I know when i was "baptised", I was told that it was for repentance. but this verse below says that John's baptism was for repentance and to believe in the Christ who was to come. I beleive that the Church is operating in a distorted versions of the Baptism of John and not the Baptism of Jesus. The baptism of Jesus brings the power of the Spirit....the gifts of the Spirit. that's all I'm going to say; you guys read these Scriptures and see for yourselves:
2And he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." 3And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John's baptism." 4And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus." 5On hearing this, they were baptized in[b] the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.
Here is an example of the Baptism of John:
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
The Baptism of Jesus
11"I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
When the Disciples Were Baptised with the Spirit and Fire, what Happened???
4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
I'm not going to list all the things that happen through the Baptism of Jesus...if you're hungry and want more, then research it.
GRACE AND PEACE,