The way to Baptize

Baptism by water has been the subject of various opinions and controversies for many centuries. Some religious organizations reject it altogether; some believe in sprinkling, some in pouring, and others in immersion as the only way.

Lets examine what the scriptures have to say about this matter.

First lets look at what the word baptize means:

The word baptize is really a Greek word. It is not an English word. The New Testament was written in Greek and then translated into English. However in 1611 when the King James Version of the Bible was translated into English, the translators did not translate the word baptizo (original Greek) and chose to leave it un-translated as “baptize.

This word in the Greek baptizo translated into English means to immerse, dip or put into.

The word in the Greek cheo translated into English means to pour.

The word in the Greek rantidzo translated into English means to sprinkle.


We can see by the word alone in itself, explains the true meaning of the passages in the Bible which uses the word baptize.

You can not be immersed in water by having someone sprinkle or pour water on, or over you. Let's see if this corresponds or parallels the teaching in the Bible.

Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him (John) in Jordan, confessing their sins. Here we are told that John and the people who were baptized were in the Jordan River. In order to be immersed you must be in the river. There would be no need to go into the river if you only needed to be sprinkled of to have water poured on you.

Again in Mark we are told that they were in the river to be baptized. not along side or near the river. Mark 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

In Acts we are again told that Philip and the eunuch went down into the water. Act 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

In John we read that John chose the location of Aenon because of the water present there. If it was not necessary to be immersed in water, John could have baptized at any well located in the cities. It would not have been needful to find a large body of water.  John 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

When Jesus was baptized it is written that he came up out of the water. In order to do this, Jesus needed to climb up the side of the bank of the river to get to the dry land.
Matthew 3:16 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 lighting upon him:

The Bible clearly teaches that the way to be baptized is by FULL immersion; period.


Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.


** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.