Recently, our congregations took part in an immersion here at House of David. Many of you may be wondering… “What is the symbolic nature of immersion?” or “How does immersion relate to me as a born-again Believer?” and “Isn’t that a Jewish thing?”
We understand that there are a million questions with regards to this topic, both from Christians and from Jews alike, but simply put…
“Immersion is often performed in ceremonies for cleansing, repentance, and conversion to Judaism and Christianity, but it is an act with meaning extending far beyond conversion. By fully immersing oneself in water, a person can truly symbolize a total commitment to God and to his or her faith. This is one of the reasons it’s used in conversion ceremonies — it symbolizes a drastic, all-encompassing change-of-heart and commitment to a lifestyle.”
Curt Landry shared his own personal connection to this rededication process in a PowerPoints with Curt Landry series a few years back. To help answer some of your own questions as to the reasons why we choose to immerse, we’ve shared that review with you here.
What is the difference between water baptism and immersion?
“…buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”—Colossians 2:12
How should we define immersion as a modern-day Believer?
“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sin of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ…”—Colossians 2:11
What is the spiritual connection of immersion?
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”—Colossians 2:13-14
When does God initiate immersion?
“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”—Colossians 2:15
What results should I expect after choosing to partake in an immersion?
The immersion gives us an opportunity to thank God for the past, bury it in the water, and rise up in new authority and power in and through Jesus Christ.
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