What is Baptism?

This is part 2 of a series on baptism.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is immersion. The word is used to speak of washing, plunging, sinking, drenching, and soaking. It is used of clothes that were put in dye. It was used of items put in brine to pickle them. The word simply does not suggest pouring or sprinkling.

The examples of baptism we see in the Bible also support the idea of immersion. John the Baptizer specifically chose an area where there was much water (John 3:33). Why would he do this if he was only sprinkling or pouring water? When Jesus was baptized He went into the Jordan and came up out of the water (Mark 1:9-10). Philip took the Ethiopian eunuch into and out of the water (Acts 8:38-39).

I understand that there are many godly, sincere Christians that believe baptism should be done by pouring or sprinkling. However the Bible indicates that unless you are immersed, you simply got wet.


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