The One Baptism

Sunday, July 17, 2011

“There is… one Lord, one faith, one baptism,” (Ephesians 4:5 KJV).

Do you need water baptism for salvation? What about for a testimony? In today’s Scripture, our Apostle Paul tells us that we only need ONE baptism today. Rather than speculating as to what that one baptism could be, why not search Paul’s epistles for the answer?

Evidently, our one baptism is not water baptism, for Paul said, “Christ sent me not to baptize” (1 Corinthians 1:17). In fact, Paul did not water baptize every believer in Corinth, only some of them (1 Corinthians 1:14-16)! At this point, by our forbidding water baptism today, 99.999 percent of Christendom would disagree—oh well! “Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:13: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” The ONLY baptism we need today is the baptism whereby the Holy Spirit—not a priest or preacher—places us in the Church the Body of Christ. This is a waterless, supernatural baptism. Paul also refers to this baptism in Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12, and Galatians 3:27. Remember, “baptism” in Scripture does not necessarily mean water baptism.

Today’s Scripture, in its context, lists three of the seven doctrines that we share as members of the Church the Body of Christ. The one baptism that you need today is already yours in Christ! When you trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, you received your one baptism by the Holy Spirit placing you into a living, unbroken union with Jesus Christ. That is the one baptism necessary for salvation today in the Dispensation of Grace.

Never let some minister try to force you to be water baptized, either for salvation or for a testimony. Water baptism was for the salvation of the nation Israel in her kingdom program (Matthew 3:6; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21).

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4 thoughts on “The One Baptism”

  1. Shawn, please address the fact that Paul did baptize some. I think that is the first question that many will pose when presented with this. I truly believe in the one baptism of the Holy Spirit baptizing us into the body of Christ, but I have never had a clear answer on the fact that Paul baptized some with water.

  2. That’s a good question Janie. Thanks for asking. When I first came to understand right division, one of my first questions was, “If Paul was NOT sent to water baptize, then why did he water baptize at all?” You’re right, I’m sure others wonder the same thing. It all relates back to the Jews.

    In 1 Corinthians 1:14-16, we read that Paul water baptized Crispus, Gaius, and Stephanas’ household. If we go over to Acts 18, which is where Paul first came to Corinth, we read that some of the Corinthian believers were Jews (verses 1, 7, 8). Crispus was the “chief ruler of the synagogue.” He and his household believed and were water baptized (verse 8).

    If you recall, the signs, miracles, and wonders of Israel’s program were carried over into Paul’s ministry. In doing so, God was demonstrating to Israel that her program was falling away, and Paul’s ministry was replacing Peter’s. Peter water baptized (Acts 2:41; Acts 10:46-48), so Paul also water baptized. Paul spoke with tongues, performed healing miracles, etc, just like Peter did:

    -healing–Acts 3:6-8 versus Acts 14:8-10
    -raising the dead–Acts 9:36-42 versus Acts 20:9-11
    -laying on hands to give the Holy Ghost–Acts 8:14-20 versus Acts 19:6

    To validate Paul’s ministry for the Jews’ sake, God temporarily granted Paul the gift of miracle working. Lest the Jews discredit Paul for not water baptizing, he did water baptize–i.e, they could have said, “Paul does not water baptize… we should not follow him.” Paul water baptizing (and performing miracles) provoked the Jews to jealousy (Romans 11:11).

    Eventually, water baptism became divisive within the Corinthian church, and so Paul quit water baptizing. In fact, 1 Corinthians was written before Acts 28. By the time you get to Paul’s latter epistles (his prison epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Titus, Philemon), Paul makes no more references to water baptism. By Acts 28, Israel’s program had ceased and she had fallen. The Acts transition period was over.

    Hope that explains it. Thanks.

  3. We have been re-studying this issue and believe that Paul’s writings are what we should follow as he followed Christ. We understand that the Holy Spirit baptises us into Christ’s body. It is becoming more clear that water is not needed today. It is difficult as most churches teach it is necessary, and of course, my husband and I were water baptised as a symbol of what was done in our hearts. We all need to study and understand these issues as they are of prime importance. may our Lord continue to guide and direct all of His body into Truth is our prayer.

    1. Hello Patsy, glad you’ve found us, and I’m thrilled that you and your husband are coming to further understand God’s Holy Word. Yes, denominational teaching is so prevalent today that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find what is God’s TRUTH and what isn’t. The Bible is often presumed to teach something–such as water baptism being necessary today–but it teaches the OPPOSITE. My family and I were in denominations for decades, before we finally came to understand God’s Word rightly divided: recognizing Paul’s special ministry toward us in the Dispensation of the Grace of God has REVOLUTIONIZED our Christian lives, as you and your husband probably know for yourselves!

      You can also find hundreds of other studies–full length Bible studies–at our other blog. Hope you can check that out too.

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