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Few Were Water Baptized

How come only one person in the books of Acts was water baptized? Neither Peter, nor John nor Paul water baptized anyone, why is that? Only the ethiopian enunch was water baptized because he asked for it, but how come no one else was?

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God has Only One salvation plan. They All were baptized. God didn't give one message to Peter to preach & another message to Philip or to Paul to preach. They All ministered The Same salvation message that Is according to Mark 16 v 16, Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 18 - 20, Peter delivered to the Jewish people First on the day of Pentecost. The Early Church. Aft the dark ages, we are still here today. The devil with the crusades didn't kill us all, Thank God.


The devil gave man Matt.15 v 9, 2nd.Cor.11 v's 14 - 15 has salvation plans.
---Lawrence on 8/5/10


Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.


This baptism was a very powerful means to prevent their apostasy; they had, by receiving baptism in the name of Jesus, renounced Judaism, and all the political advantages connected with it; and they found it indispensably necessary to make the best use of that holy religion which they had received in its stead. (Adam Clarke's commentary on the Bible)
---Pharisee on 1/25/08


The anointing of oil symbolises the entering of the holy spirit into the body. The body was immersed in the oil of Exodus 30. After Jesus was anointed with oil he was then baptised in water to symbolise the washing away of material contamination leaving a pure soul in a flesh body.
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---lotus on 6/19/06


Donna9759, the Holy Spirit did NOT, repeat, NOT reveal to you that only one person was baptized in the book of Acts.

There were 3000 on Pentecost.

There was the Philippian Jailer and his family--by Paul, no less.

There was Cornelius and his household.

There's the baptism of Paul Himself.

Paul baptized the Ephesians who only knew John's baptism.

Trust me, the Holy Spirit knows the Bible better than you give Him credit for.
---Jack on 6/15/06


Donna,
So the Spirit has revealed this to you. The Spirit will not contradict scripture therefore, you should be able to tell us what Acts 10:45-48 is all about since water baptism is specificaly mentioned along with Holy Spirit baptism.
Please note, I am not making a case that we must be baptized to be saved (we don't) nor that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not real (it is). I am just reading what is on the page.
---Bruce5656 on 5/30/06




I really do not know whos saying what. So here is what thus sayeth the Lord. He that ear let him hear. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is done at 3 different times in the book of acts. Acts chap 2 was after litteral water baptism, Acts chap 8 required water baptism and laying on of hands, then Acts chap 10 was done without water or laying on of hands.
---BoDilly on 5/30/06


Let him who has ears, HEAR what the SPIRIT is saying. Unless the Holy Spirit reveals this to you, I cannot make you see this truth, except to ask: Why would TWO baptism's be necessary AFTER Jesus died and rose from the dead? I didn't see this truth until a few months ago, after 23 years of walking with the Lord. But then again, the Holy Spirit had to open my eyes to see it. I didn't ask to see it, it was revealed to me.
---Donna9759 on 5/30/06


-Bruce, we should note that the people that are talked about here are already saved, have already received the Holy Ghost and are speaking in tongues... then are water baptized. Acts 10:47-48 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
---tofurabby on 5/30/06


The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:17 "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of no effect." The preaching of the finished work of Christ on the Cross for salvation must always be the ultimate goal.... I am not saying not to baptize though ... salvation is in Christ's finished work alone.
---Helen_5378 on 5/30/06


There were BOTH, Donna--BOTH Holy Spirit AND Water Baptisms.
---Jack on 5/30/06




PART ONE:
Donna,
There is no question that the "baptism recieved in the upper room on Pentecost was the Holy Spirit baptism that John prophesied and Jesus promised. We see this baptism at other times as well. One of these is in
---Bruce5656 on 5/30/06


PART TWO:
This particular passage is specifically contradictory to your theory that water baptism did not take place in Acts. Here they receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit:
Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
---Bruce5656 on 5/30/06


PART THREE:
It was recognized as the Baptism in the Holy Spirit:
Acts 10:45,46 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
---Bruce5656 on 5/30/06


PART FOUR:
They were commanded to be baptized in water:
Acts 10:47,48 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
---Bruce5656 on 5/30/06


PART FIVE:
How do you reconcile your theory with this passage?

There is no reason to assume that every occurance of a baptism has to be Holy Spirit Baptism. In particular in light of Jesus command to: Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
---Bruce5656 on 5/30/06


PART SIX:
The existence of water baptism does not negate or take away from the reality of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
The reality of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit does not take away from the reality of the practice of water baptism.
---Bruce5656 on 5/30/06


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Post #2- It's the Holy Spirit Baptism people got in Acts, not water baptism, and there's a reason for it. When Jesus was WATER Baptized, he was showing that he was going to die (he bowed down), then be raised up from the dead) he stood up, then let John Baptize him. Once that work was completed, WATER Baptism was no longer done in the book of Acts EXCEPT for the one example with Phillip. The word BAPTISM in Acts refers to Holy Spirit Baptism, Jesus said so in Acts Chapter 1, verses 5 and 8.
---Donna9759 on 5/30/06


Bruce: Acts Chapter 1:5 says: For John baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Acts 1:8 says: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
After studying and asking Father if this was water or Holy Spirit Baptism, the Holy Spirit revealed to me through it was Holy Spirit Baptism. Then I sat under a VERY anointed man of God who walks and teaches TOTALLY in the Spirit, and the Lord used him to confirm what I was asking Father.
---Donna9759 on 5/30/06


The good ol water baptism saves discussion. There are 7 baptisms in the bible and only one saves...now this is probably going to start a stink and thats not my intentions, but water baptism is not even one of the baptisms listed. It is mearly a tool in which they were baptised. Every believer is Baptised by the Holy Spirit(which is what saves) before even getting in the water. Acts chap 2 was to the jews(which at that time had to be water baptised) and acts 10:43-44 was to gentiles.
---BoDilly on 5/29/06


To whom was water baptism a "public declaration?"

They were never done in the presence of unbelievers.

Furthermore (as can be easily ascertained by simple Google searches), baptisms were done in the early centuries with the baptizand nude, so they would have been in semi-privacy.
---Jack on 5/27/06


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Okebaram,
I agree.
---Bruce5656 on 5/26/06


Indeed,Bruce's references were to water baptism...but not of the disciples.

Well water baptism represents a public announcement of dedication to God or change of ways. Today, an alter-call does that too. While water-baptism is a very controversial subject, I still must note that it is not compulsory.
---Okebaram on 5/26/06


Donna,
An example of this which is beyond refute is Acts 10:47-48, "Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."

Another is Acts 19:5-7, After a discussion on water baptism (v3,4) (John's vs Christian baptism) "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."
---Bruce5656 on 5/26/06


No Donna, there are references to Holy Spirit baptism but the references I listed are about water baptism. Why would you think they are not?
---Bruce5656 on 5/26/06


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Since John chapter 4:2 says the following,
(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples) and since Peter and John were disciples of Jesus. And It is generally understood that no one received the baptism of the Holy Ghost until after Jesus death. Your basic premise for this question may be wrong.
---mima on 5/26/06


Bruce and everyone else. YES, I have read Acts. I'm speaking about WATER Baptism, not the Holy Spirit Baptism. It says they were baptized, but not WATER baptism, Acts is talking about the Holy Ghost Baptism.
---Donna9759 on 5/26/06


If you do not get Baptized you do not get to Heaven. Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, not the fauther, son, and theholy ghost...
---Michelle on 5/26/06


Acts 10:47 Peter commanded those of the circumcision (who believed and had received the Holy Spirit) to be baptized in water. 1 Co. 1:14,16 Paul admitted to baptizing Crispus, Gaius and the household of Stephanas. The reason he and I would have to believe the others did not baptize more is stated in 1 Cor. 1:17 "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel":
---josef on 5/26/06


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Every person that became christain's in the new testment where baptise in the name of jesus it just doesn't name everyone but look up baptisem from acts on thats the only name That was used when they were baptise
---Betty on 5/26/06


PART ONE:
Donna,
Have you read the book of Acts?
Acts 2:41, "they that...received his word were baptized...about three thousand."
Acts 8:12, "when they believed...they were baptized."
Acts 8:36, "what doth hinder me to be baptized?"
Acts 9:18, "he...arose, and was baptized."
Acts 10:47-48, "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord."
---Bruce5656 on 5/25/06


PART TWO:
Acts 16:15, "And when she was baptized, and her household..."
Acts 16:33, "he... and was baptized, he and all his."
Acts 18:8, "Crispus...with all his house; and many of the Corinthians...were baptized."
Acts 19:5, "they were baptized."
---Bruce5656 on 5/25/06


Where did you get that idea?

Acts 2 refers to 3000 being water baptized.

Then there were the people in Samaria who had not had proper Christian baptism who received it.

Then there's the baptism of Paul, the Philippian jailer and his family, and several others I can't think of.
---Jack on 5/25/06


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Actually Paul did baptize some folks.(1Corinthians 1:12-18)
Paul didn't too much make emphesis on water baptism because, like today, it causes division. That wasn't even the intent.
---Rickey on 5/25/06


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