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Baptism Conclusion.

Baptism is absolutely necesary for the remision of our sins (Acts 2:38). Baptism is a must to be saved (Mark 16:16). We should go to all the Nations and teach them about this baptism and the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost will baptize them (Matthew 28:19). There is only one baptism that will save us (Ephesians 4:5). That baptism is the one that was promised in the Old Testament (Joel 2:28). Its the baptism that the disciples waited for in Jerusalem (Acts 1:4-5). Its the baptism that the they received (Acts 2:33). That baptism shall be given by Jesus (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:16).

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48

Jesus call us to be like him and he did not water baptized, his disciples did and we are not called to be like his disciples we are called to be like HIM. Although Paul did water baptized and circumcised he understood this.

although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. John 4:2

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 1 Corinthians 1:17

The bible is very specific when they are water baptisms it tells us that they were baptised in water like in Acts 8:36-38, but it also tells that Paul circumcised Acts 16:3. We can’t give Water baptism the position that only belongs to the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Its ok if people absolutely needed but be careful not to believe that what you are doing will save you. The bible warn us about trusting in our own works for our salvation.

This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. Jeremiah 17:5

But if we are not doing it for salvation purposes but because we are already saved we can.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10:23

There is only one baptism that we should accept and that is Jesus’ baptism. We should only allow the Holy Spirit to baptise us thus giving fruit. The good news is that Jesus has done it All for us and is available for all humanity.

For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:13

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The Thief on the Cross.

A perfect example in the bible that water baptism is not necesary to be saved is the thief on the cross. He got saved under Jesus grace.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:39-43

Many will say that the thief got saved because he died under the Old Covenant but that is not true because the bible tells us that Jesus died before the two thieves died. If Jesus had not died before them then his legs would had to be broken.

The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. John 19:32-33

If Jesus died before them then the thief on the cross got saved under the New Covenant because the bible tells us that a covenant takes place when the testator dies. From the second he or she dies then the covenant is in full effect.

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. Hebrews 9:15-17

But for a minute lets assume that the thief on the cross died under the Old Covenant. We would have to take into account the requirements that the Old Covenant had. Lets see what a Jew would say about the Law.

Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony Matthew 19:18

You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ Mark 10:19

You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ Luke 18:20

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9

Lets look even further and see what the Torah says that the commandments are.

“You shall not steal. Exodus 20:15

“‘Do not steal.“‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another.
Leviticus 19:11

You shall not steal. Deuteronomy 5:19

What happens to someones that breaks the law?

and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. Leviticus 26:15-16

So the Thief on the cross could not have been saved under the Old Covenant because he did not obey the law and God was not going to break his law just for one person or even the whole people of Israel. We know that God keeps his covenant.

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9

I will not violate my covenant
or alter what my lips have uttered. Psalms 89:34

There was a reward for those that kept this covenant and the thief on the cross did not keep it.

All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. Psalms 25:10

The thief recognized that he did not keep the commandments of the Old Covenant he said “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve” Luke 23:41

The bible said that only with death the Old Covenant would be broken.

Your covenant with death will be annulled;
your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand.
When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
you will be beaten down by it. Isaiah 28:18

For that reason Jesus had to die and he died before the two thieves died. The Old Covenant was too hard to keep even the people that tried to fulfill the law could not keep it, it would be unthinkable for a thieve to be saved when he did not even try to keep the commandments in the Old Covenant.

Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? Acts 15:10

But Jesus broke that harsh covenant that no one was able to keep and He made a New Covenant.

Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. Hebrews 7:22

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said

“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
Hebrews 8:7-9

to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Hebrews 12:24

From the second that Jesus died the covenant took effect and he had already given His blood for the forgivness of our sins.

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:28

The new covenant its about Jesus taking away our sins; like he did with the thieve on the cross.

And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” Romans 11:27

The new covenant is of the Spirit therefore only one baptism of the Holy Spirit.

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:6

The thief on the cross died under the new covenant because Jesus cleanse him with his blood. He could not have been saved under a law that he broke. The bible tells us that a covenant takes place the moment the testator dies. Jesus died before the thief on the side of him died. This is an example that water baptism is not necesary for our salvation only Jesus doing it for us and us believing that He has done it for us. the thief could have not been saved under a law that he had to perform in order to be saved, he got saved under grace that if we have faith we are saved. The apostles believed this too.

know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:16

No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” Acts 15:11

Living out our Baptism!

We know that a person has been baptized by the Holy Spirit by the fruit that the person gives. But how exactly do we live the fruit?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22

for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth Ephesians 5:9

filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philipians 1:11

We see that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We are supposed to love God, but how exactly by doing good deeds unto others.

To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

This is my command: Love each other. John 15:17

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14

And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 2 John 1:5

The primitive church was giving fruit by loving one another and they were encouraged to continue doing it.

Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more 1 Thesalonians 4:9-10

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 2 Thesalonians 1:3

Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 1 John 2:7-10

We have to love one another just like Jesus loved us and he was our example.

This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 1 John 3:10-17

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. 1 John 4:7-21

Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 3 John 1:5-6

We don’t do this in order to get saved we do this because we are already saved. For example a tree does not give fruit in order to get water, but because it has already received water it gives fruit and is robust. But it gets even more radical Jesus told us to love our enemies and to forgive them.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the one that gives us this, because we have been born of the Spirit.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:22

After we have faith the Holy Spirit starts working on us.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 2 Peter 1:5-9

Only with the Holy Spirit can assist us with this for that reason the fruit is the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We do not do it to be saved, but because we have faith that we have been saved by grace. Love is a real amazing part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit Jesus gave his life because he loved us and Paul also said that without love we are nothing.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

But we can only do this because God has already granted us the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:13

Lets allow the Holy Spirit into our hearts and we will see the wonderful fruit that he will bear in us.

The fruit of the Spirit!

All this talk about baptism of the Holy Spirit how do we know that we have received it? Well the bible tells us that we can know by the fruit, the fruit is the sign of the Holy Spirit. The bible compares us to a tree that tree can not have life without water. The tree represents our spiritual life the water represents the Holy Spirit.

but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers. Psalms 1:2-3

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

Just like plants, trees, crops depend on water we also depend on the Holy Spirit to give fruit.

He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:17-18

We know if a tree is a good tree by the fruit that it gives, but it can only give that fruit if its planted next to streams of water. That is how we know if a person has been baptised with the Holy Spirit is by their fruit because the fruit is the evidence of the Holy Spirit. By the fruit we know if the person has repented, but if we have not there are consequences too.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:15-20

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:8 and 10

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. Matthew 12:33

But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23

Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Matthew 21:43

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:8-9

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:43-45

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples….You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:1-8 and 16

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. Romans 7:4-5

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Corinthians 9:10

My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:12

These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. Jude 1:12

“They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ Revelation 18:14

The Holy Spirit is the one that give us this fruit.

Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:23

that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. Colossians 1:6

so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God Colossians 1:10

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Hebrews 13:15

It is not easy but our obedience will pay off.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

But what is the fruit?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth Ephesians 5:9

filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philipians 1:11

The Sign that we have received the Holy Spirit is known through our fruit. Only the Holy Spirit can bear fruit through us.

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Romans 7:4

Baptism in Living Water!

Just like water is necesary to for physical life to survive on Earth so is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our source of Living Water, so yes we must be baptized with water but only with Living Water given by Jesus. We practically owe our physical existence to water here on Earth, the way God has created us is to depend on water.

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 2 Peter 3:5

From the begining of our physical lifes we see that we are depended on water. In the womb of our mother we are in water the bible recognizes this.

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:5-6

In the Old Testament fountains of life were prophesied and we know that this fountains refered to the Holy Spirit. God yearned for a people pure of heart and for that reason he sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for us thus granting us the Holy Spirit.

He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false Psalms 24:4

I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. Isaiah 41:18

My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:13

Although you wash yourself with soda and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me,” declares the Sovereign LORD. Jeremiah 2:22

O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts? Jeremiah 4:14

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. Ezekiel 36:25

They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God. Ezekiel 37:23

He is the Fountain of Life.

who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water. Psalms 114:8

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27

Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water. Jeremiah 17:13

In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias. Joel 3:18

On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. Zechariah 13:1

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. John 36:9

In our hearts is where this Living Water is poured.

Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Proverbs 10:11

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
turning a person from the snares of death. Proverbs 13:14

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
turning a person from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27

Through Jesus the prophecies were fulfilled now we have abundant Fountain of Life because he has poured his promised Holy Spirit.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 2:33

The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. Acts 10:45

whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, Titus 3:6

Jesus said that He was Living Water.

“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:10 and 14

It clearly tell us that Water represents the Holy Spirit.

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. John 7:38-39

Only this Living Water can wash thus making our hearts clean from sin.

And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:14

he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life Titus 3:5-7

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22-23

But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 2 Peter 1:9

In Hebrews it tells that through the assurance of faith our hearts are cleanse and makes the distinction that water is to clean our bodies like when we take a shower.

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

In 1 John we see that the hope we have in him is what purifies us like he is pure.

Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:3

So what are waiting for to be baptized in Living Water given by Jesus? This is the baptism that was prophesied the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Promise of the Holy Spirit is abundant like water.

The Baptism that clothes us!

for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Galatians 3:27

In baptism we put on Christ, the baptism of the Holy Spirit clothes us. Just like the lost son received new clothes (Luke 15:22) we also received new clothes through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 13:14

Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 5:2-5

There is nothing else that can clothe us except the all powerful promised Holy Spirit baptism.

I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit… But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Acts 1:4-5 and 8

We have been clothes with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He has dressed his wife in the most beautiful clothes.

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator….Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:9-10; 12

Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Revelation 19:8

Moses and the Israelites Baptism!

They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:2-3

This passage is a very good example to understand our Spiritual life. The Egyptian Pharaoh represents the devil that had us in slavery. The Egyptians represented the demons that assisted the devil in our slavery. Then God through Moses freed the Israelites that represents Jesus. The baptism in the sea represents the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The mana represents the Word (Matthew 4:4). The rock and water represents Jesus.

So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. John 6:30-36

but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. John 7:37-39

The Holy Spirit is the Living Water we should be baptised with, not physical water. John clearly said it rivers of Living Water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit.

The Wilderness represents our Christian life. We are going to go through alot of hardships and temptations but the Holy Spirit will always be with us. When we are born of the Spirit we become the new Jews by the Spirit.

A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God. Romans 2:28-29

In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ Colossians 2:11

Since we are the new spiritual Israelites we should practice the spiritual life. As the new spiritual Israelites we should only accept the spiritual baptism that is through faith.

having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:6

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4

God wants us to be born again from the Spirit.

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit…You must be born again…So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-7

The Promise Land Canaan represents heaven. Just like the Israelites citizenship was in Canaan our citizenship as the new spiritual Israelites is in heaven.

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ Philipians 3:20

But in order to get to heaven there is alot of spiritual wilderness that we have to go through and many walls that only with the help of the Holy Spirit will fall.

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. Hebrews 11:29-30

Only with the baptism of the Holy Spirit (being born of the Spirit) can we live this spiritual life and the Holy Spirit to guide us until we get to The Promise Land (heaven). Its a spiritual world and only One baptism that belongs to that spiritual world. That is the baptism that we must baptise with to be saved.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16

Unfortunatly is very hard for some people to see that is a spiritual world a spiritual fight, a spiritual life therefore a spiritual baptism.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

Jesus spoke of this people in John.

I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? John 3:12

But if we are born of the Spirit we should understand because the new man is of heaven

The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:47

Jesus has come to guide us and he will not leave us alone just like He was with the Israelites in the desert, He will be with us in our spiritual desert. But through faith believing in him that he will guide us.

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” John 3:14-15

All we need to do is have faith in Jesus and our faith will be justified because he is the only one that can grant us his Holy Spirit baptism and there is absolutely nothing that we can do, other than to trust Him to circumcised us, baptise us, feed us the bread and water of life in this spiritual world.