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PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST
Part 3 - The Doctrine Of Baptisms



There are seven (7) baptisms in the scripture for the people of God

1. The Flood
Genesis 7:1 - 9:17, Hebrews 11:7, 1 Peter 3:20,21
Through the water the world was destroyed,
Noah and his family were saved,
and God established a new covenant with him and his seed. (Genesis 9:9)


2. The Red Sea

Exodus 14:13-30, Psalm 106:8-12, 1 Corinthians 10:1,2
Through the water the Egyptians were destroyed,
Israel was saved, and God established a new covenant with them through Moses at Mount Sinai.


3. The Jordan River
(Joshua)

Joshua 3:7 - 5:9

Through the water the wilderness was left behind,

 Israel entered into ( a type of ) the rest, or promised land,

and, being circumcised at Gilgal, their reproach was rolled away (Joshua 5:9).


4. The Baptism Of John

Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 4:5,6, Matthew 3:1-12

In the same (Jordan) river, God's circumcised, covenant people were baptized unto repentance for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4), so they could know their Messiah.

(Luke 7:29,30, John 1:31)


5. The Baptism Of Jesus In The Jordan River

 Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21,22, John 1:29-34

     In the same (Jordan) river, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, was baptized; notunto repentance, for he did no sin (1 Peter 2:22), and there was no sin in him (1 John 3:5); but rather "to fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15). Being the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-49), and the only righteous man who ever lived since the first Adam (Romans 3:10-18, Isaiah 63:5), he became the forerunner (Hebrews 6:20) of all the Israel of God, and the first (and only) to be
 

born of water and Spirit based on his own righteousness;

thereby beginning his ministry, being a man and being "in the Father" (John 14:11), and, at the same time God himself in the flesh, "...and the Father in me" (John 14:11); "God was in Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:19). It was through this baptism (ofwater and Spirit-John 3:5) that God's righteous servant (Isaiah 53:11), the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5) came to be "in the Father", thereby making it possible for "whosoever believeth in him"(John 3:16), and "them that believe on his name"(John 1:12), to be in the Father as well by coming to be in him through the New Testament way of salvation(Acts 2:38).
 

6. The Baptism Of The Cross

Luke 12:50, Matthew 20:22, Mark 10:38

     As surely as the Lord Jesus was baptized in Jordan and became the first man since Adam to be "in the Father", he also, "being found in fashion as a man"(Philippians 2:8), of necessity to fulfill the scripture, had "to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day" (Luke 24:46) in order to 
 

"...destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and to deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

(Hebrews 2:14).

    

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