The Truth About Water Baptism
Q: Baptism By Fire!
A: When you think about baptism by fire, do you think about someone lighting a big pool of gasoline? How is someone baptized in fire? What is that all about?
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
So, what is this fire? And how does Jesus baptize with the Holy Ghost?
First, let's consider how a person receives the Holy Ghost. In Acts 2:38, Apostle Peter tells us that when we repent and are baptized in water that we will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
As for the fire, what does fire do? It makes things pure. You put silver and gold into the fire to burn out the impurities. What does the Holy Ghost do in our lives? It leads us and guides us into all truth. (John 16:13)
In 1 Corinthians 3:12-18, Apostle Paul notes that Christ is the foundation, but we build upon that foundation by our actions. In verse 15, Paul talks of the fire that purges our unprofitable works so that we will be saved. In verse 16 he tells us what that fire is:
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
How do we get the Holy Ghost? Peter says it is given to those who obey Christ. (Acts 5:32) What does it do? As a fire that purges out the dross, the Holy Ghost purges the "wood, hay, and stubble" we accumulate in our lives.
All these aspects of baptism are accomplished when we are baptized in water, in Jesus' name, for the remission of sins.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.