First, if you read Matthew 3: 13-17, you will see that when Yeshua Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness, He was dunked in the Jordan and upon coming out of the water, the Father’s voice from heaven declared Yeshua to be the Father’s Beloved Son and then the Holy Spirit came upon Him like a dove. After reading this, I had a desire to also be baptized by dunking in public. If it was good for Yeshua Jesus in order to fulfill all righteousness, and I am a follower of His, then it seemed good and proper that I do that same. So, I did. I believe it helped me grow spiritually and was an invitation for the Holy Spirit to work in my life.
There is a further spiritual baptism other than this one unto repentance. It is possible to believe in Jesus and pray in repentance for your sins, but not know the full indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Check out these examples from the Bible:
Acts 18: 24-26 (Amplified version) “Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent and cultured man, and well versed in the Hebrew Scriptures. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and being spiritually impassioned, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things about Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John; and he began to speak boldly and fearlessly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained more accurately to him the way of God and the full story of the life of Christ (the Anointed One).”
Acts 19: 1-6, (Amplified version) “Paul went through the upper inland districts and came down to Ephesus, and found some disciples. He asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed in Jesus as the Christ?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he asked, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John performed a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, to confidently accept and joyfully believe in Jesus the Messiah and Savior.” After hearing this, they were baptized again, this time in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they began speaking in unknown languages and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all. And he went into the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning, arguing, and persuading about the kingdom of God.”
We are to be dunked/ immersed in the Holy Spirit. We are to be filled and keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit. Our heart should be joined together as one with Him. We are to listen to what He says, learn from Him, and obey….for our own good! The Holy Spirit empowers us to live the right way…..God’s way….our new and living way!