All understanding comes through the scriptures of the prophets in light of the Christ, Yeshua’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day.
The understanding of baptisms is the beginning of the understanding of the word of Christ. The understanding of baptisms is understanding that first comes to us, after God gives grace to accept the gospel, and as we continue in the gospel of grace.
“Therefore leaving the beginning of the the word (logos) of the Christ, let us go on unto perfection (“completion” of understanding); not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, and the laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment (judgment of the ages). And this we will do if God permit.” (Heb 6:1-2)
Believers are baptized in one respect for the unbeliever, that the unbeliever may see who is the believer of Yeshua ha Mashiach.
“And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him (God) that put all things under Him (the Son), that God may be all in all. Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour.” (1 Cor 15:28:29)
Paul’s thought here is that all things are not all subject to the Son. If all things were subject to God, then there would be no men called the dead: there would be no baptism for the dead. And if the dead rise not at all, why would we be baptized for them. And if all things are already subject to Christ Yeshua why do we continue to stand in jeopardy every hour. For we would not stand in jeopardy every hour if all things were subject to the Son.
In another respect believers are baptized for an answer of a good conscience toward God. Peter writes in 1 Peter 3:21 about baptism as not what the believer does for himself, not of the flesh, a putting away of filth, but an answer of a good conscience toward God.
“Baptism doth also now save us, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Yeshua ha Mashiach, who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God, messengers and authorities and power being made subject unto Him.” ( 1 Peter 3:21)
And Christ Yeshua was condemned in the flesh, justified in the spirit, and a like figure is of those condemned in the flesh in the days of Noah, and eight souls saved, justified in the spirit by grace. And baptism is a like figure of eight souls being saved by water, not in the water, but out of the water, not of the flesh, as of a putting away of filth, but the answer of a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Yeshua, the Christ.
Paul writes in Hebrews there are baptisms: there is the baptism of water, and there is the baptism of the Spirit. The baptism of water takes place outside the temple, outside the requirements of Law, contrary to the Law- a righteous act that breaks the Law, that the believer would no longer pursue the works of the Law. For if you break the Law in one point you are guilty of it all. For the Law permitted no washing for sins outside the temple. And there is also a baptism of the Spirit. There is one Spirit. And the Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance-the down payment. There is a baptism of the Spirit apart from and before the baptism of water. And there is a baptism of Spirit after the baptism of water. It is God who determines the order and it is not determined by the order of man.
And just as one ordinance, even circumcision, added to the Mashiach, is another gospel which is no gospel at all, one ordinance or work of the Law called baptism added to the Mashiach is another gospel which is no gospel at all. For there is only one gospel! All things are done in the Mashiach by the love of Mashiach that restraineth us. We live not by the law of carnal ordinances, but the law of faith, which worketh by love.
And in this day and hour when men are contentious and filled with every division, this generation of judgment (as it was in the days of Paul, for Paul abided in a generation of judgment), I agree with what Paul wrote in 1 Cor 1:
“Is the Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or where you baptized in the name of Paul? I THANK GOD (I thank God, I, Daniel, baptized none!) that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; lest any of you should say that I baptized in mine own name. And I did baptized the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”
And so for all who have been chosen of God, be baptized for the unbeliever and be baptized for the answer of a good conscience toward God. You have been chosen in Mashiach by grace. Baptism is not performed for yourself alone. It is for the unbeliever too and it is for God through the ever increasing love of God by grace upon grace.