God said immerse as clearly as He could say it in the Greek language. He said baptizo.
We can learn what God means in using a certain word by how He uses it in context.
The example of the saddle horse and the saw horse illustrates the use of context in determining the meaning of a word.
John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because there was much water there.
After He was baptized, Jesus Himself went up immediately from the water.
When the Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized, both he and Philip went down into the water, as one would have to do if the Ethiopian were being immersed.
It was not until 1311 A.D, at the Council of Ravenna, that the Roman Catholic Church decreed that sprinkling and pouring (effusion) were of equal validity with immersion.
Study carefully the chart entitled REQUIREMENTS OF NEW TESTAMENT BAPTISM. Then reproduce the chart from memory.
True or False?
In Acts 2:38, in answer to the people’s question about what they must do, Peter answered, “Repent, and put all your trust in Jesus to save you from your sins.”
In Acts 2:38, in answer to the people’s question about what they must do, Peter answered, “Repent, and accept Jesus into your heart, and you will be saved.”
In Acts 2:38, in answer to the people’s question about what they must do, Peter answered, “There is nothing you can do to be saved. You must simply trust Jesus to save you, and He will.”
In Acts 2:38, in answer to the people’s question about what they must do, Peter answered, “Repent, and let each of you be immersed in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of you sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
“In the name of Jesus” means “by the authority of Jesus.”
In James 2:24, the Holy Spirit makes it clear that a person may be justified by “faith alone.”
In Ephesians 2:8,9, the apostle Paul makes it clear that we are saved through faith, and that our good works by themselves do not justify us before God.
Many religious groups today teach that immersion in water is a work which follows salvation.
The Bible makes it clear that immersion in water is for the forgiveness of sin.
Matthew 26:28 shows that the words “forgiveness of sins” tell the reason why something is done. Jesus’ blood was shed in order that we may have our sins forgiven; we are to be immersed in order that we may have our sins forgiven.
In Acts 8:35, Philip “preached Jesus” to the Ethiopian. Immersion in water is part of preaching Jesus.
In Acts 10:47,48, we can clearly see that immersion in Jesus’ name occurs in water.
Both repentance and immersion in Jesus’ name are both requirements for the forgiveness of sins.
Multiple choice. More than one answer may be correct; show all correct answers.
In Romans 6, the question that Paul is discussing is: “How shall we as Christians, who have died to the practice of sin, still live in sin?” In that connection he points out:
When we were immersed into Christ, we were immersed into Christ’s death.
We were buried with Christ by accepting Him into our hearts, then we were immersed as an outward sign of an inward grace that we already possess.
We were buried with Christ in immersion.
We were raised from immersion to walk in newness of life.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). What two verses of scripture tell us how to enter into Christ?
Man-made perversion of the gospel is declared to be:
The devil had no way to even try to tempt Christ, for He had destroyed the power of the devil in rising from the dead
Death no longer was master over Him
He would from that point on live to God
He was subject to death in the next world
We are to think of ourselves:
As being exceedingly sinful
As imperfect human beings
As being essentially the same after our immersion as before
As being as Christ was when He was raised from the dead
Fill in the blanks.
Christians are the sons of God _______ ______________ in Christ Jesus. He becomes a son of God by being _________ ____________ Christ, at which point he is _________________ with Christ.
Many religious groups who believe that an individual is saved by __________ ____________ have trouble reconciling Ephesians 2:8,9 with _________ _____________.
To many people, immersion is a ______________which follows one’s salvation.
The Bible clearly teaches that ______________ is a part of faith.
A person going to a costume party may be clothed with Donald Duck by putting on a Donald Duck costume. An individual is clothed with __________ ____________ by being ______________ into Christ.
By one Spirit we were all immersed __________ ________ _________. Another name for the body is the __________________. Immersion into the body of Christ occurs in __________________.
Colossians 2:12 also mentions that we were ____________ with Christ ____________ ____________. Not only that, but we were also ______________ up with Him.
Immersion into Christ is not a work that one might do to save himself. In immersion, _____________ does all the work, and we must have __________ in that working.
True or False?
In Romans 6:17,18, the expression “Having been freed from sin” tips us off that Paul is talking about immersion.
Having been “obedient from the heart to that form of teaching” means that there are different teachings that one may hear from the different denominations, and Paul was thankful that we obeyed the one that we happened to hear.
The word “form” means “mold” or “likeness.”
The basic teaching, or doctrine, of Christ is His death, burial, and resurrection.
Immersion into Christ in water is the likeness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
We must be obedient to the likeness of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection from our own hearts.
Infants can obey the form of the basic doctrine of Christ, and by being obedient by their own choice are made free from original sin.
Of first importance in the gospel is that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He was raised from the dead on the third day.
According to I Peter 3:21, immersion now saves us.
As the waters of the flood served to destroy the earth and save Noah, so the waters of immersion serve to destroy the old man and to save the new.
Immersion saves us by the resurrection of Christ.
Only God’s grace saves a person, there is nothing that he can or must do in his own behalf.
Immersion is a appeal to God for a clean conscience.
Old Testament sacrifices and rituals could make a person clean in conscience.
Being “born again” means being “born of water and Spirit.”
Immersion in Jesus’ name includes both water and Spirit, according to Acts 2:38.
A person enters the kingdom of God upon being born of water and Spirit.
The kingdom of God is the church.
When Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, from his inner most being shall flow rivers of living water,” He was speaking of the Holy Spirit, who was not given until after Jesus’ death.
Washing of regeneration in Titus 3:5 may be translated bath of regeneration.
A person is regenerated in immersion; he is continually renewed after his immersion by the Holy Spirit.
The church is cleansed, individually, by the bath of water and the word.
Peter says that one is born again by the living and abiding word of God.
One cannot be born again by both water and the word.
There is only one Lord - Jesus.
There is only one legitimate faith - Christian.
There is only one legitimate baptism - immersion into Christ through the medium of water.
According to Paul, immersion is not a part of preaching Jesus.
Few of the Corinthians were immersed.
Faith is more important than immersion because there are more Bible verses about faith than immersion.
Being born again is of little importance because there are so few Bible verses about it.
Multiple choice. More than one answer may be correct; show all correct answers.
When the Lord Jesus returns:
He will deal out punishment to those who do not know God
Hebrews 6: 4-6 b) Galatians 5:4 c) II Peter 2:20-22 d) Revelation 21:1-8
List the seven major sections of this study:
What is the problem that every person who is responsible for his own actions has with respect to God? _______________________________________________________________________________.
What does the word gospel mean? ____________________________.
What is the gospel?
List the four initial requirements we must meet following our hearing the gospel in order to be saved:
Under which covenant do we live?____________________ When did it take effect?
What example from the Old Testament clearly illustrates God’s definition of repentance?
What is the meaning of the Greek word baptizo? _________________________________________________. This word is transliterated into what word in the English language? __________________________________.
What verse of scripture clearly shows that baptism is for forgiveness of sin? ____________________________
What two verses of scripture show that a person enters into Jesus through immersion?
Immersion saves us by the __________ of Christ. It is an appeal to God for a ________________ conscience (I Peter _______________)
There is __________ Lord, __________ faith, ____________ immersion.
Every person must make his choice - to ___________ or ___________ the gospel.
Refusal to obey the gospel results in _____________ ______________; obedience to the gospel results in _____________ _________________.
That the Christian may go beyond the “point of no return” and be eternally lost is made clear in what verses of scripture?
What scripture verse plainly states that a Christian can fall from grace? _________________________
True or False?
God will deal out punishment to those who don’t know Him, and to those who do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The times of ignorance are past. God now requires all men to come to repentance.
God has shut up all men in the jailhouse of sin.
There was a time in Paul’s life before the Law applied to him. This shows that small children are not held accountable for their actions.
Adam’s death by eating the forbidden fruit was his separation from God. Physical death was a result of his separation from the tree of life.
The good news of Christianity is centered about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
Immersion in water is the form of the teaching which we must obey to be freed from sin.
The New Testament went into effect with the birth of Jesus.
The thief on the cross was one of the first people saved under the terms of the new covenant.
The Philippian jailer believed and was immersed immediately upon his belief following the preaching of God’s word to him.
Confession with the mouth that Jesus is Lord is essential to salvation.
Repentance is an actual change of behavior.
The Greek word rantizo means “to immerse.”
A person repents and is immersed in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of his sins, and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Those who hate the light will not come to Jesus on His terms.