Sunday, January 26, 2014


What is the meaning of baptized for the dead?

1 Corinthians 15:29 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?

I am not the first, nor will I be the last to admit I do not know the meaning of 1 Corinthians 15:29, however, I do know what Paul was not trying to communicate. He was not implying that the dead can be baptized, by proxy, using a living person.


Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I command you...

Jesus told the eleven disciples, to baptize, make disciples, and teach them to obey His commands. The eleven could not make disciples  out of dead men. The disciples could not teach obedience to the dead. Jesus was not saying that the eleven should baptize the dead by proxy.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism unto death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

The living are buried with Christ so they might walk in newness of life. The dead are not doing any walking.

Romans 6:6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with , so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

Dead men do not have to be baptized by proxy, so they will no longer be slaves to sin. When men die their sinning days are over.

Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

The apostle Paul was not talking to dead men. Dead men cannot be clothed with Christ.

Colossians 2:12-16 having been buried with Him in baptism...13...He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions....16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink...

It was the living that had their transgressions forgiven by baptism. The apostle Paul was addressing the living, the dead do not eat nor drink.

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved....

If baptizing the dead by proxy was a Scriptural reality; then the living also would have to believe for the dead.

Acts 2:38..."Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holt Spirit.

The living can no more be baptized for the dead; than, can they repent for the dead. Repentance precedes baptism.

If surrogate baptism for the dead is a valid interpretation of 1 Corinthians 15:29, then the living would have to believe for the dead, repent for the dead, confess Jesus as Lord for the dead, receive the Holy Spirit for the dead, and the be faithful until death for the dead.

What does being baptized for the dead imply? I do not know.



1 comment:

  1. Act 2:15-21

    15For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

    17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
    That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
    Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    Your young men shall see visions,
    Your old men shall dream dreams.
    18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
    I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
    And they shall prophesy.
    19 I will show wonders in heaven above
    And signs in the earth beneath:
    Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
    20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
    And the moon into blood,
    Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
    21 And it shall come to pass
    That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
    Shall be saved.’


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