1Corinthians 12:13

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.

There are those of the Pentecostal/Charismatic denomination who incorrectly teach that this verse is speaking of baptism in the absence of water (which is a Scriptural impossibility). They come to this conclusion because of the phrase “by one Spirit”, yet this verse in no way, shape, or form, is speaking of baptism without water. There is nothing there to even suggest that. Baptism in water does not negate that it is the work of the Spirit that is active in baptism (in water). Just as in Colossians 2:12 where it is the power of God at work, so too, it is here. It is God who raises us. It is God who washes our sins away; It is God who clothes us with Christ (Galatians 3:26-27); It is God who adds us to the body of Christ—the church. When we are baptized into Christ in water, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as well as the forgiveness of our sins. And these are simultaneous events. To teach this verse is excluding WATER is to forget Paul’s words just two chapters earlier of the very same letter:


1Corinthians 10:1-2,6,11

For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea

Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did…

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.

What is the CLOUD made of? What is the SEA made of? WATER!!! God is telling us that the illustration of the Israelites coming out of the Land of Slavery (Egypt), passing through WATER, and entering into the Promised Land (redemption) is an illustration for us today!


Back then (Old Testament):

1.)   Left Egypt –the land of Slavery

2.)   Passed through water—baptized into Moses

3.)   Entered promised land

Today (New Testament):

1.)   Leave “land of slavery”—sin. See (John 8:33-34)

2.)   Pass through water—baptized into CHRIST

3.)   Enter into “promised land”—redemption/kingdom of heaven

To teach baptism to the exclusion of water is to contradict Jesus Christ’s very own words:

"I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born

of WATER and the Spirit.” –John 3:5






This page added: January 13, 2003