Baptism in Water & in Spirit
Baptism in the River Jordan: Dying to the Old Life & Rising to New Life in Christ Photos: © Rick Barker by kind permission
Dying To My Old Life & Rising To New Life In The Spirit
Jesus' baptism in water and in the Holy Spirit is an example he meant us to follow.
But we also see examples of where people were baptised in the Holy Spirit before they were baptised as believers in water.
In the Book of ACTS we see individuals who were baptised in water before being baptised in the Holy Spirit.
Different Views on Water Baptism
For a summary of the different views on water baptism, go to VIEWS ON WATER BAPTISM.
Baptism in Holy Spirit in The Book of Acts
In The Book of the Acts of the Apostles we see several examples of individuals being baptised in water and in Holy Spirit.
• Sometimes the person was baptised in water & in Spirit simultaneously
eg ACTS 8:26-39
• Sometimes the person was baptised in water first and later in Spirit
eg ACTS 19:1-7
• Sometimes the person was baptised in Spirit before being baptised in water
eg ACTS 10:23-48
The Importance Of Baptism In Water & In The Spirit
The important point is not the order but the reality of being baptised in water as a sign of the forgiveness of sin and in the Holy Spirit as a sign of God the Father's affirmation of us as his children and with power to follow Jesus.