(identification: placing a person or thing into a new environment or into union with someone or something else so as to alter its condition or relationship to its previous environment).

1.   Real baptisms (actual   identification; a person identified with something real; dry).

        a. Moses 1 Cor. 10:2 (double identification).

(1)  Children of Israel identified with Moses as they went through Red Sea.

(2)  Identified with cloud (Christ) and with sea, but went through dry.


b. Fire Matt. 3:11; 13:25ff.; I>uke3:16b(unbeliever identified with judg­ment; end of Tribulation; Second Advent).


c. Cross (cup) Matt 20:22; Luke 12:50 (double identification).

(1)  Christ identifies Himself with cross and with our sins.

(2)  All the sins of the world put inone "cup" and poured out on Christ; Father judged our sins as they were on Him.


d. Holy Spirit - Acts 1:5; Rom. 6:3,4; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:26-28; Eph. 4: 5; Col. 2:12 (union with Christ; position).

(1)      Mechanics: Holy Spirit takes believer at the moment of salvation
and puts him into Christ.

(2)  Did not occur in Old Testament times or in any previous dispensa­
tion (Col. 1:25,26).

(3)      Was first prophesied by Christ during His earthly ministry (John

(4)  Unification of believers is achieved by baptism of Spirit (water bap­
tism divides); (Eph. 4:5; Heb. 2:11).

(5)  Began me Church Age (Acts 1:5; 2:3; 11:15-17).

(6)  Basis of current positional truth (Eph. 1:3-6).

(7)  Not an experience of any kind (Aorist tense excludes experience
once and for all).

2.   Ritual (Literal water which represents something else).

a.  Baptism of Jesus Matt. 3:13-17 (unique).

(1)      Water represented Father's will or plan, Phase I.

(2)      Christ identified Himself with Father's will in going to the cross.

b.   John Matt. 3:1-11; John 1:25-33; Acts 19:2-4.

(1)      Water represented the Kingdom.

(2)  Identification with Jesus and His Kingdom.


c.   Believers' (Christian)  baptism - Acts 2:41; 9:18; 10:47, 48 (Double identification).

(1)  Water represents body of Christ.

(2)      Identification with Christ in His death (retroactive positional truth);
picture of rejection of human good.

(3)      Identification  with air (coming out of water current positional
truth); picture of union with Christ in resurrection life; walking in
newness of life; divine good.

(4)      This act represents union with Christ and is a testimony to person­
al faith in Him.

(5)  Two ordinances for the Church:

    (1) Water baptism: once; repre­sents salvation;

     (2) Communion: repeated; represents fellowship.


















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