Jesus’ Baptism Part 2
Jesus went through everything we are to go through and did what we are to do. He received water baptism as we must. A symbol of what He would fulfill bodily and spiritually on the cross and bodily and spiritually for us.
He is also the fulfillment of Israel. Just as Israel passed through the water so did He. Just as they were in Egypt, so was He. They were in the wilderness, so was He. He is the obedient child that they were not, so that we could all be pleasing in the eyes of the Father.
So if Jesus went through these things as an example and forerunner for us, what does this say for us?
It means baptism is the same for us as well.
In the baptism of John we believe and are baptized in water as a symbol of our death to our old life and resurrection in Christ’s Life. But this was only the first baptism and the symbol for what we were meant to receive. The baptism of Jesus. This is what He received.
And the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
In the first baptism we are announcing what has been done spiritually for us. In Jesus’ baptism of Spirit and fire we are receiving the Holy Spirit in a different way in which He makes known the love of the Father to us. We go from people who believe we are adopted as sons to people who intimately know the love of the Father because His Spirit reveals it to us, in truth and not in theory. This is what causes the Father’s children not to doubt that they are loved. It causes them to lose their care for the world and for the flesh.
Galatians 5: 16-17 “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.”
When the Spirit is in control our new identity becomes a reality. Walking in the Spirit is experiencing and living out the unconditional grace and love of God.
This is what Jesus talks about when He says of the Holy Spirit,
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
This is the essence of the baptism of Jesus. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire is God confirming His love for His Son and those who are in His Son. The fire is the process in which He fully removes our old self and, “to live is Christ”.
II Cor 1:20 “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”
What is the difference between someone saved and someone baptized with Christ’s baptism?
It is the difference between the prodigal son’s brother and Christ.
The prodigal son’s brother felt he had to work for his father’s approval and blessing saying, “Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders.” -Luke 15:29
He was a son slaving to please his father. He did not understand who his father was. He knew he was a son but he treated his father like a boss needing to be pleased, rather than a father who loves unconditionally.
Christ pleased His father as well, but not as a slave.
We do not work to be children, we are born children. And we do not cause ourselves to be born of the Spirit any more than we cause ourselves to be born naturally.
This is why we must become like children to enter the kingdom of God. Like an infant relies on their parents, when we are really surrendered and resting in the grace of God, we have the opportunity to see how faithful He is. We see His loving work in us and for us.
-Kara J ❤️