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Types of Baptism

Two types of Baptism.

Many passages make it abundantly clear that our Salvation is secured when we receive Jesus Christ as Savior.

Jesus’ only doctrine, or the Oneness doctrine, upholds that Baptism should be performed “in the name of Jesus Christ” rather than using the Trinity “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” The Oneness movement became a popular doctrine accepted during the early Christian Era. Then, it died down when the early church fathers introduced the Trinity in the 2nd century. The Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ changed to the words in the name of the Father, the Son, and the  Holy Ghost. In modern times, Christians changed the word Ghost to Spirit. Some Christian thinkers regard Baptism as unnecessary for Salvation, such as Huldrych Zwingli, a Reformation leader and a contemporary of Martin Luther. However, water baptism is widely practiced among Christian denominations.

Two types of Baptism.

John the Baptist baptizes with water, and Jesus Christ baptizes with the Holy Spirit. John said in Matthew 3:11,  “I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (WEB). John was talking about Jesus, and this is what Jesus said about John: “Most certainly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.” Matthew 11:11 (WEB).

John’s type of Baptism with water is an appeal to God for a good conscience—our body (flesh) is free of the dirt of the past (Adam’s sin) through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. John talks about the first type of Baptism. In the second type of Baptism, John says Jesus will baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire. This type of Baptism involves the soul, and the body will feel it. You will experience the work of the Holy Spirit in Baptism connected with fire, which is like burning our soul for purification; the heat will be bearable; it is like you are emotionally on fire; many experience this type of feeling during the seventh-day service (Saturday or Sunday mass). Speaking of tongues usually follows, and with the help of a witness, the uttered language will be interpreted.

In Acts 2:3–4, the Baptism from Jesus. “Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them.’ ‘They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.”

Baptism of the Holy Spirit confirms that our soul receives God’s saving grace, leading to eternal life. You can receive this Baptism anytime your soul submits to the Father, and you can believe in Jesus as Redeemer. Remember John 3:16 —Whoever believes in Jesus will not perish. Please read the full content and meditate on it.

May the good LORD bless and keep us healthy and wise. God bless everyone.

Types of Baptism I Baptism, Confirmation, and Possession I Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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