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                A United Pentecostal Church in Versailles, Missouri

WATER BAPTISM

If There Is a God, Then There Has to Be a Truth! Therefore, we have the responsibility to diligently seek for THAT truth. After repentance, the next step of obedience is water baptism .

Old Testament Typology

I PETER 3:20-21 - "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." See I Corinthians 10:1-4

The Tabernacle in the Wilderness

EXODUS 30:18-21 - "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."

Water Baptism Has Two Distinct Meanings

1. WASHING:

MATTHEW 3:5-6 - "Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins."

2. BURIAL:

ROMANS 6:4 - "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." See Colossians 2:12

The following verses reflect the fulfillment of the command in the early Church:

ACTS 2:38 - "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized 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."

ACTS 10:48 - "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."

ACTS 19:5 - "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."

How was the early Church baptized? The word baptism comes from the Greek word "BAPTIZO", meaning to dunk, immerse, or soak . For Example:

JOHN 3:23 - "And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized."

MATTHEW 3:16 - "And Jesus, when he was baptized, 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."

ACTS 8:38-39 - "And he commanded the chariot to stand still: 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, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing."

What About Sprinkling? We simply do not find it in the Scripture! Sprinkling, pouring, or infant baptism cannot be found or substantiated in the Word of God. These are only human traditions. Therefore, we should reject them in the light of the scriptural truth.

What Formula was Used? The birth of the church in the second chapter of Acts made John's baptism obsolete. It was updated when a name was added to it.

ACTS 2:38 - "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized 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." The greatest legacy the Lord left to his bride (the church) was His name!

ACTS 4:12 - "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." No Other Baptismal Mode Was Practiced in Scripture!

ACTS 8:16 - "(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)"

ACTS 10:48 - "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."

ACTS 19:5 - "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."

ROMANS 6:3 - "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?"

Jesus' name must be invoked verbally to have a proper baptism!

Notice the three questions Paul asked the Church at Corinth - They are relevant to our study today.

I CORINTHIANS 1:13 - "Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?" Jesus was crucified for us, so we should be baptized in Jesus' name!

Look at Paul's own baptism:

ACTS 22:16 - "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord."

Water Baptism is a Command to be Obeyed for Salvation!

ACTS 10:48 - "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."

MARK 16:15-16 - "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

GALATIANS 3:27 - "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

ACTS 2:41 - "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."

EPHESIANS 4:5 - "One Lord, one faith, one baptism."

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