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When did Paul's repentance (i.e., change of heart) and salvation occur? On the road to Damascus, or only after being baptized in Damascus?

The traditional way in which any Israelite was to be saved, was to first repent (and be baptized) as evidenced in both the preaching of John the Baptist (Mark 1:4,15) and that of Peter (Acts 2:38; 3:...
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How could they have been baptized and not have received the Spirit?

In Acts 8:12–17 one reads (emphasis mine) 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 ...
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Buried with Him by/in baptism - Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12

Romans 6:4 (ESV), 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. ...
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When Jesus died, did the Father and the Holy Spirit die with Him? At the resurrection did all three rise? Why don't we ask ourselves this question? [closed]

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was ...
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Since John 1:12 says "To them gave He power that believe" we receive after Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 1:5,8) does that mean HS baptism or not saved?

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,...
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Should Luke 2:11 be understood prophetically

Luke 2:11 says, Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. The verse declares Jesus to be the Savior, but at that point, he hadn't yet saved us, ...
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Is Baptism by Fire, signify cleansing of Saints for a glorified body?

Fire symbolizes testing and judgment Question is raised as per the following verses: Please do enlighten me Matthew 3:11 - “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming ...
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Why would the apostle Paul "delay" being baptized (Acts 22:16)?

From the Book of Acts we read the words of Ananias to the apostle Paul: Acts 22:15-16: "For you will be a witness for [Christ] to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16Now why do you delay? ...
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Are Mark 10:38 and Romans 6:3-4 not essentially two sides of the same coin?

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus responds to a request by James and John: Mark 10:38: "But Jesus said to them, 'You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to ...
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How did John the Baptist claim Jesus was the Lamb of God before being confirmed with the Holy Spirit descending on him

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is ...
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Does physical birth in amniotic fluid parallel the spiritual rebirth of John 3:4-5? [closed]

In John's Gospel we read: John 3:4-5: "Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?' Jesus answered, '...
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Where was the water to baptize the Ethiopian eunuch?

The book of Acts recounts the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch following a revival in Samaria with Philip the evangelist. Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—...
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Is there a difference in these two words for died? Rom 6:7-8

For anyone who has died (apothanōn) has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died (apethanomen) with Christ... V7 seems to refer to the physical death we all die - and then are freed from sin. V8 refers ...
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Were Jewish, Greek, and Gentile converts adults only?

When Luke speaks of Jews', Greeks', and Gentiles' conversions, does he refer to men and women only (an adult population), or could his words also include children? Conversion of Jews and Greeks 1 In ...
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Does Matthew 28:19 involve a spoken baptismal formula?

Is there anything in the text of Matthew 28:19 that teaches we should speak a baptismal formula before baptizing someone? While I think it's good practice, is a spoken formula taught anywhere in the ...
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Does Mark 16:16 rule out any possibility of salvation for unevangelized pagans?

Mark 16:15,16 (ESV) says: 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe ...
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Does Peter personify water in Acts 10:47?

As Peter spoke the word to Cornelius and his household, they received the Holy Spirit: Then answered Peter, `The water is any one able to forbid, that these may not be baptized, who the Holy Spirit ...
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What is “righteousness” in Matthew 3:15?

After John the Baptist objects to Jesus coming to him for baptism, He replies: Matthew 3:15 NASB But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to ...
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What does it mean to be baptized "with fire"? Matthew 3:11 [duplicate]

Matthew 3:11 NASB: “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy ...
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compare / contrast Jesus' baptism with John's [closed]

Jesus' baptism with the Spirit is compared/ contrasted on purpose by John. What is his purpose in doing so?
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Acts 1:5 versus Acts 2:4: Being baptized versus being filled with the Holy Spirit

Luke uses βαπτισθήσεσθε (NASB: “you will be baptized”) in Acts 1:5 and then uses ἐπλήσθησαν (“and they were filled”) in Acts 2:4. Is there a reason for the change in verbs used to describe the baptism ...
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Translation of 1 Peter 3:21 and baptism

συνειδήσεως ἀγαθῆς ἐπερώτημα εἰς Θεόν Can this phrase from 1 Peter 3:21 be translated as "the request addressed (by God) to a good conscience in God." meaning that God demands baptism from every man ...
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What does Scripture mean by the "doctrine of baptisms" in Hebrews 6:1-2?

What does Scripture mean by the "doctrine of baptisms" in Hebrews 6:1-2 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation ...
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Why did Jesus - not baptize?. John 4:2

John 4:2 (NASB) 2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),
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Would men include boys in the New Testament?

"Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven" - Acts 2:5, NASB Men translates Aner (Strong G435) which means Male according to Greek lexicons. "So then, ...
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Will Jesus Baptize us with the Holy Spirit or with holy wind in Mk 1:8, Mtt 3:11, Lk 3:16, and Jn 1:33?

In Mark 1:8, Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16, and John 1:33, John the Baptist declares that Jesus will baptize people in the Holy Spirit. For example, Matthew 3:11 says, “I indeed baptize you with water ...
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What is the object which "saves" in 1 Peter 3:21? and is it's context connected to v. 16 conscience

I am looking for a contextual answer on the meaning of v. 21, particularly what is the object that "Saves" (is it the figure of the flood? the obedience in the figure of the flood? is it baptism it ...
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How do the waters of Noah's flood correspond to baptism (1 Peter 3:21)?

In the NIV and the Berean Study Bible (apparently the most literal Bible translation according to its website) versions, 1 Peter 3:21 reads: "and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you ...
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In Matthew 3:6 was Jesus' interview with John the baptizer modeled after rabbinic protocols for proselyte baptism?

I notice that 2nd temple period Jewish water ablution/baptism for proselytes involved certain protocols, such as: ..Our Rabbis taught: If at the present time a man desires42 to become a proselyte, he ...
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Why does Matthew 28:19 say "in the name" and then proceed to give three names?

If written out in full would this verse read "in the name of the Father, and in the name of the Son, and in the name of the Holy Spirit"? Or is there some other reason apart from trimming obviously ...
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What does "baptism now saves you" mean in 1 Peter 3:21

What does baptism now saves you mean in 1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the ...
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Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach baptismal regeneration?

20Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21The like ...
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Why are forms of the word 'βάπτισμα' transliterated as 'baptism, baptize,' instead of being translated?

Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (KJV) Is the word "baptized" in the English translations really a translation? I was ...
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Why were Peter and John needed to lay hands on Samaritans when Philip was there?

Acts 8 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the ...
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Paul was not sent to baptize?

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect (1 Corinthians 1:17 KJV). On page 94 in the Thayer's ...
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In 1 Corinthians 10:1 is the cloud that covered the cloud that led and vice versa?

NIV 1 Corinthians 10:1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. This appears ...
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Why did John object to baptizing Jesus? (Matthew 3:13-15)

Matthew 3:13-15 (NRSV) 13 "Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to ...
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What does it mean that Apollos only knew the "baptism of John?" Acts 18:25

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he ...
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Is the "one baptism" of Ephesians 4:5 the "baptized by one Spirit" of 1 Corinthians 12:13?

Given the many different types of water baptism in the New Testament - that of John the Baptist - that of Jesus himself - that of the early church in Acts chapter two - and what we know of Pharisaic ...
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John 1:31 Why did John think that baptism with water was a condition for Christ to be revealed to Israel?

31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
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Is it Paul or Luke that is speaking in Acts 19:5?

Is it Paul or Luke that is speaking in Acts 19:5? ἀκούσαντες δὲ ἐβαπτίσθησαν εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ. [Acts 19:5, SBL Edition] John Gill would say it's Paul: these are the words of the ...
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Was the baptism by Jesus' disciples representing repentance? John 3:26

Matthew's gospel says that John's baptism was for repentance but Jesus would baptize in Holy Spirit and fire: Matthew 3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is ...
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Rebaptism in Acts 19

In Acts 19, we read: 19:1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went through the inland regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples there 19:2 and said to them, “Did you receive the Holy ...
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1 Peter 3:21 - What does "an appeal to God for a good conscience" mean?

There seems to be only one verse in the New Testament that directly says what baptism is, spiritually: 1 Peter 3:21. But the critical phrase is translated in many different ways: Baptism, ... now ...
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In light of scriptures regarding baptism, does the New Testament teach that it is necessary for one to be saved? [closed]

'Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.' Acts 2:38 What shall ...
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Did household conversions recorded in the Bible include teenagers and children? [closed]

There is no evidence of teenager or child baptisms in the New Testament. All candidates are adults. However, the book of Acts and 1 Corinthians mention the conversion of the entire household of ...
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Is Paul receiving the baptism of The Holy Spirit (in Acts 9:17-19) OR is something else happening here?

In Acts 9:17-19, I'm not seeing that the text itself ever says that Paul received the Holy Spirit. If you disagree, please do (I'm hoping to get some clarity). I'm seeing that it says Ananias tells ...
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Acts 22:16 - Is "washing away your sins" linked to baptism or calling on the Lord?

In Acts 22, Paul is recounting his conversion, and uses the phrase Having arisen, be baptised and wash away your sins, calling on His name. ἀναστὰς βάπτισαι καὶ ἀπόλουσαι τὰς ἁμαρτίας σου, ...
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What is the "baptism of John" described in Acts 18:25?

Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to ...
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Why was Jesus baptized?

Matthew 3:16 (KJV) 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and ...
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