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Were there baptisms at or before the time of Jesus?

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Answered 2010-07-05 10:16:45

(Mark 1:4-8) John the Baptizer baptized inhabitants of Jerusalem in symbol of repentance for forgiveness of sins, in preparation for the coming of Messiah.(Matthew 3:1-6)(Luke 3:3)

(Acts 13:24)

The baptism of John was replaced by Jesus' command to baptize at (Matthew28:19)

Paul and other apostles later baptized disciples, enabling them to get the 'gifts of the spirit' which were available at that time to assist with the preaching work in other languages (Acts 19:1-6)(Acts 2:41)

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