Wherever the Gospel takes root, the condition of man is always elevated. But it doesn’t elevate by a mere handout (although it may begin there), it does so by revealing man’s true identity and purpose.
When one looks at baptism throughout scripture, a clear pattern emerges: the candidate is baptized in a substance and into an experience. Furthermore, baptism is always something that takes place after the fact; it seals what is already a reality.
Jesus is a phenomenal leader. As such, He is not a micromanager. With responsibility, He delegates the authority to accomplish it. Whenever He calls us to do something, He makes sure we have what it takes to succeed in it.Furthermore, because we represent Him in our calling, He guarantees the backing of Heaven. This is authority.
The Kingdom of God is a very unique kingdom. It was the way that God intended for kingdoms to operate. The primary ruling principle, the social fabric, of God's Kingdom is this: He blesses some in order to bless the whole. We see this in His promise to Abraham: I will bless you to be a blessing to the nations of the earth. This is the way of God.