What is the Proper Mode of Baptism?
Is the mode of Baptism important? What does the Bible have to say about it?
1. Full immersion:
Both Jesus and the eunuch were baptised with full immersion.
They “came up out of water…” (Mt 3:16; Acts 8:36)
When being baptised into Jesus to have the old self buried, we need to be immersed in water.
“The waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to be cut off.” (Lam 3:54)
It means being cut off from the old self and the baptised rises with Jesus.
So full immersion is one of the proper mode of baptism.
2. Head bowed:
The second mode of baptism is to have our heads bowed during baptism.
When Christ died, he “bowed his head.” (Jn 19:30).
Sinners who die with Christ must follow his example (Rom 6:5).
Our sins weigh heavily on us so much so we cannot hold our heads up (Ps 40:12).
We dare not look up to heaven (Lk 18:13).
We cannot lift our heads, for we are full of shame and drowned in our affliction (Job 10:15).
How can a penitent sinner remain stiff-necked while receiving baptism? (Acts 7:51)
Isn’t it evident now what the proper mode of baptism is?
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