How many times do we have to be immersed?
Some practice Baptism by one immersion while others immerse three times. Those who immerse three times, do so by what they term, “on authority of Matthew 28:19”. This reads as follows:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.
In the fourth point on Baptism, we will fully discuss this scripture to prove that they have completely misunderstood this Command. It is usually maintained that there are three separate ‘Persons’ in the Godhead and that is the reason why they immerse three times.
We have already seen that Baptism symbolises the Death and Resurrection of our Saviour; the burial of our ‘old person’ and the resurrection of the new person. But let us once more examine:
Romans 6:3-6 “You have been taught that when we were baptised in Messiah, we were baptised in His Death. In other words, when we were baptised, we went into the tomb with Him and joined Him in death, so that as He was raised from the dead … we too might live a new life. If in union with Him we have imitated His Death, we shall also imitate Him in His Resurrection. We must realise that our former selves have been crucified with Him … to free us from the slavery of sin”.
It certainly should not require very deep meditation to be able to establish whether ONE immersion or three immersions are implied by this passage of Scripture. Our crucified Saviour died once and He arose once from the grave. It is therefore in absolute total disregard of the symbolism of Baptism, that these people immerse three times. Those who immerse by ‘triune’ immersion, become entangled in their own misinterpretation of Matthew 28 :19. If there were three individual Persons in the Godhead, as they believe, they then would imply, by triune immersion, that they were being baptised in the death and resurrection of the Father, and the death and resurrection of the Son and the death and resurrection of the Holy Spirit! Notice the formulary:
“I baptise you in the Name of the Father (immerse), and of the Son (immerse) and of the Holy Spirit (immerse)”. It would also mean that the person being baptised, died three times and rose three times!
Messiah died once – we should be immersed once. Messiah arose once –we should arise once out of the water. One immersion proclaims the Truth and sets the seal to our faith: that we believe that Messiah died ONCE and He arose ONCE.
Some even go so far as to allow the baptism candidates to choose for themselves, whether they would prefer one or three immersions!
Eph. 4:5 “There is One Master, One Faith One Baptism”.
Surely, One Baptism could not be administered in various ways?