IMPORTANCE OF ELDERS
Elders overseeing these immersions can make all the difference especially when the Holy Spirit moves in giving gifts and blessings.
For instance, when Paul immersed some Disciples in Acts 19'1-6 "... he laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied".
John the Immersionist could surely only stand and watch in amazement at what he was seeing:
"When He had been immersed, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'," Matthew 3'16-17.
Prayer. Dear Father, thank you for the powerful understandings of Jesus' life, death and resurrection that are expressed when a Believer is immersed in water.
And thank you too for the particular understanding that we who have been immersed can reckon ourselves "to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God".
In Jesus' name. Amen.
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