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Immersion in Water

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"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 doctrine 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.

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"Repent,

let every one of you be immersed

in the name of Jesus Christ," Acts 2'38.

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IMMERSION IN WATER

(following repentance and faith in God)

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Immersion in water, together with keeping His Supper (the Lord's Supper), is one of two things Jesus commanded those who respond to His call to do: He did both.

Obviously they were highly significant to Him. That He told His People to do the same as He did shows that our participation in them is highly significant to us too.

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The Lord's first recorded public act of worship to His Father as an adult was His immersion in water. He was aged 30.

As is clearly shown by His conversation with John it was an act of worshipful obedience, a sacrifice of His will by submitting Himself to His Father.

He was expressing His desire to fulfill the first commandment to "... 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.

Jesus made clear that knew exactly what He was doing. He was fulfilling righteousness.

This is the example He left for His Followers. He heard the call to be immersed in water, answered it then moved on to the work of the ministry He had come to perform.

Believers can, like Jesus, offer themselves to be immersed as an act of "righteousness", as worshipful obedience to their Father.

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".

1 Peter 2'2-5 says:

"... as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,

you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ".

The New Testament shows:

"... how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him," Acts 10'38.

He served His Father with acts of righteousness throughout His life and His People have the privilege of doing the same.

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Jesus put immersion in water in a primary place of importance when He commissioned His Disciples:

"Go therefore 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, being true his Lord's command, 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.

Jesus was confirming their worshipful obedience:

"... whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven," Matthew 10'32.

Scripture points out that it is "by faith we understand" (Hebrews 11'3). That faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10'17).

So when a person hears, believes and obeys the word of Christ, the Holy Spirit confirms to the Believer on earth what Christ has confirmed in heaven.

Christ's Kingdom word conveys powerful understandings and experiences by the Spirit. Outstanding among them are the truths of His righteous acts.

By being immersed in water Believers are portraying the truths of His crucifixion, death and resurrection.

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