Immersion in Water
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ,
let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation
of repentance from dead works
and of faith toward God,
of the teaching of immersions,
of laying on of hands,
of resurrection of the dead
and of eternal judgment.
And this we will do if God permits," Hebrews 6'1-3.
let every one of you be immersed
in the name of Jesus Christ," Acts 2'38.
Immersing Believers in water is one of two the things Jesus commanded His People to do. (The other is keeping the Lord's Supper.)
And immersion in water is the first one for the a Believer to consider. It was first for Jesus in His walk with His Father.
As His conversation with John shows, He was submitting Himself to the will of the Father.
As soon as He came up out of the water the Holy Spirit came upon Him and the Father spoke His approval from heaven.
He was carrying out His desire to fulfill the first commandment: "... love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength," Mark 12'30:
"Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be immersed by him.
And John tried to prevent Him, saying, 'I need to be immersed by You, and are You coming to me?'
But Jesus answered and said to him, 'Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.' Then he allowed Him," Matthew 3'13-15.
He made it clear that He knew exactly what He was doing, as should we. And He left His personal example for Called-Out Ones.
Believers, too, can present their bodies to be immersed as an act of righteousness.
As Romans 14'17-18 says:
"... the kingdom of God is ... righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men".
When He commissioned His Disciples He put immersion in water in a primary place of importance. He commanded then to:
"Go ... and make disciples of all the nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," Matthew 28'19.
And Peter was true to his Lord's command when he called his hearers on the Day of Pentecost to:
"Repent, and let every one of you be immersed in the name of Jesus Christ," Acts 2'38.
From then on thousands of new Believers were immersed and were shepherded through Christ's foundational teachings.
They were "confessing Him" with their worshipful obedience, as He said:
"... whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven," Matthew 10'32.
When a person hears, believes and obeys the word of Christ, the Holy Spirit confirms in the Believer what Christ has confirmed in heaven.
All this is by faith. It is "by faith we understand" (Hebrews 11'3) and our faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10'17).
The Holy Spirit conveys Christ's powerful Kingdom understandings and experiences to us through the word. Among these understandings immersion in water is a major one.
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