Acts 2:38 Baptism
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 22, 2019)

The Baptism that the apostle Peter spoke of in Acts 2:38 was the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. It was not water baptism.

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

John the Baptist makes it abundantly clear that the Baptism Jesus Christ would impart on mankind would be “with the Holy Ghost, and with fire”. (fire being judgment) Those who never experience the Baptism of the Holy Ghost will certainly be judged

John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

It is my belief that the “breathing” on each of the apostles was to signify the sound the apostles would hear just prior to when the Holy Ghost would fall upon them. And certainly they did hear a sound “as of a rushing mighty wind.

Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Prior to His ascension to His Father, Jesus Christ instructed the apostles to Baptize people of all nations. The Baptism Jesus was endorsing and instructing the apostles to impart was Holy Ghost Baptism. And in the Upper Room, about one hundred twenty were gathered and received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, giving them the gift to speak in other languages.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Peter’s instruction in Acts after the Gospel was preached to the crowd of spectators that day was for them to receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and those that did would receive the gift that the Holy Ghost had for them.