Mark 1:10 says that “…Jesus was coming up out of the water.” Out of the water. “Eck” in the original Greek means “out”.
So Jesus was obviously baptized by immersion. The word baptize in the origianl Greek “baptizo” means to dip, to immerse, to cover.
That is why we baptize by immersion. Read church history. For the first 1,300 years, immersion was the universally accepted mode of baptism.
“Well, Ed, why do we have sprinkling?”
We have sprinkling because of convenience; because there were shortages of water during certain parts of history. And that’s how sprinkling happened.
We baptize, though, by immersion. That’s the best picture of a burial. If I wanted to bury this Bible, I wouldn’t pour dirt on it. I wouldn’t sprinkle dirt on it. I would dig a big honkin’ hole, put the Bible in the big honkin’ hole and cover it with dirt. That’s what baptism represents. We’re buried. The old life, we’re dead to that junk. The death burial and resurrection of Jesus and now, the new life. That’s the H20 question. That’s why we baptize by immersion. Because of the B.I.B.L.E; that’s the book for me; I stand a lone on the word of God; the B.I.B.L.E.
The Mechanics Question
Here’s the fifth question. The mechanics question. “Okay, what happens? I know, Ed, you don’t spritz, you don’t sprinkle, you don’t pour, you dunk.”
Have you ever seen that show that’s real popular called “Punk’d?” If you’re over 35, you don’t know what I’m talking about. “Punk’d” is basically Candid Camera on steroids. And a lot of us have been “punked” when it comes to baptism. Instead of being punked, we need to get dunked.
The Bible says in Galatians 3:27, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”© Copyright 2012admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: C3 Global PR