Were there baptisms at or before the time of Jesus?
(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)
The baptism of John was replaced by Jesus' command to baptize at
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