Doctrine of Baptisms–Baptized into His Death Frees Us from Sin

The early apostles taught their third doctrine–the “doctrine of baptisms–with an “s.”  For there are several baptisms in the Christian walk–not just the one with water.

The first baptism mentioned was John the Baptist’s “baptism unto repentance.”  He encouraged the people to repent of their sins, be baptized in water, thus pointing them to the Lamb of God, who would soon become the Sacrifice for all men’s sins.  “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (Mt. 3:11).  Here we have three baptisms in one verse.

The baptism in water is symbolic of the death of our old sinful heart (see post on this at https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/baptismempty-ritual-or-symbol-of-death-of-self/ ).  Paul taught that it was symbolic of being immersed into Christ’s death.  “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6: 3).

Just How Are We Immersed into Christ’s Death?

     Just before Christ died, this perfectly sinless man took upon Himself the sins of the whole world, past, present, and future.  Sin was transferred onto this sin offering, and He died with all our sins upon Him.  Consequently, when He died, my old self died.  When He died that day, our old selfish egos died.

When He was literally buried in the tomb, our old lives were buried.  Gone.  Over with.  And when He rose from the dead, we rose from the deadness of our sinful existence, into a brand new wonderful life, energized with God’s Spirit now within (for more on this, see “Introduction” of my book The Unveiling of the Sons of God  found at the top of this page).  All this has already been done for us by God.  We have to only believe it when we read it in Romans 6: 3-7 :

“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.  Because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”

We are now free from sin–if we really believe it.  Free!  We are no longer slaves to the pulls, urges, and demands of that old spiritual nature that held us in bondage to do sinful acts!  I’m talking about revolutionary freedom here!  We were dead to sin, but now we live unto God by faith in the Spirit that He has given us.

Water baptism is just the symbol of this immersion into Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  Believing and walking in this truth is the reality.  But God has promised his sons and daughters more and greater baptisms–the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of fire, which takes us into the very presence of God’s transformative power.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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7 responses to “Doctrine of Baptisms–Baptized into His Death Frees Us from Sin

  1. Carmen Lemoine

    Just love your Holy Spirit inspired writing. Thank you so very much for sharing these priceless gems.

    • Carmen, thank you so much for your encouraging words. They help me to keep going. God bless you richly. KWHancock

      • Carmen Lemoine

        Do you believe all who have em-bracingly received the purity of His Word regarding His victorious end time Kingdom Sonship, being caught up totally consumed with HIM rather than a false rapture, and HIS kingly-priest shedding mortality to be clothed with immortality~~ are HIS chosen generation of the greater works? Could this be why we have been hidden for so long to arise with HIM as HIS victorious body?

      • Carmen, the short answer to your questions is “Yes” and “Yes.” Thank you for your comment. He calls whomsoever He wills and He chooses whomsoever He wills. It is all Him. We then need only overcome our innate unbelief that something as wonderful as knowing the Creator is really happening to and through us. kwh

      • Carmen Lemoine

        Can I please continue to pursue spiritual enrichments? What would possibly be the signs of having the baptism of fire? I am asking my Precious Master for me to be consumed, annihilated, saturated, engulfed, an unquenchable inferno of HIS FIRE and LOVE! Thank you for your in put.

      • Carmen, re: the baptism of fire–I can only share with you intellectually from the scriptures a few thoughts about this and not from experience. Knowledge is extremely important; if it were not, then there would be no need for the Holy Bible, God’s written word. First, God is “consuming fire.” His prophets wielding His Spirit/words are like a “refiner’s fire,” purging out the dross of the spiritual “gold,” which is our faith in Christ. The impurities are the old incorrect concepts about God that must be gotten rid of. So many falsehoods are proclaimed about the Mighty One of Israel. We must get rid of them, replacing them with the thoughts of God, which is the mind of Christ. Our faith/belief will be absolutely and completely purified when the consuming Fire–God–literally engulfs and immerses us in His molten presence. There will be no room for any doubt in our minds that our God means business and is preparing us to go out the way the early apostles did. If you will recall, after the Upper Room experience with their being baptized with “cloven tongues of fire,” they went out with no lingering doubts about Him or their mission in Him. That is where we are headed–those that He has chosen to take there. This has not happened to me; this is just some scriptural thoughts on the subject. We must continue to seek and we shall find. Kenneth Wayne Hancock

    • IS ACTS 2:38 SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION? by steve finnell

      Should Scriptures be interpreted or should they be read and understood? When men claim that Scriptures are subject to interpretation, what they normally mean is subject to explanation according to their denominational view point. Case in point Acts 2:38.

      God’s Point of View: Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall received the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

      Man’s Interpretation: Peter said to them your sins were forgiven and you received the gift of the Holy Spirit the minute you believed. Repentance and water baptism follow forgiveness from sins and reception of the gift of the Holy Spirit.

      God’s point of View: Acts 2:38 Peter, “All of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then your sins will be forgiven. You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(New International Reader’s Version NIRV)

      Man’s Interpretation: Water baptism is simply an act of obedience and is not essential to the forgiveness of sins. Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit precedes repentance and water baptism.

      God’s Point of View: Acts 2:38 Reconsider your lives; change your direction. Participate in the ceremonial washing of baptism in the name of Jesus God’s Anointed, the Liberating King. Then your sins will be forgiven, and the gift of the Holy Spirit will be yours. (The Voice VOICE)

      Man’s Interpretation: Bible commentaries and church catechisms are more accurate than the Bible.

      God’s Point of View: Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible NIV )

      Man’s Interpretation: God is not smart enough to guide men into an accurate translation of the Bible. It has to be explained by Priests, Preachers, and denominational leaders.

      WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TRUST, THE BIBLE, WHICH IS GOD”S VIEW OR MAN’S INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE?

      YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

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