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Experiential Baptism: Matthew

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There are just a couple of verses from Matthew that we will begin to build our theology of Experiential Baptism around. I will not be giving every verse that has the word “baptism” in it but just the ones that are relevant to the discussion.

Matthew 3:6-11

and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  “Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘ We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

“baptize you with water for repentance”  —  Here “for” means “because” which should be rather obvious and is an acceptable translation of the Greek word eis. Here, they are being baptized “because of repentance” because you have to repent before you are baptized and are only baptized because you have repented.

Matthew 28:19

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

“in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”  — This indicates that we are doing it in the authority of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  When people get confused as to whether it should be in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38) or in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit their really is no contradiction.  Doing something in the name of one part of the Trinity is doing it in the name of all the parts because of the sense in which they are one.

You may be thinking, “so when are you going to start talking about Experiential Baptism”.  Don’t worry, I will.  I just want to lay down the background in every book of the Bible (where baptism is talked about) so that I can show that the conclusions I will draw are thoroughly Biblical.


Written by freeinchrist

June 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

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