David Pawson – A Normal Christian Birth – Baptism in Water
When did baptism start?
Started with John the Plunger/Dipper – the word Baptism came later
As far as we know, we don’t know anyone that baptized before John.
Baptism is defined as someone who plunges someone else into something.
Levitical Priests were washed with water and anointed with oil.
We are now a priesthood of believers.
We are now washed in water and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist, baptized people into repentance.
You must be in repentance (i.e. produce fruits of repentance) before I will baptize you.
Baptism brings what you are already in, to a climax and consummation.
E.g. Prove to me that you are in love, and I will marry you into love. Marriage doesn’t start the love, but it brings it to its complete expression (climax and consummation).
Jesus himself never baptized others, because He did not want the focus to be on the baptizer. Neither did some of the disciples.
The importance is not on the baptizer, but on the act.
In the New Testament church, all believers were baptized.
Jesus commanded: Go forth and baptize.
How was Baptisms done in the New Testament?
Definition: drench, dunk, douse, deluge, soak, sink,swamp, steep, and saturate.
John 3:23 John was baptizing near… because there was much water there.
They had to choose somewhere there was much water.
The eunuch went down into the water, and came up from the water.
The Greek Orthodox baptize babies… but the Greeks could not “baptize” with sprinkling, because it defies the definition of the word. Baptism means to dunk!
Baptism has a double meaning:
a bath for the dirty
burial for the dead
Sprinkling of water does not and cannot represent a burial.
It was assumed in the New Testament church that a person responding to the gospel, would be baptized.
Why was it done? New Testament reasons:
31 reasons why:
The answer is not what man will do for the Lord, but what the Lord will do for man.
The NT talks about what Baptism effects
Mark 16: He who believes and is baptized will be saved.
John 3: Nicodemus asked, How can a man be born again? Jesus said: You need to be born again out of water and spirit.
Peter on the day of Pentecost asked: What should we do? Repent and be baptized each one of you for the forgiveness of your sins. That’s what it’s for!
Brother Saul, what are waiting for? Rise and be plunged, and have your sins washed away!
Eph5: Jesus has cleansed his church by the washing of water with the word.
Heb 10: Let us approach the throne with full assurance of faith having our bodies washed with water, and our conscience sprinkled.
1 Pet 3:21 Baptism now saves you, not by washing dirt from your body, but by an appeal to God for a clean conscience.
All the apostles treat Baptism as an event, not merely as a symbol.
Paul says: Baptism is like crossing the Red Sea to the Jew. Pharaoh was left behind, Moses was now in Charge. When you are baptized, sin has no more dominion on you. You are delivered from the territory of Satan. Baptism is a deliverance. Like all of Pharaoh’s soldiers were drowned, all your demons are drowned.
The burial/baptism is the final end of your old life. I have no further relationship with my past sins.
Peter likened it to Noah’s flood. Just as the flood marked a new beginning for Noah, so it is for you who gets baptized.
An amazing testimony of a Hell’s Angel member who had a tattoo of the devil that was washed off hi body when he was baptized.
As the Jew’s look to the Passover to celebrate their liberation, so we Christian’s look at our baptism/burial.
I have been crucified with Christ/Him.
I have been buried with Christ/Him.
I have been raised with Christ/Him.
What about Baptismal regeneration?
Baptismal regeneration believes that baptism of itself saves.
– This is not a biblical belief.
What about infant Baptisms?
not applicable or can be applied to the NT.
If Baptism is a bath for sinful/dirty people, how can it be given to a baby?
There’s no point in baptism till somebody is dirty or dead.
Pure symbolism is dangerous.
All the Protestant reformers, saw that infant baptisms were not biblical? How could a person be saved by faith if they were saved by baptism.
They called baby baptisms wicked and profane.
Baptism has nothing to do with getting you out of hell, but out of your sin.
Baptism is God bringing your repentance and your faith to its climax. None of this can be applied to a baby.