Sunday, November 4, 2012

From Acts to Revelation Part 51 – The Two Baptisms

From Acts to Revelation
Part 51 – The Two Baptisms
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |


Last week we left Apollos in the hands of Aquila and Priscilla. They took Apollos in, teaching him the way of Jesus, which they had learned from their friend Paul.

This week, we will follow Paul into Ephesus, where he meets Disciples of Jesus, who have only received the Water baptism of John the Baptist.

From today's text, we will learn;

1.      What are the two baptisms?
2.      What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
3.      What is the Difference whether we have them both or not?


Acts 19:1-7
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

a.      Paul came to Ephesus while Apollos was back at Corinth. (Acts 18:23;27)
i.       Remember last week, Aquila and Priscilla, the two friends of Paul that he had worked for as a tent maker, took Apollos in and taught him what they had learned from being friends with Paul for over two years and hearing about Jesus' teachings.

ii.    Afterwards, Apollos continued on to Achaia preaching

iii. and the scriptures tell us that he mightily convinced the Jews, showing scripture, that Jesus was Christ.

b.     While Paul was in Ephesus, he finds some Disciples.
i.       Disciples meaning they were followers of Jesus.
ii.    These men were “saved”

c.      However, Paul recognized a problem.
i.       Although saved, they did not have the Holy Spirit!
ii.    This is a problem in the church today!

a.      Paul recognized that although they were believer’s, they were not baptized with the Holy Spirit.

b.     How did Paul know? Perhaps his spiritual gift of Discernment, OR; he didn't see  any of the signs of someone who has the Holy Spirit.
i.       Signs of the Holy Spirit are the Spiritual Fruits;
a.      Charity
b.     Peace
c.      Joy
d.     Patience
e.      Kindness
f.       Goodness
g.      Faithfulness
h.     Modesty
i.       and Self-Control

ii.    Spiritual Gifts and the Whole Armor of God also come with the Holy Spirit.

c.      Paul asks, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
i.       In the original Greek, this is literally, “having believed, did you receive?”

ii.    Because they are called Disciples in the scripture, we “know” they believe in Jesus.

a.      They answered no, they were not aware that the age of the Spirit had come!
i.       And that Believer's could literally be baptized with Him.

ii.    At Salvation, the Holy Spirit baptizes believing sinners into Christ.

iii. At the Spirit Baptism, Jesus baptizes believer's into the Holy Spirit.
a.      Matthew 3:11-12 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

1.      Holy Spirit and Fire: Acts 2:2-4 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

2.      Fire represents judgment in scripture

3.      Speaking of judgment, or Salvation to save from the coming judgment.

b.     Matthew 3:12 John said that Jesus has, “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

b.     By coming to us, Jesus is GATHERING ALL PEOPLES with His winnowing fork in hand.
i.       He will clear the threshing floor. (clearing all of earth form people)

ii.    Gathering wheat into the barn (Believer's into Salvation)

iii. and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (non-believer's cast into the everlasting, unquenchable fire of Gehenna. HELL!)

c.      They were baptized in John's Baptism of repentance, and told to believe in Jesus. However, they were never baptized into Jesus.
i.       John's water baptism of repentance was NOT a FULL baptism, and couldn't be
ii.    Jesus had not yet dies on the cross, therefore, no one could be baptized in the manner Jesus taught, and instructed the Disciples in Matthew 28:19, which says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” UNTIL AFTER HIS RESURRECTION!

iii. Before the cross, John said, “I baptize you with water unto repentance, but the one coming, who is greater than I, will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

d.     Since the Cross and resurrection, we can be baptized into;
i.        the Father (the Ten Commandments to give understanding that our relationship with God has been severed, and we are in need of a savior),

ii.    the Son (the only one who can mend the broken relationship with God the father),

iii. and the Holy Spirit (God dwelling within us, to make us whole, and enable us to serve Him!).

e.      When they heard Paul explain this, they were Baptized into Jesus!
i.       As it says in Matthew 28:19

f.       Paul laid his hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came unto them.
i.       This constitutes the biblical principal in Acts 8:17; 9:17-18

ii.    and they were now Baptized in the Holy Spirit

g.      They spoke in tongues, and prophesied!
i.       Fire in scripture represents judgment, and the tongue speaking...this would make sense, considering the scriptures say they spoke prophecy.

ii.    They could easily have been prophesying about the coming judgment, and the need for Christ!


1.      We need salvation as well as the baptism of the Holy Spirit
2.      We need to be baptized as Jesus commands in Matthew 28:19
3.      Once we receive the holy Spirit, we can have access to the Spiritual Gifts, the Fruits of the Spirit, and the Whole Armor of God!

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