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More baptismal evidence is presented here.

First, is my favorite which is the


modern record of a ancient event. The following is a true record of a Baptism
which took place in Rome A.D. 100 and was reproduced in Time magazine, December 5,
1955 issue. "The deacon raised his hand, and Publius Decius stepped through the
baptistry door. Standing waist-deep in the pool was Marcus Vasca the woodseller.
He was smiling as Publius waded into the pool beside him. ‘Credis?’ he asked.
‘Credo,’ responded Publius. ‘I believe that my salvation comes from Jesus the
Christ, Who was crucified under Pontius Pilate. With Him I died that with Him I
may have Eternal Life.’ Then he felt strong arms supporting him as he let himself
fall backward into the pool, and heard Marcus’ voice in his ear; ‘I baptize you in
the Name of the Lord Jesus’ as the cold water closed over him. The next is the
writing of Barnabas. This Barnabas probably was the one who was the Levite from
Cyprus and very early joined the church at Jerusalem, where he was known as Joses
(Acts 4:36). He consecrated his earthly possessions to the needs of the church
(Acts 4:37). He was afterwards associated for a time with the Apostle Paul (Acts
9:27). Eusebius says he was one of the seventy disciples. In what is known as "The
General Epistle of Barnabas," he speaks at some length of baptism. In the tenth
and eleventh chapters he shows that baptism and the cross of Christ were foretold
in figures under the law. He speaks definitely and specifically of immersion yet
not a word of triple immersion. His words are as follows: "Consider how he has
joined both the cross and the water together. For this he saith: Blessed are they
who put their trust in the cross, descend into the water, for they shall have
their reward in due time; then, saith he, I will give it them. And there was a
river running on the right hand, and beautiful trees grew up by it; and he that
shall eat of them shall live forever. The signification of which is this: That we
go down into the water full of sins and pollution, but come up again bringing
forth fruit; having in our hearts the fear and hope which is in Jesus, by the
Spirit." Barnabas had the occasion and the spirit to enlarge on the threefold
immersion if it had been practiced in his time; but he is significantly silent on
that point. Chapter XI. Baptism and the cross prefigured in the Old Testament. Let
us further inquire whether the Lord took any care to foreshadow the water [of
baptism] and the cross. Concerning the water, indeed, it is written, in reference
to the Israelites, that they should not receive that baptism which leads to the
remission of sins, but should procure another for themselves. The prophet
therefore declares, “Be astonished, O heaven, and let the earth tremble at this,
because this people hath committed two great evils: they have forsaken Me, a
living fountain, and have hewn out for themselves broken cisterns. Is my holy hill
Zion a desolate rock? For ye shall be as the fledglings of a bird, which fly away
when the nest is removed.” And again saith the prophet, “I will go before thee and
make level the mountains, and will break the brazen gates, and bruise in pieces
the iron bars; and I will give thee the secret, hidden, invisible treasures, that
they may know that I am the Lord God.” And “He shall dwell in a lofty cave of the
strong rock.” Furthermore, what saith He in reference to the Son? “His water is
sure; ye shall see the King in His glory, and your soul shall meditate on the fear
of the Lord.” And again He saith in another prophet, “The man who doeth these
things shall be like a tree planted by the courses of waters, which shall yield
its fruit in due season; and his leaf shall not fade, and all that he doeth shall
prosper. Not so are the ungodly, not so, but even as chaff, which the wind sweeps
away from the face of the earth. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in
judgment, nor sinners in the counsel of the just; for the Lord knoweth the way of
the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Mark how He has described
at once both the water and the cross. For these words imply, Blessed are they who,
placing their trust in the cross, have gone down into the water; for, says He,
they shall receive their reward in due time: then He declares, I will recompense
them. But now He saith, “Their leaves shall not fade.” This meaneth, that every
word which proceedeth out of your mouth in faith and love shall tend to bring
conversion and hope to many. Again, another prophet saith, “And the land of Jacob
shall be extolled above every land.” This meaneth the vessel of His Spirit, which
He shall glorify. Further, what says He? “And there was a river flowing on the
right, and from it arose beautiful trees; and whosoever shall eat of them shall
live for ever.” This meaneth, that we indeed descend into the water full of sins
and defilement, but come up, bearing fruit in our heart, having the fear [of God]
and trust in Jesus in our spirit. “And whosoever shall eat of these shall live for
ever,” This meaneth: Whosoever, He declares, shall hear thee speaking, and
believe, shall live for ever. Dr. Philip Schaff, a man of great learning, and an
acknowledged authority on ecclesiastical history, says: "The old practice of a
threefold immersion, which is first mentioned by Tertullian, is a venerable usage,
but cannot be traced to the Apostolic age." Robinson also speaks of trine
immersion, but does not produce any older witness than Tertullian. The same is
true of Bingham, one of the most eminent and reliable authors on Christian
Antiquities. He fails to find a witness prior to A. D. 200. Dr. William Smith, in
his justly celebrated work, A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities, also carries
trine immersion back to Tertullian's time, and cites him as a witness, and as the
oldest witness, in favor of trine immersion. In a work entitled A History of the
Modes of Christian Baptism, by Rev. James Chrystal, A. M., we can find additional
confirmation. Mr. Chrystal searched the "Holy Scriptures, the Councils, Ecumenical
and Provincial, the Fathers, the Schoolmen, and the Rubrics of the whole Church
East and West," to determine the modes of baptism practiced in all ages of the
Christian era. In Chapter VI, he treats "of the mode practiced by the church
during the early centuries, and how far any mode was enjoined by the church, and
of the penalties of violating or changing the mode." The criteria by which he
sought to determine these points were the Fathers, the Councils, ecumenical and
provincial, and the baptismal offices of the church. For the first century he
quotes Barnabas, Hermas, and St. Dionysius. The work of the latter does not belong
to this century, as is every where conceded. Besides he quotes Justin Martyr,
three in all, neither of which has a word to say in favor of trine immersion. He
finds, therefore, no witness who can testify that trine immersion was practiced
before the time of Tertullian. Could such a witness have been found, Mr. Chrystal
would unquestionably have produced him. We consider the proposition, then, an
established one, that prior to the year A. D. 200, or before the time of
Tertullian, there is not a single witness who testifies to the practice of trine
immersion. Peter had the keys to the kingdom and understood the mystery when Jesus
said baptize all nations in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. Peter
knew Lord is Father, Jesus is Son and Christ is the Holy Ghost: and so all 3 are
included in his name: The Lord Jesus Christ. Father is not a name, it is a title,
just as Son and Holy Ghost are titles. Jesus said, “I am come in my Father’s
name”, and “I and my Father are one.” (John 5:43/10:30). John said that the
Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost are one (I John 5:7). “In the beginning was
the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”(John 1:1). John said
that God is the Word and the Word is God... and the Word was made flesh. The Lord
Jesus Christ and dwelt among us (John 1:1-14). For in him dwelleth all the fulness
of the Godhead bodily (Col. 2:9). There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye
are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God
(Ephesians 4:4-6). And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the
Lord Jesus. (Colossians 3:17) Baptism is both. A deed done with a word spoken over
it. So if there were three Gods, you might very well baptize for a Father, and a
Son, and a Holy Ghost. But the revelation given to John was that there is one God
and His Name is Lord Jesus Christ, and you baptize for one God and only one. That
is why Peter baptized the way he did at Pentecost. He had to be true to the
revelation which was, "Let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has
made that same Jesus, Whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ." There He is,
"The Lord Jesus Christ." Since Jesus is both Lord and Christ, then He (Jesus) is,
and cannot be else but "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" in one Person manifested in
the flesh. It is not "God in three persons, blessed trinity," but One God, one
Person with three major Titles, with three offices manifesting those Titles. Now
this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of
Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye
baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus
and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. (I
Corinthians 1:12-15) The name Jesus means Jehovah Savior (Faussets Bible
Encyclopedia, page 359). Every son comes in his father's name, so when we are born
again by the water and ensuing spirit entrance into our lives, we receive the name
of our heavenly Father as Jesus received that name before us. True Christians know
that the name of the son
was Jesus, called Emmanuel in fulfillment of prophecy because he was the fullness
of God with us (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:21-23). When Jesus was baptized in the
Jordan he was overshadowed by the Shekinah in the form of a dove and became the
Christ or anointed One. When he overcame in the garden of Gethsemane he became
Lord. There are many Jesus', many lords, (I Corinthians 8:5) and many Christ's or
anointed ones (Matthew 24:24), but there is only one Lord Jesus Christ, and it is
his name we take in our baptism. The name of the Father is Lord Jesus Christ, the
name of the Son is Lord Jesus Christ, and the name of the Holy Ghost; which is
what God is. One singular spirit. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must
worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) And is the Lord Jesus Christ. But
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he
shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I
have said unto you.(John 14:26) The reformation or Protestant movement came to
renew or bring back the use of the word of God without man made ideas added. Today
and now, this idea and concept has been completed at last. In every thing give
thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1
Thessalonians 5:18)