Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
August 14, 2019

PHI 2 these verses may NOT sound to be courageous or fearless, however, it was a part of our Lord’s thinking that kept Him on the Cross to bear all the sins that were ever committed in human history.

That is what makes it even more powerful, when we rely on the very same power that Jesus Christ did;
HEB 9:14.

HEB 9:14 - It was through God the Holy Spirit that the Lord Jesus Christ offered Himself without blemish to God and also we could have our conscience cleansed from dead works so that we can  serve the living God?

JOH 15:2 "Every branch in Me [Baptism of the Spirit] that does not bear fruit, He takes away [Divine Discipline]; and every {branch} that bears fruit [Fruit of the Spirit], He prunes it [suffering for blessing], that it may bear more fruit [Divine good and the glorification of our Lord Jesus Christ ].

  1. The first part of the sentence when our Lord said, "Every branch in Me,” = He was referring to every believer in the Church-age who was Baptized by  the Spirit and will be in union with our Lord Jesus Christ.

This was one of the first times that the disciples heard a phrase like “en amoi”  which is correctly translated “in me” referring to the Doctrine of Positional Truth.

Every time the majority or the average believer hears the word baptism they automatically think water is involved in some way, and that is false.

There are eight different baptisms found in the Bible, Five Dry and Three Wet.
a.  The Baptism of John the Baptist; MAR 1:4.
b.  The Baptism of Moses ( 1CO 10:1–3).
c.  The Baptism of  Jesus ( MAT 3:13-17 ).
d.  The Baptism of Fire ( MAT 3:11-12).

  1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (1CO 12:13).
    f.  The Baptism of the Cross;  (MAR 10:35-39).
    g. The Baptism of Church-age believers; (MAT 28:19).
    h.  Noah’s type Baptism (1PE 3:18-22

One of the main reasons that we all need to study the Doctrine of Baptisms is because of the brand-New Life, the abundant life,  that God gives to all us who are His worshippers.

Moses is considered a type of Christ. 

The judgment was not on those “baptized unto Moses”; they passed through on dry ground. The judgment by water was against the armies of Pharaoh.

We have eight different baptisms that are found in the New Testament which means to be identified with something or someone as we ought to.

Baptism - means identification or association, not water, though water is used in some of the baptisms.

Two Categories of Baptisms or identifications:
a.  Actual identification =  Real Baptism.
b.  Ritual Baptism - the use of water and the appropriate identification that is mentioned in the passage

There are five “real baptisms,” meaning something is really identified with something else which is real or someone else who is real.

I am  going to give you some further insight into the Doctrine of Baptisms by revealing to you the importance of identification and association, especially when we are living the spiritual life.

  1. Noah’s type of Baptism where the Apostle Peter mentions that eight people were saved by water because Noah’s family identified with Noah and they were saved or delivered out of the water not saved or delivered in or by the water; GEN 6:13; 1PE 3:18-22.
  2. The Baptism unto Moses when the apostle Paul presents Israel’s baptism unto Moses “in the cloud and
    in the sea;”
    1CO 10:1­6;  EXO 14:29.

This was a REAL identification in which Moses was identified with the open path through the Red Sea and the Jews were identified with Moses.  

The water involved in this baptism killed the Egyptian military, it did not save them at all.

Egyptian unbelievers were immersed in the water as a means of our Lord killing them with the exception of a few Egyptians and rabble who had believed in the God of Israel, Jehovah Elohim.

Identification with the guidance and direction of True Leadership is also the concept here.  

Moses was identified with the cloud or Jesus Christ and the people were identified with Moses.

  1. The Baptism of the Cross which is found in
    MAR 10:38.

The cup mentioned is the cup of the cross where our Lord was about to be identified with the sins of mankind.

Nothing to do with water here but everything to do with the reality of the identification that would take place between the Lord Jesus Christ drinking the cup of sins from mankind by means of the Baptism of the Cross.

Jesus Christ was identified with our personal sins and judged for them, so that we could be identified and associated with TLJC and His perfect righteousness that He gave to us as He became our Savior.  

The cup mentioned is the cup of the cross where our Lord was about to be identified with the sins of mankind.

Everything to do with the reality of the identification that would take place between the Lord Jesus Christ drinking the cup of sins from mankind by means of the baptism of the Cross.

Jesus Christ was identified with our personal sins and judged for them, so that Christ became our Savior.  

  1. The Baptism of the Spirit which is a Real dry baptism and not a WET baptism because the Baptism of the Spirit  occurs at the moment of salvation for Church-age believers only, 1CO 12:13.  

1CO 12:13, For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

The baptism of the Spirit is the means of forming the Royal Family and of breaking the back of the old sin nature as the old ruler of human life.  

Through this baptism, the believer is positionally changed because he or she was placed in Christ, and identified with Him, as a member of His body, which is the Church, where He is the head and we are identified as members of His body.

This baptism, the baptism of the Spirit, is more real to us then who we are at the present time.

“seeming contradiction” = seems to ‘contradict itself’  until you understand the entire statement completely and then it all makes  sense.

The Apostle Paul was so blown away  by the wisdom and knowledge and love that God has for his own; ROM 11:33-36.

ROM 11:33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit, what we are in our condition right now is not what we are now, positionally, as God sees us in our position not our condition.

As a real baptism we are really members of His spiritual body who are also really members of His bride.

His Body and His Bride is more real and more of a reality than who and what we are now, in our condition. 

As a real baptism we are really members of His body and we are really His future bride, and this is more real than who and what we are right now at this present time.

One of the other differences between a real baptism and a ritual baptism is that the Ritual Baptism can be seen whereas the Real Baptism cannot be seen but must “be” believed.

ROM 14:23, He who doubts is condemned because he does not live in faith, and whatever is not from faith is sin.

”What kind of sin do we commit if we don’t operate in faith?”

The obvious ones are fear, worry, anxiety, anger, condemnation, stress, bitterness, tantrums, frustration, implacable, etc.

Thumos indicates a more agitated condition of feelings, outbursts of anger, emotions from inward indignation,  and this type of anger is overt and critical.

Orge suggests a more settled or abiding condition of mind, frequently with a view to taking vengeance followed by the silent treatment and it is much more subtle than thumos.

No matter which we have to deal with, either thumos or orge, they both have a hatred which is an emotional and irrational sin of violence.

After salvation, then What?

We need to see the importance of the heart as our tool which over 90 % of the time, it refers to our heart or right lobe not our cardiovascular system.

lebh (Hebrew) or kardia (Greek) are both translated heart, but both refer to brain function, not to the emotions or beating your chest because you feel so guilty and condemned.

Believer should be salt, or a preservative, a disinfectant, and metaphorically it is used in the Bible signify permanence, loyalty, and durability.

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