Baptism – Jewish or Gentile Part 2

We said in Baptism – Jewish or Gentile Part 1 By definition baptize is like a bath or to  bathe, not sprinkled. So baptizing with water was bathing / immersion in the water. And when we speak of baptism, people mostly think of water baptism. But scripture speaks of many different baptisms, not just water baptism.

So what do believers do with the other baptisms? Many ignore them. Why? I don’t know, maybe because they don’t understand them or maybe because they are not taught about the other baptisms. But scripture teaches us there are many different baptisms. Need an example?

In Matthew 3 Jesus comes to John the Baptist to be baptized, in water. John baptized Jesus. Three and a half years later, Jesus is getting ready to go to Jerusalem and be crucified. So Jesus takes his 12 disciples aside and tells them, Matthew 20:17-19 KJV  “And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,
[18] Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,
[19] And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him : and the third day he shall rise again.”

Notice, Jesus knows exactly what is going to happen and he tells his disciples (not everyone, just his disciples). Along the way a woman comes up to Jesus and Jesus asks her what do you want. The women wants Jesus to grant her two sons the right to sit at his side when Jesus comes into his kingdom. And what was Jesus answer? Baptism? Jesus mentions baptism.

The woman that came to Jesus was the mother of two of his disciples, James and John, sons of Zebedee. The scripture confirms this below and Matthew 10:2 affirms it. But then notice how Jesus responds to James and John’s mother’s request.

Matthew 20:20-28 KJV  “Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him , and desiring a certain thing of him.
[21] And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
[22] But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
[23] And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
[24] And when the ten heard it , they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
[25] But Jesus called them unto him , and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
[26] But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
[27] And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
[28] Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

We know Jesus was baptized in water by John the Baptist back in Matthew 3 so the baptism Jesus was talking about here with James and John’s mother could not be water baptism.

And look at Luke, also where Jesus speaks of another baptism in Luke 12:49-53 KJV  “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
[50] But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
[51] Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
[52] For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
[53] The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”

So there must be more than just water baptism, right? There is and next time we will look at all the different baptisms, who the baptisms are for and why baptism is important. Until next time.

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