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Burial in Baptism

By Elder C.H.Cayce

 

We do no violence to language if we take a word out of a sentence and put another word in its place that means the same thing as the word taken out.  If we do this we are doing no violence, and are not changing the meaning of the sentence.  The word sprinkle means “to scatter in drops or small particles.”  Now try the language, “And were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan.” The sentence reads alright that way, and is found in Mark 1:5.  Remember, we do no violence by removing or taking a word out, and placing the true meaning of the word in the place of it.  So, “and were all dipped of him in the river of Jordan.”  The sentence still reads all right.  “And were all immersed of him in the river of Jordan.”  It is alright yet.  “And were all scattered in drops or small particles of him in the river of Jordan.”  The sentence is all wrong now.  Why? Because baptism is not sprinkling; it is dipping, immersing. 

 

Read the account of the baptism of the eunuch in the eighth chapter of Acts and apply the same rule, and you will have it that Philip scattered the eunuch about in drops or small particles.  He did not do this, but “they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch,” and Philip “baptized him,” dipped him, immersed him.”

 

Suppose some of your dear friends or near relatives were to die, and some person should carry their body to the cemetery and pour or sprinkle a little dirt on their head, and then say we have buried your relative or friend.  Would you consider the people to be your friends who would  do this?  No; you would consider them as your enemies. 

 

Now read Romans 6:4, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death.”  The apostle here plainly says we are “buried with him by baptism.”  If we are buried by baptism, then baptism must be a burial—it must be an immersion.  Anything short of a burial, therefore, is not baptism, for we are buried by it.  Then as baptism is a burial, how can we claim to be Christ’s friends when we say we baptize his friends who are dead to sin by sprinkling or pouring a little water on their heads? 

 

Let us prove our faith by our works.  We have faith that Christ died, was buried, and rose again.  Let us show that faith by being buried with him by baptism, and arise to walk in newness of life. (C.H. Cayce vol. 1 pg. 46)