Baptized into Moses – what does this mean?

“and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea”

Have you ever wondered what Paul meant when he spoke of the Jewish people being “baptized into Moses” and the experience of the “cloud and the sea” in 1 Cor. 10:21 Cor. 10:2
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2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

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? Many do wonder about this passage and it is very important text. The KJV renders this passage as: “And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.”

Notice first the word “baptized” (baptizo) is the Greek term. This word describes an immersion, a dipping, plunging, submerging, etc. The Jews had been “baptized” (immersed) into Moses. That is, they did not have a slight association with Moses – the Hebrew people became disciples of Moses. M and the Jewish people were close to one another; there was a very strong sense of intimacy and togetherness. They were joined together. See Ex. 14 for illustrations of this point.

Today people are no longer baptized into Moses; the New Testament says people are “baptized into Christ.” Since “baptism” means “immersion,” the Bible tells us that proper baptism is by immersion. Just as there is only “one God” (Eph. 4:4-5Eph. 4:4-5
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4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

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), so these same verses say there is only “one baptism.” This one baptism is not to “join the church.” It is a baptism for the “forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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). It is a baptism that allows Jesus to add us to the church He built (Mt. 16:18Mt. 16:18
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18 And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

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; Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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-47). People are baptized “in order to become a Christian,” not “because they have become a Christian.” As the “baptism unto Moses” separated the Hebrew people from Egypt, so the baptism into to Jesus Christ separates people from their sins and gives them new life (Rom. 6:1-4Rom. 6:1-4
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6 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein? 3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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Have you been baptized (immersed into Christ) for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 22:16Acts 22:16
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16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.

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