Did you notice your Mark 16 passage has nothing about Spirit.
Yes, I did. I also noticed it did not specifically state the spirit was absent either.
I'm not saying you're wrong, only that you're going to have a tough time proving God alone can baptize with the spirit.
A passage does not have to identify exclusions. That is a ridiculous notion. The passage says nothing about Spirit/spirit.
I think I made the point that Born of the Spirit, is not having the Holy Spirit after baptism. Jesus said someone born of the Spirit moves like the wind ..
- What is born of the flesh is flesh.
- What is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Do you understand the difference? Only God can convert a man to a spirit being that is not flesh. Paul said in the twinkling of an eye the saints will be converted :
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:51-53 KJV)
This is the point at which the righteous is changed from flesh to spirit. Only God does that. You are confusing water baptism and God giving his Holy Spirit to the saints with being BORN OF THE SPIRIT..