The Teaching of Immersions
"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.
This third principle of the elementary oracles of God covers the teaching of a number of immersions. Immersions are important to God.
The spiritual understandings derived from them are powerful and crucial.
Immersion into the Body of Christ. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Only He can do it.
Immersion in Water. This is for the person who has received Christ who understands the salvation truths of His death and resurrection on their behalf.
Immersion in the Holy Spirit. This immersion occurs when God gives the Holy Spirit to a Believer, in Jesus' name. Jesus said that the giving of the Spirit is the promise of the Father.
"The immersion I am immersed with". Jesus spoke of this as a real possibility. Perhaps it could be called "His" immersion.
The truths and understandings of these immersions (and the examples of Believers' immersions) are found throughout the New Covenant Kingdom scriptures of Acts 2'1 through to Revelation 3'22.
Note, the immersions in water that were performed by John and the Lord's Disciples were transitional. After Pentecost they fell outside of the scope of the foundational elementary principles of the oracles of God.
IMMERSION OR BAPTISM?
Among those who own to being Christian the word "baptism" is used much more than "immersion". Nevertheless, "baptism" is not a straightforward translation from the Greek New Testament.
But it has become formalised and most Bibles continue it as a genuine rendering.
Sadly, this custom has only served to confuse the basic understandings and the powerful truths and understandings of what immersion is, especially in water.
"Immersion" is the correct translation of the Greek word baptisma which means submersion or immersion. Its verb, baptizo (bap-tid-zo), means to immerse or to submerge (Strong's concordance).
Obviously, "baptism" is not immersion and immersion is not "baptism"!
VERY PERSONAL YET OPEN
Kingdom immersions are personal and powerful experiences which form a Believer's testimony and witness for all to perceive.
Also, they demonstrate the Holy Spirit's work to their Brothers and Sisters and encourage them.
And the example of humility that Jesus left when He submitted Himself to John to be immersed in water - as a act of righteousness before the Father - is wonderful.
Immersions are foundational to Believers for growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And they are crucial to being member of the Body of Christ.
Prayer. Thank you, Father, for the grace and power of the Holy Spirit that abounds through immersions.
In Jesus' name. Amen.