What Does It Mean to Be Baptized?

How are you to be baptized and how do you receive the Holy Spirit? A friend and I have been debating this question for so long that I just want to know the truth and put an end to it. Please help!

Posted on August 4, 2009, in Question of the Week. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. E Edward Bentleywell

    The word Baptism comes from the word Baptizmo which means to immerse. It was a term used to describe a ship that had sunk and was completely covered by the water. The principle goes as far back as the book of 2 Kings where Naaman was instructed by Elisha to wash himself 7 times in the Jordan river to be cleansed of leprosy and was introduced into the NT by the Essenes to prepare the way for the Messiah and removal of sin. Jesus said that he must be baptized in order to fulfill all righteous and instructs that his followers be baptized (immersed in water) and taught to obey His teachings. John the baptist stated that he baptized with water but that the one to come after him, The Christ, would baptize with the Holy Spirit. I believe that that Baptism of the Holy Spirit is when we accept Jesus as our Savior and are baptized along with continual obedience and trust in the Words/Promises of the Father.

  2. E Edward Bentleywell

    cont’d… The more we follow the Holy Spirit’s reminding us what God’s Word instructs us to do instead of our feelings or emotions, we “receive” the Holy Spirit more and more..

  3. Let me just make it plain from my understanding. If someone needs to find an understanding in a greek or hebrew manner, God Bless Your Mind….The mind in Christ, is the same mind that is in every beleiver to understand and interpret the Word of God given by the inspiration of God. To be baptized is to put off the old man, not by works, but by grace. What we hear, we do, unless we become a cast away, or a hypocrit.Allowing the Word of God to be made flesh in our lives, by loving God with our whole heart, mind, and soul is the only way are sinful nature will began to baptize us with the Fire, to burn up sinful ways in us so that we can allow the dove of the Holy Spirit to birth fruit of the spirit in us. It is a renewal of thoughts, actions, and perceptions the closer we get to God. It’s not by the letter, but by the Spirit that God gives and dwells with us and not among evil thoughts, emotions,or self gratification. The Anointing will show up if your spending time, child like behaviors with God, humbleness, and repentence. To emerge yourself with the things of God from a true desire, passion, and love for him. Most of all to fear him, is the hate evil, pride, frowardness, and every evil work. This is what it means to be baptized…Not just a water immersion but asking for the Holy Spirit, that will equip you for the battle, and going forth in Fire~~Lisa Fikes

  4. Jesus himself reveals in the Gospel in no uncertain terms that Baptism is necessary for Salvation. “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16). This is because Baptism is not just a righteous act in which we follow the historic instructions of Jesus to do something. That would be salvation by our own “works”. But because Baptism has been instituted and willed by our Lord as a Sacrament which means “an effective sign that also creates what it signifies”. Through the power of the Holy Spirit the person who is immersed is not just cleansed in a physical sense by water (that would be the physical part of the sign), but also, the Holy Spirit wipes away the Original Sin from the soul and with that, the person becomes a beloved child of God and a living member of the Church with is the Body of Christ. ‘

    You see, our Lord, fully human himself, knew very well that we are both physical and spiritual beings. This is the wonderful and beautifully human aspect of a Sacrament that God chose to share his special graces through our physical realities. Grace can come, of course, in many forms, but these *defining* gifts of God always come to us through our everyday realities and through specific ways we can identify with as humans. This is both wonderfully divine and human at the same time. Jesus’ insistence on his own baptism (although He certainly did not need it) can be understood well in this context.

    This is how Christ’s commandment: “Go and make my disciples all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”, the involvement of water, and the working of the Holy Spirit comes together with Salvation. This is how the teaching of Baptism becomes whole and makes sense. If you pull out parts of it and change their meaning the whole thing becomes confusing and self-contradicting. The understanding of a Sacrament is necessary to understand the meaning of Baptism.

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