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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

IMMERSED---SPRINKLED---POURED


Does the word baptized have multiple meanings? Is it possible and, or, credible to define the word baptized as 1. immersed 2. sprinkled 3. poured? How would that work as a practicable application?


Baptize, baptized, and baptism are all define as immersion, immersed, plunged or dipped.


Can the words immersed, sprinkled, and poured be used interchangeably in place of baptized, baptism, and baptizing? No they cannot, because they are not the same word. They are not equal in meaning. They not by definition identical. They are not synonymous words.


A COMPARISON OF THESE SO-CALLED INTERCHANGEABLE WORDS.


 SCRIPTURE QUOTE: Matthew 3:13 Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him.


COMPARISON 1: Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be immersed by him.


COMPARISON 2: Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be sprinkled by him.


COMPARISON 3: Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be poured by him.


Interchangeable? You make the call.


SCRIPTURE QUOTE: Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death.......


COMPARISON 1: Therefore we have been buried with him through immersion into death......


COMPARISON 2: Therefore we have been buried with him through sprinkling into death.......


COMPARISON 3: Therefore we have been buried with him through pouring into death.......


Can you really be buried through pouring or sprinkling? They are not equal to immersion.


SCRIPTURE QUOTE: John 3:23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized---


COMPARISON 1: John also was immersing in Aenon near Salim,because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being immersed---


COMPARISON 2: John also was sprinkling in Aenon near Salim,because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being sprinkled---


COMPARISON 3: John also was pouring in Aenon near Salim,because there was much water there; and people were coming and being poured---


Did John need much water for pouring and sprinkling? Are the three words really synonymous? No, they are not.


SCRIPTURE QUOTE: Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were raise up with Him through faith in the working of God.....


COMPARISON 1: having been buried with Him in immersion, in which you were raised up with Him through the working of God.....


COMPARISON 2: having been buried with Him in sprinkling, in which you were raised up with Him through the working of God.....


COMPARISON 3: having been buried with Him in pouring, in which you were raised up with Him through the working of God....


Immersion, sprinkling and pouring, are they interchangeable, are they identical, are they equal, are they the same, are they synonymous? ABSOLUTELY NOT!


BAPTIZE MEANS TO IMMERSE. THERE ARE NOT MODES OF BAPTISM, THERE IS JUST BAPTISM. TO BAPTIZE IN WATER MEANS TO IMMERSE, PLUNGE,
 DIP, SUBMERGE. 

1 comment:

  1. Baptism is what it is, yet it will only be all that is to those who took part in it (own it) as each moves forward then remembering and doing their part.

    The one baptized has a role in it, God has a role, the Holy spirit has a role as well Christ Jesus has a role in it.

    Each one participating together according to their will defines the outcome. God is faithful as well Christ and the Holy Spirit, yet what remains in question to all who took part in the event (Baptism)?

    From an earthly perspective looking heavenward, where does your spiritual identity all truly begin if not the act initiated which stems from obedience?

    What are we all guilty of having been born of corruptible seed? What ushered sin into this world if not the "Lie"?

    The Action taken in the form of baptism is an ACT of faith. The specific act that now requires God, Christ and the Holy Spirit to in turn now respond (participate).

    The act of only speaking words (vow) is just another opportunity for us to prove ourselves (aided by our enemy the accuser) once more to have fallen short of the glory of God.

    When we repent do we not simply make yet another vow only later to possibly be broken?

    As only part of a pure and sincere confession, the action taken (water baptism) came by way of what? Was it not "Obedience"?

    God as the catalyst now has an obligation to respond.

    Much like the rainbow God set in the sky as a reminder to not only us but also to himself, the symbol of (Baptism) our vow made is also now forever before God.

    Who begins this “Good” work AND who is also able to see it finished?

    Is it man upholding his vow and confession made? Does it depend on man keeping his word? The same person who God loved while he was a known liar (sinner)?

    Is it the vow of a liar which then somehow completes the transaction (transformation)? The transformation which stems from his (mans) vow to remain faithful until He dies OR does it from that day forward require God upholding His promise?

    Now add to that mans history of forgetting and failing to "Remember"? Whose memory do we now depend upon when we find ourselves guilty of back sliding?

    Sure we can say we repent, yet “Whose” words do we then run to in order to be restored to our former standing as though the day when we had been washed? The same liar who already made the same vow we broke once more as a liar?

    Or do we remember the day we when we were washed? The day we accepted the Goodness of God?

    Do we remember the symbol (baptism) which then rushes in the form of a memory (like a rainbow in the eyes of our mind) we trust God will also see and remember as "His" promise made towards us?

    What's should be shameful is that the good parent will go to the ends of the earth to help their child who can't (visualize) remember their "Birthday' with a cake (symbol) and presents in order to help maintain that child's memory (vision) which feeds their identity (belonging), yet some will argue against the symbol God established in order help us as believers remember our “Spiritual Identity”.

    Isn’t the first day also your birthday?

    Phil 1:3-6
    I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your ---> partnership in the gospel from --> the first day until now, being confident of this, that he ---> who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
    NIV

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