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There are three baptism
Baptism at salvation
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
In this order, the Baptism at salvation is the first, the other two will follow. Sometimes the Baptism of the Holy Spirit will instantly follow the Baptism at salvation. However, at times, it takes months, or even years for certain individuals.
Insight into the three.
This is the inward change within the believer when he or she accepts the Lord. The believer becomes one with Christ. The illustration of this, like it was once said, it is the image of a ship submerge into a water. The water is in the ship, and the ship is in the water.
This represents only the physical representation of the inward change as mentioned above. Like a wedding ring, in a marriage; as important as the ring is, but it is only the representation of the already established union. Therefore, no Christian should despise Water Baptism. However, like a man and a woman, in a holy matrimony, even without a special ring, their vows and commitment from within, establishes who there are as one, from within.
This aspect is misunderstood, but it is highly important. We read this in the book of Acts. Thus we read, you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
There are times, an individual after accepting the Lord through the Baptism at Salvation, he or she simultaneously experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
However, there are times the believer is saved through the Baptism at salvation, and they are water baptized, but they are without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
An evidence of this is seen again, in the book of Acts chapter 19. This we read, concerning certain believers. They were saved, but without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Which is the source of power within the believer.
The account is as follows:
Paul asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?" "We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit," they answered. "Well, then, what kind of baptism did you receive?" Paul asked.
In response to this, Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied
Like Swaggart once said, Salvation is the greatest gift from God to the world, but the Holy Spirit is the greatest gift from God to the believer.
So then, Whatsoever is of God, may we desire to receive without the hindrance of denominational teaching.
Can a believer function without having one of the three?
@B Schlapp In order to be a believer, one must accept the Lord Jesus Christ, which is Salvation, or known as the Baptism at salvation. Water Baptism will follow and should follow. However, a new believer does not stop being saved because they are yet to be baptized. Lastly, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is instantaneously experience by some upon Salvation while others do not experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for the lack of understanding, or the hindrance of denominational teaching. Yet those that are without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit are still saved, but why settle for less, when there is more to receive through the Holy Spirit? That is the question we should ask ourselves.