<402819> Matthew 28:19 ? ?Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit?; <411616>Mark 16:16 ? ?He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved? ? we hold, with Westcott and Hort, that <411609>Mark 16:920 is of canonical authority, though probably not written by Mark himself.
<440238> Acts 2:38 ? ?And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins?;
(c) <450603>Romans 6:3-5 ? ?Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection?; <510211> Colossians 2:11,12 ? ?in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.?
(d) The only marked exceptions to the universal requisition of baptism are found in the Society of Friends and in the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army does not regard the ordinance as having any more permanent obligation than feet washing. General Booth: ?We teach our soldiers that every time they break bread, they are to remember the broken body of the Lord, and every time they wash the body, they are to remind themselves of the cleansing power of the blood of Christ and of the indwelling Spirit.? The Society of Friends regard Christ?s commands as fulfilled, not by any outward baptism of water, but only by the inward baptism of the Spirit.
B. This external rite intended by Christ to be of universal and perpetual obligation.
(a) Christ recognized John the Baptist?s commission to baptize as derived immediately from heaven.
<402125> Matthew 21:25 ? ?The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven or from men?? ? here Jesus clearly intimates that John?s commission to baptize was derived directly from God; cf. <430125>John 1:25 ? the delegates sent to the Baptist by the Sanhedrin ask him: ?Why then baptizest thou, if thou art not the Christ, neither Elijah, neither the prophet?? thus
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