As a Protestant I have always heard (and believed) the teaching that there are 3 different baptisms.
- Being baptized ‘spiritually’ into the Lord’s family when you become a Christian.
- Being baptized with water.
- Being baptized with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
The reason I didn’t name this thread “Three baptisms” is because I want to throw out number three for the sake of this particular discussion. So please…none of that for right now.
My question comes down to number 1 and number 2. In support of number 1 I have heard the following scriptures be used.
Know ye not , that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
1 COR 12:13
For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body…
1 PETER 3:21
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us, (not putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience twoard God,) by resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ has put on Christ.
There are others too, I think, but I don’t want to get too spammy. I have heard these verses used to validate the theory of the first baptism I listed: that we are SPIRITUALLY baptized into the family of God and that the above verses are NOT talking about water baptism because, though water baptism is a good thing and there is Scripture to support it, it is not necessary for salvation.
I suppose my question is several fold and at first I was going to direct it mainly at the Protestants on this board since this is a Protestant line of thinking. But, if there are any Catholics or Orthodox here that can shed some light, please do. So here goes.
- Have you ever heard of this “3 Baptism” (or 2 baptism) theory?
- Exactly how did anyone decide that the above verses were NOT talking about water baptism?
Anyone with familiarity with this 3 Baptism thing and how it was decided which verse means water baptism and which verse means ‘spiritual’ baptism - please give your input. As you can see, I’m getting pretty suspicious of this ‘spiritual baptism’ thing. I need to read more about it, of course, but I would love to hear your thoughts.