Immersion into the Body of Christ
"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.
There can be no doubt that a Believer's immersion into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit is personal, unique and life changing.
Of all the immersions this one is the only one that goes beyond this life. The others are significant in a Believer's present life.
1 Corinthians 12'13-14 makes this clear statement:
"For by one Spirit we were all immersed into one body -
whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free ...".
A once-only unique work of the Spirit takes place according to His will. He alone immerses every person who repents, believes and receives Christ.
This is the immersion that is referred to in the list below:
one body and
one Spirit, just as you were called in
one hope of your calling;
one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all," Ephesians 4'4-6.
All these "ones" are spiritual and carry highly significant eternal implications.
"Now you are the Body of Christ
and members individually,"
1 Corinthians 12'27.
It has to be emphasised that immersion into the Body of Christ is not part of a religious ceremony, usually called "baptism", nor are there any "church" persons involved.
These "baptisms" are a mixture of these Body of Christ teachings, immersion in water, being born again, regeneration and salvation.
They are usually applied to babies and involves sprinkling them with water and referred to as the "one baptism".
No longer are Believers confused by "interpretations". Having received the Lord and being immersed into the Body of Christ, Believers know that:
"Now . . .
you are no longer strangers and foreigners,
but fellow citizens with the saints and
members of the household of God,
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
in whom the whole building, being joined together,
grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
in whom you also are being built together
for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit,"
Prayer. Thank you, heavenly Father, for the great love and great grace that repentant sinners receive in this immersion.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.