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Baptism, Christian: An ordinance immediately instituted by Christ (Matthew 28:19,20) and designed to be observed in the church, like that of the Supper, "till he come." The words "baptize" and "baptism" are simply Greek words transferred into English. This was necessarily done by the translators of the Scriptures, for no literal translation could properly express all that is implied in them.

1.This term, which designates a NT rite, is confined to the vocabulary of the NT. It does not occur in the LXX, neither is the verb with which it is connected ever used of an initiatory ceremony. This verb is a derivative from one which means to dip (John 13:26; Revelation 19:13), but itself has a wider meaning .. to wash whether the whole or part of the body by immersion or pouring of water (Mark 7:4; Luke 11:38) The substantive is used: a. of Jewish ceremonial washings (Mark 7:4; He 9:10) b. in a metaphorical sense (Mark 10:38; Luke 12:50) cf. plunged in calamaty c. most commonly in the technical sense of a religious ceremony of initiation. 2. The earliest use of the word baptism to describe a religious and not merely ceremonial observance is in connection to the baptism of John and the title which is given him is probably an indication of the novelty of his procedure (Matthew 3:1; Mark 8:28). He preached the baptism for the repentance of sins (Mark 1:4) i.e. the result of his preaching was to induce men to seek baptism as an outward sign and a pledge to inward repentance on their part, and of their forgiveness on the part of God. 3. Jesus himself accepted baptism at the hands of John (Mark 1:9) (See Baptism of Christ)
4. Baptism was given as part of the great commission (Matthew 28:19)

(Acts 2:37-38) 5. In the Epistles, Christian baptism is analysed into its various elements. a. In baptism the believer was to realize most vividly the total breach with his old life involved in his new attitude to God through Christ, a breach comparable only with that affected by death (Romans 6:2-7; Colossians 2:12). He was to realize that also that the consequences of this fellowship with Christ were not only death to sin, but a new life in righteousness as real as that which followed the resurection b. Baptism confered incorporation in the one body of Christ

(1 Corinthians 12:13) and was thus adapted to serve as a symbol of the true unity of Christians (Ephesians 4:5). The body with which the believer is thus incorporated is conceived of sometimes as the corporate community of Christians.

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