There are different types of baptism in scripture with water baptism being one of the more controversial topics in the churches. Should you be dunked or sprinkled? At what age? How many times is enough? Do you need to be baptized to be saved or to be a member of a church?
Water baptism or cleansing isn’t something new that started with John the Baptist. In the Old Testament, you will find Moses was given directions from the Lord about Aaron’s washing before entering the tabernacle.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
“You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it.
When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, lest they die.
So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them–to him and his descendants throughout their generations.”
Aaron also washed before an offering. You can find many references to this in Exodus and Leviticus.
“Then Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of meeting, shall take off the linen garments which he put on when he went into the Holy Place, and shall leave them there.
And he shall wash his body with water in a holy place, put on his garments, come out and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people, and make atonement for himself and for the people
John speaks of three baptisms in Matt 3:11.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His baptism was of water. The other two were not. So every time you see baptism in the Scriptures it isn’t referring to water.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
The baptism of fire is judgment.
And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
This is an interesting one being baptized unto Moses. Baptism also means that it is a person’s initiation into a particular activity or role.
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1 Corinthians 10:1-2
Paul speaks of one baptism. Is it water, the Holy Spirit or fire?
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:13
In this dispensation, the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the Body of Christ when our faith and trust is in Christ’s finished work on the cross.
No water can accomplish this.
John baptized with water, Jesus baptized with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit baptizes us into Christ.
To see Souls saved and Saints edified!