ANSWER: It was not. It was designed to combat the error that the performance of external ceremonies is all that is required to enter the kingdom of God. John insisted on repentance. Paul rebaptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, those whom John had baptized. (Acts 19:1-5.)
— from Steele's Answers p. 39.
This is a question of great interest. Do we assume that The Twelve were baptized? If so, by whom and when? If not, how did baptism ever get established? The Risen Lord directs the apostles to baptize in Matthew. I would suppose that they themselves were baptized.ReplyDelete
I would think so, too, George. And, it's interesting that we have no record of this. Some scholars speculate that some of Jesus' disciples were originally disciples of John the Baptist. This might suggest that John's baptism was accepted among followers of Jesus during His life time — but not post-Pentecost.ReplyDelete