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Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

-Hebrews 9:10

And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.

-I Corinthians 10:2

Jesus' death and resurrection. This takes place in the exchange of states in the moment of their regeneration -when the old, sinful nature is given a fatal blow and the new, holy nature is born. It will also be reflected throughout the entire lives of the born-again in daily sanctification -the dying to the old, sinful nature and the enlivening of the new, holy nature.

Thirdly, and finally, we need to examine the modes of various types of "baptisms" in Scripture. Scripture testifies of various types of "baptisms"; in Hebrews 9:10 we read of "divers washings" which in Greek is "diaphoros baptismos" or "various baptisms."

The "baptisms" or washings of Scripture include:

1. A number of ceremonial "baptisms" -the baptism of the covenant people (Numbers 8:7), the unclean (Numbers 19:13), the leper (Leviticus 14:7), the altar (Exodus 29:16), and the priests (Leviticus 8:30) (these references are quoted in a previous chart). All of these were performed by sprinkling and called by Paul in Hebrews 9: 10 "various baptisms." Some were sprinklings of water, others of blood, and some of ashes mixed with blood and water, but all were sprinklings -none were immersings.

2. Israel's baptism "unto Moses" (I Corinthians 10:2) took place on dry ground. We know that all Israel (fathers, mothers, children, and infants) passed through the sea on dry ground. Certainly there was no "dipping into" or "going under," or "being buried under the water" here. The people that were immersed or buried under the water were the Egyptians, not the Israelites -the ones God destroyed, not the ones He saved! This baptism signifies their consecration to God and His servant Moses through this event. If water was used in this baptism, it probably descended from the cloud above them -"all our fathers were under the cloud (God's visible presence) and all passed through the sea" (I Corinthians 10:16).

3. The baptism of the Spirit, as discussed previously, was a baptism of pouring -God's sign descending from above and falling upon its recipients. Again, those being baptized had the sign applied to them; they did not step into it.

4. "Baptism" before meals -as exemplified by the Pharisee with whom Jesus dined, who was shocked because Jesus' 'had not


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