And this demonstrates that for the apostles and early believers, baptism was not simply a religious rite, or something similar, but part of the doctrine of the salvation of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Although it seems that we have already seen all aspects of baptism, there is still a question to answer: does water baptism have any spiritual virtue?
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. 31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit … Continue reading Does Water Baptism Have a Baptismal Formula?
As such, water baptism is not a teaching originated within the doctrine of Jesus. As we have pointed out, it arose as an extension of the rite of purification contained in the Mosaic law, and presented by John the Baptist as a baptism of repentance.
However, John's baptism was only an element of transition, as the apostle Paul explains; in the meantime the Messiah was manifested: