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.
You will notice that the title of this teaching is The Teaching of Immersions and not Baptisms, as the Menu says.
The idea of using "baptisms" instead of "immersions" on the Menu is because most people who profess to being Christian have an idea of what "baptism" refers to.
Nevertheless, even though it's common, it's not a straightforward translation from the Greek New Testament.
In particular, it doesn't describe immersing a Believer in water.
It's well known that "baptism" has been used to describe a ceremony of sprinkling water on babies which is primarily performed in historical congregations.
Overall, it contradicts the plain scriptural understanding and symbolism of dying and rising with Christ.
The gospel truth is, the word baptisma in New Testament Greek means submersion or immersion, so "immersion" is the straight translation into English - not "baptism".
The verb is baptizo (bap-tid-zo). It means to immerse or to submerge (Strong's concordance).
From that it's easy to understand that immersing someone in water requires sufficient depth to cover a person completely.
Clearly, "baptism" is not immersion - and immersion is not "baptism"!
MORE THAN ONE IMMERSION
The title of this page, "the teaching of immersions", states something obvious. There is more than one immersion.
This shows that all the immersions are important to our heavenly Father. As spiritual understandings they are powerful, critical and crucial.
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.
"The immersion I am immersed with". Jesus spoke of this as a real possibility. Perhaps it could be called "His" immersion.
For these Believers each one of these immersions is part of their everyday understandings and practise.
Each is in harmony with the teachings of the Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22 New Covenant Kingdom scriptures.
Matthew 1'1 to John 21'25 contain basic references to immersions. (Note, those performed by John and the Lord's Disciples are not included, being before the Day of Pentecost.)
Immersions are foundational to Believers for spiritual growth. And they are crucial to being a full 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.