Baptism of Water
Into the Death of Jesus
(the drowning of everything in us that is not in alignment with God's Spirit)
Scripture

Didache - Chapter 7. Concerning Baptism. "Concerning baptism, baptize this way: Having first said all these things, baptize into the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in living water. But if you have no living (fresh/moving) water, baptize into other water; if you cannot do so in cold water, do so in warm. But if you have neither, pour out water 3 times upon the head into the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But before the baptism let the baptizer fast, and the baptized, and whoever else can; but you shall order the baptized to fast 1 or 2 days before."
@ https://fourcornerministries.com/2017/10/13/didache-english-translation-roberts-donaldson/

Matthew 3:13-15 - Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John, but John tried to deter Him, saying,
"I need to be baptized by You.  Do You come to me?"  As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. 
At that moment heaven was opened and he (John) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. 
A voice from heaven said, "This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased."
Matthew 28:1-20 - The 11 disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where (resurrected)
Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted. 
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me. 
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of Father, Son AND Holy Spirit
Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.  Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age
."
Matthew 21:37 TPNT  37Later He (Father God) sent His Son (Jesus Christ) to them saying, "They will respect My Son (Messiah)."  38When the farmers (spiritually blind/God's enemies/demons) saw the Son, they said among themselves, "This is the Heir.  Come let us kill Him.  Then we would have(take/destroy/sabotage/abort/invalidate) His inheritance (destiny as Savior/Messiah)."  [Spiritual insight: This parable/test of character can be applied in every generation. 
Water baptism
is public testimony of our (each generation's) personal choice of Jesus as Messiah. 
The above Matthew 21:37 capitalization & red letters are done by this web site & NOT by TPNT.]

Mark 1:8 TPNT - I (John) baptized you in water [for forgiveness and removal of sins (original/inherited + those committed since age of reason)], but He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit (empowering you to overcome Satan).
Mark 16:16 KJV   
"He that believes and is (subsequently water) baptized (immersed) shall be saved. 
He that believes not, shall be damned.  (Jewish tradition is baptism by immersion.  Mark 16:16 is not in TPNT.)

Luke 3: 22-23 http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/csj/csj007.htm "Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and
all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him (John the baptizer) in Jordan (river), confessing their sins. 
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade Him, saying, 'I have need to
be baptized of Thee; comest Thou to me?'  Jesus answering said unto him, 'Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us
to fulfill all righteousness
.' Then John suffered Him.  Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water... 
The heavens were opened...He (John) saw the Spirit of God descending in a bodily shape like a dove and lighting upon Him; (John heard) a voice from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'  Jesus Himself began to (minister publicly) about 30 years of age."

John 1:33-34 - www.thepassiontranslation.com - "When I was commissioned to baptize with water God spoke these words to me, ‘One day you will see the Spirit descend and remain upon a man. He will be the One I have sent to baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34And now I have seen this revelation fulfilled with my own eyes.  I can tell you for sure that this man (Yeshua) is the Son of God.” 
John 3:5-7
 - Jesus answered, "I tell you (Nicodemus) the truth, no one can enter (recognize/operate in) the kingdom of (mind of) God unless he is born of water (amniotic fluid and/or baptism) AND (his human spirit is impregnated with) the (Holy) Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the (Holy) Spirit gives birth (certificate) to spirit (sons/ citizens).  You should not be surprised at My saying, 'You must be born again (into the spirit dimension/kingdom of God/mind of Christ).'"
John 3:16-18 - "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life, for God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."

Acts 2:38 NIV - Peter replied, "Repent and be (water) baptized (immersed), every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of lour sins, and you will receive the (initial) gift (deposit/title deed/promissory note) of the Holy Spirit.  29The promise (of eternal life/engagement ring/wedding invitation) is for you and your children and for all who are far off - for whom the Lord our God will call."
Acts 9:17-18 KJV
 - Jesus, that appeared to you in the way as you came, has sent me (Ananias) that you might receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost.  Immediately there fell from his eyes, as it had been, scales.  He received sight (back again), arose, as was baptized (in water).
Acts 10:44-47 NIV
 - 43Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name. 
44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who herd the message...
46For they heard them speaking in in tongues and praising god.  Then Peter said,
47"Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water"...in the name of Jesus Christ.
Acts 19:2-5 TPNT -
2He asked them, "Did you take the Holy Spirit when you believed?" 
They said to him, "In  fact, we did not hear whether there is a Holy Spirit." 3So he said, "Then in what name were you baptized?"  4Then Paul said, "John did baptize a baptism of repentance to the people, saying they should believe in the One Who was coming after him, that is in Jesus."  5When they heard, they were (water) baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Jewish custom dictates water immersion.)
 

Colossians 2:11-14 - In Him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, Who raised Him from the dead.  You, being dead in your sins and the un-circumcision of your flesh, has He quickened (made alive) together with Him, having forgiven you ALL trespasses. 
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,
nailing it to His cross.

Romans 6:3-6,11,14 - Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  We were therefore buried with Him through baptism (of water) into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Count yourselves dead to sin (hurts, wounds, disillusionments, disease) but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace (and mercy). 

ephesians/1.htm - 3Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ; 4according as he has chosen us in him before [the] world's foundation,
that we should be holy and blameless before him in love;
5having marked us out beforehand for adoption through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to His good pleasure,
6to [the] praise of [the] glory of His grace, wherein He has taken us into favor in the Beloved:
7in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of offences, according to the riches of His grace;
8which He has caused to abound towards us in all wisdom and intelligence,
9having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to his good pleasure which He purposed in Himself
10for [the] administration of the fullness of times; to head up all things in the Christ, the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth; in Him,
11in whom we have also obtained an inheritance, being marked out beforehand according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will,
12that we should be to [the] praise of his glory who have pre-trusted in the Christ:
13in whom *ye* also [have trusted], having heard the word of the truth, the glad tidings of your salvation;
in Whom also, having believed, ye have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14who is [the] earnest (deposit/down-payment) of our inheritance to the redemption of the acquired possession to [the] praise of His glory. (see Romans 8:28-34) [Water baptism is an outward public sign/witness which FOLLOWS the repentance for sins and the commitment to Jesus as Messiah/savior/Lord by which we receive the EARNEST/DEPOSIT of God's Holy Spirit, Who is our engagement ring to Jesus, our promised husband.] 

1st Peter 3:18-22 -
(Generations after the life of Noah, Christ, the Son of God came to earth.)  Christ died for sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you (me/mankind) to God.  He was put to death in the body but made alive by the (Holy) Spirit, through Whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.  In it only a few people, 8 in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you (us) also - not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God.  It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand-with angels, authorities and powers in submission to Him.       

1st John 5:5-8 - Who is it that overcomes the world?  Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 
This is the One Who came by water and blood: Jesus Christ.  He did not come by water only, but by water and blood
It is the Spirit Who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  There are 3 that testify: (Holy) Spirit, the water (of birth & baptism) and the blood (of Christ on the cross).  The 3 are in agreement.  (Without the atonement of blood there is no remission of sins.) (TPNT footnotes, "Water refers to at least 3 things; amniotic fluid of His birth, baptism, & also to Torah, for which water is a metaphor from Isaiah 55:1 & Exodus 14:22."  Blood refers to "the blood of our covenant.  The life is in the blood, Genesis 9:4.  There are 2 ways by which the Father testified about Jesus: In John 5:36 Jesus says 'The works which I do testify'...Several times the Father Himself spoke, such as at Jesus' baptism and at His transfiguration.")
(Spiritual insight: This scripture can also refer to the water and blood that flowed from the side of Christ when pierced on the cross.  Remember, the body is mostly water.  Also blood consists of 2 parts - white and red blood corpuscles.)
1st John 5:7-8 KJV 7.There are 3 that bear record in heaven - the Father, the Word (Jesus Christ Messiah), and the Holy Ghost; these 3 are one.  8.There are 3 that bear witness in earth - the (Holy) Spirit, the (Living) water, and the (shed) blood (of Jesus Christ Messiah); these 3 agree in one.
(Deuteronomy 17:6 Harkavy   At the mouth of 2 witnesses or 3 witnesses shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.)

John's Baptism

Matthew 3:1-3    John the Baptist (Jesus' 1st cousin) came preaching in the desert of Judea saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."  This is He (John) who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, "A voice of one calling in the desert.  Prepare the way for the Lord.  Make straight paths for Him."
Matthew 3:7,11-12   
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them"...I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One who is more powerful than I, Whose sandals I am not fit to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Matthew 3:13 -
Jesus came to be baptized by John.
Mark 1:4 - John preached a (water) baptism of repentance for forgiveness (of sins, rather than the ritual sacramental immersions or the annual repentance obligation cited in http://niv.scripturetext.com/leviticus/16.htm )
Luke 3:2-4 - God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  He came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the (water) baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet.
John 1:31 - I came baptizing (by immersion) in water that He (Messiah) might be manifested (revealed to those hearts made ready).

Baptism into Moses

1st Corinthians 10:1-4 TPNT   
1 I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, because all our fathers were under the cloud and all went through the sea.
2All [our (Jewish) fathers] were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
3All ate the same spiritual food.  4All drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from a spiritual rock, which was following them; the rock was the Messiah.

Heflin, Ruth Ward - REVIVAL GLORY (495KB) Chapter 10  Moving in the Glory - http://www.calvarycampground.org/wp-content/uploads/glorybooks/revivalglory.pdf - "A light resting on the young man...seemed to be radiating out from him, coming out of the very pores of his skin. (In retrospect) I had always considered that the glory radiating from the face of Moses was a reflection, that because he had been standing face to face with the Lord, the light from the countenance of the Lord
had shone onto Moses face, and that external experience had worked its way inward...
It seems to me now that it was an internal experience that worked its way out to the exterior.  Moses’ face shone...It was brilliant. His face shone so brightly that the people were unable to look at him. That’s what God wants to do for us in these days. We formerly thought that only Moses could have had such a great experience, but now we know that we are all destined to see the glory of God and to reflect it...
In the days ahead we will see ministries that have resisted certain aspects of the move of God’s Spirit in the
past now being baptized in the cloud and doing things they never imagined themselves doing. Lord."

Baptism for the Dead?

1st Corinthians 15:29 NIV - If there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead?  If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?  [Commentary from Father John H Hampsch's Healing Your Family Tree = "Original sin (from Satan and perhaps inherited [venial] sin from ancestors) can be erased through (infant or adult) baptism...Personal sin, on the other hand, can be erased through repentance (of own and ancestors' [especially mortal] sin)."  (The aspect of forgiveness/repentance for inherited venial/mortal sin refers NOT to the salvation of ancestors,
but to prevention/eradication of the curse of those sins operating in our lives and the lives of our seed.)]
                                                                            
Hampsch, Father John H -  Healing Your Family Tree - "Original sin (from Satan and perhaps inherited [venial] sin from ancestors) can be erased through (infant or adult) baptism...Personal sin, on the other hand, can be erased through repentance (of own and ancestors' [especially mortal] sin)."  (The aspect of forgiveness/repentance for inherited venial/mortal sin refers NOT to the salvation of ancestors, but to prevention/eradication of the curse of those sins operating in our lives and the lives of our seed.)]

Water Baptism for Salvation vs Holy Spirit Baptism

Branham, William - http://endtimemessage.info/SupernaturalBook-6.pdf - Water Baptism "In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, 'Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.‘  10 days later, in Acts 2:38 Peter said, 'Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of the Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.' Is this a contradiction? I don't believe it is. Notice in Matthew 16 Jesus asked his disciples who they thought He was. Peter said, 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.‘ Jesus said, 'Blessed are you, Simon, because flesh and blood didn‘t reveal this to you. You got the revelation from My Father Who is in heaven. Upon this rock (What rock? The revelation.) I will build My Church, and the gates of hell won‘t prevail against it.‘ Peter was standing there when Jesus said go baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 10 days later he did exactly what Jesus said. He had the revelation of God and the keys to the Kingdom. He knew that Father is not a name, Son is not a name, and Holy Ghost is not a name; they are titles (offices/roles) showing what He is. He is a Father; He is a Son; He is a Holy Spirit. Jesus said baptize in the N-A-M-E (singular), the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. That name is the Lord Jesus Christ.  So, when I baptize, I recognize both parts: His titles and His actual name. I say, 'Father, as Thou has commissioned us to go unto all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, I now baptize this person in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.‘ That covers both sides of the argument and let‘s me fellowship with all of you."

Sorger, Mat - A Divine Fusion Takes Place @ You Have Divine DNA Inside of You! by Matt Sorger.  
"Recently God gave me a vision of what happens to us at salvation.
It radically altered the way I see myself. I saw the moment God encountered Mary in Luke 1:31-35
telling her she would bear the Christ Child. I saw the Person of the Holy Spirit overshadow her.
I saw Mary's DNA and the Holy Spirit's DNA.
I saw them intertwine and become one, creating Jesus in her womb, fully God and fully man.
[This does not clarify if Mary's human spirit, human soul and/or human flesh/ovum/egg was shared with Father God's seed, or not.  Below only addresses a fetus' reborn spirit.]  Then the vision shifted to me.  I saw myself at salvation. I saw the Holy Spirit over shadow me and fill me. My body (womb) became the temple of the Holy Spirit.
I also saw my spirit man's DNA and the Holy Spirit's DNA. I saw them intertwine and become one.
I saw the Holy Spirit wrap around my human spirit like 2 DNA strands coming together as 1, just like when the DNA from a father and mother mix together to form a new baby. It looked like the Double Helix. As the Holy Spirit wrapped around my human spirit, they fused together, becoming one and forming a brand new creation. This fusion of Holy Spirit and my human spirit formed Christ in me.
Heavenly DNA - Divine Nature -
1 Corinthians 6:17 declares, 'But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.' This revelation was in scripture the whole time!
I became one spirit with the Holy Spirit and I now have a new holy, divine nature.
This is Christ in me, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27, 2 Peter 1:4)
Divine DNA from God was fused into my human spirit causing me to partake of God's divine nature.
I was truly a brand new creation. As Holy Spirit became one with my human spirit,
I was 'born again'. Christ was formed inside of me. I was much more than a better version of myself. 
I was something brand new. When you receive Christ as your Savior and Holy Spirit takes up residence inside of you, He actually fuses Himself together with your spirit.  You become one with God. You have His divine nature inside of you.
You are a brand new creation, with new desires and a new life. Our core identity is completely transformed.
Christ's very nature and identity is now completely formed in your spirit. It's a glorious transformation.
This is why you are holy, righteous and clean. Having divine DNA in your spirit has so many affects on your
life as you become transformed in your spirit, soul and body
." 5/11/2016 www.matsorger.com - other links: http://www.identitynetwork.net/Articles-?blogid=2093&fldKeywords=&fldAuthor=Matt+Sorger&fldTopic=

[Kat Kerr seems to teach that the above occurs at confirmation (baptism in Holy Spirit) rather than salvation (repentance/ water/baptism of John).  Notice Kat mentions that Holy Spirit and human spirit exchange a (DNA) soul layer at the time of fusion/ conception of new life (whether physical or spiritual). 
Kat suggests (that at salvation)Holy Spirit walks alongside us rather than inside us, but that Father God has placed a diamond (engagement/betrothal) ring/rock deposit/inside of us (our soul soul) at salvation/time of our repentance and saying yes to Messiah. www.revealingheaven.com ]
Kerr, Kat - The Temple: Spirit, Soul & Body CD/DVD - www.revealingheaven.com -
Repenting for, renouncing and loosing sins from oneself + inviting Jesus into the heart of our spirit man allows 2 things: Jesus to walk alongside us and our soul layer (DNA clone) to sit in the 3rd heaven.
However, for Holy Spirit (Trinity) to indwell/live/occupy our spirit man, we need to invite + accept/receive Jesus to be our baptizer in/with the Holy Spirit
[Remember, this occurred in 2 steps in the New Testament 99% of the time.                           
Typically via Salvation (Christmas/Easter/water-baptism) + next Holy Spirit baptism (Pentecost/confirmation).

Commentary regarding baptism into the Kingdom of God
+ sanctification (ongoing infilling with the Holy Spirit
+ ongoing death to the flesh/self)

The New Testament admonishes us to become less and less, so that Christ can become more and more in us.
Asking Jesus to forgive all our sins and to be the Lord of our lives, opens the door for the Holy Spirit to enter.
As we die to self and concede to God we are able to (like a sponge) absorb more of Him.  When there is less of me, myself and I, there is more room for Him.  The step after adult water baptism (signifying engagement to Christ) is the baptism of the Holy Spirit (signifying marriage to Christ), Who enables us to more readily operate in the invisible spiritual Kingdom of God.  Spiritual humility or denying self, not protecting/defending self from false attacks or even from danger/disease/
harm is the model Christ set in the garden of Gethsemane and forward.  Allowing of abuse was part of God's spiritual
plan for both Jesus and mankind.  It was His will at that time.  God revealed His will/plan/purpose to His son Jesus. 
Jesus sweat blood in the garden during the time He had to make a choice to obey feelings, pain avoidance, shame avoidance, etc. or to obey Dad, His Boss.  Sometimes we have to NOT save face in order to further God's kingdom.  Sometimes, we have to apologize to a victimizer, when we are the victim.  It might be that we have hate in our heart or death wishes?  It might be that SOMETHING negative rises up in us when we hear the name of someone mentioned?  Obviously, it is a red flag, a warning that the flesh wants control.  Remember this story when we are reprimanding another:
Matthew 7:1-5 KJVer -
1Judge not that you be not judged. 
2With the judgment you judge, you shall be judged. With what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. 
3Why behold the mote in your brother's eye, ut consider not the beam in your own eye? 
4How will you say to your brother, "Let me pull the mote out of your eye, (when) a beam is in your own eye?" 
5Hypocrite, 1st cast the beam out of your own eye. Then you shall see clearly to cast the mote out of your brother's eye.

Well, that log is a crumb to us, but a log to God.  Neither logs nor crumbs can enter into heaven. 
Dead people do NOT feel.  We are to be dead to self.  Psychiatrists and counselors tout one's having a good self image, etc. 
Well, going to confession is about one of the best ways to clear one's conscience AND self image. 
However, if we are dead (to the demands of the mind and flesh), then there is NO guilt/pain/feelings/hurt. 
If we are dead to self and alive to Christ and He is 99.9% inside us by way of the Holy Spirit, then we need to deny ALL yelling of the emotions/feelings + ALL yelling of accusing demons that contradict the Word and purposes of God.
We forgive self, God or another (NOT because our feelings agree with this act, but) because we walk by faith and not by feelings.  We walk in spiritual obedience to the Bible (NOT our pastor) and NOT in obedience to emotions or thoughts dumped into our minds by evil spirits or commands given to us by misguided individuals.  God, help us daily hear and obey You.  In Jesus name, we pray.  Amen...
Another issue is SELF absorption/focus.  Me, me, me focus.  It's all about me, my family, my job, my city, my state, my nation, my religion, my, my, my.  That dangerous self absorption in fact hints of Pride, which is what felled Lucifer - and all the human race, like dominoes, after him - plummeting down towards hell. 
Our focus is to be heavenly, towards the Trinity - daily.  Holy Spirit and guardian angel, I enlist your help to steer me towards 24/7 focusing on Jesus.  Thanks, in Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

Episode #16 The Way of the Spirit - in Israel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfUampWrge0 @ https://holyspirit.tv/ shares BOTH water and Holy Spirit baptism, following salvation.

Commentary
Water Baptism
Catholic Infant Baptism
Portestant Infant Christening
Mormon Baptism for the Dead

Sanctification (spiritual maturity of the mind and body) begins with salvation.  Salvation begins when one is "born-again (when the Holy Spirit unites with the human spirit)."  Sozo means the salvation of mind/soul, body, and spirit. 
Christ died to fix all 3, not just the spirit.  Water baptism is the public proclamation of the personal acceptance
of Christ as one's Messiah/savior/healer/forgiver/rabbi/priest/king/mate/best friend/deliverer.
John 3:5-7
 - Jesus answered, "I tell you (Nicodemus) the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying , 'You must be born again.'" 
The Jewish ritual bar mitzvah for children is age 13, when they are considered to be an adult in some capacity. 
At least by age 13 most individuals should be able to discern between good and evil.  Thus it is spiritually imperative that each person decide if he/she will accept Jesus as Messiah or reject Him and what He did on the cross for them.
While the child is under the parent's guardianship or roof, they may have a spiritual protection, but once they are independent, they must choose to accept or reject the Trinity. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is just another step in the sanctification of the individual.  The Catholic church calls this confirmation...Because of Original Sin and the genetic transfer of both spiritual and physical DNA from ancestors, we recommend a Family Healing Mass at the time the infant is Christened (Protestant) or Water Baptized (Catholic)...The presents an opportunity for the Pastor to mentor the congregation before the sacraments (communion and christening/baptism)...It gives time for Pastor to present/offer opportunity for a personal alter call, rededication to/reaffirmation of their own sacraments (baptism/conformation), laying on of hands, group confession, plus reconciliation with Christ and relatives...Additionally, this ceremony gives opportunity for family repentance for the removal of family iniquity in the child being dedicated.  The child then can be consecrated to God and for His purposes, after inviting the Holy Spirit to replace all demonic DNA with holy DNA.

Benny Hinn
says that to BELIEVE is to do so with the heart rather than with the mind (intellect). 
It is to yield, surrender or follow.  It (water baptism) is an exchange like a blood transfusion. 
God takes away our sin and gives us His spirit.  That is the greatest miracle of the human existence.
(Obviously as an infant is dependant/under the covering of the parent/legal guardian, the spiritual covering will apply on earth and in heaven.)

Regarding the water baptism.  It is John, called the Baptist, who is know for implementing the Christian water baptism for the forgiveness of sins. (However, the Jewish community also has a similar ceremonial bath for washing away sin.)  Scripture indicates that John did not recognize Jesus as the Messiah, until later in life.  A parish priest explains it this way:  John did recognize Jesus to be his cousin, but he did not recognize him to be the Messiah, until later.  That is true of all humans.  We first recognize Jesus as a living human  before we recognize Him to be God's son and our savior from sins.  This is when God removes the veil.  It is a spiritual awareness, not an intellectual understanding, perception, or insight.  The soul perceives with the mind.  The spirit perceives with the spirit.  Only when the spirit of God is implanted into us, can the newborn spirit cry out Abba Father, daddy.
Luke 1:13 KJV - The angel said to him, "Fear not, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard.  Your wife Elizabeth shall
bear a son.  You shall call his name John.  You shall have joy and gladness.  Many shall rejoice at his birth. 
He shall be great in the sight of the Lord.  He shall drink neither wine nor strong drink.  He shall be filled with
the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb
.  Many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 
He shall go before Him in in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,
the disobedient to the wisdom of the just and to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Luke 1:80 KJV - The child grew and waxed strong in spirit.  He was in the deserts till the day of his showing to Israel.
Luke 3:15-16 KJV - All men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ (Messiah), or not. 
John answered..."I indeed baptize you with water.  One mightier than I comes, the latchets of whose shoes
I am not worthy to unloose.  He shall baptize you with the  Holy Ghost and with fire.
Luke 7:19 KJV - John sent 2 of his disciples to Jesus, saying, "Are You He that should come or do we look for another?"
Luke 7:22 KJV - Jesus answered, "Go your way and tell John (the Baptist, My 1st cousin) what things you have seen and heard, how the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the gospel is preached to the poor.  Blessed is he who shall NOT be offended in Me."
Luke 7:24,27-28 KJV - He began to speak to the people concerning John..."This is he of whom it is written,
'Behold, I send My messenger before your face, who shall prepare Your way before You." (see Malachi 3:1)
I say to you, "Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.  He who is least
in the kingdom of God is greater than he. (Meaning, Jesus the son of God is greater than the greatest prophet, John.)"

Infant (or 1st) Baptism/Christening

Ferrell, L Emerson - Immersed in Him - www.voiceofthelight.com - "The (Jewish) Law required male children to be circumcised on the 8th day.  (In lieu of circumcision) Infant baptism was subsequently ordained in (many Christian) Churches around the world as a result (as a substitute for 'male' circumcision)."

The Peregrini - http://urbana.org/go-and-do/missionary-biographies/intrepid-irish-adventurers - "They delayed (water) baptism (of adult converts) until those professing faith had received a certain amount of instruction and had given some proof of steadfastness...They avoided attacking the religions of the people, counting it more profitable to preach the truth to them than to expose their errors. They accepted the Holy Scriptures as the source of faith and life and preached justification by faith. They did not take part in politics or appeal to the State for aid (cited by Tucker)."

Wommack, Andrew - 7/14/2015 - http://s3.awmi.net/downloads/tv/2015/07jul/awm_tv20150714.wmv - Scriptural law is NOT imputed to a person until he comes of age or is accountable to it, esp. as pertaining to those with mental/emotional/brain deficits (downs, eg.).  The Jewish child comes of age (or an accountable adult) when he/she is 12-13 at the bar/bat mitzvah, but cannot minister until he is 30.

Dedication

Infant dedication - Video

Home dedication - http://biblos.com/deuteronomy/20-5.htm

Both - Infant + Adult Baptism

Bennet, Robert H - I Am Not Afraid - Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare -
http://www.amazon.com/Am-Not-Afraid-Possession-Spiritual/dp/0758641982#reader_B00DB6XH4Q - Chapter 9 - We Tremble Not - Martin Luther shares his perspective regarding some emotional, other psychiatric issues and the value of exorcism especially regarding the rite (sacrament) of water baptism plus the use of salt during the liturgy. 
Bennet, Robert H - Exorcism in
Madagascar - http://blogsbylutherans.uaclutheran.com/author/rev-dr-robert-h-bennett/

The Books of Adam and Eve from the Pseudepigrapha
            Written 200 BC

www.ccel.org/c/charles/otpseudepig/adamnev.htm - Adam and Eve 40:2    "When 5,500 years  have been fulfilled, then will come upon earth the most beloved king Christ, the son of God, to revive the body of Adam and with him to revive the bodies of the dead.  He Himself, the son of God, when He comes will be baptized in the river Jordan.  Then He will anoint from the oil of mercy all that believe in Him.  The oil of mercy will be for generation to generation for those who are ready to be born again of water and the Holy Spirit to life eternal.  Then the most beloved son of God, Christ, descending on earth shall lead your father Adam to paradise to the tree of mercy."

             Commentary:

(Catholic) Father Hampsch in Healing Your Family Tree, says, "A predisposition for exercising...deliverance power - 'a sign that the kingdom of God has come to you' (Luke 11:20) -is repentance (1st John 4:4; 5:18), being reborn in God's family.  This enables us to come against the negative family traits that that have been transmitted to us, and to prevent the transmission of our own negative traits to our offspring.  This is simply applying one's own 'baptismal rights' (or salvation rights) to restore the life of God to the deadened areas of the family tree. (The baptismal right (salvation right) is that by which we have access to God's family, for in baptism we become 'children of God' and part of His family tree)...
Instead of crediting infant baptism or purgatory as the ticket to heaven (which he passed out to the children during mass) a Boston Catholic priest in 2005 (wrongly) credits the ticket to heaven - to obeying the 10 commandments found in the Old Testament.  One little child ran to her parents shouting, "I have a ticket to heaven"...Scripture says not to offend the little children. (Matthew 18:6 or Mark 6:3 "Who shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck, and that he were drown in the depth of the sea")...This priest began beautifully to illustrate that Jesus is the ticket to heaven, but his punch line missed the mark altogether.  He showed wonderfully that we or a friend can buy a ticket to a movie, a ball game, a museum or heaven.  He failed to show that we cannot buy a ticket to heaven.  Only our friend Jesus can buy that ticket.  Jesus paid the full price of that ticket.  Jesus bought up all the tickets to heaven.  Our ticket to heaven is free to us.  It did cost Jesus a lot, however.  When we accept the ticket from Jesus, we can get into heaven.  When  we acknowledge Jesus as our friend, savior, forgiver, lover and lord, He gives us that ticket to heaven.  In gratitude we are baptized with water as a sign to the world that we pledge our allegiance to Him. 
We follow Christ's example, for Christ was baptized in the lake by His 1st cousin John.  We can take NO credit for being born into or belonging to a family.  Neither can we claim credit for any adoption into a family.  It is the parents who do the choosing, not the child.  Likewise, when we are adopted into God's heavenly family, it is Father God Who chooses us.  It is Jesus His son Who made that possible.  Nothing we do can make God love us more, chose us above another, or make Him un-adopt us.  He did all the adoption papers 2000 years ago, before we were ever born.  All we need to do is say, "Yes." 
At a marriage ceremony, all the paperwork is already done.  All we need to do is say, "Yes"...
One cannot experience a reality in the flesh when it is in the mind as an idea.  God creates a human being just by
thinking about him.  The infant does not experience "conception" in the female, but he does experience being born. 
When we say yes to a wedding proposal we do not experience the consummation of the marriage until later. Just  before we say yes to having the Lord Jesus as our forgiver and Lord, we do not have the experiential insight of our new birth into God's spiritual family as a sibling of Jesus Christ.  When we say yes, it is our spiritual conception, our adoption.  We become born, this time not in the flesh, but in the spirit.  Afterward we realize the glory of what has happened and we are grateful, but as a babe we cannot function on our own.  We  realize that we are plugged into God, but we also realize we are powerless. 

Perry Stone in Where Are the Weapons of the Mighty Men Hung  goes one step further.  He compares water baptism as a covenant sign of new birth to circumcision as a covenant sign of the Old Testament.  He illustrates this belief by mentioning a minister in India who baptizes all converts immediately after confession of belief in Jesus Christ as savior. 
Upon water immersion in the river, many manifest demons which flee, leaving the new converts delivered, changed,
and truly a new person in Jesus Christ.
www.perrystone.org (1-888-21-BREAD)  (This reminds us of the story of a newly baptized fellow who came out of the river with his tattoos missing/washed away by God.)

Romans 6 says, "We were therefore buried with Him through baptism (of water) into death."  This scriptural reality of being dead to our human nature takes a lifetime of imprinting into our psyche.  If we are truly dead, then our buttons do not get pushed.  Our past hurts do not overwhelm us to the degree they did in the past. We are less and less co-dependent.  We are more and more autonomous.  We are more and more safe being alone without having to check in with a safe person.  We are more and more able to forgive and forget, (but always keeping ourselves safe from persons dangerous to ourselves and our families).  We act out less and less, not hurting ourselves or others, as we did in the past. 
We laugh more and cry less.  

Derek Prince in they Shall Expel Demons contends that one needs to be water baptized as an adult;
that infant baptism is insufficient to ward off demons and heavenly evil daimons.
www.derekprince.com

Benny Hinn teaches from Exodus 14 that Moses' with the Jewish remnant passing through the Red sea symbolized or actualized a baptism of water and spirit.  The water is obvious.  The cloud was before and after the Hebrew people. 
Benny contends that they passed through the cloud, which he believes was a baptism in the Holy Spirit. 
His concepts may be obtained on CD called the Holy Spirit
www.bennyhinn.com 

David H Stern in Jewish New Testament Commentary notes that "the Baptist" was added to the name John. 
"Baptizein" in Greek means to dip, soak, immerse into a liquid so that it takes on the qualities of the solution,
for example: cloth in dye, or leather in tanning solution.  Thus, those who are baptized into Christ take on His nature;
our impurities are washed away; we are restored to a right relationship to God.

A 77 year old lady at a Benny Hinn Singapore 2005 healing service shared what God spoke to her. 
"If you give Me your sins, I give you salvation.  If you give to Me your sicknesses, I give to you healing."
Water baptism is an outward sign of the inward act of God, the washing away of sin. 
Water baptism is also an act of obedience.  Jesus, Himself, set the example for us to follow. 
Nonetheless, let us not fail to give Jesus our sins and also our infirmities.  (The 77 year old lady was cured of asthma.)

AUDIO-CD-DVD

David Ravenhill shares a unique way to view water baptism/salvation/the cross.  The front of the cross is our salvation in Christ Jesus.  The back of the cross is our redemption by Christ as an offering back to God without the sin. 
This is a "back to the future" approach, where at long last Father God has us the way He intended us to be from the beginning of creation, perfect and wonderful in His sight, His awesome sons, His delightful children.  6/3/2005 CD or DVD
www.streamsminitries.com

Internet

Abba's House - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTntP9yb-9k&feature=related

Water baptism by immersion for Messianic Jews     http://sg.geocities.com/shenlan.geo/mikveh.html
Water baptism by immersion in Jerusalem by Benny Hinn 
WATCH - 11/23/2007  
http://www.bennyhinn.org/media/2009-12-10.asx - Jordan River baptism - Water baptism SEALS salvation + resurrection of the body, per Benny.

Renewal of Baptismal Messianic Believer needs to be Mikveh Mayim (immersion in Living water)? http://www.messianic-torah-truth-seeker.org/
Jewish water immersion
http://www.apocalypsesurvivor.com/signs/JewsIsrael.html - "7/2005 the Bnei Menashe community of Mizoram were completing the building of a mikvah, or a Jewish ritual bath under the supervision of Israeli Rabbi’s in order to begin the process of conversion to Judaism.  A similar mikvah is also planned for the Bnei Menashe community in Manipur. This step will allow a possible mass immigration to Israel under Israel’s right of return law in the coming years." 
"
The Jewish baptism candidates were often immersed 3x. The idea of total immersion comes from the Scripture in Leviticus 15:16 when it says, "He shall wash all his flesh in the water."  One reason it was customary to immerse 3x was because the word mikveh occurs 3x in the Torah. We know this to have been an early Nasarenes practice under Yeshua,"
or as Christians say, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;" the Trinity.
 http://www.essene.com/B'nai-Amen/MysticalImmersion.htm

Renewal  of
BaptismalPromises
http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=1094 -
It's very important to remember (renew) one's...baptism...
I, _________________ who through the tender mercy of the Eternal Father was privileged to be baptized "in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 19:5) and thus to share in the dignity of His divine Son-ship, wish now in the presence of this same loving Father and of his only-begotten Son (Jesus Christ) to renew in all sincerity the promises... solemnly made at the time of my holy Baptism. 
I, therefore, now do once again RENOUNCE
Satan;
I
renounce all his works; I renounce all his allurements.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, Who was born into this world, suffered and died for my sins and rose again.
(Right now I confess these sins:______________________ and receive Your forgiveness.  Thank You.)
I believe in You Holy Spirit..J (and) Jesus' holy...church (His bride/body on earth),...forgiveness of sins, resurrection of the body and life ever-lasting.
Having been buried with Christ unto death and raised up with Him unto a new life,
I promise to live no longer for myself or for that world which is the enemy of God but for Him (Jesus Christ, Messiah) Who died for me and rose again, serving God, (His and) my heavenly Father, faithfully and unto death...
Taught by our Savior's command and formed by the Word of God,
I now dare to say, 'Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from (the) evil (one).' Amen.   
Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968"

[When the baptismal promise rite is prayed at a christening, we ALSO need to repent of (confess/apologize for) and bind/reject/renounce the sins/iniquities of the child's ANCESTORS (on both sides) + loose the blessings of the child's ancestors (on both sides) into the child's life, in Jesus' name.
Jesus, I/we apologize for blaming You for what Satan has done and we have allowed by not knowing/reading Your truths found in the Bible or not understanding/applying/welding/taking Your medicine/power/Holy Spirit/solutions found in scripture.
In Jesus name, I/we ask forgiveness of family (venial/mortal sins/premature death/birth defects/diseases/insanity/ ______).
In Jesus name, I/we reject and curse all bad ancestral roots and forbid ancestral evil to enter our/this child's life.
In Jesus name, I/we bind to our/this child's life all the many blessings in our/its family line, on both sides.
Jesus, we thank You for providing salvation, healing AND deliverance on the cross. 
We are grateful & bless Your holy name.
[COMMENTARY:
Even though inherited curses pass down through the blood line, they also pass on through objects such as christening garments, so this last whisper/prayer/insertion is especially significant when tradition is incorporated which includes the use of family garments, objects or names...Perchance this additional prayer is not inserted during the ceremony, it can be said in private by a parent/relative or later by oneself to/for oneself...The Person with the greater spiritual authority will have the most spiritual credibility with both God and with Satan...Thus for a dad to pray this prayer would give more notice to the enemy than would a mom to pray it, or a mom more notice than a grandparent...When both parents pray and/or the entire family prays together to renew baptismal promises on behalf of themselves AND the infant at a christening, God's angels rejoice.]

Cox, Paul L  - Living Water  - http://www.aslansplace.com/insights/livingwater.htm
"The spring felt to me like the orbs, but now the orbs were moving in an upward direction. 
The spring of water is the river of God and the orbs are in the spring. 
The orbs are living beings...
The river of God really is LIVING WATER...There is still much more to understand. 
Many have seen faces in the orbs.  Others have seen wheels within wheels. 
The orbs seem to appear when there is an anointing of evangelism and healing."

Pisegna, Father Cedric - 12/23/2007 Catholic TV  broadcast - www.frcedric.org - Father Cedric tells that Jesus revealed himself to the nun Faustina with red light emitting from His side representing His blood  Healing through applying the blood of Christ plus a white light emitting from His other side representing being baptized with water for the removal of sins. After Jesus died, a soldier pierced His side with a spear. 
Out came His blood and water.
John 19:34 TPNT  One of the soldiers pierced His side with his spear and immediately blood and water came out.
(footnote - Blood represents life, while water represents Torah, the Word of God.)
(Other thoughts: Some medical people point out that blood consists of white + red blood cells.)

Prince, Derek - Baptism in Water - 1/6 -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2jC1VvMFKw&feature=related
Prince
, Derek - Baptism in Water - 2/6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO8ERuCf81I&feature=related
Prince, Derek - Baptism in Water - 3/6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CafqL7QMaY&feature=related
Important - You are not baptized into Jesus.  Not a baptism of repentance.  Not John’s baptism.  You are (to be adult) baptized to fulfill/complete/carry out all righteousness. Baptism is identification with Jesus in death/burial/resurrection and witnessed/cheered/backed/authorized/required by the Trinity.  Baptism is a reenactment of Jesus’ death/burial/resurrection
Prince, Derek - Baptism in Water 4/6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6CpccTErGk&feature=related
Prince, Derek - Baptism in Water 5/6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8km800yTf-E&feature=related
Prince, Derek - Baptism in Water 6/6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydsY_cM99fY&feature=related
Prince, Derek - Immersion In Water 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-04ZPLro8A&feature=channel
Prince, Derek - Immersion In Water 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAUc6RdiM-0&feature=related

Zarit, Steven - Sid Roth radio 1/28/2008-2/1/2008 interview #1576 - http://www.sidroth.org - 1/29/2008 interview shares that Messianic Jew Steven needed water baptism to contain the overload of (what he believes to be) the Holy Spirit baptism (or at least his born again experience and Holy Spirit download).  This immersion was done (in a private heated swimming pool) by another new believer, who believed God sent him to baptize Steven.

Taking a look at Teshuvah (spiritual cleansing), mikveh and Tevilah (immersion)
http://www.cryptojews.com/welcoming_back_the_anusim.htm + http://www.hearoisrael.org/uploads/MIKVEH_or_BAPTISM.pdf

Wash Me - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Siukm_FNG4&list=PLA4395BD361100F33&feature=player_embedded

Books

Brim, Billye - www.billyebrim.org - http://www.billyebrim.org/sites/billyebrim.org/files/GloryWatch09Summer.pdf
"The angel told my father that the Bible teaches 3 baptisms. He taught Dad about them from the Word.
Then he said, 'You, Willie, have all 3. Your dad has only 1. But he has the 1 baptism necessary to carry him across the Sea.'  The angel turned toward the glass doors overlooking Lake Hudson.  Daddy’s eyes followed. The glass doors disappeared. The wall disappeared.  The lake disappeared. My dad saw the Crystal Sea and the Glory beyond. Through a veil he saw his mother, his grandparents, Isaac and Carrie Pickard, his Uncle Dan, and others.  The angel said, 'They’re waiting for Will. He’ll come soon.'  One of the 3 gifts the refrigerator had turned into became a boat and sailed across the sea.  'They’re waiting for you, too. It won’t be long till you come.' (That was in 1975, Daddy went home in 2001.) 
Then myriads of beings which my father believed to be an angelic choir filled the heavens. They sang to him every verse of the hymn
Blessed Assurance."

Chavda, Mahesh - The Hidden Power of Healing Prayer - www.watchofthelord.com
Chapter 8 Breaking the Enemy's Grip shares that water baptism healed a woman of madness and  demonic oppression "in a land where many people are deep into witchcraft religions; sometimes they lose their faculties...Many of those who were baptized (in the crocodile infested Congo River) had also been divinely healed from some kind of sickness or injury...
Many of those in the baptismal crowd had been released from demonic spirits which had possessed and bound them. 
This was particularly true of the mad woman who wanted to swim with us."  Psalm 107:20 NKJV  
He sent His Word, healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. 
Exodus 15:26
  I am the Lord Who heals you.
Chavda, Mahesh - Only Love Can Make a Miracle -
www.watchofthelord.com - Shares an indepth autobiography of his being taken into heaven just before he committed his life to Jesus and was subsequently baptized with water.

DeGrandis
, Father Robert with Schubert, Linda - The Gift of Miracles - Servant Publications - Chapter 10 Prayer section Renewal of Baptismal Promises - "Heavenly father, I come before You now and renew the promises of sacramental baptism. 
I reject sin; I repent of all the the times I have not walked in the way of Your truth or obeyed Your will for my life. 
I ask Your forgiveness for the times I have hardened my heart to Your voice and not responded to Your call. 
Jesus, You are the Lord of my life. 
I step down from the center of my life and turn control over to You. 
(Jesus,) I place every area of my life under Your dominion.
I now reject (you) Satan and all (...your) works, and all (...your) empty promises. 
(Lord,) I ask forgiveness for myself, my relatives and ancestors for calling upon powers that set themselves up in
opposition to (...You) Lord Jesus Christ. 
I renounce all false worship & all (counterfeit/deceitful/sinister/selfish) benefits from magical arts (that give me power & control)
I renounce every power apart from (You) God & every form of worship that does not offer true honor to (You) Jesus Christ
I specifically renounce  _______________   ________________  ________________ "(name individually).
Heavenly Father, let...(Your Holy Spirit and Your blood shed on the cross) flow back through the generations and (forward through my descendants/seed to) purify my family (blood) line from contamination by Satan and sin."  In Jesus name.  Amen

Ferrell, L. Emerson - Immersed in Him - http://www.voiceofthelight.com/en/immersed.html - www.voiceofthelight.com - also introductory video -http://www.voiceofthelight.com/VOTLM2009/ImmerseInHim/ImmersedInHIMFirstChapter.pdf Chapter #1
Emerson gives his personal testimony + his understanding that there needs to be 3 water immersions (baptisms),
in the name of the Father, the Son, AND the Holy Spirit.  Read chapter 4 The Reformation of Baptism for clarity.
Emerson contends that salvation is our heritage upon repentance and request, but that it is water baptism that allows one
to be born-again (immersed) into Christ.  The early Catholic and Greek Orthodox church practiced 3 immersions with 3 invocations.  Each immersion/invocation affects an individual's soul, body, and/or mind and it's relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:18 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations; (baptizo/repeatedly) baptize them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, AND of the Holy Spirit. 
Testimony - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wUn-9EjtYg - Jesus' 12 disciples were NOT able to consistently do deliverance until AFTER Jesus' resurrection and the descending of His Holy Spirit upon them at Pentecost - http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2&version=NIV .
The Healing of a Boy with a Demon.
*14h When they came to the crowd a man approached, knelt down before him,
15and said, “Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic* and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water.16I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”17i Jesus replied, “O faithless and perverse* generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him here to me.”18Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him,* From that hour the boy was cured.19Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?”20* j He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”21 from http://www.usccb.org/bible/matthew/17/ - [Emerson seems to contend that a baptism (utilizing 3 immersions and 3 names of God) understood from the book's point of view will usher in the fusion of God and man in such a way as to legalize one's citizenship in heaven with all respective powers, mindsets, and protection from demonic retaliation, assuming one continues in intimacy with and maturity in the Trinity.]

Hunter, Joan - Power to Heal - www.joanhunter.org - Joan encourages all adults to partake of adult baptism by immersion. 
"In the New Testament age, circumcision is no longer required, as (because of) the (public testimony/witness) sign (to God, angels and man) of the (blood) covenant (of salvation/eternal life/being born again) is (adult) immersion baptism." 

Kelley, Earthquake - book #1122 "Bound to Lose, Destined to Win" - http://earthquakekelleyministries.org/books/ - Chapter 14 Questions and Answers - Mark 16:16 KJV = He who believes AND is (water) baptized will be saved.
Earthquake believes this is water immersion for the adult or child who can choose Christ on his own, rather than
infant baptism.  "God told me to be consistent in my spiritual life," to have a spiritual schedule and keep it.

Lake, Brian - Romancing the King - www.brianlake.org - Chapter 1 - A King's Promise - Acts 22:16  "Although Saul had repented of his sins, he needed to be baptized into the death of Christ, where the cleansing blood was shed...in this God ordained way."

MacNutt, Francis - Deliverance from Evil Spirits - www.christianhealingmin.org (edited) -
Chapter 16 Spirits of the Occult references the need to renounce occult activities and to use the Catholic infant/convert water baptismal rite as a format/template.  This includes 1st in the name of Father God, 2nd in the name of Jesus Christ and 3rd in the name of the Holy Spirit, renouncing, (1) Satan, (2) all spiritual forces of wickedness, (3) all evil powers, and (4) all sinful desires; (5th) it includes accepting Jesus Christ as savior. 
Chapter 17 Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) adds that a SRA person being ministered to needs to repeat this rite/prayer/declaration THREE times (3x) in order to break any seals/legal strongholds (which may have come from one's own invitation or from dedication to Satan by another).  A common in utero/womb seal is a spirit of rejection that became lodged in him/her when the parent did not want the child and contemplated/ attempted abortion.  
Subsequently the priest/minister/rabbi can pray:
"In the name of Jesus Christ, I break every seal of Satan.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I set you free by the double edged sword of the Holy Spirit." 
(To break and dissolve all satanic seals, repeat the following paragraph 3 times in honor of the Holy Trinity
because satanic seals are placed 3 times to blaspheme the Holy Trinity
.)
In the honor of the Holy Trinity and in the holy name of Jesus:
I break and dissolve any and all curses, hexes, spells, snares, traps, lies, obstacles, deceptions, diversions, spiritual influences, wishes, desires, hereditary seals (known and unknown) and every dysfunction and disease from any evil/wrong/misguided source including my own mistakes and sins. 
I sever the transmission of any and all satanic vows, pacts, spiritual bonds, soul ties, and satanic works. 
I break and dissolve any and all links and effects of links with: astrologers; bohmos; channelers; charters; clairvoyants; crystal healers; crystals; fortune tellers; mediums; New Age Movement; non Christian/non Jewish religions;
occult seers; palm, tea leaf, or tarot card readers; psychics; santeros; satanic cults; spirit guides; witch doctors; and, Voodoo. 
I dissolve all effects of participation in séances and divination, ouija boards, horoscopes, occult games of all sorts, and any form of worship that does not offer true honor to Jesus Christ.
I break and dissolve any and all curses, hexes, spells, snares, traps, lies, obstacles, deceptions, diversions, evil spiritual influences, evil wishes, evil desires, hereditary seals (known and unknown) and every dysfunction and disease from any source including my own mistakes and sins. 
I sever the transmission of any and all satanic vows, pacts, spiritual bonds, soul ties, and satanic works. 
I break and dissolve any and all links and effects of links with: astrologers; bohmos; channelers; charters; clairvoyants; crystal healers; crystals; fortune tellers; mediums; New Age Movement; non Christian/non Jewish religions; occult seers; palm, tea leaf, or tarot card readers; psychics; santeros; satanic cults;
spirit guides; witch doctors; and, Voodoo. 
I dissolve all effects of participation in séances and divination, ouija boards, horoscopes, occult games of all sorts, and any form of worship that does not offer true honor to Jesus Christ.
I break and dissolve any and all curses, hexes, spells, snares, traps, lies, obstacles, deceptions, diversions, evil spiritual influences, evil wishes, evil desires, hereditary seals (known and unknown) and every dysfunction and disease from any source including my own mistakes and sins. 
I sever the transmission of any and all satanic vows, pacts, spiritual bonds, soul ties, and satanic works. 
I break and dissolve any and all links and effects of links with: astrologers; bohmos; channelers; charters; clairvoyants; crystal healers; crystals; fortune tellers; mediums; New Age Movement; non Christian/non Jewish religions; occult seers; palm, tea leaf, or tarot card readers; psychics; santeros; satanic cults; spirit guides; witch doctors; and, Voodoo. 
I dissolve all effects of participation in séances and divination, ouija boards, horoscopes, occult games of all sorts, and any form of worship that does not offer true honor to Jesus Christ.
Domestic-Church.Com: Sacramental: Spiritual Warfare Prayer 
Credits: Father Robert DeGrandis, S.S.J. 
Deliverance Prayers to Be Said Out Loud
I invite the Holy Spirit to occupy the space vacated by any evil.
In Jesus name, I close all gates/doors to the enemy.
In Jesus name, I lock all gates/doors to the enemy.
I thank and praise You holy Trinity for evicting the enemy and taking up permanent residence in my life. 
I invite/enlist my guardian angel and any available warrior angel to continually guard all my gates. 
In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.2.27.2009

Mitchell, Carl -
The HISTORY of HOW SPRINKLING REPLACED IMMERSION as a BAPTISMAL FORM  http://searchforbiblicaltruth.com/library/text/carl/HowSprinklingReplacedImmersionAsBatismalForm.pdf
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It is commonly known that baptism originally involved the total immersion of the body in water.
In fact, the Greek term baptizo means to immerse...The privilege of being baptized was to be given (mainly) only to those who believed in Christ, repented of his/her sins (being sorry, and pledging to turn away from sin), and orally confessed that he/she believed Jesus to be the Son of God (Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38, Romans 10:8-10)...

Baptism was eventually changed from its original form and came to involve having a little water sprinkled or poured on ones head. 2 reasons brought about this change. The 1st was the practice of waiting until late in life to accept baptism so that one could die very soon thereafter before having amassed a big load of sins. By waiting so late, some risked dying before getting to a pool of water sufficient for a total immersion.  As a compromise, the practice of sprinkling began to occur...This was in fact referred to as “clinical” baptism, and was considered suspect by many, especially in North Africa.
As an example, Emperor Constantine, in 337 was baptized on his deathbed by Eusebius of Nicomedia...A 2nd reason was the beginning of baptizing infants, something neither commanded nor illustrated in the New Testament. There probably began to be occasional baptisms of infants in the late 2nd century, but it did not gain wide acceptance until the time of Augustine (AD 354-430). Augustine took the position that infants inherit the sin of Adam and Eve, and therefore are born sinners and should be baptized soon after their birth. The opposing view, championed by Pelagius (415), claimed infants are born without sin, and become sinners when they are able to understand right and wrong and choose wrong. At that point, they should be baptized...Augustine convinced the bulk of the church to accept his view.”

Mikvah - Jewish immersion/baptism http://www.hebroots.com/mikvah.html - Normally a person would do this 3 times.

Chuck Pierce - www.gloryofzion.org - Time to Defeat the Devil - http://charismahouse.com/index.php/sample-chapters?start=8 - Sample chapter here - Chapter 10 Jesus, Our Best Example in the Wilderness - "There's nothing wrong with John's baptism...Jesus Himself went."  It "paved the way for the next dimension that we must enter."

Ramirez, John - Armed & Dangerous - http://cdn.bakerpublishinggroup.com/
processed/book-resources/files/Excerpt_9780800798505.pdf?1499869328 Chapter #1 (edited) -
Why do we deny the power that we carry in Jesus? Why are we so afraid to talk about the devil, expose him, or even talk about spiritual warfare? We act like we are committing blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and walk on eggshells, as if we, the Church, have committed the ultimate sin...
Do you really think that if you do not expose the devil or talk about spiritual warfare, the enemy will not mess with you? Think again.  Let us wake up and be the true Church of Jesus Christ: armed and dangerous...
My complete testimony appears in Out of the Devil’s Cauldron...
He put the pieces of my fragmented life back together.  He took a great mess and made it His masterpiece...
God always gives us beauty for ashes...
My descent into witchcraft, however, began innocently. Like any other little boy living in the South Bronx of the 1960s...
One day, as my friend and I broke window after window, time passing quickly, an eerie sense overtook me. I felt a heavy presence but did not know what it was and tried to shake it off.  Suddenly, something hit my feet, and I stooped down to find a colorful necklace on the ground. I did not realize it then, but that necklace, which resembled Native American art,
was my first encounter with the dark side. A short time later, the necklace, which was connected to an unspeakable evil, would steal my childhood.  Months later, I was on my way to see a witch...
Given my demonic past...I am so thankful to Jesus for my water baptism as a new believer in Him...
My mind went back to a distant day, to the unholy baptism I was subjected to as a little boy just a few months after finding
the strange necklace on the broken lot.  On that day, the scene was very different.  Instead of a church full of praising saints, I walked into a dingy apartment filled with demons.  Instead of the holy waters of baptism, I experienced an herbal bath with demonic chanting in the background.  My aunt had persuaded my mother to go for a tarot card reading. I ended up in the crossfire. The medium singled me out as her demonic protégé. Before my mother and I knew what was happening, I was being ushered into the dark side. My discipleship with the devil would last 25 years.
A Dark Deception
No longer that innocent little boy who threw rocks at vacant windows, I had grown into a tall young man who dressed
all in black (or white if the spirits called for it) and who strode through the streets of the Bronx with a proud swagger.  Seeing people recognize me and hurry inside their doorways, not wanting to make eye contact with me, the devil’s son,
gave me a secret thrill.  I was handpicked by the devil himself to be a high priest in the demonic realm.  The priesthood ceremony took place one night in the basement of my aunt’s house.  At 5 minutes to midnight, the devil showed up to collect the debt on his contract. The ritual lasted into the wee hours of the night. The next morning, when I woke up on the basement floor, I was no longer John Ramirez.  As a general in Satan’s kingdom, I was ordered to curse and control regions, do blood  rituals and basically bring hell to earth (the opposite of bringing the kingdom of God to earth).
I was also an evangelist for the dark side, recruiting any gullible soul I could find.  My favorite targets were weak Christians...until an October night changed my life forever, in a larger-than-life dream that would lead me on the right path to eternity. It was a dream that God used to show me He was bigger and more powerful than anything I had served for 25
years in the world of witchcraft...
After waking up from that vivid dream, I cried out to God, saying, 'You are real. You do love me. Despite everything I said against You, how I mocked You and laughed at Your Church, how I ridiculed Christians, trying to break their faith.  In spite of all this, You still love me. Jesus, I give my life to You. I will serve You instead of the demons. You will be Lord over my life. You are the true God.'  Then I took out a piece of paper, marking the date in 1999, and wrote a vow to the Lord promising to serve Him and to be fully surrendered to His will for the rest of my life.  Jesus Christ had delivered me from witchcraft. Never again to return."

Sheikh, Bilquis (12/12/1912-4/7/1997) with Schneider, Richard H - I Dared to Call Him Father - God spoke to this Muslim mother, convert to Christianity, "It is time for you to be baptized in water." Muslim page

Virkler, Mark - New York cwgministries.org | cluonline.com - Deliverance FIRST, Baptism Follows http://www.elijahlist.com/mobile/display_word.html?ID=15291 In the book, Satan, The Early Christian Tradition by Jeffery Burton Russell, on page 101 we find this quote: 'Until about A.D. 200, baptism was often preceded by a rite of exorcism. Beginning about 200, the exorcism and formal renunciation of satan were incorporated into the baptismal rite. You may view the original quote here.  In the book, Possession and Exorcism in the New Testament and Early Christianity...
by Erik Sorensen, on page 200 we find the following: In 258 AD the '7th Counsel of Carthage viewed exorcism as a preliminary step toward the re-baptism of heretics. Exorcism also appears before baptism in the Apostolic Tradition.'
Mention is also made of the following: 'In the early 3rd century, East Syrian Acts of Thomas where exorcism takes place before the baptismal 'sealing'.'How much of a difference do you think it would make if the modern Church did this?
Can you imagine what it would be like if we ensured the demons were out of new Believers  as we embraced them into the Body of Christ...If we don't cast them out,  then they hang around messing up people's lives, promoting division and divorce, pride and arrogance, sickness and infirmity. We can try to counsel the folks, or perhaps drug them into zombies
so they can't act out." (Note: Roman Catholic has this briefly in annual Easter liturgy and infant baptism liturgy)...
Jesuits do an annual spiritual retreat which involves a (spiritual) house cleaning of anything they may have picked up during the past year. Sounds like an extremely wise thing to do. I choose repentance and restoration over pride and justification."

Walker, Dennis - Catching the Initiatives of Heaven - The Key to Accessing the Power of Heaven for Every Need on Earth - www.dunamisarc.org - Chapter 6 - The Rejoining of Heaven and Earth - "Jesus...was both water and Holy Spirit
baptized  at once....Jesus...began living in heaven and on earth at the same time."

Walters, David - booklet https://www.davidwaltersministry.com/store/p134/The_Supernatural_Experience_of_Water_Baptism%3B_The_True_Meaning%21_%28_Free_Domestic_Shipping%21_%29.html

Waters of Grace - (Catholic infant and adult) Baptism by Immersion 7/2010  www.liguorian.org - "Christian Initiation: General Introduction...Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God's people...
This 1st sacrament pardons all our sins, rescues us from the power of darkness...
but for infants the only sin to confront was the one called original...
Baptism is performed in the most expressive way by triple (3X) immersion

(perhaps in name of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in the baptismal water...Baptism is to be conferred either by immersion or by pouring...but when the code offers 2 opinions, the preferred one is generally listed first."

White, Ellen (7 day Adventist) - http://www.ellenwhitedefend.com/SOP-Library/Orig&Early/1SG.pdf "While Jesus hung upon the cross, as the soldier pierced His side with a spear, there came out blood and water, in 2 distinct streams, one of blood, the other of clear water. The blood was to wash away the sins of those who should believe in his name.
The water represents that living water which is obtained from Jesus to give life to the believer. p. 102, Para. 2, [1SG]."
[http://home.bway.net/rjnoonan/humans_in_space/blood.html -"Blood has 2 distinct parts to it. Plasma, the fluid part of the blood, takes up about 55% of the blood volume. Plasma is 91% water with various other materials in solution and suspension,
such as dissolved proteins, nutrients, electrolytes, hormones, and metabolic wastes. By analyzing plasma, medical doctors can find out what types of nutrients are circulating throughout the body, and they can measure the levels of hormones and other constituents that plasma helps to transport. The cellular portion of blood normally makes up about 45% of the blood volume and it consists primarily of white blood cells (WBCs), platelets, and red blood cells (RBCs).
The white blood cells are the mobile elements of the body's defense system. Platelets are small cell fragments which
play an important part in blood clotting."]  Scripture:
Jesus' Side is Pierced - http://biblehub.com/john/19-34.htm John 19:33-34
33but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
34But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

Articles/Newsletters/Periodicals/Transcripts

http://www.revivalschool.com/healing.html - "Born in 1859 into poverty, Smith Wigglesworth was converted by the Methodists at eight years of age. Even then, he was hungry for God and hungry for souls. He was in the choir of the local Episcopal church. 'When most of the boys in the choir were 12 years of age they had to be confirmed by the bishop. I was not 12,
but between 9 and 10, when the bishop laid his hands on me. I can remember that as he imposed his hands I had a similar experience to the one I had 40 years later when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. My whole body was filled with the consciousness of God's presence, a consciousness that remained with me for days. After the confirmation service all the other boys were swearing and quarreling.  I wondered what had made the difference between them and me.' (Stanley Frodsham, 'Smith Wigglesworth, Apostle of Faith', pg 13. -Most of the following quotes are also aken from this excellent book).  Later, Wigglesworth was fully-immersed in water by the Baptists...
Smith Wigglesworth: 'I had the grounding in Bible teaching among the Plymouth Brethren. I marched under the blood and fire banner of the Salvation Army, learning to win souls in the open air. I received the second blessing of sanctification and a clean heart under the teaching of Reader Harris and the Pentecostal League. I claimed the gift of the Holy Spirit by faith as I waited ten days before the Lord. But in Sunderland, in 1907, I knelt before God and had an Acts 2:4 experience.' (Pg 119). He described this experience as follows: 'She [Mrs Boddy, a minister's wife] laid her hands on me and then had to go out of the room. The fire fell. It was a wonderful time as I was there with God alone. He bathed me in power. I was conscience of the cleansing of the precious blood, and I cried out: "Clean! Clean! Clean." I was filled with the joy of the consciousness of the cleansing. I was given a vision in which I saw the Lord Jesus Christ. I beheld the empty cross, and I saw Him exalted at the right hand of God the Father. I could speak no longer in English, but I began to praise Him in other tongues as the Spirit of God gave me utterance. I knew then, although I might have received anointings previously, that now, at last, I had received the real Baptism in the Holy Spirit as they received on the day of Pentecost.' (Pg 44)...
After this experience, there was no stopping Smith Wigglesworth. He was a flame for God, and the fire fell wherever he went. He said: 'I believe God's ministers are to be flames of fire. Nothing less than flames. Nothing less than mighty instruments, with burning messages, with hearts full of love. They must have a DEPTH OF CONSECRATION, that God has taken full charge of the body, and it exists only that it may manifest the Glory of God. A Baptism into death in which the person is purified and energized."

Eckhardt, John - http://www.impactnetwork.net/pdf/LET_US_GO_UP.pdf - "If you are you are letting a crucified (dead) man (your old nature) tell you what to do, you need to be (water) baptized...When the old man comes and tries to tell you what you should do, you tell him that you have been crucified with Christ. You tell him that you have been buried and crucified and he has no right to try to control my life...2nd Corinthians 5:17. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are new...This is a fact (spiritual truth) that happens over 2000 years ago before you were born. This is something you don't do. This is something Jesus did. There is a difference. This is something you have legally in Christ and what you have spiritual in Christ. You can have something legally in the spiritual realm. You can have something and you are not experiencing it. How many know that you are healed by his strips 2000 years ago? How many know that this is already done? But there are still many believers that are struggling with sickness. Why? You must by faith appropriate what Jesus did. The devil will still try to put curses on your life. Unless you rise up in the name of Jesus and say devil I break this curse.  Unless you say devil you have no legal right to put a generation curse on my life. My curse was taken by Jesus...You can have something legally yours. The devil has no legal right to take something of yours. He has no legal right to put sickness on your body unless you sin. By his strips you are healed. There is a difference between experiencing what Jesus did and having it legally. Legally you can have a million dollars that somebody left you. But unless you go get it and claim it you will never experience it. You have to go get it and claim it. You must understand this revelation.  What I want to show you is: Jesus was crucified. Your old man was crucified  Jesus was buried. Your old man was buried. Jesus was raised up again. You were raised up with him. Jesus ascended. You ascended with him.  Ephesians chapter 2:5-6. And hath raised us up together and has made us sat together in high places. Jesus ascended."  

Evans, Mike - http://jerusalemprayerteam.org/email/2011/1007-2.htm -
A bit of history - "
Why did Jonah resist God’s assignment? Ninevah was the capital city of Assyria, the archenemy
of Israel. In the 8th century BCE, Assyria defeated the 10 (of the 12) tribes and banished them into exile.
Jonah could not understand why God was so interested in showing compassion and mercy to that people,
by calling them to repentance. After all, Jonah questions, doesn’t Assyria deserve judgment?
Wouldn’t it benefit Israel if God’s verdict caused the Assyrians to weaken?"

Maria de Lange, Susanna Francina - http://stclements.edu/grad/gradsusanna.pdf -
Chapter 2 - section
2.2 THE CONCEPTS of SPIRITUAL WARFARE and DELIVERANCE - "
Wink notes36 deliverance was considered common practice in the early Church.  (Water and/or Holy Spirit) Baptism itself was an entry-deliverance, freeing the initiates from the delusional system that had previously held them in bondage. In the time of the early (Judeo-Christian) Church, deliverance was not, a rare and extreme intervention. It was the indispensable prerequisite for getting a 'new mind' (metanoia). Jesus’ teaching itself is a kind of deliverance, a cleansing of the mind of the misinformation that enslaves people to the Powers of Darkness. Scripture warns Christians not to fall into the snare of the Devil.  Apostle Paul wrote to warn believers about the danger of being ignorant of Satan’s schemes (II Corinthians 11)."
Chapter 3: Kingdom Analysis Undergirth by the Apostolic and the Prophetic - "As Walter Wink notes6 exorcism especially preoccupied the early church. Baptism itself was an entry-exorcism, freeing the initiates from the delusional system that had previously held them in bondage. Exorcism was not, then, a rare and extreme intervention. It was the indispensable prerequisite for getting a 'new mind' (metanoia). Jesus’ teaching itself is a kind of exorcism, a cleansing of the mind of the misinformation that enslaves people to the Powers of Darkness."

Souza, Katie - No Coincidence - Lesson 7 - 2/16/2017 post - "Last week we talked about bloodlines, and why it was important that the nation of Israel have clean souls as they entered into their Promised Land. We don’t always understand the mechanics, the how of God, even if we do understand the why. We know Christ’s blood raised people from the dead,
and healed lepers as it flowed from His side, but do we really believe it is still that powerful today?
We say, 'God, we put the blood of Jesus on every sin in our family line all the way back to Adam.'
We pray it, but do we really believe it? I believe this story is direct proof of that truth.
We must believe that Jesus wants to and can remove every sin and wound among us all the way back to the original sin
That is exactly what happened that day to the Israelites.  It is what enabled them to take possession of their promised land. 'The priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean (cleansed/baptized) over Jordan:' Joshua 3:17 (AMPC)" https://www.expectedendministries.org/

Woodworth-Etter, Maria - GLORY IN THE WATER BAPTISMS – MARVELS AND MIRACLES Pg. 228 https://www.facebook.com/mb.woodworth.etter - "The dedication of the Woodworth-Etter Tabernacle (replacing her tent). The first general public opening of the Etter Tabernacle was Sunday, May 19, 1918. At the first baptismal service, just over the baptistery, Jesus was seen on a white horse, and a band of angels with him. There were several messages spoken in other tongues and interpreted, expressing God’s approval, and giving instruction to, and prophecies concerning the various ones baptized.  The mode of baptism is in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is healing, converting, baptizing in the Holy Spirit and blessing.   He is also sending his power in answer to the prayer of faith going up from this place to help those who are at a great distance in distress.  A woman about 50 years old was in an unsaved condition,
and was very bad with paralysis. The doctor had given her up. She was in bed. One side was paralyzed. She began to read a bill about Sister Etter’s meetings. A part of the book Signs and Wonders, was read to her. People prayed for her. She had them write to Sister Etter for a handkerchief. After she got it she got up and was converted the next night. In about 2 weeks she was immersed in water, danced in the Spirit, and fell under the power, received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and is still pressing on for God.” 

Eternal Life

Cornelison, Zona Hayes (daughter of Norvel Hayes) Autobiography - Avenge Me of My Adversary - Chapter 2  The Authority of the Believer  - "Salvation belongs to the sinner, because Jesus already bought (paid for) it.  (We just need to take/receive it as our inheritance.  Do do this when we sincerely repent of our personal and family sins, plus ask Jesus' Holy Spirit to come live inside our hearts.) We are already saved (by what God through Jesus death and resurrection).  That is why He told us to go and tell the 'good news' to the sinners, so that they may be reconciled with God...God canceled out every devil (over 2,000 years ago).  The only way to claim this is to learn who you are in Christ Jesus.  You don't have to put up with the devil's torment."  www.nhm.cc
(Adult baptism is typically step #2.  Life long 'sanctification' typically begins with step #3 when we ask Jesus to baptize us with His Holy Spirit.  In Catholicism, this is called confirmation.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit typically gives us gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit, at least as baby seeds which will mature as we recognize and use them.  More important is our intimacy/relationship with the Trinity and our frequency of worship and romancing of + praise to Him.)

Ferrell, Emerson and Ana Mendez - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOYzn9wcUfc&feature=channel_page - Each human needs to be "born again" into God's kingdom.
Ferrell, L. Emerson    Immersed in Him    www.voiceofthelight.com - Emerson contends that salvation is our heritage upon repentance and request, but that it is water baptism [that parallels the breaking-of-water (amniotic fluid/birth)] that allows one to be born-again (immersed) into (the mind and kingdom of) Christ.  "Those who are 'born into Christ' must be baptized into the (triune) Godhead to complete the transition designed and modeled by Jesus Christ"...One can have a legal family or marriage and yet be emotionally, financially, and socially divorced from it due to a lack of relationship.  Likewise, those of us who have NO relationship with the Trinity may be in danger of not having a passport to heaven (eternal life).  Consider a seed.  We or God plants it, but if it is never watered and fertilized, it dies.  Relationships (social and spiritual) tend to be like that.  They need DAILY tending.  A newborn baby needs care.  Every relationship needs pampering!  Baby monkeys will die without love!  Even God wants/covets/needs our love!  Love is a 2 way street.  We must DAILY chase God until He catches us, so that we will be over-filled with Holy Spirit oil when He comes again.  Yet, the contract/deed/passport/ticket to heaven must be obtained TODAY.  Prequalification is needed and does NOT reside in our church memberships/degrees/certificates.  Sometimes spiritual credentials are evidenced in the gifts in which we walk AND the fruit (peace, love, joy, kindness, mercy) in which we operate.  If our life does NOT line up with the example of Jesus, then we may need to read Emerson's book + realign ourselves to Christ's Word and NOT rely on the church's doctrine or pastor's word.  We can't contradict Peter at the pearly gate and insist, "My pastor (denomination) said I could get in!"
Genesis 1:2 Harkavy
The (Holy) Spirit of God moved upon (hovered over/incubated/brooded over/ fertilized/hatched) the face of the (Living) waters (of God/River of Life/Jesus).
Emerson explains, "Our (human) spirits are awakened through the impregnation of the Holy Ghost.  The womb is Jesus and the (fetus'/spirit man's) birth (entrance into God's spiritual kingdom) culminates in Christ consciousness (and empowerment)."
[Apparently we can abort God's plan and our spiritual birth by failing to have our spiritual fetus (baptized) immersed in the Father for the forgiveness of sins, immersed in Jesus as our Messiah, and immersed in the Holy Spirit Who equips us for defense and war.  Even so, ongoing DAILY maturity is needed for any fetus (physical or spiritual) and does NOT stop at birth!]

Hickey, Marilyn and Sarah - I Can Be Born Again And Spirit Filled - Booklet @ http://www.mhmin.org/downloads

Hinn, Benny http://www.bennyhinn.org/media/2009-12-10.asx  Jordan River baptism by immersion -
Adult water baptism SEALS salvation + resurrection of the body, per Benny.

Weymann, Dorothy Mason    Thus Saith God's Word - Scripture Aids for Counseling 
MD Productions, Greensboro, North Carolina - In section Second Coming, author cites the
Matthew 25:1-13 story of 10 maidens waiting for bridegroom, where 5 had extra oil but 5 did not.
The extra oil symbolizes the baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Dorothy. 5 born again virgins did have oil
(the Holy Spirit and adult water baptism), but not extra oil.  5 of the 10 virgins were refused by the bridegroom.

Wigglesworth, Smith - Cry of the Spirit - complied by Roberts Liardon - chapter 14 Preparation for the Rapture -
"Men are NOT saved...by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and especially NOT by the baptism in water. 
They are saved though the blood and preserved by the blood" of Jesus Christ.

Wilkerson
, David - Teen Challenge founder -
http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/eternal_life

Jewish Reform Conversion

in the Boston area  http://www.interfaithfamily.com/spirituality/conversion/Standards_and_Ceremonies_Involved_in_Reform_Conversion
_in_the_Boston_Area.shtml - Author indicates that the convert to Judiasm MUST renounce Christ as Messiah. 
This would NOT be true for a Messianic Jew, who embraces the Trinity, as understood by both Catholics and Protestants.

Can I lose my salvation/eternal-life
and end up permanently separated from God
?

Matthew 13:32 + Mark 3:29 + Luke 12:10 (KJV)
Whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man (Jesus Christ), it shall be forgiven him,
but to him that blasphemes against the Holy Ghost, it shall NOT be forgiven
Matthew 26:24
- "It had been good for that man if he had not been born."

Hinn, Benny Historic Anointing in Kansas #1 - http://www.bennyhinn.org/media/2009-8-17.asx  8/17/2009
Benny says yes and reminds us of King Saul who lost God's Holy Spirit, Who was replaced with an evil tormenting spirit.  Part of the problem is self-importance.  [Remember, Lucifer (who was exalted above all heavenly host by God Himself) became self-important, resulting in his permanent eviction from heaven...Benny continually reminds us that God's Holy Spirit is NOT an it, but a person, a personality of God, equal with God in the Trinity.]
Hinn, Benny    Historic Anointing in Kansas #2 -
http://www.bennyhinn.org/media/2009-8-18.asx  8/18/2009 - Holy Spirit is the outer-court/gate/door-way to the inner court (Jesus) to the holy of holies (God). Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are separate persons, spiritual equals (at least in worship, respect and honor)
Hinn, Benny    Historic Anointing in Kansas #3 -
http://www.bennyhinn.org/media/2009-8-19.asx  8/19/2009
There is great danger in daily neglect of fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit.  The human spirit is sustained by the breath of the Holy Spirit; Holy Spirit is man's medical respirator/lungs for the spirit man.  God's holy Words are unprofitable without the Holy Spirit giving them life/breath/revelation.  God requires that we radically pursue deeper levels of intimacy with Him, daily/weekly/monthly/yearly 'til death.
Hinn, Benny - Historic Anointing in Kansas #4 -
http://www.bennyhinn.org/media/2009-8-20.asx  8/20/2009
Hinn, Benny - Historic Anointing in Kansas #5 -
http://www.bennyhinn.org/media/2009-8-21.asx  8/21/2009
Hinn, Benny - CD entire teaching  - Fellowship with the Holy Spirit - The Master Key to a Deeper Walk

Deliverance

Carrin, Charles    BURIED WITH CHRIST IN BAPTIST AND DELIVERED FROM EVIL 
http://www.charlescarrinministries.com/gentleconquest/gc2007/0601.html - Boynton Beach, Florida, USA - "Baptism is the 'water of separation' intended to be God’s dividing line between the old life of demonic oppression and spiritual freedom in Christ. This is not to be confused with the idea of 'baptismal regeneration'...
During baptism at Christ the Rock...people experienced the same manifestations of deliverance as are described in the ministry of Jesus. This reaction was not voluntary on their part or a contrived response to Perry’s teaching. It was real.
In that moment of being "buried with Christ", Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, demonic strongholds were broken and demons were forced out in a visible, obvious display. Nearly half-an-hour of noisy, thrashing took place in the tank before the deliverances were complete. But!, the 3 individuals rose from the water free of their former oppressors.
Mark 1:23,26. 5:7; 9:26. Luke 8:8,28. Acts 8:7...
A young man in the ocean here in Florida...was instantly struck with the power of God and fell rigidly onto the water,
his body electrified.  Without my touching him, in a 'series' of immersions...
David Rhea’s baptism at the Brownsville revival...The power of God electrified the water, knocked the 2 pastors administering baptism to the sides of the pool, and left David stunned, floating comatose on the surface.
Men rushed into the water and carried him out. Such is the power of God intended for baptism."
Hell has no curse Jesus cannot break. He came 'to set the prisoners free.' Luke 4:18. No matter what the nature of your crisis, you can be free. Pray, fast, have genuine believers anoint you with oil in the Name of the Lord, lay hands on you,
and command the (evil) trespasser (demon) to go. Mark 6:13, James 5:14, Mark 16:17, Don't quit until it's done.
When the devil leaves and slams the door, you will know you have won. The curse will be broken...
If you have reason to question the validity of your baptism, fear your motive at the time was insincere or prompted merely to please others, do not hesitate to receive an authentic baptism. You may have been Christened as an infant or acquired some other substitute for actual baptism...
Dedications cannot become replacements for baptism in which you are truly 'buried with Christ'.
Experience the 'waters of separation' and present yourself to the Holy Spirit for His impartation of miraculous gifts.
Receive believers’ baptism and through it make yourself a candidate for deliverance!"
(The above testifies as to the spiritual significance of adult baptism, although such a demonic manifestation/display is NOT typical nor encouraged nor necessary.)

Chavda, Mahesh - The Hidden Power of Healing Prayer  - www.watchofthelord.com - Subtitle - The Healing Anointing of Laying on of Hands - Chapter 8 Breaking the Enemy's Grip shares that water baptism healed a woman of madness and demonic oppression "in a land where many people are deep into witchcraft religions; sometimes they lose their faculties."

Lozano, Neal - Resisting the Devil - A Catholic Perspective on Deliverance - www.heartofthefather.com - "In the early (Catholic), on the vigil of Easter, those to be baptized stood before the community of believers and declared that they renounced Satan and all his works and all of his empty promises...
It is part of the (current catholic infant/adult) baptismal rite renewed publicly every year (during Mass)."
Catholic catechism says that "in a simple form, exorcism is performed at the celebration of baptism (liturgy)."

Soul Wounds

Souza, Katie - 3/2015 -  Are you being attacked by ancient, demonic spirits?
http://info.xpmedia.com/katie-souza-mar-24-2015? @
http://www.xpmedia.com/articles/?affid=8582
The Hebrews crossing the Red Sea were baptized in such a manner that all their soul wounds were removed/healed. 
At the time of this crossing (or before, during Passover) the entire fleeing nation was healed physically.
Having NO soul wounds in common with those living in Israel, allowed them to cross the Jordan River and capture the land of Israel.  Katie mentors us on how to spiritually cross our rivers (even taking our loved ones with us) in order to eradicate soul wounds.

Denominational Concerns

Jesus Is Lord church  http://www.thebereans.net/prof-onep.shtml -  "The roots of Oneness Pentecostalism can be traced in the North American Pentecostal movement during the early 1900s. During a camp meeting in Arroyo Seco, California in the late 1913 or early 1914 conducted by the Assemblies of God (AG), one minister by the name of John G. Scheppe revealed that during his night of meditation it was revealed to him that baptism must be done "in the name of Jesus only" and not 'in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.' Several AG ministers including R.E McAlister, Frank J. Ewart, Glenn A. Cook, and Garfield T. Haywood, began teaching this 'new issue.' While this 'baptismal formula' began as a friendly debate it developed into a fierce controversy over the nature of Godhead. This 'new issue' made a rift between the AG movement that prompted J. Roswell Flower to oppose Oneness theology and baptismal formula in their Third General Council in 1915. In their Fourth General Council in 1916, the AG ministers adopted a 'Statement of Fundamental Truths' that forcefully maintained the Trinity doctrine, that banned the 156 of the 585 AG ministers."

                                                        Baptism of Water into the death of Jesus
    
                        (the drowning of everything in us that is not in agreement with the spirit of God)

Dry Baptism &
Dispensationalism, the elimination/death of the Holy Spirit with the death of Yeshua

Insight into a wrong theology - http://truthmagazine.com/archives/volume41/GOT041313.html?PHPSESSID=50035404b8218436a1a5a094fc54c366 - Any believer in such stinking thinking becomes impotent to fulfill his/her destiny in Yeshya, because he/she has rejected the only means whereby one can accomplish this, which is not in one's own power, but in the power of the Trinity, especially the power of the Holy Spirit.

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