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A new way of thinking about baptism.

As I'm wandering through Revelation 20 and reflecting upon what it means by "first resurrection," I had an interesting thought cross my mind.  Not completely original, because it is influenced by my reading Origen's thoughts on what it means for Jesus to baptize "in the Holy Spirit and in fire," but still a thought that is new to this mind.

When we are instructed to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit - what if that is really saying that we are to receive three types of baptism.  Baptism in the name of the Father is belief.  Baptism in the name of the Son is repentance.  And baptism in the name of the Spirit is surrender or the filling of the Spirit!