Hebrews 6:1 – Leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity.

The word “baptized” comes from the Greek baptismo, meaning to dip. The writer of Hebrews includes the doctrine of baptisms (plural) in his list of things that are the elementary teaching about Christ. There are many baptisms we find listed in the New Testament. There are baptisms in water, Spirit, fire, the cross, and sufferings. There are three to consider here in regards to our three fold-salvation for spirit, and soul, and body.

The first baptism is for our spirit man. Paul teaches, when we were redeemed, we were baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. As the blood of Jesus covers us, we are immersed in the blood and are justified, becoming members of His body. “Much more being justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:9). This baptism applies to our spirit man and is a spiritual baptism. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

The second baptism is “water” baptism. It is God’s ministers that baptize us into water. Peter writes, “it is not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God” (1 Peter 3:21). In Romans 6, Paul speaks of this baptism as the place we join Christ in death and are united in His resurrection. Paul powerfully outlines what we have gained in Christ when he writes, “In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority, and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12). This is a large sentence, but necessary to keep the thought fully intact.

The third baptism is to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist pointed to Jesus as the one who would baptize us with the Holy Spirit, “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 Spirit and with fire’” (Luke 3:16). As one receives the Spirit, power is available to live a life for Christ on a daily basis. The Bible calls this daily walk “sanctification” which means to be “set apart.”

Father, I accept Baptism, not as a religious act, but for what You intended as described by Paul. I invite the Holy Spirit to circumcise my heart and remove the body of the flesh. I pray to walk in the Spirit daily, being led in the power of resurrection life received through Christ the Lord.