What is the one baptism of Eph. 4:5?

Question: What is the one baptism of Eph. 4:5, a baptism into Christ’s death? Answer: The “one” baptism, is a spiritual baptism, not to be confused with literal baptism in water. [Romans 6:3-4; Col. 2:12-13, 1 Peter 3:21 are all excellent examples of the “one” spiritual baptism.] Of the two, the “one” baptism ranked highest … [Read more…]

Does your church practice baptism by immersion in water?

Answer: No, our church does not practice any form of immersion in water. Water baptism was dispensational (that is, belonging only to the people of a particular age) and here are a few additional thoughts on this. Remember, though, that the point is one of emphasis and not correctness for the command to baptize was … [Read more…]

Is the Trine Baptismal formula (Matt. 28:19) inauthentic text?

Question: I read in your literature that the Trine Baptismal formula stated by Jesus in Matt. 28:19 may not be authentic text. What is your authority for this statement? Answer: Although its authenticity has been questioned by many serious students of Scripture, the so-called Trine Baptismal Formula, (“in the name of the Father, and of … [Read more…]

What did Paul mean by “baptism for the dead”?

Answer: Baptism for the dead is mentioned only once in Scripture, in Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians (15:29). All through this chapter Paul’s theme has been the resurrection of the dead. The text reading: “Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why … [Read more…]