Salvation Series Lesson #4 Baptism of the Holy Ghost

Salvation Series : Lesson 4

Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Matthew
3:11 ; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

In this study we
will be looking at Baptism of the Holy Ghost. In our previous study we looked
at spiritual circumcision. In the passage for spiritual circumcision we saw
that it was connected with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. These are connected because
both of them happen at the same time. They are both processes of salvation in
the church age.

In Matthew 3:11-12 John the Baptist,
who is the forerunner of Jesus Christ, is baptizing at the river Jordan. He
mentions three baptisms in verse 11. We will list these below and give a
definition of each one.

1)  Water Baptism – John was baptizing
in water to manifest Jesus Christ to Israel (John 1:31)

2)  Holy Ghost Baptism – John said
the one who would come after him (Jesus Christ) would baptize with the Holy Ghost.

3)  Fire – John said the one who
would come after him would also baptize with fire. This is not the same as Holy
Ghost Baptism because in verse 12 we see that is called unquenchable fire. This
is talking about hell.

With these definitions
it is plain to see that these Baptisms are not the same as one another. Water
Baptism does save you and the Holy Ghost Baptism is not the baptism of fire.

The first time we
see anyone being baptized by the Holy Ghost is in Acts 2:1-8. This is the day of Pentecost. Jesus had told the
Eleven at his departure that they would be baptized with the Holy Ghost shortly
after his departure (Acts 1:4-5).
In Acts 10:44-48 Gentiles
receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and note that they get the Holy Ghost
before they are baptized in water, showing once again that water baptism does
not save you.

What is Baptism of the Holy Ghost?

It is the spiritual process
whereby we are baptized into the Body of Jesus Christ the moment we are saved (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). This is
why we are said to be “in Christ” (Ephesians
1:3
; 2:6) even
though we are still on earth. Right now we are seated with him in heaven because
we are spiritually in his body. I cannot fully explain this but that is why it
is called a mystery in Ephesians 5:32.
As being members of his body we are also espoused to him as a chaste virgin (2 Corinthians 11:1) and we will
be the bride of Jesus Christ in the future (Revelation 19:7-10).

The question becomes
if Baptism of the Holy Ghost is what saves us and water baptism does not, then
what is water baptism about. It is a figure of what has happened to us spiritually.
When we are saved we are said to be baptized into his death and resurrected to
walk in the newness of life (Romans
6:24
). So that is why when we baptize someone we immerse them under the
water, this show death. Then they are brought froth out of the water which
shows being spiritually resurrected to walk in the new life. This is why it is
called a figure in 1 Peter 3:21.

Salvation Series : Lesson 4 (Handout)

Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Matthew
3:11 ; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

1)  What are the 3 Baptisms listed in Matthew
3:11?

            a.

            b.

            c.

2)  Are any of these the same Baptism?

3)  Where is the first time we see the Baptism of
the Holy Ghost?

4)  Where do we see the Baptism of the Holy Ghost
come upon the Gentiles?

5)  What is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost?

6)  What is water Baptism?