BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD:
A custom mentioned by Paul in
Objection is made to this interpretation on the ground that Paul would not have referred to such a practise with even a tacit approval, and that the practise is in sheer contradiction to Paul's doctrine of justification and baptism. Epiphanies, Calvin, Flacius, Estrus, and others interpreted the Greek huper ton nekron as referring to bodies, the baptism of which, on the supposition that they are mortal, would be useless. Another interpretation regards ton nekron as referring to bodies, the baptism of which, on the supposition that they are mortal, would be useless. Another ingenious interpretation refers huper ton nekron to the imminent danger of violent death at the hands of unbelieving persecutors incurred by those making a public profession of their faith in baptism. "What is the use of incurring such danger if there is to be no resurrection?"
R. J. Cooks, in Methodist Review, xlix (1889), 100; J. W. Horsley, in Newbery House Magazine, June, 1889; DB, i, 245; and the commentaries on
BAPTISM BY HERETICS. See HERETIC BAPTISM.
BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND WITH FIRE:
A figurative expression used by John the Baptist (
BAPTISMAL REGENERATION. See REGENERATION.
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