|What is the difference between the baptism of John and the baptism in the name of Jesus?|
Question 8: What is the difference between the baptism of John and the baptism in the name of Jesus.
Answer: In Acts 19 Paul came across believers who only knew the baptism of John. He said,
‘John indeed baptised with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on him who would come after him, that is, on Christ. When they heard this they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.’
John’s baptism was to quicken the people’s conscience towards God, to prepare them for the coming of the Lord Jesus who was the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. This means Jesus was to represent Man as a sacrifice for Man’s sin before God. Accordingly, in our stead, Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead to live for ever. He is the way and we must follow. We must identify with his sacrifice and be buried by baptism into death with Him and then, as with the believers in Acts 19 above, the Holy Spirit (the glory of God) will come upon us and we will speak in tongues, and be raised up with Christ into newness of life. Truly the inner transformation is glorious.
The water baptism of John worked repentance towards God, a desire to do the will of God.
The water baptism in the name of Jesus, followed by the baptism with the Holy Spirit, actually works the death of the child of Adam, and the new birth of a child of God, who will receive the resurrection body ‘in the twinkling of an eye’ at the return of Jesus.