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  • What scriptures give you evidence that "the Apostles laid great emphasis on the Baptism of Jesus?"
  • First of all, we should distinguish the meaning of our baptism and the baptism of Jesus. We cannot be born again merely by receiving water baptism. We could only be born again only by believing in Jesus Christ. Supplementary ceremonies such as baptism or circumcision are not indispensable for the salvation of God. The Bible does not focus on water baptism that believers receive. Rather, it focuses on the baptism that Jesus received from John the Baptist.

    In fact, there're a lot of phrases that prove that the baptism of Jesus is indispensable and essential for our salvation. In the Gospels therefore, His baptism is proclaimed in the prologues. The gospel according to Mark begins the story of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God, surely with the baptism of Jesus, and John wrote the gospel in date sequence, using terminologies such as "the next day" (1: 29) and "the third day" (2:1) based on the day Jesus was baptized.

    John the Baptist declared the word of God on the next day he baptized Jesus saying, "Behold! The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World" (John 1:29). All the sins of the world were laid on Him as John the Baptist baptized Him. And then, He died on the Cross for the atonement of our sins, saying, "It is finished!" (John 19:30), and rose again from the dead the third day. The apostle Paul said, "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3). The Scriptures here means the Old Testament. How could a sinner offer a sacrifice to be forgiven? He had to put his hands on the head of the sin offering before slaying it. If he had omitted the process of "putting hands on the head of the sin offering," he could not have been forgiven for having offered an illegal sacrifice.
    The apostle Paul said, "Or do you now know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His Death?" (Romans 6: 3) To be baptized into Christ Jesus is to believe the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, not just our water baptism. Then how can it be that we are baptized into Jesus? When we believe in the fact that John the Baptist laid all our sins on Him for us when he baptized Jesus, we can be baptized into Him.

    "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27). Those who passed all their sins onto Jesus through John the Baptist have been without sin and become holy children of God.

    "In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ" (Colossians 2:11). The way of being delivered from sin by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh is to be circumcised with a inward circumcision made without hands (Circumcision is that of the heart, Romans 2:29), that is, to believe in the baptism of Jesus, which cuts off sins in our hearts, the apostle Paul said.

    "There is also an antitype which now saves us baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:21). Baptism is an antitype that saves us. As we already know that people perished in the days of Noah for not believing the water, even today there're still disobedient people, who would perish even though they might believe in Jesus, because they don't believe in Jesus' baptism, which is the water.

    The apostle John revealed everything about the gospel in his first letter writing. "This is He who came by water and blood Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood" (1 John 5:6). Jesus came to us by His baptism and the Cross to save us from all our sins. John also said, "And there are three who bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one" (1 John 5:8). This tells us that the baptism of Jesus, the Cross, and the Spirit all together mold one perfect salvation.

    Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). We are born again of water and the Spirit. The belief in His baptism of water and the Cross is all you need in order to be redeemed and to receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. This is what the Bible says about being "born again."

    Thus, the apostle Peter said, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). For the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit, you should always have immutable faith in the baptism of Jesus deep in your heart. What else can we possibly say? There're many phrases that insist His baptism as an indispensable act of righteousness for our salvation. The Christianity must return to the gospel of the water and the Spirit.

    "Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment" (Hebrews 6:1-2). Here, we can get a clue to finding the original gospel of the early church. They have taught the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment to those who just became a Christian. We all should believe in mind that Jesus took away all our sins by His baptism and died on the Cross in order to be judged for our sins according to the righteous law of God.

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