Living the Word of God

The Three Baptisms

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Acts 2:7)

As soon as man disobeyed God and fell into sin, the Lord had a back-up plan for our redemption called salvation. Receiving salvation or becoming “saved” puts us right back in fellowship with God as it was in the beginning in the Garden of Eden. Our salvation included promises from God “to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear; (Luke 1:74) How does one get saved? Salvation is a three part plan. In school, we were taught about salvation as receiving three baptisms: 1) Baptism into Salvation 2) Water Baptism and 3) Baptism into the Holy Spirit. In receiving the baptism into salvation, one simply must acknowledge that he is a sinner and wants to change his ways by calling upon the Lord. (Rom 10:9-10) This guarantees eternal life for your spirit. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24) Unfortunately getting a regenerated spirit doesn’t change your here and now. You still must deal with the sin(s) that comes to set you back and discourages you. God is a good God! He even thought about a remedy for that. The purpose of water baptism is to go down into the water (as if you are being buried) and when you rise out of the water, you leave your sins buried. Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore 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. (Rom 6:3-4) Now that 1) We renewed our fellowship with God and 2) Buried our past sins, how do we keep from sinning again? Guess what, God has done it again. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Cor 10:13 NLT) He designed a way for us not to go back into those sins we just buried or to establish new ones which leads us through the third baptism: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”(Acts 1:8) By simply receiving this Baptism, you now are able to walk with God through whatever trial or tribulation you go though with victory. [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh… But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  (Gal 5:16, 22-23) There is much to say about the leading of the Holy Spirit. I’ll suffice it to say that you can trust this leading with all your heart, all your soul and all your being. But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26) Be blessed.

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