There is no need for water baptism for the Christian within this current dispensation:
- During the dispensation of the grace of God, there is “one baptism,” the baptism of the Holy Spirit, at the time of faith. (1 Cor 12:13, Eph 4:4-6, Acts 11:16, Acts 19:3-5, 1 Cor 1:14-16)
- To seek out baptism would be to do a “work” – you are attempting to add something to your salvation and that is an affront to God and the completed work of His dear Son.
- God stated that He would cleanse Israel and sprinkle the nation with clean water (Ezek 36:25 – New Covenant). This explains John the Baptist’s baptizing ministry.
- To be fit for the kingdom, one must become clean.
- Water baptism symbolized repentance and the cleansing of the nation from sin.
- Multitudes came to John to be baptized in water from the remission of sins (Mt 3:5-6, Mk 1:4, 16:1), but John prophesied One greater than he would baptize the nation with the Holy Spirit (Mt 3:11, Lk 3:16 – a New Covenant promise).
Many say that the “one baptism” consists of water…
Being put into Christ is not synonymous with being put into water. How are we put into Christ? What kind of baptism is required? 1 Corinthians 12:13 states that baptism is done by the Holy spirit. Ephesians 4:5 states that there is only one baptism…
So are there two baptisms, or one?
If baptism is performed with water, then the Holy Spirit must be in the water.
If baptism is done by the Holy Spirit, then we must not be able to see it. Colossians tells us that we, if we have trusted the gospel of the grace of God, have undergone a circumcision not made with hands. This is not water baptism. Water must be read into the passage. This is an erroneous assumption.
There is only one baptism today, whereas there are over 12 mentioned within the bible. Make sure you are preaching the correct one.
We are put into Christ when we “believe and trust” the gospel (Ephesians 1:13-14), not when we are dunked in water. It is better to be dry and sealed, rather than wet and lost. What are you putting your faith in?
I pray it is in the power of the Gospel, not the attempt of religion.
(see Romans 1:16; 4:5; 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
“Repent and be baptized” is not God’s message to you today. We must learn to rightly divide Scripture if we want to know what God is requiring today.
Are you saved? If you’re trusting in anything but the finished work of the cross and ressurection, you may want to reconsider the truth of God’s Word, rightly divided!
All saved persons have been made members of the Body of Christ by one spiritual baptism into Christ by the Spirit. By that one baptism every member of the body of Christ is identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. In light of the statement concerning one baptism in Ephesians 4:5 and the statement concerning baptism in Colossians 2:12, and Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 1:17that “Christ sent me not to baptize but to preach the gospel,” we affirm that water baptism is not relevant in God’s Spiritual program for the Body of Christ in this present dispensation of grace.
We believe that the Holy Spirit places all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation by one spiritual baptism. Through this work of the Holy Spirit, we are identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. The Bible also speaks of other baptisms, some are spiritual in nature and others were ritualistic and played a key part in God’s program with Israel. While those baptisms all had importance in the past, Scripture speaks of this divine baptism as the one and only baptism that is operative today. Therefore, we practice no other baptism. We emphasize this spiritual baptism as foundational to the unity of all believers (Rom. 6:3-4; 1 Cor. 1:17; 12:12-13; Gal. 3:26-27; Eph. 4:3-6; Col. 2:9-12; Heb. 9:9-10).