Biblical Baptism


The Greek word: baptizo

Thayer's Definition
1. to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk); 
2. to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe; 
3. to overwhelm.

Our English word “baptize” is a transliteration of the Greek word “baptizō”

This is a derivative of bapto-

Thayer's Definition
1. to dip, dip in, immerse; 
2. to dip into dye, to dye, colour

There are 8 different types of baptism in the New Testament.

1. The Baptism of Repentance by John the Baptist (Matt 3:7; 21:25; Acts 19:1-5) 

2. Jesus Baptizing with the Holy Spirit and with Fire (Matt 3:11)

3. Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist- To “fulfill all righteousness” (Matt 3:15). 

4. Jesus speaks of the trials that would come upon Him as a “baptism.” (Mk 10:38-39).

5. Israel was identified (baptizō) with Moses being under the cloud (guidance by YHWH) and through the sea (deliverance by YHWH). (1 Corinthians 10:1-4). 

6. Believers are “baptized” into the Body of Christ, the Church (1 Corinthians 12:13). 

7. Water Baptism- Step in making disciples. (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 8:12-13, 36-38; 9:18; 10:47).

8. Spirit Baptism into Christ -  (Acts 1:5; Rom 6:1-4; Gal 3:27; Eph 4:4-6; Col 2:12;).