The Holy Baptism
What is the true meaning of the sacrament by which we are baptised? Many different dogmas have different views on how people should be baptised. Once people understand the code on what the baptism of the spirit really is, they will all baptise the same way.
The sacrament of the physical baptism was merely implemented by God for people to be initiated into the beginning of a very long journey.
Mark 1: 4 ‘4John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.’
Literally being baptised with water physically will and has never made any person whole, cleansed or complete. Being baptised is a daily procedure by which our sins are washed; physical water cannot wash the spirit or our sins.
The physical water is ever-present where the sacrament of the Holy Baptism is served; no matter by what religion. It has to be, for the simple reason that the water serves as the symbol for the Holy Baptism.
There is a question I would like to ask though; how will the physical water wash the soul, which is spirit? Will our spirit be washed from sin when our heads are literally dipped under water, without the preacher saying that we are baptised in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? No, we will not be baptised, for the simple reason that the word is the water of the spirit which will baptise the spirit; and not the physical water. Attempting to wash our sins with physical water will literally be the same as attempting to feed the spirit with physical food.
Matthew 28: 19 ‘19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. . .’
(Teach all nations, baptizing them) We clearly learn from this text that by teaching people by the Word of God, we are actually baptising them. This is logic, as the word is the water by which the baptism is served to cleanse the spirit.
Ephesians 5: 26 ‘26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. . .’
The Word of God is therefore the water which will flow from the preacher’s mouth, to baptise us every time we attend a gathering or service. Moreover, the more wisdom we receive from God, the less we will sin against Him.
Receiving the Holy Spirit by baptism
We are fully aware that one receives the Holy Spirit by the Holy Baptism. I quoted a text from which we will learn that some people have received the Holy Spirit before they were baptised.
Acts 10: 47 ’47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.’
Is it possible for this to have happened? Yes it is; these are people who followed the teachings of Jesus and who knew in their hearts that Jesus was the only path to God. They were therefore in possession of the peace of the Holy Spirit, but not members of the true body of Jesus yet. They were baptised into a strange doctrine at first, which was not that of Jesus. They therefore had to be baptised anew, into the true doctrine.
Have you received the Holy Ghost?
We are taught that one, who is baptised with the physical sacrament, receives the Holy Spirit and has therefore become a new-born child of God. This is not quite the case. Well, we do receive the Holy Spirit by being baptised, but not by receiving the physical sacrament once.
Example: No person attends school for one day and become a doctor the next. The same principle applies in the spirit—no one goes to church once and becomes Holy and a newborn Christian the same day. No one is baptised by partaking of the baptism sacrament and in an instant becomes sin-free, receives the Holy Spirit and never sin again.
It takes a lot of learning and hard work to rid the mind of our sinful ways. We have to be washed by God’s Word every day if possible before the true baptism will produce results.
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of peace which we attain by being baptised daily. In other words; each day we gather in the presence of God, our minds are washed by His Word. In this manner God changes our old way of thinking and teach us how to do His will. Our hearts will therefore be washed and cleansed from the darkness, each time Jesus is magnified within us by the Word of God.
Moreover, we will receive the Holy Spirit of peace when we become pure of heart. But, the Holy Spirit will not remain with us indefinitely. God’s Light will leave us once we are baptised with the filthy water of Satan again.
The Holy Baptism is therefore an ongoing process where we have to remain in the washing of the spirit by the Word. The same as the physical body; we do not wash the body once and remain clean for the rest of our lives. If we do not wash the body every day it will become filthy again.
Being baptised is therefore an on-going process and not a once of magic spell.
John 15: 3 ‘3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.’
3Now ye are clean: But the darkness will regain control over the body as soon as it partakes of the worldly lusts and wanders away from the teachings we received from God.
Romans 6: 4-11 ‘4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.’
Romans 6: Is another text which should be studied carefully. The process of giving our lives to follow Jesus is not achieved in a day, month or year, for that matter; this is a life-long journey for most members.
People sin because they have no better understanding of the truth. Being baptised with the word continuously is the only way to change the member’s old way of thinking which caused them to sin at first. The physical water is therefore merely symbolic and has no part of the true baptism.
I want to probe a little deeper into the baptism of Jesus, which may answer one or two more of our questions; or, bring new questions to the table.
John the Baptist preached in the wilderness saying:
Matthew 3: 11 ‘11I 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. . .’
1 Corinthians 10: 2 ‘2. . .And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea. . .’
Most Christians are so enchanted by being baptised with water physically; as they truly believe that one receives the Holy Spirit this way.
We have to remember, that there are more than one baptism we have to go through before we will be ready to enter into God’s kingdom. The baptism of John is not that which brings salvation; the fire baptism of Jesus Christ is the true baptism which brings total destruction to the old earth (Mind).
The water baptism will merely introduce us to the Holy Spirit which prepares us for the fire-baptism of Jesus. But, being baptised with fire will destroy ones old thoughts and make all things new.
Let’s assume that the spirit was cleansed by receiving the sacrament of being baptised with water physically; then surely we should be baptised with physical fire as well, is it not? All seekers have to undergo all baptisms. Which one is the most important to be baptised with, that of John or Jesus?
How will we ever receive the baptism of Jesus Christ without being physically baptised with fire then?
We have discussed the baptism of Jesus which is received by the Holy Ghost and fire. The Holy Ghost is received by the baptism of John; but the end of our suffering will solely become complete by the fire.
Why did Jesus not baptise before John?
John was the voice in the wilderness, preparing the way of the Lord. If he was to prepare the way, he had to be first. John is the one who baptised with water before the fire baptism of Jesus Christ.
Remember, that God is the consuming fire which will come through His sons. If the fire had to come first, no one would have entered God’s kingdom; which I will explain.
We as Christians are not even willing to be baptised with water once a week, let alone being baptised with fire daily.
John had to prepare man’s mind with the water baptism first; as is still the case today. The water is the soft word of love which God will baptise with to draw spirits to the flock.
After the mind is washed and seekers understand their responsibilities; the water baptism will be complete. Such seekers hearts will now be ready to receive the baptism with fire; which will consume their old world. In other words, the old man and earth will be consumed with fire and be replaced with the new.