Doctrine of Baptisms
The fourth principle is the doctrine of baptisms. Note that baptisms are plural, not singular. There are four baptisms as it relates to spiritual warfare. Each baptism adds strength to our life in Christ and under girds our identity so that neither man nor demon can take it from us.
Baptism into Christ:
It is important to understand the purpose of water baptism. “Or do you not know that as many of us were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Water baptism deals with identity. Our initiation into Christ’s kingdom is through our identity with His death for us. We become partakers of His life through the power of His resurrection as we come out of the water, even as He came out of the grave. The water speaks of the grave and death; dead to Adam and alive to Christ. Our salvation, as it relates to heaven is one thing, Salvation comes through faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross. Baptism is another. It gives a full picture of what God intends to take place in the believer’s life. I die daily, but daily I live by His life in me.