Facts About Baptism

Baptism Questions & Answers

(1) What is the meaning of the word Baptism ?

From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

G907 baptize baptizo

From a derivative of G911; to make whelmed (that is, fully wet); used only (in the New Testament) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism:—baptist, baptize, wash.


G911 dip(ed) bapto

A primary verb; to whelm, that is, cover wholly with a fluid; in the New Testament only in a qualified or specific sense, that is, (literally) to moisten (a part of one’s person), or (by implication) to stain (as with dye):—dip.  Luke 16:24 John 13:26 Revelation 19:13

(2) When is Baptism first mentioned in the Bible ?

Matthew 3:6 and it used in the New Testament, never in the Old Testament.

(3) What is the origin of Baptism ?

Although baptism was only mentioned in the New Testament, its meaning was derived from the word wash which was mentioned continually throughout the Old Testament.

(4) When was ceremonial washing first mentioned in the Bible ?

Exodus 19:5-15

5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites." ... 10 And the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. ... 14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes. 15 Then he said to the people, "Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain from sexual relations."

(5) What was the purpose for ceremonial washing according to the Bible ?

Numbers 19:7-9

7 After that, the priest must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water. He may then come into the camp, but he will be ceremonially unclean till evening. 8 The man who burns it must also wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he too will be unclean till evening. 9 "A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They shall be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing; it is for purification from sin.

(6) Why did John the Baptist say he began Baptizing ?

John 1:31-32

31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel." 32 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."

(7) What type of Baptism did John Baptize with ?

Mark 1:4

4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 3:3 Acts 19:4

(8) John did not want to Baptize Jesus but what reason did Jesus tell John the Baptist that he should be Baptized ?

Matthew 3:13-15 (KJV)

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

(9) Did John the Baptist indicate that Jesus himself would Baptize people ?

Matthew 3

11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

(10) What did Jesus mean when he said he should be baptized "to fulfill all righteousness" ?

It was a required part of the priesthood to wash with water (Numbers 19:9). John said that Jesus was baptized so "that he might be revealed to Israel" (John 1:31). Note this says to "Israel" and not the world in general. He (Jesus) has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:20). "8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs (Jews)". At first when Jesus came to be baptized "John forbad him" (Matthew 3:14). John’s Baptism was "a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." (Mark 1:4) and Jesus was "without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). But in the same way each individual Jew was being baptized to represent their commitment to become a member of the "kingdom of priests" (Exdous 19:6) of the coming Kingdom, Jesus was baptized as a "high priest".

Hebrews 4:15

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.


Hebrews 6:19-20

19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.


Romans 15:8

8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs (the fathers KJV)

(11) Is there more than one type of Baptism ?

Acts 1:5.

5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

(12) Are people baptized with the Holy Spirit when they are baptized with water ?

In (Acts 8:12-16) believers had been "baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus." with water but did not receive the Holy Spirit until Peter and John prayed for them. In (Acts 19:1-6) believers were baptized with "John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance." with water then they "were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus" but did not receive the Holy Spirit until "Paul had laid his hands upon them. In (Acts 10:39-48) at the house of Cornelius "the Holy Spirit fell on all them which heard the word" and then afterwards they were Baptized with water.

(13) Are we baptized into the Body when we are baptized with water ?

We are "all baptized by one Spirit into one body" but yet the Baptism with water and Baptism by the Holy Spirit do not take place at the same time.

1 Corinthians 12:13

13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

(14) Paul said there is "One Baptism" what does he mean ?

If we are not Baptized into the Body by water but by the Spirit then Paul must mean that the one Baptism that we must have for salvation is the one in which we are "baptized by one Spirit into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:13).

Ephesians 4:4-5

4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

(15) When are we baptized by the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ ?

In Ephesians 1:13 it says that we are "included in Christ" (the body of Christ) WHEN we "heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation." and "Having believed" we are "marked in him with a seal", and that seal is ", the promised Holy Spirit,". It says we are sealed by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ when we hear and believe the Gospel.

Ephesians 1:13

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

(16) Why did people sometimes receive the Holy Spirit before water baptism and some receive it after in the book of Acts ?

The Book of Acts was a transitional period when God began dealing with the Gentiles and the Jews under the dispensation of Grace (Ephesians 3:2), and stopped dealing with only with the nation of Israel under the Law. God will resume the final 7 years of dealing with Israel during the tribulation, and that is why the temple will be rebuilt and they will begin the sacrifices of the priesthood again. After the Body of Christ is complete.

And "the fulness of the Gentiles be come in." (Romans 11:25)

Romans 11:25

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

(17) Jesus Christ specifically instructed the 12 Apostles to baptize with water. Why did the Apostle Paul say "For Christ sent me not to baptize" ?

The Apostle Paul said in the "Dispensation of Grace" (Ephesians 3:2) he is sent to "preach the gospel" because "unto us which are saved "it" (the Gospel) is the power of God."

Mark 16:14-18

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.


Matthew 28:16-20

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


1 Corinthians 1:17-18

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.


(18) Some people that say Baptism is required to be saved because the Bible says "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:14-18). If this was true what about the rest of this verse where it says "these signs shall follow them that believe". Can we all "drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them", and are the other statements there said to us ?


These statements where made to the 12 Apostles and are a continuation of the period which started with Christ earthly ministry when water baptism and signs and miracles where part of the "Gospel of the Kingdom" (Matthew 4:23, Matthew 9:35, Matthew 24:14, Mark 1:14 ) . Signs and miracles and the requirement of water baptism where not to continue for the Church (the Body of Christ) during the "Dispensation of Grace" (Ephesians 3:2) when the "Gospel of Grace" (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) is taught by the Apostle Paul . Now "by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:13) and "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." Signs and miracles are no longer needed because we have the completed word of God, the Bible, which they did not have. 


1 Corinthians 12:13

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.


1 Corinthians 6:11

11 And such were some of you: 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.


Matthew 4:23

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.


by Paul @ www.havefaith.org 
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