Water Baptism memory helper.


The Bible tells us of numerous types of baptism.  Here is helpful information with Bible references for each of the following three types.


  1. New birth
  2. Holy Spirit
  3. Water


Question:  Is the order of the various baptism types important?


1. New Birth Baptism


Here are Bible verses which refer to the new birth baptism, rather than water baptism:

Mark 16:16, John 3:3-8, 1 Peter 1:23, James 1:18, 1 Peter 3:21, Ephesians 2:1-10, Colossians 2:11-12, Titus 3:5-6, Ephesians 4:4-5, Galatians 3:27, John 4:14, Romans 6:2-5, 1 Corinthians 12:13

Reading these particular verses (possibly again) will change you forever.


2. Baptism of the Holy Spirit (see more on this topic in the Baptism In Holy Spirit Helper)


A born again child of God has the Holy Spirit within from the moment they are saved. But do we have to have the fullness of being baptized in the Holy Spirit to be all that God wants them us to be?  Since this help is about water baptism, see the Baptism of Holy Spirit Helper about this important topic – for continuity, on with water baptism for now.


3. Water Baptism


The Lord Jesus Christ commands: 'Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.'  Matthew 28:19

While Peter was still speaking (The Gospel) the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.  For they heard them speaking in tongues, and praising God. Then Peter said, 'Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.' So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.  Acts 10:44-48


Christian baptism in water is the public, symbolic, and outward representation of the Born Again Baptism, identifying the newly born again believer with Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. It is done in obedience to Christ, by believers, to a born again believer signifying their prior spiritual new creation in Christ.

Baptism in water is a vital principle of Christianity, a pillar of the message of Christ, and essential for every Christian today. Christ commands that every believer be water-baptized, and that they in turn evangelize and baptize others.

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20

Water baptism is not an optional-extra. It is a command of the Lord Jesus Christ to be baptized and to baptize others. Have you been baptized in water, the bible-way since you were genuinely born again?

The Greek word used for baptism, 'baptizo' means to immerse, submerge, to overwhelm, it should not be confused with the word 'bapto' which means only to dip. IMMER'SION, n. The act of putting into a fluid below the surface; the act of plunging into a fluid till covered.


i-'m&r-zh&n, -sh&n
Function: noun
Date: 15th century
: an act of immersing : a state of being immersed; specifically : baptism by complete submersion of the person in water



The Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8, who'd just believed on Christ, said: "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?" Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may."  The eunuch answered, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."

He was born again, then, he was water-baptized.


Does water-baptism save a person?  According to the scripture …
No, water-baptism is only for those who are already saved, who have experienced the born again baptism by God into Christ through genuine faith in Christ's Sacrifice.   Chronicles 3, Titus 3:5-7 Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6:3-11


Another way of asking the same question: Do I have to be water baptized to be saved?   The forgiven and saved thief on the cross next to Jesus could be excused for not being baptized, there was no opportunity, he was nailed to the cross until death.  There was no opportunity. 


Another example: A young 19 year old involved in a fatal auto accident who chooses salvation through Christ Jesus at the last moment before physical death would not have been baptized in water – although she would be just as saved as you or I would be if we are saved AND water baptized.  Water baptism is a matter of obedience.  If one is truly saved and knows the truth about baptism, then one will be obedient to the commandment of Christ Jesus to be water baptized -- if there is an opportunity (e.g. time, water, another believer.)


Water baptism publicly symbolizes our death, burial and liberation from the old sinful nature, and because we are a believer, our spiritual re-birth and resurrection in Christ.  Romans 6:5-14


When we know the truth and believe according to scripture, death is defeated eternally for us and no longer has any sting.


1Chronicles 15:55-56 O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?  

The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.


Romans 16:27 To God only wise, [be] glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. [[[Written to the Romans from Corinthus, [and sent] by Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea.]]]




To be continued …