Water Immersion (Baptism)

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Teachings
Water Immersion (Baptism)

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The Messianic doctrine of Water Immersion

  1. The history of ritual water immersion
    1. The Greek word Baptidzo is actually the same as the Hebrew word t’vilah which means “to totally immerse.”
    2. The Scripture mentions several reasons for ritual immersion
      1. Israel washed their clothes before they met the L-rd at Sinai – Ex. 19:10
      2. Cleansing after Tza’arat has been cured. – Lev. 14:1-4, 7, 9
      3. A man or woman who has a bodily discharge was to wash their clothes and bathe completely as part of their cleansing. – Lev. 15
      4. Aaron and his sons were commanded to wash before they ministered to the L_RD – Lev. 8 & 16
    3. The Talmud shows that t’vilah was used for Gentile conversion to Judaism prior to the first century.
      1. Beit Shammai stressed the priority of circumcision
      2. Beit Hillel argued that the mikveh was more important because it symbolized repentance and spiritual cleansing.
      3. Maimonides built upon this analogy of the mikveh by linking it to Eze. 36:25 that speaks of new spiritMikvahual life (Birnbaum, Mishna Torah, Mikva’ot 11:12)
  2. Part of the walk of a Believer in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach
    1. Acts 1: 4-5
    2. Acts 10:43-48
    3. Acts 18:24 – 19:5
    4. 1 Cor. 10:1-4 (Refers back to the Exodus)
      1. Passover is the Beginning of a journey (Ex. 12:11)
      2. Israel went through the water of the Red Sea
      3. Israel was immersed in the Cloud, the Ruach HaKodesh
    5. Although it does not confer salvation, it gives us a wonderful symbol of what has already taken place. 1 Pet. 3:20-21 (Refers back to Noah)
  3. It is a direct command of Yeshua
    1. Matt. 28:16-20
    2. Mark 16:16
    3. John 4:4
  4. Immersion is for the Repentance and cleansing of Sin
    1. Matt. 3:1-12Murrumbidgee River
    2. Mark 1:4-11
    3. Luke 3: 2-22
    4. Acts 2:37-41
  5. It demonstrates a total commitment and surrender to Yeshua. In it we partake in His Death, Burial and New Life!
    1. Matt. 20 17-23
    2. Mark 10:36-40
    3. Luke 12:49-50
    4. Rom. 6:1-11
    5. Col. 2:12-13

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