PAUL'S THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY -Paul Enquires About Their Water Baptism - Then Rebaptizes Them
Paul asked, “Unto what were ye baptized?” They answered, “Unto John's baptism.” John's baptism was a baptism proclaimed and administered by John the Baptist before the cross, before Pentecost. This baptism looked ahead to the coming Christ, but it was not possible to be baptized into the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ before the cross. Thus, people baptized before the cross, or those baptized with John's baptism were rebaptized after the cross in the name of Jesus Christ.
Paul had these brethren rebaptized who had only known John's baptism. Clearly, Paul rebaptized. In this case they needed to be rebaptized because John's baptism was in an old dispensation before the cross. For our time, we ought only to rebaptize those who were sprinkled and those who were baptized before they were converted. Ministers should have their wives fully versed in doctrine, too. Wives should study and thoroughly understand all the doctrines. Together, a husband and wife can be a strong tower. Sooner or later your church will be tested on doctrine. Therefore, both spouses should be well prepared to stand together in the coming storms.
We should rebaptize:
• Only if the person has only been sprinkled.
• Only if the person was not born again when they were first baptized.
They should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...in Jesus' Name, but we should not rebaptize just to satisfy a favorite formula.
Importance of Water Baptism in Acts:
2:38 “Repent and be baptized every one of you...”
2:41 “They that gladly received his word were baptized...”
8:12 At Samaria - “They were baptized, both men and women.”
8:13 “Simon himself believed...and...was baptized.”
8:36 The Ethiopian asked...“What doth hinder me from being baptized?” (v38)
9:18 Paul—“Forthwith...arose, and was baptized.”
10:48 Peter—“Commanded them [Cornelius and friends] to be baptized in the name of the Lord.”
16:15 Lydia and family—“She was baptized, and her household.”
16:33 The Philippian jailor and family … “was baptized, he and all his.”
18:8 “Many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.”
19:5 The brethren who only knew John's baptism...“were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
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