Immersion in Water
Living as we do in a retirement complex in a small bushveld town, we are
in close proximity to many people, friends, who have lived in the bushveld
or in small towns all their lives. Their lifestyle is somewhat different
to those, possibly more sophisticated, city people and while living closer
to God's nature and appreciating things pertaining to the bushveld, they
seem more steeped in the religious traditions of their church denominations.
This unfortunate state of affairs has resulted in an almost total lack
of preparedness or ability to listen to or search for the truth of God's
word and do, to obtain the spiritual freedom that the Holy Spirit
gives to His saints.
As a result of this it was felt necessary to comment on a Christian phenomenon
that has so been misused and misrepresented by many of these denominations
that it has resulted in bondage (being in religious handcuffs) of the followers
thereof. With a little (re)searching this act of "baptism" is fairly easily
explained and it is a wonder that those who go to christian denominations
which practice infant baptism cannot or will not see God's will in the
matter. This very act of disobedience goes hand in hand with the reluctance
to read God's word on a daily basis and probably excludes them from the
physical and spiritual blessings that God is wanting to freely give His
This writing is not intended to be a treatise on baptism, but rather a
few pertinent comments to encourage those persons with the will to be obedient
to find the truth for themselves.
Firstly the word "baptism" is an unfortunate one and is a transliteration
of the Greek word baptismo - the language that the New Covenant was written
in. A truer and more applicable word would have been "immersion" and using
it would have limited Satan in his deception of the whole baptism issue.
If you, dear pilgrim, can accept that Satan is a real spiritual person,
is evil, is the god of this world and that he works against anything that
God says is good, we can use this knowledge to our advantage in our search
just by seeing what Satan's reactions are to certain of God's wishes.
I have stated on numerous occasions in writings on this web site* that
I believe, and this by Spiritual manifestations, that the Authorised version
of the Bible is the closest that we can come to knowing God's word; and
the same goes for the old translation of the Afrikaans Bible - Die Ou Vertaling
- because they were translated from the textus receptus (Received Text).
Satan has undoubtedly succeeded in perverting God's word in the newer versions.
Here are but three easily researched omissions from the word of God; evidence
of the hand of Satan and traps for the unwary. Are they present in the
Bible that you read? Without ifs and buts, or footnotes?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And
he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
. . . . who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and
the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
(1 John 5:7)
The latter part of Acts chapter eight deals with the willing immersion
of the Ethiopian Eunuch. Now why would Satan want the words in verse thirty
seven omitted? It can only mean that this physical act has spiritual undertones
that we can mostly guess at.
By the way, here's a rather deep one; why are there chapters and verses
in the Bible? For example the letters which Paul wrote to the various churches
which make up the major part of the New Covenant were written like any
letter that you would write.
Surely, the main reason is that in this way God has protected His word.
Something that He holds higher than His name.
In the above examples we have three deliberate sins of commission (sins
committed), two of them sins of omission. Thanks to God's foresight we
are easily able to identify that in two of these examples whole verses
have been omitted; and in one, the verse number as well.
It has been said that when visiting overseas, a foreigner can always be
picked out by his speech or clothes or complexion. However, a Jew is a
Jew in whatever country he or she resides in and history is full of records
of the persecution of Jews - which is also a physical act with spiritual
undertones. In fact, a Jew is firstly a citizen of a nation of a spiritual
nature and then a citizen of a physical country. The reason is the attempt
by the Jew to maintain his Covenant with God that was made under mount
Sinai and has resulted in him being in bondage (spiritual handcuffs) to
the laws of the Old Covenant of the Bible. However, adherence to the culture
of the Law by the Jew has kept him from being physically swallowed up by
those around him. We as Christians know that the law was the physical attribute
of the spiritual will of God and in many instances can see the promise
of Christ Jesus (the Messiah) and the release of the Holy Spirit, in the
law of Moses. Unfortunately, the Jews perform these rituals as physical
obedience, not fully understanding the spiritual undertones.
As an example, the following is an extract from a book1 that
has been quoted from before.
Here is a passage of Scripture concerning part of the law for the cleansing
of a leper:
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, This shall be the law of the leper
in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest: And the
priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and,
behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper; Then shall
the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive
and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And the priest
shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over
running water: As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar
wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living
bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water:
And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy
seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird
loose into the open field.
The leper that sought cleansing was to bring two birds alive and clean,
and cedar wood and scarlet and hyssop. The priest commanded that one of
the birds be killed in an earthen vessel, over running water. The live
bird, cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop were all dipped in the blood, and
the leper was sprinkled with the blood; then the live bird was let loose
in the open field. It flew through the air, bearing on its feathers the
blood, which was a type of Christ's blood that will purify the air, and
remove from it all the germs, of sin and death. Now death comes in at our
windows, but the blood of Christ will give us a new atmosphere.
Earth, air, and water are elements which compose our planet. All are
tainted by sin. The earthen dish containing the blood held over the running
water typified the time when earth, air, and water would be freed from
the curse of sin by the blood of Christ. The cedar wood and hyssop represented
the two extremes in vegetation, from the giant of the forest to the hyssop
on the wall. They were dipped in the blood, thus teaching Israel that Christ's
blood would free the entire vegetable world from the curse, and again clothe
the earth in Eden beauty.
It might seem to man that the curse was so deeply marked upon earth,
air, and sea that it could never be removed; but the little piece of scarlet
wool, dipped in the blood with the live bird, the cedar, and the hyssop,
was a pledge that the blood of Christ would remove the deepest marks from
the sin-cursed earth.
We have the real sacrifice to study as well as the shadow. Type met
antitype. The blood of Christ has been shed; the price has been paid that
will restore the purity of the earth, air and sea. . . .
From the wound in His side "there flowed two copious and distinct streams,
one of blood and the other of water." The blood of Christ was brought in
contact with the earth, air and water. The two extremes in vegetation also
met at Calvary. The cross was made of wood taken from the trees of the
forest; "and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop,
and put it into His mouth."
Was there an antitype of the scarlet while His blood was trickling from
those cruel wounds? - Yes. In Jesus as He hung on the cross, bruised, mocked
and bleeding, the thief beheld the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins
of the world. Hope kindled in his soul, and he cast himself on a dying
Saviour. With full faith that Christ would possess the kingdom he cried,
"Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom." In a soft melodious
tone, full of love, the answer was quickly given: "Verily, I say unto thee,
Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." As these words were spoken, the
darkness around the cross was pierced with living light. The thief felt
the peace and joy of sins forgiven. Christ was glorified. While all thought
Him conquered, He was the conqueror. They could not rob Him of His power
to forgive sins.
Type has fully met antitype; the price has been paid; the blood of the
world's Redeemer has been poured upon the ground. It has dropped
through the air from the cruel cross. It has flowed with water
from the wound of the cruel spear. The extremes of vegetation also came
in contact with it, and he whose sins were as scarlet, experienced the
peace of having them made as white as snow by the precious blood, even
while it was flowing from the open wounds.
While we all see through a glass darkly and are also led about by our sinful
nature, the above is probably a Spiritual explanation of a physical rite
as laid down in the law. This physical rite of obedience resulted in the
miraculous (spiritual) cleansing of lepers' bodies.
For miraculous healing let's see the following:
Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with
his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance
unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive
out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the
prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the
maid that is of the land of Israel. And the king of Syria said,
Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed,
and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces
of gold, and ten changes of raiment. And he brought the letter to the king
of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have
therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover
him of his leprosy. And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read
the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill
and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of
his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel
against me. And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard
that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king,
saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and
he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. So Naaman came with his
horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven
times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will
surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his
God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are
not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of
Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away
in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My
father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing,
wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith
to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven
times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh
came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And
he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood
before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God
in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing
of thy servant. But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand,
I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
(2 Kings 5:1-16)
And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were
lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and
said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he
said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests.
And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of
them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice
glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him
thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were
there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found
that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said
unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made
We see here that although these ten lepers were healed, Jesus, according
to the Old Covenant, told them to show themselves to the priests, in obedience
to the Law as described in Leviticus.
So we see that a physical act of obedience to our Spiritual King, the Creator,
acknowledging Him and who He is, can result in the healing of the body
and/or the reception of a spiritual blessing.
If nothing else, why is there this abhorrence of doing a simple
act of getting wet and why are there all these religious smoke-screens
in place to dissuade a believer from this act?
Satan must know something spiritual that we can't perceive.
Let's have a look at God's commandments in the Old Covenant and then see
how modern Judaism has applied them.
And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him;
and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they
may minister unto me in the priest's office. And thou shalt make them linen
breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs
they shall reach: And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when
they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come
near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear
not iniquity, and die: it shall be a statute for ever unto him and
his seed after him.
And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them,
to minister unto me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and
two rams without blemish, And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered
with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour
shalt thou make them. And thou shalt put them into one basket, and bring
them in the basket, with the bullock and the two rams. And Aaron and his
sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,
and shalt wash them with water. And thou shalt take the garments, and put
upon Aaron the coat, and the robe of the ephod, and the ephod, and the
breastplate, and gird him with the curious girdle of the ephod: And thou
shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon the mitre.
Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head,
and anoint him. And thou shalt bring his sons, and put coats upon them.
And thou shalt gird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and put the
bonnets on them: and the priest's office shall be theirs for a perpetual
statute: and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons.
And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle
of the congregation, and wash them with water. And thou shalt put upon
Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may
minister unto me in the priest's office. And thou shalt bring his sons,
and clothe them with coats: And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint
their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office: for
their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their
Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of
brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle
of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. For
Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: When
they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water,
that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to
burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: So they shall wash their hands
and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to
them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.
And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and
the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live
goat: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat,
and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and
all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head
of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into
the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto
a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. And
Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put
off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place,
and shall leave them there: And he shall wash his flesh with water in the
holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt
offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for
himself, and for the people. And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn
upon the altar. And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash
his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the
And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which
was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or
a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in
water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean. But if he
wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity.
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a
tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the
multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see
ye to it.
*To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came
unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.*
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto
the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me
throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Understanding that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the beginning
of the New Covenant, let's study what John the Immerser had to say under
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of
repentance for the remission of sins;
The meaning of this washing was well known:
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said,
I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the
iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Multitudes understood this also:
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptised of him, O
generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say
within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto
you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore
which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
John understood that the immersion that he was told to perform was part
of the law and that a more perfect (spiritual) immersion was still to come:
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptise you with water;
but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy
to unloose: he shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose
fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will
gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire
Now when all the people were baptised, it came to pass, that Jesus also
being baptised, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost
descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from
heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
This is confirmed in the New Covenant:
This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the
spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing
only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue:
whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them,
and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed
through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And
they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy
Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptised? And they
said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptised 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 baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus.
The act of immersion probably started with that of washing as laid down
in Exodus and Leviticus and a bath was made to facilitate the ritual washing
of the priests. This bath became known as a mikveh. The tradition of the
mikveh has grown and is used by all Jews, male and female for various ritual
cleansings. Even pots and pans are ritually cleansed therein.
Further information can easily be obtained on the Internet.
Here are a few New Covenant teachings concerning the subject
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom
of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he
is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter
into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made
that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when
they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto
Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall
we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptised every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest
know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his
mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen
and heard. And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash
away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptised into Jesus Christ were
baptised into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into
death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of
the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have
been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in
the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old
man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from
sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live
with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;
death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto
sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye
also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,
that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members
as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves
unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as
instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion
over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall
we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants
ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but
ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered
you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all
our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were
all baptised unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the
same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they
drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
(1 Corinthians 10:1-4)
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after
the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete
in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 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, wherein also ye are risen with him through
the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And
you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath
he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting
out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary
to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And
having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly,
triumphing over them in it.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where
Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above,
not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with
Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then
shall ye also appear with him in glory.
So, we can see that the Children of Israel were baptised unto Moses.
Naaman baptised himself in the Jordan.
John preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins in the
Jesus of Nazareth received the power of the Holy Spirit for His public
ministry after rising from the waters of immersion.
Peter stated that repentance and immersion in the name of Jesus Christ
would result in the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Paul described immersion as being planted in the likeness of death and
rising in newness of life.
Also, buried with Him in baptism and risen with Him through faith.
Jesus died, was "planted" in a tomb and rose from the dead, a new (Spiritual)
person; and explained it before His death:
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come,
that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone:
but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall
lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life
eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there
shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father
honour. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me
from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
Our willing act of covering ourselves in water in the name of Christ Jesus
also demonstrates to God our obedience to His will and as a result He graciously
(by His grace) justifies us as we are "covered" by the blood of His Son.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified
freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom
God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,
to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through
the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:
that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
The reason for the act of Biblical baptism is possibly best described as
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well
doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,
the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death
in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached
unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once
the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was
a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The
like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the
putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience
toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
(1 Peter 3:17-21)
Baptism of John -- Immersion in public. Admitting the presence of sin and
willingness to change, to lead a more sinless life. Done in one's own strength,
done under the Law (the big stick) of the Old Covenant. Believing that
God would forgive those sins already committed. (Matthew 3:2;6.)
Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ -- Immersion in public. Admitting the
presence of sin and willingness to change, to lead a life as Jesus Christ
would approve of. Done in faith that Jesus is the Son of God; that He died,
was buried, and rose from the dead. Faith that as a result of this act
we should receive the Helper, the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.
I indeed baptise you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after
me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptise
you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
And Jesus, when he was baptised, went up straightway out of the water:
and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is
my defence, and the God of my mercy.
- For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also.
- (James 2:26)
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having
the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and
to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud
voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is
come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the
fountains of waters.
1 The Story of Daniel the Prophet by S Haskell