(c) In continuing the practice of baptism through his disciples ( <430401>John 4:1, 2), and in enjoining it upon them as part of a work which was to last to the end of the world ( <402819>Matthew 28:19, 20), Christ manifestly adopted and appointed baptism as the invariable law of his church.
<430401> John 4:1, 2 ? ?When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples)?; <402819>Matthew 28:19, 20 ? ?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: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.?
(d) The analogy of the ordinance of the Lord?s Supper also leads to the conclusion that baptism is to be observed, as an authoritative memorial of Christ and his truth until the time of his second coming.
<461126> 1 Corinthians 11:26 ? ?For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord?s death till he come.? Baptism, like the Lord?s Supper, is a teaching ordinance and the two ordinances together furnish an indispensable witness to Christ?s death and resurrection.
(e) There is no intimation whatever that the command of baptism is limited, or to be limited, in its application, that it has been or ever is to be repealed and, until some evidence of such limitation or repeal is produced, the statute must be regarded as universally binding.
On the proof that baptism is an ordinance of Christ, see Pepper, in Madison Avenue Lectures, 85-114; Dagg, Church Order, 9-21.
2. The Mode of Baptism.
This is immersion, and immersion only. This appears from the following considerations:
A. The command to baptize is a command to immerse. We show this:
(a) From the meaning of the original word bapti>zw . That this is to immerse, appears:
First, from the usage of Greek writers, including the church Fathers, when they do not speak of the Christian rite and the authors of the Greek version of the Old Testament.
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