The second kind of Baptism
The second instance for baptism was when Jesus told His Disciples:
Matthew 28:19 (NIV) "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"
Matthew 28:19 (KJV) "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"
To note, there is a difference in the rendition of the verse for the two translations of the Bible. In the New International Version (NIV), “make disciples” was commanded for the Disciples to do. However, no instance in the Old Testament where a prophet or chosen of God was endowed the authority to appoint fellow servants (disciples) of God.
Even so, the Apostles of Christ before receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Peter acting as spokesperson, replaced Judas Iscariot with Matthias (Read: Acts 1:16-26). This is probably what every Christian sect leaders are following in appointing their respective priests, pastors, and ministers by taking the translation in the New International Version of the Bible.
However, very clearly Jesus Christ never recognized Matthias as replacement for Judas Iscariot. Instead, He appointed Paul known as Saul of Tarsus, formerly His persecutor (Romans 1:1).
And, in the Authorized Version or KJV’s rendition of “teach” in Mathew 28:19, this also cannot be taken literally without contradicting the following:
Matthew 11:25 "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."
And never was Paul taught by the original Apostles for he testifies to the following:
Galatians 1:11 " But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man."
Galayians 1:12 "For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."
From the foregoing exposition of God of His words, the second occasion for “baptism” is revealed. After Pentecost the Disciples began to “speak in tongues” when Peter spoke about Jesus Christ. Let us remember it was Peter who recognized Jesus, proclaiming Him the “Christ” and the “Son of the living God.” With this affirmation, Jesus told him, “flesh and blood hath not revealed that unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Therefore, it required a “miracle” for Peter recognize Jesus.
TO BE CONTINUED