
            3. The Gentiles were baptized with the Holy Ghost in Acts 10:44-48.
            4. Finally, one little side group who had been following John’s baptism received the Holy Ghost in Acts 19:1-7.
      2. It is not the baptism of the Spirit.
        1. The breakdown of this baptism (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 6:3-4)
          1. The administrator: The Holy Spirit
          2. The subject: Believers
          3. The medium: Jesus Christ
        2. Spirit baptism occurs at the point of salvation and is the event of the Spirit placing the new believer into Jesus Christ.
        3. Galatians 3:27 states: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
    1. By Immersion
      1. Seen in the word baptism - From O.Fr. baptizier (11c.), from L. baptizare, from Gk. baptizein "to immerse," in ecclesiastical language – Taken from
      2. Seen in the connection to a burial
        1. Baptism is likened unto a burial (Romans 6:4).
        2. We are buried with Christ in baptism (Colossians 2:12).
        3. Note: It is not the contention of this class that these references of baptism are to water baptism, but that the word baptism in general is connected to burials.
        4. With this being the case, it ought to be obvious that a baptism is to place somebody or something entirely into some other medium.
        5. Many of the old Baptists called the baptismal waters the “watery grave.”
        6. The Lord Jesus spoke of His death as a baptism that He was to be baptized with (Matthew 20:22-23; Luke 12:49-50; John 18:11).
      3. Seen in the baptisms in Scripture
        1. John baptized where there was “much water” (John 3:23).
        2. At the baptism of the Lord Jesus, John and the Lord both went into the water and came “up straightway out of the water” (Matthew 3:16).
        3. People were baptized of John “in the river of Jordan” (Mark 1:5).
        4. Water baptism, spirit baptism and baptism of fire are mentioned together (Luke 3:16). No matter what the arguments are otherwise, all should be willing to admit that the baptism of fire is by immersion (Revelation 20:14-15).
        5. Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch both went down into the water and the eunuch was baptized; then both came up out of the water (Acts 8:36-39).
    2. In the Name of
      1. The meaning of this phrase
        1. To do something "in the name of" someone else means to do it by his/her authority (Deuteronomy 18:5-7, 20-22; Esther 3:12).
        2. It can also refer to doing something in the place of another (Deuteronomy 25:6).
      2. The words given by the Lord Jesus - “Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)
      3. The baptisms of the apostles
        1. “Be baptized . . . in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38).
        2. “They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:16).
        3. “Baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48)
        4. “They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:5).
      4. Conclusions
        1. We are to baptize converts under the authority of the Trinity, but specifically the Lord Jesus Christ who gave the commandment.
        2. This is not meant to be a formula, but if it were, it would be wise to heed the words of the Lord Jesus and to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19).
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 22:15

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.