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Why does Matthew 28:19 say "in the name" and then proceed to give three names?

Wallace offers a very good explanation of the use of the term in the original language. It may help to understand exactly what is meant by the term εἰς τὸ ὄνομα - into the name of. I am not going ...
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What is meant in 1 Peter 3:21 when it says "baptism now saves you"

What does the text say? This verse is fairly clear: baptism now saves you. However, there are two things worth noting: For the early church, faith and baptism were never intentionally separated. ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

There's a good answer in Romans: Romans 6:3-5 RSV 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

The original is εις αφεσιν αμαρτιων - unto aphesis of sins . It is not 'for'. 'Unto' (εις ) denotes a progression. The same preposition is used in the gospels regarding John's baptism. The ritual, ...
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What were the Corinthians doing when they "baptized on behalf of the dead"?

Looking through the answers posted so far, one view seems to be missing, which happens to be my view. Baptism in 1 Corinthians Additionally, the context of 1 Corinthians shows that water baptism had a ...
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Paul was not sent to baptize?

The word baptise, βαπτιζω, baptiso Strong 907 may be, as it were, metaphorical as when Jesus says ... can ye ... be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with ? [KJV] Mark 10:38. Or when ...
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Why are forms of the word 'βάπτισμα' transliterated as 'baptism, baptize,' instead of being translated?

The word "baptize" or "baptized" is an Anglicized version of the Greek "baptizo", and is transliterated instead of being translated. The practice of immersion in water existed for centuries before it ...
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Why did the Pharisees connect baptism to the coming of Christ?

This is a good question, because there is no particular connection between baptism and the coming of the Messiah in the OT. I think the Essene tradition had something to do with it (see below). In ...
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1 Peter 3:21 - What does "an appeal to God for a good conscience" mean?

The Greek word translated as "appeal" (ESV, NRSV), "pledge" (NIV), "response" (NLT), and "answer" (KJV) is ἐπερώτημα - eperōtēma. This is the only place in the entire Greek Bible - Greek New ...
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Rebaptism in Acts 19

The re-baptism of the eleven disciples from Ephesus was significant, as it points out the difference between the baptism of John and the baptism required after Christ's sacrifice on the cross. John's ...
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Buried with Him by/in baptism - Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12

First, both nouns have the same meaning because they both the same noun but in different grammatical cases: Rom 6:4 - βαπτίσματος = genitive neuter singular = "of baptism" Col 2:12 - ...
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What were the Corinthians doing when they "baptized on behalf of the dead"?

There is no mention made in the New Testament, but in the Old. I suppose that they weren't ever really water baptized for the dead, but put themselves through various forms of penance (e.g. fasting; ...
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What were the Corinthians doing when they "baptized on behalf of the dead"?

The context of this verse is Paul's argument with some of the Corinthians regarding the nature of the resurrection of the dead. Certain Corinthians believed that Christ had, in fact, been resurrected ...
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Rebaptism in Acts 19

In my understanding, there are some differences between John baptism and Jesus (in water). John was baptizing people who repent, Jesus, however, added some "specifications" to how people ...
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Translation of 1 Peter 3:21 and baptism

Not exactly. The better translation is in Young's: "20 who sometime disbelieved, when once the long-suffering of God did wait, in days of Noah -- an ark being preparing -- in which few, that is, ...
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Does physical birth in amniotic fluid parallel the spiritual rebirth of John 3:4-5?

I certainly don't claim any of these thoughts are original to me, but I see a comparable connection. Jesus often used metaphors that were familiar to people to illustrate a point. Physical birth ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. - Acts: 10:43 The ubiquitous preposition εις (eis) describes a motion into any ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

It's hermeneutically important to consider what "baptism" meant to the people in Israel at the time of Jesus rather than the subsequent cultural and religious context. And why was John, the ...
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Rebaptism in Acts 19

The Old Covenant 'Baptism of John' (Baptism of Repentance/Water) vs. the New Covenant Sacrament of Baptism (Water and the Spirit) The Baptism of John was a separate thing from New Covenant baptism—...
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What were the Corinthians doing when they "baptized on behalf of the dead"?

Paul's mention of this particular type of proxy baptism was in response to the question of the resurrection. If there is no resurrection of the dead then why were people practicing a baptism for the ...
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What is meant in 1 Peter 3:21 when it says "baptism now saves you"

Baptism corresponds to, or is the antitype of, the Flood. In verse 20 Simon writes that eight souls were saved through water (δι’ υδατος in Greek). Clearly then water is in view. Just as Noah and his ...
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What is the "baptism of John" described in Acts 18:25?

John the Baptist was the fulfillment of prophecies about one who would prepare the way before the Lord - as per Isaiah 40:3. That Lord was the foretold Messiah; John was the messenger sent before him -...
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What is meant in 1 Peter 3:21 when it says "baptism now saves you"

In Acts 10:44 to 48 it is made clear that first, those who heard the words of the apostle Peter, received the Holy Spirit. That being evident, it is then that Peter says : Can any man forbid water ...
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Is the "one baptism" of Ephesians 4:5 the "baptized by one Spirit" of 1 Corinthians 12:13?

1 CORINTHIANS 1:17 — “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. . . " In this setting Paul is addressing a problem in the church at Corinth. Some of those Christians were ...
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Paul was not sent to baptize?

'I came not for x but for y' doesn't exclude the performing of x, it only means that isn't the chief purpose (this is true even when x always accompanies y), or in this case chief calling or mission. ...
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Why does Matthew 28:19 say "in the name" and then proceed to give three names?

It is a formula that asserts equal divine status of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for the "name" here denotes the very reality of Divinity, for only God saves and this salvation ...
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How do the waters of Noah's flood correspond to baptism (1 Peter 3:21)?

How do the waters of Noah's flood correspond to baptism (1 Peter 3:21)? The whole earth was covered with water. All wicked people were wiped out. When the earth was flooded people either lived or ...
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