Baptism: How many are valid today?
In the New Testament there are seven baptisms mentioned, of which, only one is valid today. Eph. 4:5 states there is "one baptism", which means that only one pertains to the Christian age or present dispensation. Starting in Eph. 4:4-6 Paul says "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 and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all". We all understand that one means one. In this scripture, if one means "one God", and it does, then one means "one baptism".
The "one baptism" that is in force
today is the baptism of the great commission as seen in
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved".
baptism" of the great commission, the only one valid in this Christian era, is
water baptism. This is clearly seen in Acts 8:38-39 where Philip preached Jesus
to the Ethiopian eunuch. "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. And when they were come up
out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw
him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing".
This is the
baptism" Paul has reference to in Eph.
For more on this "one baptism", go back to the "Questions Answered" page and select the other questions concerning baptism.