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New Testament Baptism
compiled by Robert J. Young
"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism." (Eph. 4:4,5)
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
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The New Testament mentions at least six distinct baptisms:
1. Baptism unto Moses (1 Cor. 10:1-2)
Beyond question, this last mentioned baptism, in water, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for the remission of sins, as commanded in the Great Commission, is the "one" baptism of Eph. 4:5.
2. Baptism of John (Mt. 3:1-2, 11)
3. Baptism of fire (Mt. 3:11)
4. Baptism of suffering (Lk. 15:30)
5. Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 3:11)
6. Baptism of the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20)
This Baptism Requires:
Water (Acts 8:36)
Much water (John 3:23)
Coming into the water (Acts 8:38)
Being buried in the water (Col. 2:12; Rom. 6:4)
Coming up out of the water (Acts 8:39)
Why be baptized?
1. To obey and follow the instructions of Christ (Mt. 28:19)
"And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16)
2. To receive forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16)
3. To become part of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13)
4. To put on Christ (Gal. 3:27)
5. To be saved (1 Pet. 3;21; Mk. 16:16)
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Last updated January 2, 2002.