Monday, December 12, 2016

Jewish/Gentile Baptism

In Paul's ministry, (in the age of grace) if he only baptized Jews, would there be a group that would be baptized (Jews) and the other (Gentile) that weren't? Would part of the Body of Christ be baptized and the other not? 

Yes, during the infancy (early times) of the Body of Christ, and the dispensation of grace, God sent our Apostle Paul out to the entire world, beginning in territories that were filled with Jewish people. After the fall of the nation of Israel, God’s plan was to use Paul and the gentiles to provoke Israel to jealousy to get saved. Therefore, Paul did Jewish things in order to not be a stumblingblock to them coming to Christ. Among those Jewish things was to water baptize (and in some cases like with Timothy in Acts 16, to circumcise). He water baptized Jews because that was a Jewish sign of cleansing and washing away of their sins. So in the infancy/beginning of the Body of Christ/dispensation of grace, God had Paul do that to Jews as a sign and as to not cause them to stumble.

Acts 9:19-20
And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Acts 13:5
And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

Acts 13:13-14
Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.  But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.

Acts 13:46
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 2:9
Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

Romans 2:10
But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Romans 11:11, 14
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy...If  by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

1 Corinthians 9:19-20
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.  And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

So yes, in the infancy of the dispensation of grace and the Body of Christ, there were members of the Body who were water baptized (saved Jews), and members who were not (saved gentiles). But as the gospel of the grace of God continued on into the gentile world, water baptism became less and less…even as our Apostle Paul alludes to in 1 Corinthians 1.

1 Corinthians 1:13-17
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. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Now since 70AD and the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, God is no longer trying to provoke any Israelis to get saved by giving them signs. Now, all mankind has to come through the preaching of the cross of Christ as given by our Apostle Paul. And as the verse above states, that gospel of grace has nothing to do with water baptism, but the Spirit baptism.

1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Ephesians 4:5
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Hopefully this helps!

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