The following articles are related to the topic of BAPTISM

The Philosophy of John Calvin

John Calvin was born in 1509 in a small village about fifty miles north of Paris. When he was fourteen years old, he went to Paris to study theology and philosophy. For a while, he turned his attention to pursuing a law degree. But in 1534, he began work on his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which he completed ... read more »

How to Go to Heaven — Sincere, but Wrong

Two ladies walked up the driveway. They handed me a small, tri-folded brochure that contained the service times of their church group. It advertised the religious group as being "independent of any denomination, Bible-based in every part of ministry, soul-winning and missions minded, and distinctively Christian." The tract claimed that the religious body is "an old fashioned, independent, Baptist Church ... read more »

The Preposition “Eis” in Acts 2:38

For several generations God's people have conducted debates with our denominational neighbors as to the meaning of the word "for" (Greek, eis) in Acts 2:38. Peter commanded on that occasion: "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [unto ASV] the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of ... read more »

2 Timothy 2:1 — The Domain of Grace

Some sincere folks entertain the notion that divine grace is somehow unconditionally diffused into the religious atmosphere, descending upon those whom the Creator has randomly chosen. Others feel that grace is bestowed simply on the basis of trust in the Lord. Misunderstanding Ephesians 2:8-9, they labor under the impression that grace is received by faith alone. Neither of these views ... read more »

Who Was John the Baptist?

Who was John the Baptist? And what was his relationship to Jesus? His name was divinely given. It was to be "John" (Lk. 1:13), which derives from a Hebrew term signifying "Jehovah is gracious." He was known familiarly as "the Baptist" (bearing no relation to the modern sect), which simply means "an immerser, one who administers the rite of immersion" ... read more »

Logic and the Plan of Salvation

In his classic work, Biblical Hermeneutics, Milton S. Terry, one-time Professor at the Garrett Biblical Institute, declared there is a "general harmony" which pervades the entire Scriptures. Consequently, "no single statement or obscure passage of one book can be allowed to set aside a doctrine which is clearly established by many passages" (1890, 449). This procedure is called "the analogy ... read more »

Who Is a Christian?

The term "Christian" is found three times in the New Testament. It is employed initially in conjunction with the ministry of Barnabas and Saul in Antioch of Syria. [T]he disciples were called Christians first in Antioch (Acts 11:26). Later, when pressed with evidence for the validity of the Christian system, Herod Agrippa II said: Almost you persuade me to be ... read more »

What Is the “Gift of the Holy Spirit” in Acts 2:38?

To a multitude assembled on the day of Pentecost the apostle Peter declared: "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38, ASV). The identity of "the gift of the Holy Spirit," as that expression is ... read more »

A Divine Platform for Christian Unity

The church of Jesus Christ in the city of Ephesus is first mentioned in the latter portion of Acts 18, when certain "brethren" wrote a letter commending the eloquent Apollos (v. 27). Paul visited that great metropolis during his third missionary campaign, probably in the spring of A.D. 54/55, and built upon that foundation (Acts 19:1-7). In this community, he ... read more »

Does Mark 7:4 Authorize Sprinkling?

In Mark's Gospel account there is a passage which describes the custom of the Pharisees with reference to cleansing themselves from certain contaminations they believed they might contract from Gentiles. In this latter phrase, the word "washing" is the Greek term baptismous (baptizing). Since the word "tables" is included in the list of things "washed," would not this be an ... read more »