A gracEmail subscriber asks, “Does water baptism in the New Testament involve sprinkling, pouring or immersion?”
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As New Testament writers describe the process of conversion, they include in the picture all three of the actions that you mention. Jesus himself ordained water baptism as the principal visible expression of faith for the person who believes in him. Indeed, gospel baptism is significant, for it sign-ifies many blessings which the believer enjoys freely by God’s grace. One blessing is the forgiveness of sins and a clean conscience before God, which Scripture pictures as God sprinkling the believer with Jesus’ atoning blood (Heb 10:22; 1 Peter 1:2; Ezek. 36:25-27). Another blessing is God’s lavish
I personally conclude that water baptism itself, done most meaningfully, involves full
All three, I say, therefore — all three. Immersed in water,sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit poured out in generous abundance! In this passive act of baptism, one comes in faith, formally and ritually, to the crucified and risen Savior to celebrate the gift of grace — a gift to which the believer can never contribute, and which he or she will never merit, earn or deserve.