Daily Words of Encouragement
By Priest Knight Scopas Juma Kamonde
Our Verse of Today (7/11/2017)
“Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3: 5)
The Title of Our Today’s Topic: The Baptism of Water and Holy Spirit
Our verse of today was said by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to one of the great teachers of Jews whose name was Nicodemus who came to Him during night hours.
From our verse of today we can learn these very important and valuable points:
1. The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom which is being managed spiritual by God Himself.
2. The membership of this kingdom is open only for those who are baptized by water and Holy Spirit as well.
3. The baptism of water is an outer sign for new life of righteousness and holiness by which a person decides willingly to leave the past life of sins in order to start a new life according to God’s will.
4. Meanwhile the baptism of Holy Spirit is meant for the internal cleansing and renewal through the Holy Spirit by then a person will enjoy a spiritual; anointment, power, protection and gifts.
My dear fellow Christians, unless we have both the baptism of water and Holy Spirit, we will not join the membership of the spiritual kingdom of God. We can be Church goers even some of us can be considered as God’s servants or Church leaders. Nevertheless, without these baptisms we are outside the spiritual kingdom of God – believe it or not, this is the truth that we must know.
My question is; have you really been baptized by both water and Holy Spirit? For me, I have been baptized by water since 1980s and by Holy Spirit since 1996.