Ephesians 4:4-6 (Tap to Expand)

  • There is now one baptism. (Written +- 63AD)
  • Which baptism is it?
  • There are three kinds of baptism in the New Testament

A. Johns’ baptism

Acts 19:1-5 (Tap to Expand)

»     Shows that it became obsolete.

»     Time period before Ephesians was written.

»     These disciples had to be re-baptised into the name of Jesus (vs. 5)

B. Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-13 (Tap to Expand)

  • Promised (Acts 1Q:4-5)
  • Prophesied (Joel 2Q:28-32)
  • Came suddenly they were NOT praying for it.
  • Sound of a violent wind and tongues of fire.
  • They spoke in known languages to the people. Tongues = languages
  • Ushered in the Kingdom with power. (Mark 9Q:1)
  • To the Jews only.

Acts 10:1-48 (Tap to Expand)

  • The Gentiles ushered into the Kingdom.
  • Similar to – Acts 2Q:1-13 (Acts 11Q:15)
  • Cleared up the doubt as to whether Gentiles could become Christians (Acts 11Q:17-I8)
  • They were then immediately baptised in water.
  • Does not occur in the New Testament again.

C. Baptism in the name of Jesus

Acts 2:36-39 (Tap to Expand)

  • Promise is for all generations

Mathew 28:18-20 (Tap to Expand)

  • We are told to go and baptise disciples
  • Must be water baptism because only God can baptise with the Holy Spirit


  • John’s baptism has passed away. It did not happen all the time.
  • Holy Spirit baptism has fulfilled its purpose – Ushered in the Kingdom of God.  It only happened twice in Acts 2 and Acts 10. First to the Jews, then to the Gentiles
  • Read Acts 11Q:15-17.  If the Holy Spirit baptism happened every Sunday in church – why did Peter have to remember what had happened ‘at the beginning’?
  • Therefore, it must be baptism in the name of Jesus. 1 Peter 3Q:21 – in water for salvation


Mark 16:15-20 (Tap to Expand)

  • The purpose of the miraculous gifts were:

– To get non-believers to believe in the oral testimony of the witnesses who carried the message about Jesus. (Ac 1Q: 6-7)

– They served to enlighten the early Christian church and to strengthen their faith. (Ac 2Q:42-43)

Acts 3:1-10 (Tap to Expand)

  • The apostles performed miracles that confirmed their witness of Jesus’ ministry
  • These miracles gave them credibility amongst   the 1st-century believers   and non-believers (Ac 4Q:8-17)


Acts 5:12, 6:1-8 (Tap to Expand)

»  Up until Acts 6Q:8 ONLY the apostles had been able to perform miracles.

»  Ac 6Q:6 the first occasion that the miraculous gifts were passed on.

NOTE: Acts  6Q:2-7 the chosen 7 from among the people were already full of the Spirit – they had been baptised in water (Act 2Q:40-41)

Acts 8:1-25 (Tap to Expand)

»  Phillip, one of the seven who had received the miraculous gifts in Acts 6Q:1-8 goes to Samaria.

»  He performs miracles and signs to get people to believe (v12).

»  When  the apostles came to Samaria, Simon saw that the Spirits gifts were  only given  by the apostle’s  laying on of hands and offers them money for the ability (Acts 8Q:18).

NOTE: Simon didn’t ask Philip for the gifts because  Philip couldn’t pass them on.

»     So what happens to the miraculous gifts after the apostles die?

Q:  After a period of time they will pass away!

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (Tap to Expand)

  • The Apostle Paul writes this letter to the church in Corinth; disciples who had already received some miraculous gifts (Ac 18)
  • 1 Corinthians 12, 13 & 14 are not the directives on how to receive gifts (the church there had already received them) but rather the correctives on how to use them.
  • The purpose of these gifts were to win over non-believers in the 1st century when they came into contact with the early church (1 Cor 14Q:22-25)
  • Speaking ‘in tongues’  are common in many religions (Mormonism, Catholicism,  Islam, etc.) Also called ‘ecstatic utterances’ – non-understandable sounds and fragments of speech.
  • Jesus himself never spoke ‘in tongues’ and yet he was filled with the Holy Spirit.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (Tap to Expand)

»     Satan used counterfeit miracles in later Bible times to deceive people about the truth so they would not be saved.

Q:  Is it likely that he does the same today?

Matthew 7:21-23 (Tap to Expand)

»     People will do miracles in Jesus’ name and NOT be saved.

»     Miracles are not a sign of salvation.

Matthew 12:38-39 (Tap to Expand)

»     Jesus states that a wicked and adulterous generation asks for miraculous signs.

»     Even Jesus had people become more interested in the “magic” than his message during his ministry.

James 5:13-16 (Tap to Expand)

»     Miracles can still happen today through the power of prayer. (Mark 11Q:23-24)