Water Baptism is an essential Biblical Doctrine (teaching) and can not be separated from the New Testament message:
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16)
“Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5)
“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins . . .”
“And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48)
“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16)
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death” (Romans 6:3-4)
“But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:11)
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27).
“In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of
the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: buried with him in baptism . . .” (Colossians 2:11-12)
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us” (I Peter 3:20-21).
Let us look at Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
The Work baptise here means:
Word Origin: Greek, , Strong #: 907
to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk)
to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe
To overwhelm means to surge over and submerge; engulf. The very meaning of Baptize means to submerge.
Now, lets look at a different word and a different Scripture Verse.
Hebrews 9:21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
The word "sprinkled" means:
Rhantizo (hran-tid'-zo); Verb, Strong #: 4472
to cleanse by sprinkling, hence to purify, cleanse
This word is only used five times in four New Testament verses and ALL in the Book of Hebrews and NEVER in conjunction with Baptism. It is used in reference to the sprinkling of the Blood during Old Testament Sacrifices.
Therefore, Baptism is ALWAYS by immersion and never by sprinkling. See:
“Buried with him in baptism” (Colossians 2:12)
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water” (Matthew 3:16).
“And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim because there was much water there” (John 3:23).
“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water;
what doth hinder me to be baptized? . . . And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the
eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught
away Philip” (Acts 8:36-39)
“We are buried with him by baptism” (Romans 6:4).
Now that we have established that the New Testament mode for Baptism is by immersion, lets take a look at Baptismal Formula.
“Be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38)
“They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:16)
“And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48). [Earliest Greek texts say, “in the name of Jesus Christ.”]
“And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:3-5)
“Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16)
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