Excerpt from Chapter 7 – “THE MODE OF BAPTISM: BIBLICAL PRACTICE”

Published October 25, 2017

Having looked at the meaning of baptism and its associated words, what do the Scriptures have to say about how it was put into practice? Seven types of baptism are described in the Old Testament that included use of water, blood, and oil, but not one is done by immersion; rather all are done by pouring or sprinkling. Baptism by immersion was always a sign of judgment, such as in the Flood at Noah’s time or the baptism of Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea. A. A. Hodge explains, “The Egyptians who were immersed were not baptized; and the Israelites who were baptized were not immersed” and “the very gist of [Noah’s family’s salvation of which baptism is the antitype] consisted in their not being immersed.”1 In addition, through the rain we could say Noah’s family was sprinkled and saved (Gen. 7:12–13).