Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
This is not to be confused with water baptism, we have two identities in Christ, His baptism and His Death. When Jesus was baptized by John it was not for the remission of sins. Jesus was born sinless, lived sinless, but died for the sinner. When Jesus was baptized immediately after a dove appeared, symbolizing the Holy Spirit coming upon Him, this was a picture of a person being regenerated and at the moment of conversion baptized with the Holy Spirit. This is important that Paul would bring this to our attention, many people claim to be christian and believe in Christ, but at conversion the genuine Christians receives the Holy Spirit who enables us for the work of the Gospel. You can claim all day to be a born again flashlight but without the in dwelling batteries you have no power. When a person is born again we receive our power from the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:11) “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Repentance ( metanoia) a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done, repentance has nothing to do with salvation. This is an Arminian view, that man has the power and will to come to God and repent of their sins and accept His gift of salvation. But in truth we are dead in our sins and trespasses and by the word of God no one understands and no one seeks for God,(Romans 3;:11) now either Gods word is a lie when it says no one seek after God, if so then man triumphs over a sovereign God. God says no one seeks after me, and man say we can repent and seek God, one of them is mistaken. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” ( Mark 1:8) It is all a part of God’s sovereign providence, God chose is in Christ before the creation of the earth, at the appointed time His Son became the word and the the word lived among us. In Him was life and he was the light of men, the light exposed the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. ( John 1: 12,13) And those who received Him He gave power, the Holy Spirit who enables us the walk the talk. Without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you would be powerless to do anything for God. You would be none of God. Are you plugged in?
“By baptism one is joined to Christ’s body, united to Him covenantally, and given all the blessings and benefits of his work” (Summary Statement of AAPC’s Position on Covenant, Baptism, and Salvation).
“In baptism, we are transferred by the power of the Spirit, from the old Adam, and the wrath and curse of God which rested upon the old man, into the new man, which is Jesus Christ.” “By baptism the Spirit joins us to Christ since he is the elect one and the Church is the elect people” (Steve Wilkins, “Covenant and Baptism” & “The Legacy of the Halfway Covenant”).
“All baptized persons receive, objectively, the same promised inheritance and privileges” (Rich Lusk, “Do I Believe in Baptismal Regeneration?”).
“Baptism is covenantally efficacious. It brings every person baptized into an objective and living covenant relationship with Christ, whether the baptized person is elect or reprobate” (Douglas Wilson, “Credos: On Baptism,” #8).
Gregory Lane (07/22/2013)