The answer would really shed some light on those who wish to confuse true believers about the doctrine of the church. John said that his ministry was marked by the baptism with water. He then said that a GREATER one would have a GREATER ministry that would be marked by the baptism with the Spirit. John < Christ water < Spirit Get it? Christ and Peter mark off the baptism with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, when the church began. Since that day, all true believers are baptized with the Spirit into Christ's body -universal and invisible- -Rom. 6, Gal. 3, I Cor. 13, Eph. 1 & 4-. Water baptism is the outward sign that you are Christ's disciple. When water baptism is combined with a proper profession, one can join a local assembly. ALL TRUE BELIEVERS ARE IN CHRIST'S CHURCH SINCE THE DAY OF PENTECOST. There is no judgment -kreno- upon the one in Christ. The judgment -bema- is a reward.