Immersed

To be immersed is to be submerged into something.  Baptism is all about connection with God.

Text for Today – Hebrews 6:2 – Of the doctrine of baptisms . . .

Mention “baptism,” and most people probably think of water in some form.  But please note the words “baptisms” in our Text for Today.  The Scriptures clearly indicate that there is more than one baptism, and that there are, in fact, three.  And one of them must of necessity precede the other two.

The first baptism that must be considered is the new birth.  We don’t often think about the new birth as a baptism, but it is.  In fact, it is upon your confession of Jesus Christ as Lord, believing in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, that you experience the first baptism.  It is the work of Holy Ghost, and upon your believing and confessing Jesus as Lord, that Holy Spirit baptized you into the body of Christ.  If Jesus is your Lord, you have at least experienced one baptism.

The next two baptisms can come in any order.  They are baptism in water by immersion, and the baptism in Holy Ghost.  Water baptism is an act of obedience to the command of the Lord Jesus to be baptized as an outward signification of the inward work of the new birth.  It represents your following  of Christ into the grave and experiencing the subsequent resurrection.  It is an illustrated testimony that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord, having been crucified with Christ, and following that by being raised up to sit with Him in heavenly places, to enjoy the newness of life that is in Christ Jesus.

The remaining baptism is one that is often misunderstood by so many, and yet the Scriptures give clear indication of its uniqueness from all other baptisms.  This is a marvelous and glorious gift from our heavenly Father, and is administered by the Lord Jesus.  It is an enduement of power from on high, and carries with it wonderful freedoms and liberties in the Lord, not to mention the nine gifts of the Spirit, gifts that are possessed by Holy Ghost, which He manifests as He chooses through Holy  Ghost baptized believers.

So, dear reader, have you been immersed into Jesus?  If so, have you been immersed in water in obedience to His command?  And have you been immersed into Holy Ghost as a recipient of the glorious promise of the Spirit?  If you answer to any of these questions is “no,” then wait no longer.  Holy Ghost is waiting , having already planned your baptism into Jesus, and Jesus stands ready to baptize  you in Holy Ghost, once you’re born again.  And I am sure your pastor will accommodate you for water baptism.  Each of these baptisms requires your personal involvement, initiated by your personal will and desire.  And each one also requires a distinct action by the Lord which He will surely perform when you move in faith. 

Manna for Today – Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; Romans 6:1-6; Galatians 2:20; John 1:25-33; John 14:15-17; Luke 11:13; Acts 1:8