"A NEW LOOK AT BAPTISM"
Acts 8:26-40; Matt. 28:18-20
I. THE ACT OF BAPTISM Acts 8:38
There should be no question that the only proper mode of baptism
Acts 8:38 says that they went down into the water.-- "baptizo"--
as in the sinking of a ship.
The eunuch did not say: "Here is a canteen on my chariot. What
doth hinder me from being sprinkled?"!!
Obviously, Philip had explained the need to be baptized, and why.
It always troubles me when I see the subtle distortions of the
scripture in these modern-day Jesus films. In one, Jesus and John
the Baptist took the trouble of making their way all the way out
into the middle of the Jordan River, just so John could pick up a
double handfull of water and pour it on Jesus head!!
Of all the things wrong with that, the chief one is that it defeats
the purpose by destroying the picture of death,burial, and resurrection.
You see, Jesus was not the first person ever baptized.
John had baptized many, but for a different reason.
His was a baptism for repentence, that had its roots in religion of
even more ancient times. John's baptism was associated with the
washIng away of si-n-- to get your life ready, for God is about to
reveal His-salvation.-- And thus it was a vital part of his role as
forerunner of the Messiah.
SO JESUS WAS NOT THE FIRST TO BE BAPTIZED, BUT HE WAS THE FIRST TO BE
BAPTISED FOR THE REASON HE WAS BAPTIZED. JESUS BAPTISM WAS A STATEMENT
OF HIS MISSION-- DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION-- FORGIVENESS OF SIN
AND ETERNAL LIFE OFFERED TO MANKIND.
I Peter 3:12 says "...not the removal of dirt from the body, but the
pledge of a good conscience toward God."
We are to baptise in Jesus name, not John's, because JESUS BROUGHT A
NEW MEANING TO BAPTISM-- AND IMMERSION IS THE ONLY WAY TO DEMONSTRATE
In addition, it shows the burial of the old, and the resurrection of
the new as we are buried with Christ in baptism, and raised to walk
in newness of life.
(and an inter ...
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