The Sealing - Hit The Ceiling!

This study is basically an ordered progression of verses in the New Testament containing the words "baptism", "baptized" etc. The order is such as to prove my point rather than aid study in the sequential biblical order. Scripture selections are in the usual collapsable panels and are taken from the KJV. If you wish to wear out fingers checking your own bible alongside that is up to you. In fact, if you don't use the King James Version - I recommend you do so!

Because there are so many passages contained in this page, my own writing is brief but contains the points I make succinctly. I feel the best examination is from the scripture itself. All it requires is a nudge in the right direction, along with some clarification. The scriptures all neatly align as if the subject were "unlocked". Far from this being the case, all the facts are in plain sight. It could be said that "one can't see the wood for the trees."

(The words of Jesus Christ and the Father are given in red)

To begin we start with John while baptising,

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Mark ch1:v2-3
Mar 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Mar 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (KJV)

And John said to those gathered around:

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Matt ch3:v11
Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (KJV)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Mark ch1:v8-10
Mar 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
Mar 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
Mar 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: (KJV)

When I myself was baptised, I was indeed taught that it is analogous of being taken into the grave and being resurrected in Christ as I was brought up out of the water.

As also all Israel, passing through the red sea, (parted by the staff of God before the path of the Israelites) were characteristically baptised in Christ as they passed through on dry land and emerged through the other side… we see a “passage” where the freedom of the people of God becomes a physical reality. As the Israelites passage was preceded by the staff Moses bore and the water parting before the staff, they were all baptised to their freedom in God (Christ).

As the Egyptians passage from behind the pillar of fire led them through the same water, they were indeed baptised also, but unto their destruction. Both Egypt and Israel were baptised with water that day. Israel  with Christ and freedom as (God's people), and Egypt with fire, (destruction).

We see here the analogy of Christ employing the status of election and fire as methods of baptisms, or indeed the ends of water baptism. Freedom found as election in the kingdom of God, confirmation and baptism by the Holy Spirit.

With reference to;. Matt 3:11 and Mar 1:8
Christ has likewise baptised all the world in water… his people, his elect the spiritual Israel is baptised with the Holy Spirit. All those who are not his elect, though like wise baptised with water are baptised with fire, and their end is destruction in death, and the second death of the fiery lake of burning sulphur.

So, how does this water baptism happen to all? When only Christians supposedly are baptised in Christ?

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Luke ch3:v7-17
Luk 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Luk 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Luk 3:9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Luk 3:10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
Luk 3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
Luk 3:12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
Luk 3:13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
Luk 3:15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;
Luk 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Luk 3:17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. (KJV)

Christ’s elect, his Israel, have the Holy Spirit and are saved and go to live eternal life.
Those that are in spiritual Egypt, (not his elect) go to their destruction.

Jesus, has performed a "rescue mission", where he has gone through the barrier of death, loosed His captives within the grave and taken his elect with him onto eternal life in his kingdom. Those who are not his elect are left "in death". (Until the final judgement). In truth death does not exist because Christ is God! "Death" is an empty set numbering 666. See the metamath section to calculate this numbering.

Jesus, was resurrected after the third day of his death (during which he performed his rescue mission.) Now, when Jesus was baptised, the Holy spirit descended upon him as a dove. There was no fire!

When John asked Christ why he was to be baptised and not John himself, Christ replied: (in red)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Matt ch3:v13-15
Mat 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Mat 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Mat 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. (KJV)

Thus, as the firstborn of the resurrected of the dead, He physically received the Holy Spirit, indicating his coming resurrection at His own hands and by his own physical passage to new and eternal life. Christ's baptism and reception of the Holy Spirit was confirmation of the promise of his resurrection, and is performed physically as a necessary condition of His physical death and resurrection to which we are party to through His person only by spiritual means. (secondarily) Jesus is the firstborn of the resurrection physically. His baptism confirms the New Covenant and his resurrection all by physically performing it in person. We follow after Christ in all these respects with regard to our own salvation. This is why Lazarus is not the firstborn of the resurrection, nor the young daughter of Jairus.

Ours, unless we are very fortunate is a spiritual passage, whether or not we are baptised with water… for of course ALL are baptised. Christ died for all. And there is no sin as a consequence of Christ's baptism - all have been baptised for the remission of sins. Some honourably and to life, and some dishonourably and to death. (Holy Spirit and fire respectively).

So, Why did Christ instruct his disciples to go out and baptise others? This is a very important question.

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Matt ch20:v20-23
Mat 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
Mat 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. (KJV)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Mark ch10:v35-40
Mar 10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
Mar 10:36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?
Mar 10:37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
Mar 10:38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
Mar 10:39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
Mar 10:40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. (KJV)

Jesus asks of James and John whether they can drink of his cup (share his death) and sit on his right and left (be the covenant mediator, and God the Father, respectively (cf: This is my beloved Son, In whom I am well pleased)

They answer, "Yes…"

Jesus replies they shall drink his cup (receive the Holy Spirit) and be baptised with the same baptism, (they will die…) but as to sit on his right or left (to be saved or damned*) is up "to the cards…" the outcome is prepared, but chances are for the individual to decide as to that which is for them at the end.

*(no one claims to be the Father truthfully if they have died, or will die, or don’t exist. It is nuts to think you can dictate God's will or a whole new covenant yourself.)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- John ch3:v22-30
Joh 3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
Joh 3:23 And John also was baptizing in AEnon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
Joh 3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
Joh 3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying.
Joh 3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
Joh 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
Joh 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
Joh 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. (KJV)

We need to look a little more at Jesus' left and right hands as places prepared for whom God has not decided, but has prepared what will await those for whom find their own way to one or the other.

Left and right :  Clearly, John has the baptism that Jesus is baptised with…Even though he may not have ever been baptised with water. - He was indeed saved as is everyone in Christ, or "redeemed" whether to life or death! Likewise, before the staff of God parted the sea, Moses bore the staff: like wise He had the baptism also. So, to be sat at the Right and Left of Christ and be in a unique position as the only such individual does not seem at all likely!

Is there a lesser covenant? No, each covenant identifies Israel, God’s people and his elect. The first covenant is there, but the people have changed by method of election. Since the work of Christ is of forgiveness of sins, that does not mean there are no sins! 

Jesus’ baptism was as much his resurrection,  into incorruptible form at the right hand of power, and likewise into incorruptible form as the gospel carried by all those disciples of his that belong to his right. His resurrection was truly seen as the gospel of salvation by all the rulers to whom Christ prophesied would live to see it; in the mission work of his Elect, at his right Hand. He, Christ, is judge.

Now, we move on to the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the ongoing work of baptizing by Christ's disciples.

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Luke ch3:v21-22
Luk 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
Luk 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. (KJV)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Acts ch1:v1-5
Act 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Act 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
Act 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (KJV)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Acts ch10:v45-48
Act 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Act 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Act 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. (KJV)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Acts ch8:v36-38
Act 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Act 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Act 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. (KJV)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Acts ch19:v2-6
Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Act 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Act 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Act 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Act 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. (KJV)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Acts ch22:v14-16
Act 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
Act 22:15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
Act 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (KJV)

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Mark ch16:v14-20
Act 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
Act 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
Act 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
Act 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
Act 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
Act 16:19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
Act 16:20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, (KJV)

It would appear consistent from the reports of those baptised that the term, “being baptised” was synonymous amongst the evangelists of the early Christian period with the receiving of the baptism by Christ and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. In the case of the first Gentiles who had received the Holy Spirit, when Peter asked “Can any man forbid water?.....” Peter spoke of the Gentiles as part of the Israel of God, and not that they should be baptised in water, which was academic at this point. Peter was referring that the Baptism of Jesus Himself extended also to the gentiles, as a part of the newer spiritual Israel. By referring to water, Peter is asking "Can anyone deny Christ died for these also?" By commanding them to be baptised in the name of the Lord, He instructed them as to their faith, and Christ’s redemptive work. The last passage, in Jesus own words clearly strengthens this distinction.

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- John ch4:v1-10
Joh 4:1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
Joh 4:2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
Joh 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.
Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
Joh 4:5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Joh 4:6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
Joh 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
Joh 4:8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
Joh 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. (KJV)

By asking the woman for water, he makes direct comparison to the redemptive work he will perform on the cross. For the woman to show she has water, in terms of the “gift of God” Jesus refers to, he speaks that She would have but to ask for the Holy Spirit, to be baptised of Christ by the Holy Spirit, and Christ would give her living water… (properly, life in death) For the woman to give him water, she must show repentance and faith, and in giving her life up in death (giving water to Christ) to Jesus, would receive eternal life,… that living water spoken of.

Jesus instructed his disciples to baptize.. To provide the water baptism Christ himself had by saving people with the good news of the resurrection and bringing them eternal life in the holy spirit. By instructing them to baptize,… he instructed them to instruct others as he had done his disciples. (cf: “If ye continue in my word, ye are my disciples indeed.”) The understanding of the word of God, in continuing in Jesus’ words comes by understanding of the Holy Spirit. A great start, gives the best chances... God, (Father, Christ, Holy Spirit) never fail. We are the failures. When Jesus left after his resurrection, he promised His Disciples the comforter would be sent. The comforter teaches and gives understanding, leading to life as Christ himself would provide forever… helping us to understand what personal contact with God Himself is like.

Jesus never taught to baptize in water (as once saved always saved - its is not a redemptive necessity), although His disciples did baptize others. After Christ's death and resurrection His disciples understood that baptism by water was possible by verbal means. In instructing listeners as to the meaning of the gospel message it is revealed that all of those whom have never been baptized with water are baptized through Christ's water baptism and can indeed be condemned through it. Christ baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire (salvation and damnation). In physically being baptised and receiving the Holy Sprit, Jesus has performed the resurrection first as a certain promise to be fulfilled by his death and resurrection later. In His water baptism, between He and John, they fulfill all righteousness. After, the Kingdom of God was reality.

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