Baptism into the body:
“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13 NKJV
The Holy Spirit that the Father gave to the Son to be poured out upon everyone who believes unifies us into one body. Ephesians chapter one explains the coming of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians chapter two brings great clarity to this subject as we consider the work of the Holy Spirit in applying what Christ made possible which was to take from many and make one new man, one body and one holy people. Please understand that this is part of the warfare for which we have been called.
Baptism of suffering: But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! Luke 12:50 KJV
They said unto him, “Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and one on thy left hand, in thy glory.” But Jesus said unto them, “Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 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: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it is for them for whom it is prepared.” Mark 10:37–40 KJV
The writer of Hebrews wrote that in order to bring many sons to glory, “It was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:10 NKJV).
Paul wrote, “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church.” (Colossians 1:24 NKJV).
The warfare that I am addressing in this book brought upon the apostle Paul a tremendous amount of suffering as he took the Gospel to the Gentiles, as he represented Christ through preaching, and as he suffered for the sake of the church. That is why Paul could say that he counted everything lost for Christ. Christ became Paul’s all-in-all. Paul identified his suffering as afflictions beyond the cross so that Christ’s body might be matured and be able to fulfill her mandate in dealing with evil and establishing Christ’s reign in the earth. There are many other Bible verses addressing this issue of suffering.
To summarize, we learned that the subject of baptism is plural and not singular. We saw that by the Spirit of God we are baptized into Christ as we receive His sacrifice for our sin condition and identify with His death on our behalf. That identity is pictured in a watery grave. In water baptism there is a clear picture of our death with Christ, being buried with Him, and rising to new life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We learned that Jesus baptizes us with His Holy Spirit as promised by His Father. We saw that the Father gave the Spirit to the Son Who in turn gave the Spirit to those who believed on the Son.
We saw that the Bible also reveals that we have been baptized into Christ’s Body. We have become members one of another in Him.
Finally, we learned that there is a baptism of suffering as we join Christ in His sufferings. Paul, Christ’s apostle to the gentiles, rejoiced in both his identity in Christ’s death and in Christ’s sufferings.
Baptism is not just an event. It is a life immersed in Christ and lived by the power of His resurrection life.