A very basic, foundational and yet sensitive matter confronts us in the scriptures today. This is the subject of the doctrine of baptisms. It is palpable even to the passive Bible reader, that this theme makes too many appearances in the Bible to be disregarded. Right in the beginning of the New Testament, in the book of Matthew, baptism is featured as we read of multitudes teeming to the mighty forerunner of Christ, John, to be baptised.
Thereafter, it comes up repeatedly in the gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and the epistles to the churches – in instructions, narratives, and exhortations. Furthermore, the writer of the book of Hebrews gives us a broader perspective by highlighting the plurality of baptism – the Doctrine of Baptisms.
“ Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, OF THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:1-2).”
Do you know that water baptism was a cause of great debate in the 16th century during the reformative era? After Martin Luther’s reformation during which he radically preached “Justification by Faith”, there was another offshoot of his Protestant movement which was identified as the Anabaptist Movement.
Thus, I prayerfully commend this book to all my children in the faith and believers at large for a setting forth of a proper foundation as intended by the Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. This volume is a sequel to my book, “Episterizo, Confirmational realities of the New Life”. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen!