Baptism I. There are one hundred references to baptism in its noun and verb forms in the New Testament (excluding references to the word “Baptist”). Only twenty-three of these references speak of something other than the baptism of believers in water. A. Fourteen times the word refers to Christ’s sufferings. MAT 20:20-23; MAR 10:38-39; LUK 12:50. B. Two times the word refers to baptism with the Spirit and fire. MAT 3:11; LUK 3:16. C. Four times it refers to baptism with the Spirit only. MAR 1:8; ACT 1:5; 11:16; JOH 1:33.