About Acts 2:41 Around 3 000 were baptized that day. Were these people baptized individually or en masse? Were they all immersed?
It just seems that 3 000 is more than one day's work. This was done after Peter's preaching, so it's safe to assume that part of the day was already gone.
- Christian SinnerLv 75 years agoFavorite Answer
I think Peter was indicating it was only 9 o'clock in the morning. He wanted to say that the men weren't drunk. The baptism they had was of the Spirit of God, who kicked off the church age on that Day of Pentecost. It was a Jewish festival from centuries past. God foretold that Day through that Feast. then he accomplished it that day. The Feast of Pentecost began to be fulfilled or was fulfilled on that Day.
They were baptised in the Spirit en masse, as I understand it. It is not to be confused with water baptism, which is an act of faith and an act of obedience. Water baptism doesn't save people, only the baptism of the spirit, whether the individual is aware of it happening or not.
- PaulCypLv 75 years ago
Valid baptism must be done individually. It is a personal commitment between one individual and God. The apostles lived in a desert land where frequently the only source of water was the town well, therefore immersion was not the usual method of baptism used. The pouring of water was the usual means of baptism, as shown in every early work of art depicting the baptism of Jesus. Immersion was also considered acceptable, and may have been used if they were near a river, just like today in the one Church founded by Jesus Christ.
- ccriderLv 75 years ago
Credo-baptists will occasionally say that "deputizing" could have taken place to accommodate throngs of people, but the Bible never mentions immersion as the specific mode for any baptism. Sprinkling would have been the probable mode, but that's just my opinion.
- sego lilyLv 75 years ago
Christian sinner has the answer; they were baptized in the Holy Spirit, filled with God and his power en masse
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- G CLv 75 years ago
They were all immersed in water for the removal of sins, and it was done individually.