They are 3 types of baptisms in the bible.
For us to see the move of God as we saw in Acts 2 we need these 3 baptisms. Within these baptisms lies power, authority, the anointing and holiness.
They help us be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ.
John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:11,
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Here, John mentions he baptized with water, but Jesus who is more powerful than he is will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
The baptisms are:
- The baptism of Water
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit
- The baptism of Fire
The baptism of Water
After receiving salvation, they baptize you with water. This is being immersed in water as a public demonstration for the repentance of sins.
They also baptized Jesus Christ who had no sin, and He is our example.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Spirit is when the Holy Spirit comes and empowers us to be effective witnesses for the kingdom of God with visible miracles, signs, and wonders.
The first initial sign of being baptized by the power of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues (Acts 2).
Because you do not speak in tongues doesn’t mean you don’t have the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
It is important however that every believer have the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Some spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit are tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, wisdom, knowledge, discernment, faith, miracles, and healing.
The baptism of Fire
The baptism of fire is the presence of God in us and around us. The glory cloud!
This fire purifies us and also brings judgment
It helps us to live holy lives before God.
Having a zeal, passion, and love for the things of God. Likewise, a total surrender to His will.
Everyone receiving the baptism of fire always sees some tangible evidence:
- Some people feel warmth or heat in their hands or a stinging feeling like when you clap them together.
- A fire in their lower back and a tingling sensation in their entire body.
- A peace that passes all understanding or a great joy of God within.
- Unable to stand up under the glory of God.
- Some sweat while others shake under the power of God.
- Most people have wonderful experiences receiving the Holy Fire.
Keeping the fire burning
We should always have our fire burning by practicing our spiritual disciplines:
Prayer, Fasting, Praise & Thanksgiving, Meditation on the Word and Service.
These 3 baptisms enable God’s power to work in and through His servants.
Let us, therefore, go forth with power and authority. Doing great signs, wonders and miracles. That you may impact the lives of those around and they will want your God.
Remember the only Jesus that people see is the Jesus in you and me.
Be blessed with all spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus…