Baptism is one of the importation scripture lessons which follower of YAH should know and understand its meaning. Me, Bro. Pouliot knows there are different perspective by different denominations believers. It took me time, not a day but some years to examine the clear meaning of baptism. When I notice something new about baptism mention in the scripture book when someone shared with me about it, I tend to investigate more about it to find out the truth about it.
I thought I knew much about baptism, but I was wrong. After learning more about it, I did some research to understand better. Knowing that baptism represents a way to be new person, being born again, by washing/cleaning the wrongdoing of sin and live to believe in YahuSha example who is our Savior. I have learned that water alone cannot save and deliver me to this new kingdom that will come from heaven and have a eternal life. Only the MessiYah spiritually can save us and deliver us to the new kingdom.
In the New Covenant (Testament) books, I’ve noticed how the book of Matthew/Mataieu/Mattithyahu first introduced about baptism? In chapter 3, verses 2-12, John the Baptist began his ministry as the forerunner of YahuSha. John preached a simple message to the YahuDah that they should repent of their sins in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom etc… Matthew/Mataieu/Mattithyahu 3:13-17 records that YAhuSha came down to the Jordan River and was baptized by John hand. Now, why baptism like what John the baptism did to HIM not mention to do like in the Old Covenant (Old Testament)? The truth is, there is liken of baptism in the Old Covenant if we look closely and carefully by compare it to the New Covenant teaching.
Long ago before the YahuDah practiced baptism, there was a liken baptism in the ancient day; for instance, we all should remember how the passing story of the Yisrael’s day when went through the Red Sea on the final day of Unleavened Bread? This was likened of the baptism as Paul mention baptism in 1st Corinthians/Qorintiyim Aleph 10:1-2.
Further baptismal and resurrection found about the crossing of the Jordan River which was a type of entering the Kingdom of the Heavens ONE followed by pulling down the strongholds of the enemy as sin (Joshua/Ieushuo 3:15-17 & 2nd Corinthians/Qorintiyim Belt 10:4).
A time of Tabernacle when the Levites were cleansed via sprinkling of water a type of baptism to purify them in preparation in service to heavenly one and man (Numbers/Bamadalar 8:6-7,11,21) is similarly when believers must be cleansed and sanctified by sprinkling (Hebrews/Obarm/Ib’rim 10:22; 2nd Cor 11:28; 2nd Corinthians/Qorintiyim Belt 7:1 & Titus/Titos 2:14).
Further more, the Levites/UIQaRA had to be bathed or washed clean in water in Exodus/Shamut/Shemoth 29:4 one of the ceremonial washings referred to in Hebrews/Obarm/Ib’rim 6:2. Similarly, how believers have been baptized and must be baptized by the washing of the spirit each and every day until they die (1st Corinthians/Qorintiyim Aleph 6:11; 2nd Corinthians/Qorintiyim Belt 7:1; Eph 5:25-26). And by connecting Titus/Titos 3:5 with 2nd Corinthians/Qorintiyim Belt 4:16 and Ephesians/Eph’siyim 4:22-24, we can see that we must be washed clean each day by the water and the blood. Other washing rituals found in Levites/UIQaRA 14:9 & Numbers/Bamadalar 19:18 which is evidently typed of believers cleansing and purification of baptism. Not just the baptism with water upon repentance, but daily washings of the Spirit of the heavenly ONE.
What mention above all of these scriptures, it’s is something we should always remember. A symbolic way to remind ourselves the lesson to remember how to stay clean or how to become a whole new person again. By staying away from the sin of doing. How would you respond to those who claimed baptism is done by the spirit, not of water? Passages like this can be found in Galatians/Galatiyim 3:27; Romans/Romiyim 6:3,4; Colossians/Qolasim 2:12; 1st Corinthians/Qorintiyim Aleph 12:13, and 1st Peter/ABan AL 3:21 — refer to a ‘Spirit’ baptism, rather than to ‘water’ baptism if I ask?
First Corinthians/Qorintiyim Aleph 1:14-17 said:
I thank YAHUAH that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) For YAHUSHA did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Messiah be emptied of its power.
To understand why the scripture teaches us to practice the example of baptism in water until we clearly understand the real meaning of baptism. Even before or after we have been baptized by the name of our heavenly Father. Why didn’t Paul baptize the other people? How would anyone explain that Peter was preaching to the many who were believers which some haven't been baptized by water yet?
While Peter was still speaking these words, the set-apart spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the set-apart spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising HALALUYAH.
Then Peter said, “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the set-apart spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of YAHUAH. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days (Acts 10:44-48).
As you can see, “baptism of the Holy Spirit” was never commanded; It a promised and could not be administered by men, only by the Messiah. Why would YAHUSHA give a command that men could not carry out? Why would YAHUAH tell us to do something that only He could do and that was impossible for men to obey?
The baptism of the Great Commission (Matthew/Matatieu/Mattithyahu 28:19-20) was in water. If it wasn’t, how could the Messiah’s command us to go baptize people “in the set-apart spirit”? That is something only Heavenly One can do! If the baptism we are commanded to carry out is “spirit baptism” then it is a command impossible to obey. If, however, the baptism we are commanded to carry out is in water, then that is something we are able to obey! The phenomenon of the “baptism of the set-apart spirit” occurred twice in Scripture (Acts/Ma’asei chapter two & ten). It never happened again in this outward, visible manner (which is what the “baptism of the set-apart spirit” was). This miraculous, outward sign was to verify and confirm the predicted coming of the set-apart spirit—which meant the Heavenly Father’s eternal kingdom had now begun to establish itself on earth.
For example, how can you explain what Ephesians/Eph’siyim 2:8-9 said?
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift from the YAHUAH, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Works, including that of water baptism, do not save. We are saved by grace through FAITH by YAHUSHA.