Immersion in Water
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ,
let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation
of repentance from dead works and
of faith toward God,
of the teaching of immersions,
of laying on of hands,
of resurrection of the dead and
of eternal judgment ...," Hebrews 6'1-3.
and let every one of you be immersed
in the name of Jesus Christ ..." Acts 2'38.
Jesus commanded His Followers to do two things: keep the Lord's Supper and be immersed in water.
Immersion in water came first in the Lord's life. His conversation with John in Matthew 3'13-15 shows that He was submitting Himself to the will of the Father.
He was carrying out the first commandment to "... love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength". Mark 12'30 says:
"Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be immersed by him.
And John tried to prevent Him, saying, 'I need to be immersed by You, and are You coming to me?'
But Jesus answered and said to him, 'Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.' Then he allowed Him," Matthew 3'13-15.
When He came up from the water the Holy Spirit came upon Him. Then the Father gave His approval from heaven: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”, verse 17.
Jesus made it clear. He was leaving an example of Kingdom of God righteousness. And that's the kind of righteousness He wanted His Followers to do demonstrate.
As Romans 14'17-18 says:
"... the kingdom of God is ... righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men".
Being immersed is an act of righteousness. Believers have the privilege of serving Jesus and honouring the Father, as He did, by presenting their bodies to be immersed.
He put immersion in water in the primary place of importance when He commissioned His Called-Out Ones to:
"Go ... and make disciples of all the nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," Matthew 28'19.
And Peter reflected the Lord's command on the Day of Pentecost. After explaining to all those present that Jesus was their Messiah, from the scriptures, many responded by asking "what shall we do". He responded immediately by saying:
"Repent, and let every one of you be immersed in the name of Jesus Christ," Acts 2'38.
From then on thousands of new Believers were immersed and discipled in Christ's foundational teachings.
Being immersed in water amounts to declaring that Christ is Lord of one's life. It's an act of righteousness, a worshipful act, that is registered in heaven:
"... whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven," Jesus said (Matthew 10'32).
When a person hears, believes and obeys the word of Christ by being immersed, the Holy Spirit confirms in them what Christ has confirmed in heaven.
It's by faith we understand these things (Hebrews 11'3). And the faith by which we understand comes by hearing, taking notice of, the word of God (Romans 10'17).