By: Eddie Duckworth, III Baptism- What does the Bible say? Definitions of Baptism in the Greek dictionary of the N. T. in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (of words found in KJV B). (#907) - baptize- from a derivation of bap to (#911); to make whelmed (i. e. fully wet); used only (in the N.

T) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: -- baptist, baptize, wash. (#908) - bat isma- from baptize (#907); baptism (technical or figurative): - baptism. (#909) - baptism os- from baptize (#907); ablution (ceremonially or Christian): - baptism, washing. (#910) - Baptists- from baptize (#907); a baptizer, as an epithet of Christ's forerunner: - Baptist. Where it is found and what is the Greek word is used? Baptism (All use #908) M't 3: 1- 20: 22- 20: 23- 21: 25- M'r 1: 4- 10: 38- 10: 39- 11: 30- Lu 3: 3- 7: 29- 12: 50- 20: 4-Ac 1: 22- 10: 37- 13: 24- 18: 25- 19: 3- 19: 4-Ro 6: 4-Eph 4: 5-Col 2: 12-1 Pe 3: 21-baptisms (uses #909) Heb 6: 2 Baptist M't 3: 1- (uses #910) 11: 11- " 11: 12- " 14: 2 - " 16: 14- " 17: 13- "M'r 6: 14- (uses #907) 6: 24- (uses #910) 6: 25- " 8: 28- "Lu 7: 20- " 7: 28- " 7: 33- " 9: 19- " Baptist's (uses#910) M't 14: 8 Baptize (all use #907) M't 3: 11 M'r 1: 4 1: 8 Lu 3: 16 John 1: 26 1: 331 Co 1: 17 baptized (all use #907) M't 3: 6 3: 13 3: 14 baptized (all use #907) -continued-M't 3: 16 20: 22 20: 23 M'r 1: 5 1: 8 1: 9 10: 38 10: 39 16: 16 Lu 3: 7 3: 12 3: 21 7: 29 7: 30 12: 50 John 3: 22 3: 23 4: 1 4: 2 10: 40 Ac 1: 5 2: 38 2: 41 8: 12 8: 138: 168: 368: 389: 1810: 4710: 4811: 1616: 1516: 3318: 819: 319: 419: 522: 16 Ro 6: 31 Co 1: 13 1: 14 1: 15 1: 16 10: 2 baptized (all use #907) -continued-1 Co 12: 13 15: 29 Ga 3: 27 baptizes t (uses #907) John 1: 25 baptize th (uses #907) John 1: 33 3: 26 baptizing (all use #907) M't 28: 19 John 1: 28 1: 31 3: 23 Acts 17: 11 "Now the Berean's were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." (NIV) Findings on the view that Baptism is an essential to being a Christian by: Eddie Duckworth, III Use NIV, NAS, and King James Versions to get the most accurate interpretation.

Baptism necessary or not? Baptism (Greek: baptize): immersion (From the Greek expository dictionary) - "It is used in the NT in Luke 11: 38 of washing oneself (as in 2 Kings 5: 14, 'dipped himself,' Sept. ); see also Isa. 21: 4, lit. , 'lawlessness overwhelms me.' In the early chapters of the four Gospels and in Acts 1: 5; 11: 16; 19: 4, it is used of the rite performed by John the Baptist who called upon the people to repent that they might receive remission of sins. Those who obeyed came 'confessing their sins,' thus acknowledging their unfitness to be in the Messiah's coming kingdom. Distinct from this is the 'baptism' enjoined by Christ, Matt.

28: 19, a 'baptism' to be undergone by believers, thus witnessing to their identification with Him in death, burial, and resurrection (e. g. Acts 19: 5; Rom. 6: 3-4; 1 Cor. 1: 13-17, 12: 13; Gal. 3: 27; Col 2: 12).

The phrase in Matt. 28: 19, 'baptizing them into the Name' (RV; cf. Acts 8: 16), would indicate that the 'baptized' person was closely bound to, or became property of, the one in whose name he was 'baptized.' In Acts 22: 16 it is used in the middle voice, in the command given to Saul of Tarsus, 'arise and be baptized,' the significance of the middle voice form being 'get thyself baptized.' The experience of those who were in the ark at the time of the Flood was a figure or type of the facts of spiritual death, burial, resurrection. Christian 'baptism' being an, 'a corresponding type,' a 'like figure,' - 1 Peter 3: 21.

Likewise the nation of Israel was figuratively baptized when made to pass through the Red Sea under the cloud, 1 Cor. 10: 2. The verb is used metaphorically also in two distinct senses: firstly of 'baptism' by the Holy Spirit, which took place on the day of Pentecost; secondly, of the calamity which would come upon the nation of the Jews, a 'baptism' of fire of divine judgement for rejection of the will and word of God, Matt. 3: 11; Luke 3: 16." Verses of Reference Mark 16: 15-16: Jesus said to go and preach the "good news" to all creation, and that whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. So the good news of salvation must include baptism, we are called to see that people hear the good news and baptize those who believe. Acts 8: 26-40: We are told that Philip preaches the good news about Jesus to the Ethiopian eunuch, which must have included baptism because at the first sight of water the eunuch ordered the chariot stopped and asked what should hinder him from being baptized.

Philip answered that if he believed with all his heart, he may be baptized. Notice that they didn't wait to be present in front of a body of believers, so there was no one there to witness it, his baptism was not to show everyone else or to symbolize his salvation to other believers, but the answer of a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3: 21). 1 John 5: 6-8: "This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bear eth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." Could it be that when we are baptized into Christ we come in contact with His cleansing blood in God's sight? Romans 6: 3-7: "Know ye not that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized 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 also be 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." When it says "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" I would guess that the Glory would be the Holy Spirit: remember we are given the same Spirit that God gave Jesus to raise Him from the dead (Romans 8: 11). Acts 2: 38: Peter shared the gospel and told the people that "God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ." When they heard they were pricked at the heart and asked what they should do. "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." There is a difference between the Holy Spirit being "in" you and "on" you. "In" you gives you the fruit of the Spirit, and "on" you gives you the gifts of the Spirit- such as speaking in tongues and prophecy. Acts 8: 13-17; Acts 10: 42-48: Those in Acts 8 had the Spirit "in" them because they had been baptized in the name of Jesus, but not the gifts of the Spirit because the Spirit had not "come upon them." Those in Acts 10 had the Spirit fall on them when they heard the word, and had the gifts of the spirit because they were speaking in tongues, then Peter said "can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." So that they would have the Holy Spirit "in" them.

Laying on (Greek: epi thesis): "a laying on""Of the laying on of the hands by the apostles, accompanied by the importation of the Holy Spirit in outward demonstration, in cases of those in Samaria who believed, Acts 8: 18; such supernatural manifestations were signs especially intended to give witness to Jesus as to the facts of Christ and the faith; they were thus temporary; there is no record of their continuance after the time and circumstances narrated in Acts 19, nor was the gift delegated by the apostles to others."WHAT ABOUT THE THIEF ON THE CROSS?" Hebrews 9: 16- 22 "For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator live th." Christ had not shed His blood on the cross when he told the thief that he would see him in paradise, the new covenant was not yet in effect because Christ had not died yet. Matthew 9: 5-6 "For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy, ) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house." This tells us that Jesus had the authority on earth to personally forgive sins. John 8: 10-11 " When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemn thee? She said, No man, Lord.

And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." Jesus forgave the adulteress, and told her to go now and leave her life of sin. Jesus never does anything half way; I believe that when he forgave those people he not only forgave the sins they had committed before, but all of their sins-but as He told the woman, He expected them to leave their life of sin, just as He expects of us under the New Covenant. Hebrews 6: 1-3 "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not the laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgement. And this we will do, if God permit." Principles (Greek: arc he): "beginning"Is used in Hebrews 6: 1, in its relative significance, of the beginning of things spoken of; here 'the first principles of Christ,' lit. , 'the account (or word) of the beginning of Christ,' denotes the teaching relating to the elementary facts concerning Christ." Baptism is considered an elementary teaching about Christ, along with repentance and faith: it is one of those which Christ spoke of when He told the apostles to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28: 19-20).