1 Cor. 10:1-4 (Heb. 11:29), 1 Pet. 3:21 [Note: What does baptism symbolize?]
Other typological references to Spiritual Baptism do include the washings of the Priests, the crossing of the Jordan River, the washing of Naaman the leper in the River Jordan, etc.
Clear Doctrinal Affirmations of Spiritual Baptism from the Epistles:
1 Cor. 12:13, Col. 2:12, Rom. 6:3-4, Gal. 3:27, Eph. 4:5, 1 Pet. 3:21, Titus 3:5-6 (washing away thy sins)
What did Jesus Christ have to say about Baptism?
Acts 1:4-5, Luke 24:49, John 7:38-39 (in correlation with John 13:31, 17:5), John 14:16-26, John 15:26-27, John 16:7-15 [Note: Why did the Lord Jesus say that they must wait if they had already received the Holy Ghost in John 20:22?]
The Principle in Focus:
The Ceremonies of Salvation needed to be completed in Heaven like as they were shadowed in Old Testament law; thus Christ needed to ascend into Heaven. Upon His ascension the ceremonies began. Upon His enthronement the ceremonies were completed. Thus the Baptism of the Spirit is the signal to all people that the heavenly ceremonies have been accepted by God the Father and completed by God the Son - Christ sat down as King of the world at the right hand of God the Father! Thereby New Testament Salvation did begin.
Tracing this principle in Hebrews:
Heb. 1:3, 2:9-18, 4:14-16, 6:19-20, 7:24-27, 8:1-5, 9:16-24 (Other references: John 15:26, Rom. 8:34, 1 John 2:1-2)
The Climactic Explanation of what the Baptism of the Spirit is:
Acts 2:33, Peter's sermon which declared all things accomplished!
Having been incarnated as a Jew into the tribe of Judah as the seed of David, Jesus Christ walked-out the Old Testament Ceremonial Law in all available and necessary means to fulfill all righteousness during his lifetime, according to the flesh. After being offered to God upon an earthly altar called The Cross, the scheme of redemption was not yet complete. No, rather, it had just begun! The death of Christ on The Cross was the first step in the grand scheme of salvation which was yet to be accomplished via a High Priest after the order of Melchisedec (Heb. 5:6) in a Heavenly Environment which included a Temple and all associated instruments for the performance of an unprecedented ceremony. When Jesus Christ was fastened to The Cross by nails as a propitiatory sacrifice, this was but the beginning of this ceremony. When Christ said, “It is finished” (John 19:30), the oppression and affliction of becoming a sacrifice was completely accomplished (“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, and yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth”-Isa.53:7), but the ceremonial application of this blood-atonement must sprinkle the Throne of Heaven which resides inside of a Heavenly Temple (Lev. 16:14-15, Heb. 9:19-24, Rev. 7:15, 11:19). These things must proceed in Heaven after the similitude of the High Priest, Aaron, who dared not enter into the Holy Place of the earthly Tabernacle without “a young bullock for a sin-offering and a ram for a burnt-offering” (see Lev. 16:2-4). Even so, Christ, “by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 10:26), was finally enabled to enter into “Heaven itself, now to appear in the Presence of God for us” (Heb. 10:24)! Finally enabled, I say, because theretofore a human body had never entered such a place to perform such a ceremony on behalf of the rest of condemned humanity! It was necessary for Jesus Christ to become a human that He might suffer and die, this is true, but also that He might be perfected and credentialed as a “Merciful and Faithful High Priest”!
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a Merciful and Faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” – Hebrews 2:9-18
You see, my reader, while the body of the Lord Jesus was fixated on The Cross, the ceremony of salvation could not be accomplished. While Christ did reside among earth-dwellers after his resurrection, the ceremony could not be performed. He must – in human body – pass into the Heavens via the ascension (Heb. 4:1, Acts 1:2-11), enter the Gates beyond which a human body had never traversed (Ps. 24:7-10, Heb. 9:8), walk through the courts and into the Holy Place of the first and original Temple not made by human hands (Heb. 6:19-20, 8:2) – a Heavenly and Holy Place never before tread by the soles of human feet (1 Cor. 15:20-23, Acts 26:23, Rev. 1:5)! The ceremony of salvation that Christ was to perform on behalf of humanity was not located on earth, but in Heaven. According to scripture, it was necessary that a High Priest of an Eternal Priesthood called, the order of Melchisedec (Ps. 110:4, Heb. 5:6, 10, 7:1-21), enter into the Heavenly Courts of the Most Holy Temple to sprinkle the “heavenly things” with the blood of Jesus Christ, The Sacrifice (Heb. 9:19-24). Seeing that this was on behalf of mankind, this Priest and the Sacrifice must also be a Man… and until “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah” did prevail, humanity was left without the hope of redemption (Rev. 5:5)!
The Chronological Order of Redemption:
(1st) The Crucifixion – The Earthly Altar (John 3:12-18)
(2nd) The Resurrection – The Human Body for a Priesthood & Kingship (Heb. 2:9-18, Php. 2:9-11)
(3rd) The Ascension – The Forerunning Redeemer & 2nd Adam (Heb. 6:19-20, 1 Cor. 15:22-23, Rom. 5:12-21)