“. . . being acquainted only with the baptism of John;” Acts 18:25
The success of the Christian is not a matter of conduct or opinion. Our discipleship is not determined by the depth and development of doctrine. Rather, the potency of our progress as Christ followers will rise and fall in Jesus alone, and our confidence in Him.
Apollos’ preaching was precise, powerful, and persuasive. He was well-educated in the way of Jesus and fiery in his enthusiasm. Apollos was accurate in everything he taught-up to a point, but he only went as far as the baptism of John. He needed to know the rest of the story.
The baptism of John was a baptism into moral improvement, but it was not the baptism of Jesus. The baptism of Jesus meant identifying with the death and resurrection of Jesus; it literally means to be in union with Jesus Himself. What a difference there is between John and Jesus!
It’s the difference between holding on to a sinking ship and reaching for a life preserver thrown down from above. It’s the difference between religion and relationship. It’s the difference between good works and great faith. In John, you find a person who goes out to strive for salvation from his God. In Jesus, you find a person who’s been saved by the love of the Father.
Christianity was not and is not a self-improvement program. It is the place where men and women see the reality of God, experience resurrection, surrender the direction of their lives, die to their own selfish wills and are raised into a new and different life, a life where struggles still exist but are undergirded with a peace that passes understanding.
What is the proof that you’ve been baptized into Jesus?