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The Purpose of Baptism Pt 2
“Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” Acts 10:47
“Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.” Acts 2:33
“And all the circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also.” Acts 10:45
“And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.’” Matthew 3:16-17
“And John bore witness saying, ‘I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.’” John 1:32
“…and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, ‘Thou art My
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The Purpose of Baptism - Baptism Symbolizes the Coming and Presence of the Holy Spirit
The meaning or purpose of baptism is to symbolize the coming and abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.
“John answered and said to them all, ‘As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’” Luke 3:16
“And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’” Acts 1:4-5
beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.’” Luke 3:22
“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior….” Titus 3:5-6
“…but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: 'And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams; Even upon My bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit And they shall prophesy.” Acts 2:16-18
“Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father he promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.” Acts 2:33
“And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, just as He did upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 11:15-16
In the baptism of the Holy Spirit we have the example of the purpose of baptism and what Christian baptism is to look like. This is necessary because water baptism and Holy Spirit baptism are so closely identified. The one demonstrates the mode of the other; indeed, the one symbolizes the other. There is no baptism of the Holy Spirit depicted in Scripture as a dipping.