1 Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.

For every time the Bible speaks of Jesus as “Savior,” it speaks twenty-nine times as “Lord.” With much of the preaching we hear today through television and other forms of media, it sounds like God is only “blessing” us, as we define blessing emotionally. I thank God for the music, ministry, times of healing, and encouragement. All are a part of the celebration of our joy. Underneath all of the celebration and blessing is a move of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the ministry that He was sent to perform. The Holy Spirit is the one who baptizes us into the body of Christ and is raising up God’s redeemed community in the earth.

Baptism in water confirms identity with Christ’s death and resurrection as well as our covenantal relationship with God. Paul said, “You were baptized into death” and “You were buried in baptism.” That cut you off from the Adamic society as a controlling influence in your life. We have also been cut free from the demonic realm as an influence over us. As we rose out of the water, it was God’s intent to “baptize us with the Holy Spirit.” We were given a new life principle, that is, to walk in newness of life.

Another dimension we were given in baptism is that we were baptized into people. That dimension is missing in contemporary church life. “For by one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body.” Paul goes on to say, “We have been made to drink into one Spirit.” To be baptized in water and in the Spirit is only two thirds of God’s intent. The other third is that I am baptized into people. Acts 2 tells us that over 3,000 brethren were added to the Lord’s church that day. With women and children, perhaps it was closer to twelve thousand. Immediately, they began to hang out together, going from house to house with gladness and singleness of heart, breaking bread. “The Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47, emphasis mine).

The beauty of what God is doing in the earth is when people are brought together in the unity of God’s government. We are not brought together in some kind of indefinable mass. We are brought together in a definable, governmental structure under God that is clearly delineated in the Word of Truth as the churches of God in the earth, with their elders, with their leaders, and with their authorities.

Father, I affirm my faith that You, according to Your Word, bring all things into one in Christ (Colossians 1:28-29). Further, I affirm You are building me together with others, “into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). Teach me to be yielded to Your governmental structure which is ordained by the Holy Spirit who is living in me.