<1 Corinthians 12: 12-13>
To illustrate the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul used the parable of the human body. The Greek word "soma" from 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27, which means "body," was used 18 times. Christians have the greatest body in the world through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, And the body is being built every day.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is, in short, the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Pentecostal event is called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the coming of the Holy Spirit, or the gift of the Holy Spirit. It also means baptism by the Holy Spirit, and includes baptism in the Holy Spirit. There is no big difference in either choice, but the point of this statement is that the believer is spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a collective meaning of the coming of the Holy Spirit. This word is also used in the same sense as being filled with Holy Spirit.
The famous pastor Martyn Lloyd Jones, identified the Holy Spirit Guarantee or Seal of the Holy Spirit with The baptism of the Holy Spirit, and Fredick Bruner said, "Baptism is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I cannot be."
In today's text, we will look at the history of the great Holy Spirit, which made our body the largest body of Christ in the world.
1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is unique.
Our text says, "We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body." (13a) On the first day of Pentecost when Jesus ascended God began something He could never see in earthly history. God created all individuals in one body regardless of race, region, social class, or gender through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible mentions the baptism of the Holy Spirit seven times. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was foretold in the Gospels four times (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1: 8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33). And in Acts 1: 5, the baptism of the Holy Spirit was promised by the Lord Jesus Christ. And on the day of Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit actually came on.
The Holy Spirit was already with Jesus Christ and worked before Pentecost. Therefore, the coming of the Holy Spirit must mean the beginning of the main work of the Holy Spirit for mankind.
That is, the end of the age of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the leading work of the Holy Spirit. In this respect, the baptism of the Holy Spirit has historicity.
Continue to explain the baptism of the Holy Spirit in today's text, 1 Corinthians 12:13. Now we need to define what the term baptism of the Holy Spirit means.
In short, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is God's sovereign ministry that places his body in the body of Christ at the moment when a sinner is born again.
The Greek word for "being baptized by the Holy Spirit" means that the Holy Spirit made the sinner a member of the body of Christ. It means that the Holy Spirit has placed a sinner who believes in Jesus in the mystic body of the Lord Jesus.
The Greek "baptism" means "to immerse". Originally this word was used to describe the process of dyeing cloth. If you wanted a piece of cloth to be purple, you would immerse it in purple dye. And imagine how it would have changed when the cloth came out of the dye. It has been immersed into that particular color of dye.
Likewise, when a sinner is baptized by the Holy Spirit and placed in the body of Christ, he becomes a completely new person. But it never happened in the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit sometimes came to people, but he never entered them. No one in the Old Testament was baptized by the Holy Spirit because he was not baptized.
We were commanded to be baptized with water. We have never been commanded to be baptized with the Spirit. But now you can be spiritually baptized, physically baptized, and spiritually baptized without being physically baptized.
Water baptism leads you to a visible church, but the baptism of the Holy Spirit leads you to an invisible church.
Please understand that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a recurring event. Once saved, the believers are saved forever. Likewise, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a once in a lifetime. Once you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you should be filled with the Holy Spirit every day.
You can not receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit without becoming a Christian. That is why no one in the Bible has been ordered to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
There is no order in the Bible to pursue the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The reason Christians never say that we should receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit is because we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit as the moment of being a Christian.
When you believe in Jesus, you have received all of the Holy Spirit you have ever wanted to get. There are times when people say that they want to receive more Holy Spirit. Well, the Holy Spirit says, "I want you to receive more." We may think about this again, but the baptism of the Holy Spirit is unique in the world.
The first mention of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament was Matthew 3: 11-12, where John the Baptist said:
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
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."
Two baptisms are mentioned here. 1) Jesus is baptizing believers as the Savior of the Holy Spirit. 2) He also baptizes sinners as referees and judges.
So there are only two kinds of people in the world today. They are those who are baptized by the Holy Spirit, and those who are to be baptized by the fire of judgment on behalf of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Now Paul says again. "we were all baptized by one Spirit." (13a)
The Greek "to be baptized" is a one-time meaning in the New Testament, not a repeated meaning. The baptism of the Holy Spirit appears in one eternal sense. Today's text (1 Corinthians 12: 3) is likewise an "aorist" whose verb is past tense and indicates only one act. What does this mean?
In Acts 8, a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. But Simon, like other Samaritans, heard the Word, believed in Jesus, and was baptized with water. But he was not born again. He could not settle his old habits. He could not become a child of God. So he mistakes the Holy Spirit for money and gives it to Peter.
By believing in Jesus and being baptized by water, we can see that he is not really a Christian. It is only born again when baptized by the Holy Spirit. You should be baptized by the Holy Spirit to be a true Christian.
If you were saved by the Lord, you were baptized by the Holy Spirit. You no longer have to wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You do not have to find it anymore. You do not have to pray for it. Since you were baptized by the Holy Spirit at the moment of your salvation, you do not need to worry whether you were baptized or not baptized by the Holy Spirit.
It is impossible to receive Jesus without being baptized by the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to receive the Spirit without receiving Jesus because the Holy Spirit is the presence of the Lord Jesus living invisibly within us. So John called the Holy Spirit "the Spirit of Christ."
If you ever have gone to buy a new car, you know there are some things that are "standard" and there are other things that are "optional." For example, "a sunroof" is an option on many vehicles. "Seat warmers" is also an option. "A global positioning system" is also an option. Well, baptism with the Holy Spirit comes "standard" with every Christian. It is not "optional."
But there are those who consider the baptism of the Holy Spirit a second blessing. Obviously the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a blessing, but it is not the second blessing. It is the first blessing. The problem is that so many people are looking for the second, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which they must enjoy as their first blessing.
If you are not convinced that you have been baptized by the Holy Spirit, I understand that this is your second blessing. But the problem is that you have not received your first blessing. If you have not been baptized by the Holy Spirit, then you are not a second-rate Christian, not a Christian at all. See Romans 8: 9.
“And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a universal experience that leads us to the body of Christ. It happens to all Christians. It is not only for some Christians that Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit.
Before Pentecost, Jesus said, "John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." After the Pentecost, Paul preached the gospel at Ephesus and asked, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" because the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the Lord's universal ministry.
3. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a unifying work.
There is a prominent word in 9: 12 and 13. It is the word "one."
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body -- whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free -- and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”
In these two verses Paul says that the body of Christ is "one" five times. Before Pentecost it was impossible for Jewish, Gentile, or Samaritan Christians to gather together. They could not come together because there was no foundation for unity. But now Jews and Gentiles, Jews and free men, both men and women, have been placed in one body of Christ.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit has made us friends over family. We have more than social fellowship. We have a supernatural relationship. We have all become part of the body of Christ. Incidentally, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the answer to racism.
Rev. Billy Graham asked, "If you could irradiate any problem in America, what would it be?" And he said, "The racial division and strife in our nation."
The United States can try educational efforts to overcome this problem. You can try legislative efforts. Or you might try to threaten others. But the only answer to racism is the rebirth by the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Christianity is the truth of salvation that breaks down walls and builds bridges.
Christianity is not a religion that builds walls and ignites ethnic conflicts. There are many varieties in the body of Christ. But all of us who are baptized by the Holy Spirit are one in the body of Christ.
Paul continues: "We were all given the one Spirit to drink." (13c) Not only did God place all believers in the body of Christ, but He gave them the Holy Spirit.
The body of Christ is the eternal Church of believers, and all Christians are members of that body. The Christian body is the temple where the Holy Spirit dwells. The Holy Spirit dwells in the mind of a Christian baptized by all Holy Spirit. As we are in Jesus, and His Spirit is in us, there should be unity and unity of reconciliation in our lives.
A young soldier in France died in battle during World War II. His fellow soldiers took the dead body of the warrior to a nearby graveyard for burial. When they arrived at the cemetery, a priest appeared to them and asked.
"Was your dead friend a Christian?"
They answered "no".
The priest said, "Unfortunately, you cannot put him here, it is a church cemetery for church members."
The soldiers were discouraged but did not give up burying their dead friends in the cemetery. They decided to find a cemetery to bury their friends outside the cemetery of the church. And they finally bury the dead friend to find the right place and let him rest forever.
And when the next day they visited their last place to say goodbye to the place where their friend was buried, they could not find the point where he buried the friend yesterday.
After searching for almost an hour, they visited a priest who met yesterday and asked where their friend was buried. Then the priest said to them,
"It was my fault yesterday, because I was sorry to tell you yesterday, so we moved the cemetery fence all night out of where your friend is buried, and now your friend is sleeping in this cemetery.”
I would like to say that Jesus did the same thing with you by baptizing you with the Holy Spirit. He died on the cross and moved the fence of salvation for three days until he was resurrected and included all believers in his body.