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 ...," Hebrews 6'1-3.
This introduction aims to cover two points: There's more than one immersion and it's not "baptisms" but "immersions".
But before explaining the differences of the words there is the important fact to note that is, there is more than one.
The inspired write is careful to say that there is more than one immersion in the make up of the foundation of the elementary principles of Christ.
This shows that all of them are important. They are powerful, critical and crucial. (Click on the Menu for studies of each one).
There are four:
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.
And there is what, perhaps, could be called "His" Immersion. Jesus referred to it as "the immersion I am immersed with" and as a real possibility.
Understanding each of these immersion principles should be part of the everyday understandings and practise of a Believer.
They can be found throughout the teachings of the New Covenant Kingdom scriptures of Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22.
Alongside them are Matthew 1'1 to John 21'25 which contain a number of basic references to immersions.
(Note, those performed by John and the Lord's Disciples are not included, being before the Day of Pentecost.)
Now, back to the use of the word "immersions". Not only is understanding that they are foundational for a Believer's spiritual growth, they are crucial to contributing as a member of the Body of Christ.
You have no doubt noticed that on the Menu the title of these teachings uses the word "Baptisms" .
The idea of using "baptisms" instead of "immersions" on the Menu is because most people who profess to being Christian recognise the word "baptism" and they interpret it according to their experience of it.
However, although it is common, "baptism" is not a proper translation of the Greek New Testament.
One example illustrates the point very clearly. And that's Immersion in Water.
The truth is, the New Testament Greek word is baptisma. It simply means submersion or immersion. Therefore "immersion", not "baptism", is the straight translation into English.
Also, the verb is baptizo (bap-tid-zo). It means to immerse or to submerge (Strong's concordance).
It's well known that "baptism" is used to describe a ceremony of sprinkling water on babies which is primarily performed in historical congregations.
From that it is easy to understand that immersing someone in water requires sufficient depth to cover a person completely.
But most importantly, only being immersed in water harmonises with the plain scriptural understanding and symbolism of dying and rising with Christ.
Clearly, "baptism" is not immersion - and immersion is not "baptism"!
Prayer. Thank you, Father, for the grace and power of the Holy Spirit that abound in the experiences of these immersions.
In Jesus' name. Amen.