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Baptism in the Gospels

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In the Gospels baptising is based on the symbolic practice in the OT and Judaism of cleansing with water.

Washing was the means of achieving ritual purity Ex 30:19–20; Mk 7:3–4 Sprinkling with water symbolises spiritual cleansing Eze 36:25 See also Zec 13:1; Heb 10:22 Being baptised by John was a confession that cleansing was needed Mt 3:11 See also Mt 3:6; Mk 1:4–5; Ac 19:1–4 John promised that the Messiah…
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